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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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New Jumpman Gaming Sites Coming Soon

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 19th 2017 2:12 AM

Jumpman Gaming

Jumpman Gaming

As regular readers of our site will know, we are always on the hunt for news of new and coming soon bingo sites. Usually what happens is we will see an influx of new sites on a certain network or software and it would appear that it’s currently the turn of the Jumpman Gaming software. There are two networks powered by this software, 15 Network and Wheel of Slots Network (WSN), and both have new sites coming soon.

We are not sure on the launch dates for any of the brands that we are looking at, and to be honest, we could be waiting some time if Spins Bingo is anything to go by.

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Dotty Bingo Take To Social Media

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 17th 2017 7:01 AM

In a very competitive market, online bingo sites have to try many different marketing sources and for Dotty Bingo, their recent dalliance has been with social media. A recent scout around YouTube for all things bingo related revealed what we thought was a commercial for the brand. However, on contacting Broadway Gaming, the company who owns Dotty Bingo, it was revealed that it is in fact a viral campaign.

The advert, which can be seen further on in this article, is 30 seconds long and tells the story of Dotty the dot and his colourful history. It tells of his beginnings and how, despite many changes over the years, his love of bingo remains as passionate as ever.
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Reduction In Minimum Withdrawal Amount At Ignite Brands

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 15th 2017 7:58 AM

The world of online bingo is one that is always changing, always evolving and for a few years now, this has often been in favour of the player. With responsible gambling at the fore we have seen changes in wagering requirements, clearer terms and conditions and many other changes that have enhanced our gaming experience.

Earlier in the month we received an interesting email from Ignite Bingo, the company responsible for marketing brands like Costa Bingo and the most recent launch from this company, Real Deal Bingo. The email was waxing lyrical about the minimum withdrawal amount at all of their sites.

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Keep Cool With Treasure Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Aug. 14th 2017 4:28 AM

Whilst out at sea, you will find that the Treasure Bingo pirates do not look very stylish. They find it hard to look terrifying whilst plundering any passing ship if they are all wearing their finest clothes. Once they have docked and are back at home, that all changes, and you will find they are the trendiest crew around! They want you to share in their style stakes too with their latest Keep It Cool promotion.

Treasure Bingo want to help you be one of the coolest cats in town this month, so are giving you the chance to win a share of £500 worth of the latest designer prizes. They are all up for grabs through a 90-ball game at 10pm on Monday 21st August, but if you sail over there now, you could find yourself with a handful of free cards too!

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School’s Out At Brits Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Aug. 12th 2017 4:47 AM

Are you managing to survive having the kids under your feet 24/7? After Christmas, the summer holidays must be one of the most stressful times of the year and stopping the kids from killing each other over use of the games console is a selfless task. Brits Bingo appreciate how difficult this it can be, so have launched a ‘School’s Out’ promotion to lend a hand.

Sadly, Brits Bingo cannot be there to pull the kids apart, but what they can do is host an exciting promotion that comes packed full of prizes that are designed to keep them entertained. If you want to join in the fun you will need to be quick, as you only have until midnight on Monday 14th August to qualify.

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Mecca Bingo’s Summer Sizzler

Posted by Lee on: Thursday, Aug. 10th 2017 5:46 AM

Make your way over to Mecca Bingo and you’ll find they are in the middle of a huge Summer Sizzler promotion that comes packed full of prizes. It is running until Sunday 3rd September, so you have three weeks to join in the fun, and to keep it as entertaining as possible, they have broken it down into a range of smaller promotions that are spread across many of their games.

If you are one of Mecca Bingo’s funded players, you will get to benefit from fourteen hours of extra free bingo games, every day throughout August. Between 10am and 9pm you will have to play in the Lucky For Some room and then between 9pm and midnight, the fun carries on in the Clickety Click, Dancing Queen, Key to the Door, Legs Eleven and Two Little Ducks rooms, and there is a whopping £50,000 up for grabs.

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Win A Holiday A Day At Gala Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Tuesday, Aug. 8th 2017 4:21 AM

How are you coping with the kids being off school for the Summer? If you are anything like us, you will be going greyer by the day and slowly losing the will to live! Having so much time off is great if you are a kid, but if you are the one responsible for keeping them out of mischief then it can be a stressful time. Luckily, Gala Bingo are here to lend a hand and they are giving away a holiday a day.

This sun-packed new promotion from Gala Bingo is running until Saturday 26th August, so you have plenty of time to join in the fun. Before you do anything though, you must first log in to your account and opt it. Don’t worry though, you only need to do this once and it will cover you until the promotion comes to an end.

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ASA Rule Against Sky Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Aug. 7th 2017 4:51 AM

Sky Bingo have been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week over an editorial that featured on DailyTopLinks.com. The controversy was caused after a feature appeared with the headline “Exclusive Report: Aberdeen City McDonald’s Employee wins £296,121 on her lunch break” in capital letters followed by smaller print stating “Published on 24-01-2017 By Christine Perry, Daily News UK”.

The advertorial went on to explain that a lady called Amelia Smith turned up for work at McDonalds, just like she does every other day, without realising what would happen on her break would change her life forever. It went on to detail the hardships she had faced before winning the Sky Bingo jackpot worth nearly £300,000 whilst eating her lunch.

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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.