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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
Michael Hess:
Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

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In an exclusive set of photos commissioned for Playing Bingo, the photographer Michael Hess opens up the secretive world of the UK's bingo halls for all to enjoy.

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Film Bingo Walks The Red Carpet For Its Premiere

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Jul. 30th 2014 8:36 PM

We have seen numerous new bingo sites open over the last few weeks and today another opened to players. Film Bingo took a walk down the red carpet to premiere today but if you are expecting the sequel to another brand on the same network, think again. Whilst the gaming options are the same as it is powered by the same software as other sites (Jumpman Gaming), there is more to the site then meets the eye.

You will be a star in your own right with Film Bingo because you’ll be contributing to creating films with a small UK production company. All profits from the site will be going to a number of film projects run by the site owners, Dogs Of Annwn Ltd. The house prizes and jackpots remain the same though.

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EuroParcs Prize Draw At Mecca

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 30th 2014 7:49 AM

With so many players now trying out land based halls after enjoying the online game, Mecca Bingo has come up with a cracking combined promotion that requires players to visit the bingo hall and the online site. The EuroParcs prize draw runs until 10th August and could secure you a family holiday in Spain or France!

EuroParcs is one of the best known holiday companies in Europe, offering family caravan holidays across the continent at a budget price. The company has teamed up with Mecca Bingo to give one lucky family a week’s holiday for up to 6 people!

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Bingo Hombre To Join 15 Network In September

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 29th 2014 7:55 AM
Bingo Hombre

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Bingo Hombre

The 15 Network has been expanding at quite an exponential rate since the first brand launched back in September 2011. In September 2014 it looks as though we are going to see the 20th brand open, if not the 21st on the network. Bingo Hombre is set to open to players in September and we have been lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

Bingo Hombre is owned by Creatives Media Ltd and is set to launch with the standard welcome bonus available from brands on the 15 Network. However, they are opening with a pretty impressive promotional offer – the chance to win a seven night all-inclusive holiday to Mexico!

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Jackpot Cafe Facebook Ad Banned By ASA

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Jul. 28th 2014 7:18 AM

In April of this year one of our team, Kath, covered a story about advertising on Facebook by Jackpot Cafe. In the article she questions how responsible the advert actually is and suggests that it breaches Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) guidelines. She was so incensed by the ad itself that she even took the time to comment (you can read the article, and her comments here).

It would appear that Kath was not the only person incensed by the Jackpot Cafe Ad on Facebook; two complaints were received by the ASA and the result? Table Top Entertainment who own Jackpot Cafe have had their wrists well and truly slapped by the ASA and the advert must no longer be shown in its current format.

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Holiday Hat Trick At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Saturday, Jul. 26th 2014 7:45 AM

The kids have finally broken up from school and the sun is shining, making the perfect recipe for the summer holidays, and to make things especially good the Holiday Hat Trick at Costa Bingo is giving away some summer themed prizes too!

The Holiday Hat Trick games started on Thursday and the first game saw prizes of a Summer Smoothie Maker, a St Tropez gift set and some fantastic perfume. Don’t worry though, the special games continue until 3rd August. They play every other night at Costa Bingo with tickets costing just 3p each. What’s more, if you buy three you get three free, and with the games playing as 90-ball, there are three lots of summer goodies to give away each game too!

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Nonagenarian Punch Up In Bingo Hall

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Jul. 25th 2014 12:46 PM

Nonagenarian? Wassat? We do take pride in the straightforward manner of this blog, and try our best to avoid flowery language and confusing terminology. However once in a while it is good to discover a new word. And the word for today is ‘Nonagenarian’, which means a person between the age of 90 and 99 (it’s a Latin derivative).

Back to the story. And yes, it’s another bingo brawl! They are few and far between, but whenever a bit of a scrap breaks out at a bingo hall, it is rarely the usual suspects (drunken young people), as over the years we have noticed the age group for scuffles tends to be 70 plus (and female).

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Foxy Bingo Tour De Chance Jackpot

Posted by Nickie on: Friday, Jul. 25th 2014 7:41 AM

Foxy Bingo have another impressive jackpot on offer to their players this Sunday 27th July, the chance to win a share of a whopping £15,000. The Tour De Chance game plays at 9.30pm and by then, the sporting event that sparked the jackpot should be over but will you be taking the final yellow jersey by way of a jackpot from Foxy?

Tickets are on sale now at just 99p, Foxy Bingo are certainly not taking their players for a ride with the price of the cards. For players, the only exertion required to participate is a few clicks of the mouse, a little typing and you are good to go. No need to pop on your padded cycling shorts and hop on your bike, just a little trip for Foxy and a little cash in your balance and you are good to go.

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Tidy Bingo Birthday Blowout Jackpot Game

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 24th 2014 7:19 AM

It’s hard to believe that the first birthday of Tidy Bingo will soon be upon us. On 21st August our site will have been open a year and in that time we like to think that we have made an impression with our players with exclusive promotions and offers not found on any other site on the 15 Network. It goes without saying then that we will be hosting an array of special games for our birthday but sadly, the actual date doesn’t fall on a Tuesday this year.

The 21st August is actually a Thursday so at Tidy Bingo we will be celebrating being a year old a couple of days early. The reason is simple, this means we can have a party in the Tidy Cupboard, a party for just our players rather than those on the network. This is also true for the Birthday Blowout Guaranteed Jackpot game – it’s only open to players at Tidy.

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Around Playing Bingo

Elsewhere on the site you'll find loads of great content on the game - below is list of what's available here for you.

Land Bingo

As the name suggests, the Land Bingo section of the site features information on high street version of the game, played at bingo clubs all around the UK. Here's what's there for you:

  • Bingo Guides - Our guides section will help you get to grips with a number of bingo related issues. Covering different aspects of the game they'll give you the advice you need.
  • Club Finder - Find a club in your town, and don't forget to send us your reviews of the clubs you play at. The UK's largest bingo club directory.
  • Bingo History - The UK's largest online collection of UK bingo history materials and information. Find out about the game's colourful history and culture here.
  • Lost Bingo Halls - The UK's only online archive of bingo halls that have fallen by the wayside, photos, comments and history on some of bingo's fallen palaces.
  • Old News Section - Our archive of old content from older versions of the site. The content here is still of interest to bingo fans, but archived in its own section as it is no longer updated.

Mobile Bingo

One of the newest ways of playing bingo, the game on mobile platforms is still in its infancy. Rest assured, we'll help keep you up to date in our Mobile Bingo section.

  • Platforms - If you don't know your dongle from you WAP, take a look at our quick guide on the technology and platforms of the mobile gaming world.
  • Reviews - Using our tried and tested play testing and review criteria, we take a look at what's hot and what's not in the world of mobile bingo.

Online Bingo

For those that enjoy a game of bingo without leaving the house, our Online Bingo section features loads of great info to help you choose the best bingo sites to play at, the best deals, and the pitfalls of playing bingo online.

  • Bonuses & Promo Codes - Find out about the many bonuses available for online players, and any extra bonuses we've been able to arrange on your behalf.
  • Complaints - If you've been cheated by an online bingo site, or found yourself with a grievance, then check out our complaints section to see what satisfaction you can get.
  • Facebook Bingo - In the last couple of years, a number of popular bingo games have appeared on Facebook. We review them in our Facebook Bingo section.
  • Free Bingo - Playing for free for cash prizes has become a big hit in the online bingo world. Take a look at our list of some of the most popular free sites and free offers.
  • Funding Methods - This section is a guide to what sorts of payment methods you can use with online bingo, and lists which sites tale which payment methods.
  • Networks - Bingo networks are an integral part of the online experience, but most players know little about networking and what it means. Find out who's networked and who isn't.
  • Reviews - We've reviewed and play tested all the most popular bingo sites, as well as many you've probably never heard of before. Get the low down in our reviews section.
  • Slots & Side Games - Many a bingo player likes to spend a bit of time playing the various side games on offer. Our guide reviews some of the most popular.
  • Software - Despite there being hundreds of online bingo sites, there are only a handful of software solutions powering the games. Find out which one your favourite site runs on here.

General Bingo

As well as our three dedicated sections, there are a number of other sections of the site which cover areas that would fit well in to both the land and online sections, rather than to just the one of them.

  • Articles And Interviews - Editorial and interviews on different aspects of bingo, from industry events to legal info and review of people involved in the game.
  • Blog And Bingo News - You'll see the latest posts above, but if you want to delve deeper, this page will get you in to all our older posts on the new blog.
  • Competitions And Prizes - Creative challenges and the chance to win prizes, take a look what competitions we have on.
  • Creative Corner - Fancy a bit of bingo culture? Our Creative Corner is right for you. Art, writing, photography and more, all inspired by the game.
  • Gallery - A section to quickly find the visual things we have on the site. From the Flickr groups to the club images and other stuff.
  • Shop - A range of different bingo related items, from tickets and pens through to games and DVDs. Take a look and see if what you need's there.

And finally, if you'd like to contact us you can do it here: Contact Playing Bingo, and if you want to find out about who runs the site, visit our About Us page.