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

Latest: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

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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Secret Santa At Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Dec. 19th 2014 7:53 AM

Bingo players are being spoiled rotten this year with some of the best Christmas promotions we’ve ever seen, with many sites running several giveaways throughout December. One such site is Ladbrokes Bingo who have already announced several Christmas promos but still have more to come with Secret Santa bonuses being the next big thing to grab while you’re playing online.

There are bonuses to be claimed every day running up to Christmas from Ladbrokes Bingo and your Secret Santa prize will depend on your loyalty level on site. The higher your loyalty level the bigger the bonuses, but you must remember to enter the correct bonus code or you might miss out!

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Happy Birthday Elf Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Dec. 18th 2014 7:42 AM

It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming another new brand to the 15 Network, a brand called Elf Bingo. However this site was the 13th to launch and to date there are now 22 on the network. Tomorrow the site will be a year old and to celebrate they have an exclusive free game for all of their players. As if the game being free wasn’t good enough, it’s also ‘Fair For All’ with all players being eligible for the maximum number of tickets in the game (96).

The free birthday jackpot game at Elf Bingo players tomorrow night at 8pm and you have until then to login to your account and claim your freebies. With the game only being open to players on this site rather than the network, the chances of winning are greatly improved although when we last looked over 230 players had tickets.

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Bingo At The London Art Fair

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Dec. 17th 2014 2:02 PM

Anyone who is in London on Sunday 25 January 2015 and has an interest in art or bingo should be heading over to the Henry/Bragg B.I.N.G.O event at the London Art Fair. The event which runs between 1pm and 4pm in Islington is a celebration of bingo’s place within working class culture, and promises to be an entertaining and enlightening afternoon.

The event includes live bingo games, with real prizes that have been sponsored by us here at Playing Bingo.co.uk. There will be a series of photographic works and a film installation of bingo players that are the result of a year’s work by Julie Henry and Debbie Bragg.

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Winter Wonderland At Rio Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Dec. 17th 2014 7:36 AM

Many bingo sites are giving away Christmas goodies with their festive giveaways but Rio Bingo is looking past all the stress of Christmas with a brilliant solution, a skiing holiday to Turin in Italy to be given away to one lucky player in a special game on 31st December. The holiday is worth £1,000 and if you play your cards right, you could get free tickets and win this fantastic prize without spending a penny!

The holiday is a 7 night stay in the Olympic village in Turin in Italy, for all the family and Rio Bingo is even throwing in £200 spending money too! The game plays at 8pm on 31st December and you can buy tickets now for £5 each, but there are also plenty of ways to win free tickets if you meet the challenges this month!

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Wink Bingo Get Festive

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Dec. 16th 2014 7:19 AM

It was a week or so ago that we covered the news of the new look Wink Bingo and with the makeover we saw the brand also launch a brand new television marketing campaign. The current version shows the stars sporting an array of festive attire but it isn’t just the advert that has gone all Christmassy, the site itself has a whole plethora of festive promotions to offer.

One of our favourites at Wink Bingo this Christmas (although we are disappointed not to see the site offer up the chance to win a Mini as they have done in years gone by) is their 12 days to Christmas offering. 13 chances since 13th December to win £1,000 in a bingo game daily where the tickets cost 25p each.

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All Stars Bingo Joins The 15 Network

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Dec. 15th 2014 7:55 AM

The 15 Network found its family had grown one more this week with the launch of All Stars Bingo, bringing a slightly different look and a bit of an American twang! The site is UK facing, but has a distinct U S of A theme with a site that looks like a cross between the Star Spangled Banner and a pair of Converse.

Anyone who is familiar with this software and network will pretty much know what to expect and the layout and design at All Stars Bingo immediately show you that it’s a 15 Network site. Like other sites on the network there’s a whopping 200% first deposit bonus and the chance to spin the wheel for an extra bonus of between £5 and £2,500.

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Christmas Treats At Bubble Bonus Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Dec. 13th 2014 7:01 AM

Today sees the start of the festive promotion at Bubble Bonus Bingo, a promotion that offers up an array of deals for the players at the site. Visit the site and follow the signs for the Christmas Treats. As you open the page you are greeted with a Christmas tree festooned with numbered baubles. Behind each bauble is a special offer…

There are 12 baubles and there are 12 days until Christmas. The first offer from Bubble Bonus Bingo, and valid for today only is a 10% cashback deal. Simply play any of the slots at the site and wager at least £20 to be eligible for the cashback. This means that if you wager £100 today on slot games, tomorrow you will receive £10 cashback as bonus funds.

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12 Days Of Christmas At Iceland Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Dec. 12th 2014 7:51 AM

We’re into the final countdown to Christmas now and it will be just a couple of weeks until the big day is here! At Iceland Bingo they’re helping you count down to the big day with their big Christmas tree, and if you could the baubles down for the twelve days of Christmas you could claim some big bonuses and surprises along the way!

The countdown starts on December 13th so it’s just one more day, and don’t tell anyone but we’ve already sneaked a peek at Iceland Bingo and we can tell you that the twelve days of Christmas kicks off with 10% cashback on slots!

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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.