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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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Katie’s Bingo Crew

Posted by Lee on: Tuesday, May. 3rd 2016 7:52 AM

From the moment you register for an account at the recently launched Katie’s Bingo, you automatically become part of her crew! Don’t worry though, this does not mean you have to wear a hoodie, hang around on street corners or swig from a bottle of cheap cider. Katie’s Crew is a classier affair, and is, in fact, the brands own VIP scheme, that is packed full of extra perks that are designed to reward their lucky roomies for their continued support and loyalty.

Katie’s Crew is built around four different levels, each one based on how much you have wagered during the current calendar month; Rookie Level needs no wagering, Pro Level is from £10 to £49.99, Master Level is from £50 to £199.99 and the Champion Level is reserved for those player’s wagering £200 or more.

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New Sites Coming Soon From 8 Ball Games

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, May. 2nd 2016 7:25 AM

New 8 Ball Games Brands

New Sites From
8 Ball Games

If you’re a regular visit to our site then you may have noticed that when we list new bingo sites, those that are powered by 8 Ball Games don’t use portals like ours to promote their sites. Although we will provide the bonus details for them on our pages, we do not link to them as unlike other brands, they don’t reward us via an affiliate scheme.

Recently we came across two new bingo sites coming soon from 8 Ball Games and because we know our readers love to hear about the latest additions to the world of online gaming, we thought we’d over you a heads up that they are coming soon and to watch out for them.

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Take That And Party At Heart Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Apr. 30th 2016 7:47 AM

If you were to ask anyone to name the biggest boy band of recent years, the odds are they would say Take That. Gary, Robbie, Mark, Howard and Jason got together in 1989 and went on to dominate the charts for over a decade, racking up 56 top forty singles, 12 number one singles and a whopping 37 number one albums, not to mention a wealth of awards including Best British Group and Best British Live Act. The boys are back together again touring the UK, and if you fancy going to see them live, you should make your way over to Heart Bingo.

Heart Bingo have put together a fantastic prize package including two Diamond View tickets to the British Summer Time festival that is taking place in Hyde Park, London on Saturday 9th July.

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Bingo Minions Ready To Serve On 15 Network

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Apr. 28th 2016 7:55 AM

The chances are you will have heard of Minions, little yellow organisms that evolved to serve in the film Despicable Me. What you may not have heard of is Bingo Minions, the latest brand to launch on the 15 Network and be powered by the Jumpman Gaming software.

The site opened to players on Friday 22nd April and boasts a similar welcome to all the other brands on the same network. That said, there is a little something extra to be had from Bingo Minions when you make your first ever deposit of at least £10. All new players meeting these requirements are sent a free Minions charm – a minion from the film rather than a bingo minion.

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Thrifty Tuesdays At Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 26th 2016 7:17 AM

With the end of the month and pay day still a little way off for some, we often find that there is more month than money left so a little bit of bargain bingo is always popular at this time of the month. Ladbrokes Bingo have three hours of budget busting fun to offer their players in the Thrifty Tuesdays permanent promotion at their site.

Every week, on a Tuesday as the promotional name suggests, Ladbrokes Bingo ask the bargain hunters to join them in The Living Room at their site between 9am and midday. In this three-hour session all of the bingo tickets will be priced at 1p, 2p and 5p maximum. The brand says they are looking after your pennies and the points with their ‘more bingo for your buck’ offer.

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Jumpman Gaming Brands Go Offline

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Apr. 25th 2016 10:13 AM
Jumpman Gaming

Jumpman Gaming

At 10pm on Sunday 24th April, it was noted that ALL of the Jumpman Gaming brands were offline, including our very own site Tidy Bingo. It wasn’t just sites on the 15 Network that weren’t available but all brands under the Wheel of Slots hat too.

Some of the sites showed branded holding pages that simply said ‘We are updating the site. We will be back very soon’ and thanked the end user for their patience. Others, like our site, simply had plain text with no branding.

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Wacky Wings at Butterfly Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 25th 2016 7:27 AM

Butterfly Bingo first fluttered onto our computer screens back in 2014, and since then they have worked long and hard to build up an army of loyal fans. They are powered by the 888/Globalcom software, and whilst they are part of the Dragonfish network, they don’t rely solely on the network promotions to keep their roomies entertained. They supplement these with a range of exclusives offers and nightly specials, all in their very own Wacky Wings room.

As the Wacky Wings room is exclusive to Butterfly Bingo player’s, it means you won’t find yourself competing against players from all of the other sites on the network, which greatly improves your chances of winning a prize or two.

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888Ladies Launch Flash Fives

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 23rd 2016 7:32 AM

888Ladies is just one of many brands online today that is powered by the 888 / Cassava software (or Brigend as some call it) and is the flagship site for 888 Holdings. It’s no surprise then that when a new game has been developed, 888Ladies is the first to offer it and this is the case with Flash Fives.

It would be wrong to call the game innovative because this would suggest something original and creative and whilst Flash Fives is a new game to 888Ladies and the associated software, you will see when you play it that it’s far from a new concept in the world of online bingo. Flash Fives is a card based game and like at least three other games before it, a deck of cards is used rather than bingo balls.

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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.