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Dragonfish Wagering Requirements – Definitions

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Oct. 7th 2015 7:44 AM
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On 24th September 2015 we saw a big change in the bonus structure and wagering requirements at all sites on the Dragonfish network and various sub-networks that have brands powered by the 888 software. The standard wagering requirements for a Dragonfish deposit bonus is now 4x the amount of deposit + bonus if you are playing bingo but 80x deposit + bonus if you are playing slots/games.

There are many exceptions like the Mandalay brands, their wagering requirements for bingo are just 2x the deposit + bonus but all sites from 8 Ball Games, their wagering is higher at 6x deposit + bonus [read more about 8 Ball Games wagering here].

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Be A Witchy Winner With Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Oct. 6th 2015 7:54 AM

If you’re a regular reader here at Playing Bingo then you will be aware that Tidy Bingo is our very own pay to play brand. You’ll also know that we have an abundance of exclusive offers for our players each and every month and for Halloween we’re asking if you want to be our Witchy Winner? If you are landed with the title at the end of October then you’ll have won a great prize, a brand new Nikon bridge camera.

The camera that you can win at Tidy Bingo has some great features that include 20 megapixels, an optical zoom of 26x, a wide angle lens that is 22.5m and much more besides. You just have to top the leaderboard this month to be the winner.

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Daily Gifts At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Oct. 5th 2015 7:02 AM

Through the first part of October, if you play at Mecca Bingo you can join in their ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ promotion, as the site gives away a daily gift to players between 1st and 21st October. However you like to play whether from desktop or a mobile device, you can opt in, claim your gift and join in the fun with the brand.

We may be heading into autumn weather but things are still plenty warm enough at Mecca Bingo with this fantastic giveaway. All you have to do is spend £1, opt in to claim your gift and you’ll be in for a treat!

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Reap A Harvest Festival Prize At Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Oct. 3rd 2015 7:14 AM

Across the world of online bingo October brings a wide and varied selection of Halloween themed promotions, it’s what we are used to at this time of year. Film Bingo however have taken a different route this month. Whilst they have a Trick or Treat promotion as part of the 15 Network standard offerings, this brand will be celebrating Harvest Festival.

This is a unique promotions for players at Film Bingo and is not open to all on the network. As is often the case with the network promotions from this brand, the winner will be decided by a leaderboard. As always though, it’s not about who wagers the most, but who gets lucky on certain patterns and numbers.

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The Three Witches Are Back At 888Ladies

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Oct. 2nd 2015 7:59 AM

We’re into October and that no doubt means that we’re about to suffocate under all the ‘spooktacular’ puns that will be sure to accompany the bingo promotions that will be springing up this Halloween! What that also means is no doubt some fantastic new spooky promotions and specials to see us through the festivities, but at 888Ladies they are welcoming back some old favourites as the Three Witches make a return.

Just like last year these witches bring with them some fantastic jackpots and you can join in as tickets are on sale right now at 888Ladies, but you have all month to purchase them so there’s no rush!

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Big Bingo Winners In The £200K Jackpot Game

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Oct. 1st 2015 7:12 AM

For a couple of months there were many sites all bragging that they were offering a big £200K jackpot to their players, often with no mention that the game was linked with multiple sites. Similar happened back in May when the first of these big money linked games happened. What we didn’t see back in May were many details of the game winners, we were one of just a couple of news portals that sourced that information and even then, we didn’t get a player name.

The big winner for the May £200K jackpot game was from Red Bus Bingo and this player netted themselves £100K (the rest was shared amongst 1TG and 2TG players). The question is, why didn’t Red Bus Bingo publicise the win? There was no PR done on having a £100,000 winner which seems like a missed opportunity.

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October Penny Sliders At Cheeky Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Sep. 30th 2015 7:51 AM

As we head into October, the nights may be closing in but so are the jackpots at Cheeky Bingo where on two very special dates you can play for some very special sliding jackpots. The Penny Slider games play this month and with tickets for just a penny each, you could win a top prize of £1,000!

As the name suggests these are sliding jackpots, so the quicker you can call that Full House, the more you might win at Cheeky Bingo. Here are all the details, and how much you could win!

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Bounce’T Bingo At Iceland Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Tuesday, Sep. 29th 2015 7:16 AM

Iceland Bingo is part of the Dragonfish Network but since launch they’ve offered standalone bingo rooms for players, giving that unique experience we all want from an online bingo site, but the network often comes up with some innovative new ideas too like the new Bounce’T room, where you could be playing for jackpots of up to £500!

The Bounce’T room is open daily from 6pm to midnight giving you plenty of time to join in all the fun at Iceland Bingo, and across the network. The room is so named because the jackpots can literally bounce up and down and it could head as high as £500 a game! The room is open right now, so you can head in any evening and with such exciting jackpots you won’t want to miss out.

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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.