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

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Creating A Buzz, Queen Bee Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 27th 2017 7:55 AM

A new brand has hit the world of online bingo and it’s another from the popular Tau Gaming camp. Queen Bee Bingo is the fifth brand from this company and it is creating a buzz because, like it’s four sister brands, it boasts no wagering requirements!

Queen Bee Bingo has a welcome structure that doesn’t offer free play bonuses but instead awards you with tickets for certain games and a number of free spins. Of course, there are T&C’s for the free spins and tickets, but you aren’t required to wager a multiple of any of the bonuses that are awarded by this new bingo site.

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Real Deal Bingo Boasts No Wagering Requirements

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 25th 2017 7:11 AM

Real Deal Bingo launched last month, a new addition to the portfolio of sites under the Mandalay Media / Intertain hat. Unlike other sites from this company, this one has opted to join the new Dragonfish network that hosts Blighty, Zinger, Hunky and Dabber Bingo, the Real Money Network. This differs to the traditional network in that the bonus structure on offer to new players does not carry any wagering requirements.

As a new player to the site, one making their first deposit with the site, you are eligible for a bonus that equates to £70 of free games AND 10 free spins on a popular slot. All you have to do is register and deposit using the code REAL.

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Sun Baked Monkey Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jul. 24th 2017 5:42 AM

When the Great British Bake Off first aired, no-one could have known how popular it would become. It raked in millions of viewers each week and later in the year, it will be back on a new station with new judges and a new presenter! If you can’t contain your excitement then you should swing on over to Monkey Bingo and check out their new Sun Baked promotion.

This exciting new promotion from those cute critters over at Monkey Bingo is running until 10pm on Monday 31st July where it will end with the 75-ball Sun Baked bingo game. You can take part online on your computer or on your mobile phone thanks to their mobile software platform and you can play with a maximum of 96 cards on the night.

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Wink Bingo Summer Cheers

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jul. 22nd 2017 7:54 AM

In the summer it’s a well documented fact that the number of players opting to visit their favourite online bingo site drops. It’s fully understandable because the better weather means we spend more time outdoors but with the introduction of mobile gaming, the drop is not so marked. At Wink Bingo, nows the time to go mobile as the site offers some Summer Cheers with a total of £7,000 in prize money to be won in this promotion alone!

The main stay of the promotion are the big money weekend games but with the promotion having started at the beginning of the month, there are only a few of these left at Wink Bingo. To complement them, there are also daily penny games.

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WTG Bingo Launches On 15 Network

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 20th 2017 7:56 AM

It’s been a little while since we saw a new brand launch on the 15 Network, the people behind the network look to be concentrating their efforts on slots of late. However, a couple of weeks ago we saw WTG Bingo join the ranks but whilst it is a new site, there is nothing exciting about it. It’s for this reason we haven’t rushed to bring it to your attention because actually, this site is just like many of the others, the only difference being the design.

Where some brands on the network (Rocket and Lollipop to name a couple) make a bit of effort to stand out from the crowd, WTG Bingo doesn’t appear to have made any effort at all. Even the design is rather dull and uninteresting.

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Katie’s Bingo Exclusives

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 18th 2017 7:21 AM

Katie’s Bingo is up for another Best New Bingo Site award and it’s clear to see why the site has been taken to the hearts of the discerning bingo player. Whilst it may look like just another Dragonfish brand at first glance, when you take a look at what Katie does over and above the norm, you’ll soon find yourself impressed.

Check out the promotions page and in amongst the standard Dragonfish offers like free bingo, loyalty points giveaways, happy hours and all the other deals, you will find a selection of exclusives from Katie’s Bingo. In the two specials we are going to look at today, there are cash jackpots and free spins to be won but remember, you have to be signed up to the site to be eligible to play along!

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Moon Bingo’s Summer Sizzler

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jul. 17th 2017 4:53 AM

Moon Bingo is not a brand we visit very often, as to be honest, they rarely offer anything above or beyond their normal line-up of promotions. It appears that the little bit of nice weather we have been having has inspired them though, and they have lined up an impressive Summer Sizzler that comes packed full of sun-sational prizes!

This exciting new promotion is running at Moon Bingo and its sister sites, so you can take part at Robin Hood Bingo, Sugar Bingo, Ted Bingo, Loony Bingo, Polo Bingo, Gossip Bingo, Diva Bingo, Cupcake Bingo and Tip Top Bingo too. It is made up of a series of special prize bingo games that are running every Friday night at 10pm.

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£10 Free From Lucy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jul. 15th 2017 7:10 AM

We often see new bingo sites launch but when it comes to those offering a no deposit required bonus, these are usually restricted to those that opt for the Cozy Games software. Not the new site we’re reporting on today, this site has opted for the Dragonfish network and it opened at the beginning of the month. The site is Lucy Bingo and it is from the same company that is responsible for Peeps and Welcome Bingo.

Now, whilst we are impressed with the £10 free play bonus new players are offered at the point of registration (if they include their financial details), we’re not so enthralled with the design of the site. It’s dull as dishwater and whilst ‘Lucy’ looks friendly enough, it’s not a great first impression.

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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.