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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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Bingo Boogie Change Terms And Conditions

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jun. 25th 2016 7:35 AM

Recently we received emails from the four brands currently on the Lucky Duck Network, the newest network of sites to offer bingo powered by the Cozy Games software. There are currently four brands on the network, one of which is Bingo Boogie, and all four have just made substantial changes to their T&C’s.

However, as a regular bingo player or simply a novice, you might not notice the change in the T&C’s and like many people with any small print, may have got the email and not bothered to check what the changes at Bingo Boogie and the other sites were.

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Hybrid Bonus Introduced To Mirror Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jun. 23rd 2016 7:39 AM

It would appear that they way forward for many online bingo sites is to offer a hybrid bonus to new players. A hybrid bonus is one the offers the player additional funds on top of their original deposit with which to play both bingo and slots. Until recently Mirror Bingo offered all players making their first deposit with the site a 200% cash match bonus. This was made up of a £10 bingo bonus for use in their standalone room only (Pennies From Heaven) and a further £10 bingo bonus that could be used in the other rooms available at the site.

A change has been implemented at Mirror Bingo and now the welcome bonus has increased to 300%. The two bingo bonuses remain the same but a £10 all games bonus has been added to the mix, a bonus that can be used on all slots and mini games other than those under the Vegas tab.

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Euro Balls From William Hill Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 21st 2016 7:54 AM

There’s no avoiding it, as much as many of us would like to, Euro 2016 is here and we’re now several matches in and still with quite a few more before the final on 10th July. As a bingo player, you’ll prefer your balls with numbers on rather than leather and across the Internet sites are offering you many different promotions with a football theme. William Hill Bingo has gone one step further and before the tournament started, launched a new app called Euro Balls.

Before kick-off for Euro 2016 William Hill Bingo gave players the opportunity to make predictions for each group.

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The Great Gift Giveaway At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jun. 20th 2016 6:26 AM

2016 is flying by at an alarming rate, and we already in mid-June, with the kid’s long summer school holidays just around the corner. Just because the month is coming to an end though, it does not mean that Mecca Bingo do not have time to slip in an extra promotion. The Great Gift Giveaway is running until 23:59 on Wednesday 29th June, and it comes packed full of prizes.

For each day you log into Mecca Bingo and spend just £1 real cash on bingo games, you will gain access to the free Firecracker room. This special room is open three times a day, each time for a one hour session of ten bingo games. During these free 90 ball bingo sessions, all one line and two line winners will walk away with guaranteed cash jackpots ranging from £5 to £15.
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Foxy Bingo Summer Giveaway

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jun. 18th 2016 7:13 AM

It would seem that big money jackpots are the order of the day from some of the most popular brands in the world of online bingo. It was only recently that we told of the big £50K jackpot linked game at the 888 standalone brands and today we’ve news of another, this time from Foxy Bingo.

On the last Sunday of June (26th) at 8pm, there is a 90 ball game set to play at Foxy Bingo, but this isn’t a linked game. This game is only open to Foxy players so the prize kitty will be won by someone at their site. Talking of the prize kitty, that’s quite impressive at £15,000 and with tickets at just 50p each, attainable for even those on a meager bingo budget.

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Sweet Home Bingo Launches And Goldfish Resurfaces

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jun. 16th 2016 7:20 AM

In the news today, we have details of two ‘new’ Cozy Games brands, both on the Best Bingo Network. However, whilst one is shiny and new (Sweet Home Bingo), the other was first launched back in 2011 (Goldfish Bingo). The latter brand was around for about three and a half years before November 2014 when we suddenly saw the site direct it’s players to Gone Bingo.

No explanation was offered by Goldfish Bingo, not even a by your leave from the site, just a simple redirect. However, a short while ago, those who clearly don’t have the historical information of the brand, were banding about the name as a ‘new’ bingo site. The end of May saw the site relaunch.

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Say Bonjour To Paris With Dino Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 14th 2016 7:27 AM

On 27th May Dino Bingo announced a new promotion on site, one that will see one lucky player at the site jetting off to Paris with guests! Right up until the day before special game plays on 28th June at 10.30pm you can be earning tickets with your deposits with the brand. You could also buy them at £5 each but we suggest the former option because you get more for your money.

For every £10 you deposit between 27th May and 27th June, you will be allocated one ticket, for every £30 deposited in one go, you will get five tickets and if you fund your account with £50 in one go, you will be given 10 tickets.

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Johnny Vegas Joins Costa Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jun. 13th 2016 7:49 AM

If you are a Costa Bingo player then you will already know about Sunny, the bright smiley character that is the face of the brand. You will find that he has a new voice now, and one that you might recognise because it’s none other than the well-known comedian Johnny Vegas. It is not yet known if he is going to front the site and feature in their promotions in the same way that Spice Girl Mel B did in the past, but we are looking forward to seeing what they have planned.

Johnny’s first foray into the world of online bingo comes in the shape of two eleven second adverts. The first of these sees a sunglasses-clad Sunny cheekily asking if you fancy some fun for free before being wolf whistled by someone just out of shot. He calls them a cheeky thing before going on to tell you (the viewer) that you can play for free and win real cash!

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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.
  • Bingo Fun - Take a bingo themed coffe-break with one of our fun quizzes or eye-catching galleries.
  • 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.