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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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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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A Winning Weekend Planned At Mecca Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 29th 2015 7:44 AM

If you’re looking for the best bingo deals and the biggest winning chances this weekend you won’t go far wrong than to head to Mecca Bingo online for their £750k winning weekend. You’ve never seen anything like it, £750,000 to be given away in a single weekend and if you head into the bingo rooms you can join in all the fun.

Whether you like to play on desktop, from your smartphone or from your tablet you can join in the fun and grab some big winning chances during this almighty giveaway from Mecca Bingo.

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BOGOF Birthday Bounty At Tidy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 28th 2015 7:14 AM

In just a few weeks our very own bingo site, Tidy Bingo, will turn two! It certainly doesn’t feel like we have been open for two years but then they do say that time passes when you are having fun! We have lots of celebrations planned for the big day, one of which is an exclusive jackpot game for all of our Tidyers. Not only is the game only available to players at our site, we’ve made it a BOGOF game – pay for one but have TWO tickets for the same price.

Tickets for the game are on sale now so you don’t have to stretch your Tidy Bingo budget over the next couple of weeks. The game plays at 10pm on our birthday so over the coming weeks you can just buy a ticket or two when the budget allows.

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Hook A Duck At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Jul. 27th 2015 7:34 AM

Foxy Bingo is well known for their extra free little games and in case you’ve missed it we’re here with a reminder that there’s one playing right now and you could win daily bonuses and credits for joining in!

Right now, log onto Foxy Bingo and you’ll see the Hook a Duck game, it’s one we all know and no doubt have played at the fairground many times but now you have the chance to win something more than a fluffy toy, not much more but something at least!

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Ladbrokes Bingo Open The Guest Room

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jul. 25th 2015 7:10 AM

We often get emails from various bingo brands telling us that they are changing their welcome bonus and recently it was the turn of Ladbrokes Bingo. At first glance we couldn’t actually see what was changing – players have been offered the ‘Deposit £10, play with £40’ structure for quite some time. Then we clocked it, what is changing is not really a change, more of an addition – a keep up with the Joneses’ type offer – the opening of the Guest Room for seven days of free bingo!

We’ve seen this deal at numerous Virtue Fusion sites over the years so it’s not something ‘new’ really. That said, Ladbrokes Bingo are only opening the room to you when you have deposited and spent £10 with the site.

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Live Bingo Network To Integrate Microgaming Slots

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Jul. 24th 2015 7:47 AM

The Live Bingo Network has gone from strength to strength over the last year, adding new brands, new features and improved welcome bonuses. While we have criticised high wagering requirements and depositing hoops to jump through in the past, things have been greatly improved in more recent times but the network still has a way to go to compete with the big guys!

The Live Bingo Network counts sites such as Aunty Acid Bingo, Raw Bingo and others and while the network is popular, we feel the software is what lets the brands down a little, but a deal with Microgaming could see new games on site, at least improving the slots side of things.

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Rocket Bingo Exclusive Jackpot Game

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 23rd 2015 7:54 AM

Last month Rocket Bingo celebrated a birthday and part of the celebrations was an exclusive jackpot game. However, due to technical issues beyond the brands control (15 Network HQ were responsible), the game didn’t play and all money spent on tickets was credited back to player’s account. The site owner’s still want to celebrate their birthday with you and for this reason, 26th July sees a big £200 jackpot game play at the site.

What’s great with this type of jackpot, the exclusivity means that your chances of taking one of the prizes on offer at Rocket Bingo are far improved than if it were a network game. With tickets at just 25p each, it is well worth a punt.

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Win A Car For Free At Costa Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Jul. 22nd 2015 7:56 AM

Right now, Sunny at Costa Bingo well and truly has his hat on as they giveaway the biggest giveaway of the summer! This month one lucky player is going to win a brand new car, a Dacia Sandero Access, and they won’t have to spend a single penny to do so!

At the end of the month, Costa Bingo will give away this brand new car, worth £5,995 to one lucky player and the best thing about the game is that the tickets will be free. No one will have to spend a single penny and one lucky player will drive away with some new summer wheels.

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Winkstonbury At Wink Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 21st 2015 7:09 AM

Glastonbury may well be over but Wink Bingo have just got their bingo festival underway! It all started on 19th July with the first of three jackpot games and the inaugural Winkstonbury festival prize was an impressive £1,500. The 90 ball game had tickets at 15p each and the kitty was split as £200 for the one line, £400 for the two lines and the full house for £900.

There are still two more games to play during the special festival at Wink Bingo and in total there is another £4,500 to be won. The next is schedules for 9th August 2015 at 9pm with the last on 30th August at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now at a cost of 20p and 25p from the main lobby.

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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.