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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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Slots And Bingo Do Battle In 888Ladies Advert

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 31st 2016 7:57 AM

We’ve heard that Costa Bingo are soon set to launch a new TV campaign with Johnny Vegas as the new face of their brand and we were quite excited, but we have to wait a couple of days to see what their new advert looks like. On the other hand, 888Ladies already have a new commercial advertising their wares on the small screen and in it we slots and bingo do battle!

Over the last year we have seen many brands change their welcome offers for new players to hybrid deals, cash match offers that see half of the bonus credited for bingo, and half for games. It is this that the 888Ladies advert focuses on, and this that sees bingo and slots come to blows!

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Jackpot Games At Sparkly Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 30th 2016 7:29 AM

Once you have signed up to be a Sparkly Bingo roomie, you will gain access to a wealth of fantastic jackpot games. Their regular schedule is packed full of guaranteed jackpot games, each one giving you access to impressive prize pots. Every night of the week at 9pm though, they kick things up a gear with an extra special game. Cards for these games cost just 5p or 10p each and can be pre-purchased from the lobby so you don’t even have to be online to take part, and each week there is cash, diamonds and Sparkly points galore up for grabs.

Sparkly Bingo gives away £1,200 a day through their Stardust games too. The 75 ball 5p Stardust games run each day between 9am and 11pm and all of the lucky winners will find themselves walking away with the entire £50 jackpot.

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Elf Bingo Giving Away Mugs

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 28th 2016 7:10 AM

It was only a couple of days ago that we spoke of giant brand Wink Bingo changing their welcome bonus but it would seem the changes aren’t restricted to the best-known brands online today. A recent visit to Elf Bingo revealed that they have stopped offering selfie sticks to their first-time depositors and opted to give them a free branded mug instead.

There are a number of brands online today that are part of the 15 Network, as Elf Bingo is, that try and make themselves stand out from the 25+ strong crowd. Some have even done similar to Elf Bingo and offered a little something more than the standard 200% cash match and spin of the bonus wheel as rewards for a £10 first deposit.

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Win A Year’s Shopping At Iceland Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, May. 26th 2016 7:26 AM

When you go grocery shopping these days, have you noticed that you end up with less in your basket but a bigger bill at the till? It’s one of those sad facts of life, that the cost of living is increasing all of the time, so we all seem to focus on the essentials instead of those tasty treats that we really want. Iceland Bingo appreciate our predicament, so have lined up a fantastic 75 ball bingo game that will see one of their lucky roomies go wild in the aisles after winning a whole year’s worth of free shopping.

Iceland Bingo have of course used their association with mums favourite frozen food store for this very special game that is taking place at 9pm on Monday 30th May. This means the lucky winner will receive a whopping £2,000 worth of Iceland Shopping vouchers which works out to £40 worth of free groceries each week for a whole year.

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Get Social With Ladbrokes Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 24th 2016 7:32 AM

Ladbrokes Bingo has more to offer than just the impressive array of promotions they have listed on the site and a great place to get involved in a little something more from the brand is via Facebook. Quite regularly the site post special free to enter competitions on their social media pages and you could find yourself the recipient of tangible prizes, cash prizes of even bonuses just for taking part.

We popped along to the Ladbrokes Bingo page to check out just some of what has been happening recently on their page. Last week the brand held a competition asking if their players knew their bingo lingo and the prize was 20 x £5 bingo bonuses.

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WhichBingo Lay On Stunning Awards Event

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, May. 23rd 2016 8:52 AM

Which Bingo Awards 2016

Awards 2016

Each and every year WhichBingo host an awards ceremony that sees a number of brands take home a coveted award from this well-known portal. Every year we are often left scratching our heads over the winners list and wondering how? Why? WHAT? and this year more than most in one category.

Before I continue I want to first thank the team at WhichBingo for laying on a superb event. It was held at Madame Tussauds and was brilliant from start to finish. The red carpet was rolled out at arrival and continued throughout the evening with tasty nibbles, free drinks and of course, plenty of photo opportunities with a number of stars, albeit that they were made of wax.

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Sky Bingo Offer Players £10 Free Play

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 21st 2016 7:02 AM

In August 2017 we’re likely to see some interesting changes to how the bonuses for new players, and even the reload deals, are given because it’s then that the new tax on free bets is to be levied against all bingo operators. However, for now bingo brands keep on giving and a bonus that we completely missed was the introduction of a £10 free play offer at Sky Bingo!

With so many brands available to choose from online today, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep on top of the current offers without spending 24 hours a day visiting each and every brand. However, we thought Sky Bingo would be shouting their £10 free play offer from the proverbial rooftops! We had not heard of the deal until very recently and it has been around since 1st May.

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New Bingo Sites Opening In June 2016

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, May. 19th 2016 7:29 AM

New Sites for June 2016

New Sites For
June 2016

Despite their being a lot of changes to the online bingo marketplace, we’re still seeing new bingo sites open at an exponential rate. Whilst some of the more established brands are being sold off to the likes of 8 Ball Games, and we know of a few other acquisitions and sales currently underway, there are still a fair amount of new brands coming soon to a screen near you.

In the last week alone three new bingo site names have reached our ears; two are set to launch on the Cozy Games platform and another on Dragonfish. In addition to this, we’re aware of quite a few set to launch soon on 15 Network and Wheel of Slots Network.

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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.