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

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Big Weekend With The Mecca Fest

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Aug. 28th 2015 7:59 AM

It’s August Bank Holiday this weekend and many online bingo sites are running special online promotions to celebrate the final long weekend of the year. Mecca Bingo is going one step further with the Mecca Fest, offering a range of promotions split between their online site and bingo halls up and down the country, so whether you’ll be getting your Bank Holiday Bingo action online, or down the bingo hall there’s plenty to play for.

There’s thousands to be given away with some big prizes and special games, including the Fiat 500 games where you could be driving away in a brand new car from Mecca Bingo!

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Elf Bingo SELFie Sticks Welcome

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 27th 2015 7:28 AM

Selfie sticks have been a bit of a craze amongst teenagers for quite some time, you only have to check our Facebook to see how many are using them. However, Elf Bingo believe that these gadgets clearly shouldn’t be restricted in use by the teens and as such are giving them away to plays who register and deposit at their site in a short-term exclusive promotion!

Whilst we might not think that a selfie stick is the best incentive to attract new players to a brand, not all will be of the same opinion and who knows, the number of new members for Elf Bingo may increase. Is it something that interests you?

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More Changes For Socially Responsible Gambling

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 26th 2015 7:36 AM

Online and mobile gaming has seen a boom in recent years and these days it can seem like every other advert is a bingo or casino ad. With a change in trends and more advertising, the IGRG, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has announced a range of improvements this week designed to promote socially responsible advertising.

The Industry Code was first implemented in 2007 but these revisions are the biggest since then, and with mobile gambling now seeing huge growth the changes are considered to be much needed and will come into play within the next six months.

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Grab Some Birthday Buns From Lollipop Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 25th 2015 7:06 AM

Lollipop Bingo opened to players on 22nd June 2015 and already there have been quite a few promotional winners at their site, not to mention cash jackpot winners too. Whilst many 15 Network brands sit back on their laurels and are content with offering just the standard network promotions, Lollipop Bingo have several exclusives for their players, one of which is the monthly Birthday Buns draw.

Each and every player who has a birthday has the chance to win the prize but only in the month of his or her birth. Nothing much is required of you at Lollipop Bingo, simply have a birthday in the current month and have deposited at least £20, you name is then in the draw.

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Win A Spa Day At William Hill Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Aug. 24th 2015 7:10 AM

After the long summer holidays I think all of us are seeking a bit of inner peace, or a bit of peace at least and thankfully it’s William Hill Bingo to the rescue right now and the chance to win one of three Heavenly Spa Days for two. To enter the draw all you need to do is enter the correct promo code, play your favourite games and cross your fingers.

Between Monday 24th and Sunday 30th August play at William Hill Bingo, entering the bonus code first and you’ll be in the draw to win one of these Heavenly Spa days where you’ll get the chance to relax and unwind with a friend.

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Red Bus Bingo Trial New Loyalty Scheme

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 22nd 2015 7:56 AM

A recent visit to Red Bus Bingo revealed that a new loyalty scheme is currently on trial at the site, one that will shake up how you receive bonuses and rewards from this brand. The new scheme is called ‘My Red Bus’ and we popped along to the site to see what this new feature will have to offer the players.

We’d already seen a change as to how deposit bonuses were allocated when Red Bus Bingo and all the other brands under the 888 hat altered things in March 2015. My Red Bus is different to this, you are set challenged to complete in order to rise through the levels and in doing so you can claim bonuses, tickets and / or free spins.

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New Bingo Sites Coming Soon – August 2015

Posted by Nickie on: Friday, Aug. 21st 2015 7:22 AM

Over the last couple of days we have been mooching around the Internet doing a bit of research into new bingo sites that will be coming to a screen near you soon. During our investigations, we have turned up quite a number of coming soon brands but if we’re honest, none are really whetting our bingo appetite. Over the last few months, it’s been rather tedious churning our reviews of sites that are just ‘skins’ – brands that just have a different lick of virtual paint to the others on the same network.

Sadly all of the impending launches of the new bingo sites we have found are all skins, there’s not a solitary standalone in amongst them. Has everyone been frightened off the idea of going standalone following the disappointment that was Bingo Godz?

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Become a Candy Collector at Candy Shop Bingo

Posted by Belinda on: Thursday, Aug. 20th 2015 7:13 AM

You’ll be like a child in a sweet shop with Candy Shop Bingo’s bonus creator, the Candy Collector. Everyone loves a sweet shop with all of the different colours, tastes, smells and sweet treats to be had. This special bonus game is exclusive to this brand, a site that is still quite a baby in the industry. To play all you need to do is pop some Candy Coins into Betty’s gumball machine and you’ll be rewarded with a coloured treat.

When you place one Candy Coin into the gumball machine you will be given one sweet. When you join the site you will be given two free coins as part of the welcome bonus. This means that regardless of whether you make a deposit or not you will receive these introductory two free coins. For every £10 that you deposit at Candy Shop Bingo thereafter, you will be given another Candy Coin.

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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.