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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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Fun At The Fair At Foxy Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Wednesday, Aug. 5th 2015 7:12 AM

Hopefully for the last week you’ve been logging onto Foxy Bingo every day to claim your free Hook a Duck Bonus as Foxy hits the fair. For the last week daily bonuses, bingo and slots have been given away at the site but we’re staying at the fair a little longer with a new special each week!

The path is only enlightened as the month continues but after the Hook A Duck we’re at the Ferris Wheel with a slots tourney running through until Sunday! Here are the details, and more information about what’s coming this August at the fair with Foxy Bingo.

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All Change For Jackpots On 15 Network

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 4th 2015 7:37 AM

As our readers will know, our very own pay to play brand is part of the 15 Network powered by the Jumpman Gaming software, Tidy Bingo. It is for this reason that we are able to tell you about changes before they are actually implemented on the network and for Tidy Bingo and other sites under the same hat, September heralds quite a few changes to the jackpot schedule.

At first glance, it looked as though players were going to miss out at Tidy Bingo and the other brands on the 15 Network. Further investigation revealed this not to be the case, in fact quite the opposite. The amount of money that can be won in the jackpots over a four week period increases slightly, BUT the biggest change is that less money needs to be spent on trying to win a share.

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Cardiff Bingo Hall Catches Fire

Posted by Gareth on: Monday, Aug. 3rd 2015 3:28 PM

A fire broke out last week in one of Cardiff’s two Castle Bingo halls. The Cowbridge Road venue caught fire on the first floor and it took six fire engines two hours to bring the blaze under control.

An aerial ladder was requested to help as the building is two stories high, but the fire was under control before 3.a.m. Fire crews remained throughout the night to keep an eye on hotspots.

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Sun Sea and Sand At Jackpot Joy

Posted by Kath on: Monday, Aug. 3rd 2015 7:33 AM

If you’re dreaming of summer holidays while sitting at your desk looking out the window then we may have the perfect promotion to suit you! It’s Sun, Sea and Sand at Jackpot Joy and it plays through until 6th August, giving you the chance to win daily prizes, and a £1,00 Holiday Voucher in the Grand Prize Draw.

To join in and be in with a chance of winning a holiday, you need to play between now and 6th August. The promotion has been running for a few days now but you have plenty of time to join in, get your daily entry and ensure you’re in the prize draw at Jackpot Joy Bingo.

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Walk Of Fame At Bet365 Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Aug. 1st 2015 7:57 AM

When it comes to stardom, Hollywood is the place to be and Bet365 Bingo are offering all of their players the chance to win a star-studded holiday for two to Los Angeles. The promotion has been running since the beginning of July but you still have until 9th August to get your free tickets for the finale.

Every day there are special feature games being played at Bet365 Bingo in the Paparazzi Room. A full house win on these special games will earn you one free ticket for the finale game, your chance to be the player who enjoys the trip of a lifetime thanks to this bingo brand. The games play between 1am and midday, 3.30pm and 5.30pm and then again from 8.30pm through until 10.30pm.

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Midsummer Madness At Sun Bingo

Posted by Kath on: Friday, Jul. 31st 2015 6:34 AM

We all love a bit of bingo chat fun and if your reason for playing bingo is a social one then Sun Bingo has the perfect midsummer promotion for you! For one day only, that’s today join in the chat fun and you could win a share of the hundreds and hundreds of pounds of special chat prizes to be won, and have a fun day in with your favourite bingo buddies.

The fun starts at 7am for the early birds but don’t worry you don’t have to set your alarm as there are wall to wall games through to midnight. You need to be in the Lollipop Bingo room to join in and you must have wagered a minimum of £2 in the last 7 days at Sun Bingo.

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Lollipop Bingo Charity Chew Promotion

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 30th 2015 7:54 AM

Tomorrow night sees the 15 Network sites play their monthly Pay Day jackpot game, a game that boasts the largest jackpot available on this network. There’s £1,000 to be won and tickets for the game cost 50p each and are on sale right up until just before the game starts. Each of the sites on the network hosts the game, but Lollipop Bingo have a bit more to offer than most from the Pay Day jackpot game with their Charity Chews promotion.

The jackpot and chances to win remain the same at Lollipop Bingo but buying a ticket at their site will see half of the ticket price donated to a worthy cause. Currently, the charity that Lollipop are supporting is the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) but this is only for the first six months, after this players will get to choose the charity.

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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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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.