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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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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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Gala Bingo Break Bingo Balls Record

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Jul. 23rd 2014 12:03 PM

Gala Bingo have got themselves in the the Guiness Book of Records by playing a game of bingo with the biggest set of bingo balls in the world. The set of 90 balls was custom made for Gala Bingo who were using the event to raise awareness for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (M.C.A.C.) which aims to build build a culture where embarrassment does not prevent men from addressing problems with intimate parts of their bodies.

The event was staged on the set of Coronation Street in Manchester, and had a tie-in with the launch of Gala’s ‘Corrie Bouncy Balls’, their new online bingo game. The game was attended on the 18th July by a group of lucky winners who won seats at the game by playing online at Gala Bingo.

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Pump The Tyre At Cheeky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 23rd 2014 7:49 AM

To celebrate the Tour de France, Cheeky Bingo has a fantastic free game playing at the site this week and if you log on and Pump The Tyre daily, you’ll win a cash prize. The free game plays from now through to Sunday and all you have to do to claim your prize is log in and play the free game every day.

Simply log in to your Cheeky Bingo account daily, Pump the Tyre and release the bonus. Your daily bonus will be paid into your account the very next day and then you can go and use this in the bingo rooms to buy tickets!

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Two New Bingo Sites From 8 Ball Games

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 22nd 2014 7:30 AM

Over the last few weeks we have seen a number of new bingo sites open their virtual doors to players despite the Point of Consumption tax being a concern for some operators. 8 Ball Games have quite a portfolio of sites on the Internet already and many of these are Dragonfish brands, either sites they have launched themselves or brands that they have purchased from others.

The two newest sites to join the ranks of the 8 Ball Games bingo offerings are High Life Bingo and Once Upon a Bingo, two pretty naffly named brands in our opinion. Each has an apt design for the brand name on their home page but that said, Once Upon A Bingo really looks a little childlike in design and not really suitable for an Internet bingo brand.

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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.