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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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May Makeover From Fancy Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 16th 2017 7:57 AM

May is a great month for bingo promotions, and with two bank holidays, boasts more free time to have a game or two! Fancy Bingo is worth a visit if you do get more time to play because towards the end of the month they are hosting a prize bingo game for their players.

Up for grabs in the May Makeover at Fancy Bingo is a £300 spa voucher that you can use to pamper yourself. Imagine scented candles, music to relax you and aromatic oils for the massage! It’s really easy to get involved and this month the site will give you tickets for the game for every £5 you deposit and £10 you spend at their site in the qualifying period.

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Bucks Fizz Chat Tourney At Sing Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 15th 2017 4:10 AM

We all know that Sing Bingo is home to fantastic prize promotions that give you the chance to win all kind of goodies each month. Bingo Starr is a generous superstar, so he likes to ensure there is always something running to keep his many roomies occupied. This includes their regular Chat Tournament, and this month it has been given a Bucks Fizz makeover in honour of Eurovision!

The good news is that it does not matter if you are a long time Sing Bingo player or if you have just signed up for an account, as all depositing players can join in the fun. Each time you enter one of their qualifying rooms during the Chat Tournament hours, you will automatically be entered into the tournament and have the chance to win a prize.

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bgo Fined By UK Gambling Commission

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 13th 2017 7:35 AM

bgo Entertainment recently received a rather hefty fine from the UK Gambling Commission for breach of their license requirements. bgo fell foul of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) after they were approached time and time again with regards to how they marketed and advertised free bets and bonuses. The fine they were landed with was £300,000 and is the first of its kind issued to a gambling company.

If you’re a regular reader of our pages then you will know that many online bingo and gaming companies have had their virtual wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over how they advertise their products. We have seen many commercials banned because of a breach of the BCAP or CAP codes but the ASA do not have the power to impose a fine. The UKGC

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Euromania At Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, May. 11th 2017 7:05 AM

In just two days, the final of the 2017 Eurovision song contest takes place in Kyiv and whilst we aren’t overly keen on the English entry (and think we’re in for a nil point score), we love the event! The second of the semi-finals take place tonight and in total there have been 42 entries.

Portugal and Romania are back in this year, but Bosnia and Herzegovina won’t be there because they don’t have the money. Russia has withdrawn too. Who are you cheering on? Back to the bingo now, and the reason for our referencing the Eurovision is a promotion at Costa Bingo called Euromania.

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New Site Plush Bingo Joins LBN

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 9th 2017 7:53 AM

It was only in March that we saw the owners of Fruity King launch their first bingo offering on the Cozy Games platform, Swag Bingo. Just a month later, their second brand opened to players – a site called Plush Bingo. It’s the latter that we are looking at today but in all honesty, what we have to say you will have heard a hundred times before!

It’s great news when a new bingo site launches, it means a whole new welcome package for our readers to claim, but is that enough? Plush Bingo has the usual offer for newbies but whilst that’s the same, so is the whole gaming experience which means nothing new or exciting for you as a player.

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May Madness At Chit Chat Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 8th 2017 4:07 AM

May is not a bad month really, because not only do we get to enjoy two Bank Holidays but also some fantastic promotions from our favourite bingo sites. The boffins over at Chit Chat Bingo are suffering from a little May Madness, but it’s nothing to be worried about, it just means they have been inspired by all this extra free time to give away country house escapes!

This relaxing new promotion from Chit Chat Bingo has been broken down into four qualifying periods, each one running between Monday and the following Sunday. This means you have sadly missed out on the first week, but don’t be too disheartened as there is three more to go and loads of prizes just waiting to be won.

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Slots Of Fun At Bingo Fling

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, May. 6th 2017 4:54 AM

Bingo Fling is one of the many brands on the Wheel of Slots network, which is great news if you love spinning the reels. From the moment you register for an account, you are rewarded with loads of freebies and given access to quality promotions that are usually the reserve of bingo players, and this month, it includes their May Pay Day.

Bingo Fling’s May Pay Day Promotions has been broken down into four weekly sections, guaranteeing you have plenty of chances to walk away with the prize money. Taking part is simple enough too, as it’s just a case of logging in and playing their two featured slots games, and as you do you will start earning prize draw entries.

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Sunderland Bingo Hall Catches Fire

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, May. 4th 2017 9:51 AM

Bingo News

Bingo Hall
Fire

We’ve sadly just heard of another closed bingo hall catching fire. Top Ten Bingo in Southwick, Sunderland closed circa 2013, but that hasn’t lessened the impact felt by the local community. Closed bingo halls are often cherished landmarks for locals. Their presence often serves of a reminder of good times past, and many people find the familiarity of their surroundings comforting.

Also, land based bingo has made a bit of a resurgence of late. After many years of decline the industry appears to have regained a solid footing in the face of the smoking ban and online bingo. We are seeing new clubs open which may be in part due to a change in bingo taxation.

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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.