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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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Further Expansion On The Live Bingo Network

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Apr. 24th 2015 7:35 AM

It seems the limits of the Live Bingo Network know no bounds and is becoming one of the fastest growing networks in the industry, certainly the fastest growing on Cozy Games and in the last month the network has added two more brands with Ahoy Bingo and Champers Bingo so we checked them both out for size.

The network has added so many new brands in the last few months it’s hard to keep up with all the new developments, and while the software isn’t our personal favourite it does seem to be winning the players over.

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Bingo Cocaine Moral Panic

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Apr. 23rd 2015 7:14 PM

Lock up your daughters, and if they do escape, pray, pray, pray, that they don’t end up in a bingo hall! Because if they do, they’re probably going there to score a bag of Bolivian marching powder from Dotty Doris the dealer.

Really? Well, not exactly, but, after an ‘investigation’ by The Sun newspaper, a few other publications are running some stories that are a bit sensationalist. It all started when The Sun apparently swabbed surfaces in the toilets of 17 bingo halls and came up with traces of cocaine in 7 of them.

So why are we referring to this as a ‘moral panic’? A moral panic occurs when the media get hold of something and exaggerate it, and sometimes twist facts in their search for a headline grabber, and more importantly it may cause the target of the story to suffer indirectly or directly.

One publication has pronounced that 50% of UK bingo halls are home to cocaine users. Firstly, 7 + 7 = 14, not 17, so that’s wrong for starters, it is less than half, but I guess 50% ‘sounds better’… Secondly, 17 clubs were ‘tested’, and as there are roughly over 400 in the UK, this is a fatuous extrapolation. (I did notice that 2 of the clubs were in Glasgow which has a notorious drug problem and the results would probably have been the same if they had tested in libraries or dentist waiting rooms).

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Supermarket Sweep At Giant Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Thursday, Apr. 23rd 2015 7:33 AM

I wouldn’t fancy the shopping bill to keep the Giant from Giant Bingo well fed, he must eat a ton! However thankfully this month the brand is giving players the chance to win a stack of supermarket vouchers in big Supermarket Sweep promo!

On 2nd May a very special game will play at Giant Bingo giving away a massive £750 in shopping vouchers but if you want to be in with a chance of the prize you’ll have to make sure you have your tickets! Tickets for the game are available on site now, and will be until the game kicks off but if you’re a regular you can earn some free ones as you play!

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Buckets Of Bonuses At William Hill Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Apr. 22nd 2015 7:33 AM

We’re nearly at the end of the month now and that means it can often be too late to join in the whole month promotions, but at William Hill Bingo this week you can bag yourself some special bonuses in the Buckets of Bonus special. All you have to do is log on and play before Sunday and you could be selected to win £100!

William Hill Bingo is non-stop bingo excitement with daily promotions and specials so if you’re logging on make sure you check the whole promotional schedule but for this special it’s bonuses and you’ll need to play before Sunday 26th April to get in the draw!

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Hunky Bingo Offer 400% Bonus For New Players

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 21st 2015 7:54 AM

When it comes to launching a new bingo site the welcome bonus for new players is often what will sway a visitors decision on whether to register and deposit. Hunky Bingo clearly understand this and as such have a rather hefty 400% cash match bonus on offer for those registering their first account and making an initial deposit with the site.

As a Dragonfish networked brand you’ll also find a selection of free bingo games available from the moment you register with Hunky Bingo. The jackpots aren’t overly impressive at just £1 per game but the free play room is open daily from 9am until 6pm for you to try before you buy. You should note though, access is only given for three days from the point of registration.

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Penny Jackpots At Cheeky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Apr. 20th 2015 7:21 AM

This April Cheeky Bingo has launched two very special jackpot games where you can get tickets for just a penny! These games are designed to get you over the Wednesday hump and bring on that Friday feeling and as it’s Friday today you get the chance to play!

Every Wednesday and Friday this month at Cheeky Bingo head in for the Lucky Penny games at 8:30pm. And while tickets may cost just a penny, a total bargain, the jackpots will not be bargain basement at all with a massive £500 prize pool on offer!

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Dream Bingo Changes And New Advert

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 18th 2015 7:01 AM

At the beginning of this week a visit to Dream Bingo revealed that the site had recently undergone another makeover. The site only had a lick of virtual paint back in September 2014 so we were shocked to see another new look until we realised that the change was to tie in with a new commercial that is currently being shown on television. Other changes have been behind the scenes too with the appointment of a new Bingo Director at Betway, the company who own Dream Bingo.

When you visit the site now you’re no longer greeted with a sandy beach and bingo balls sun bathing, instead there’s the Dream Team and their very own Mystery Machine (you have to admit it looks like the van from Scooby Doo) waiting to welcome you in but what of the commercial from Dream Bingo?

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April Showers At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Apr. 17th 2015 7:59 AM

April is traditionally the month of showers, although right now over the UK the sun is shining and we’re experiencing above average temperatures! That is everywhere except at Foxy Bingo where the April Showers are raining money with two brilliant £10,000 sliding jackpots playing this month.

Tickets are just 25p each for the games playing this Sunday and next, and you could win a top prize of up to £10,000 if you can grab a chunk of luck and call bingo in few enough calls at Foxy Bingo. The games play on 19th and 26th April, that’s this Sunday and next and both games kick off at 9:30pm. Tickets for the games are 25p each and are available for pre-buy right now! The top prize for each is £10,000, but as these jackpots are sliding you will need to call bingo in as few calls as possible.

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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.