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Welcome to the site - a place for fans of UK bingo, both online and on the high street. There's tons of great info about the game and its history, information on clubs, online bingo sites and much more. Pick a chair, get your tickets out, and enjoy the site.

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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Bingo Besties And Other New Bingo Names

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Feb. 3rd 2018 7:36 AM

New

New Bingo Brands
Coming Soon

Over the last couple of months we have seen quite a few well established bingo brands close their virtual doors to players. The latest was Snap Bingo, a Dragonfish brand that has been around since 2010. The site closed to players on 21st January 2018. However, whilst we have seen quite a few closures, we have also seen a couple launch AND know of a few that are coming soon.

As well as Snap Bingo we have seen a number of Cashcade’s older sites close and some other Dragonfish brands. Today though, we’re going to focus on those that are coming soon, the new additions to the world of online bingo.

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More Changes At Cozy Games Sites

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Feb. 1st 2018 7:31 AM

Cozy Games

Cozy Games
Withdrawal Rules

There was a recent new addition to the Live Bingo Network from 8 Ball Games called Spin And Bingo, a site that is powered by the Cozy Games software. Whilst preparing the bonus page for this new bingo site, we were double checking the terms and conditions and noticed that there have been even more changes in the rules around withdrawals!

Since Electracade have taken over the Cozy Games brands, the changes have been for the better and the most recent amendment is too. There have been improvements to the frequency that withdrawals are processed and an increase in the cap on how much you can withdraw daily, weekly and monthly from the sites.

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Marvin’s Motivator At Monkey Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 29th 2018 4:44 AM

Christmas and the New Year are well and truly out of the way now, but if you are anything like us, you are probably still feeling the effects. We all tend to over-indulge a bit over the festive season and end up putting on a few pounds. Now is the time to tackle it though, before the shorts and t-shirt weather returns and Monkey Bingo are here to lend a hand with their Marvin’s Motivator promotion.

Don’t worry, they are not expecting you to slip into your Lycra and start working out between bingo games. They have instead lined up a superb 90-ball Marvin’s Motivator game and packed it full of keep fit related prizes for the lucky winners, and joining in the fun is so easy, you won’t even work up a sweat by taking part!

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Interesting Welcome Offer From Small Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jan. 27th 2018 7:51 AM

Small Bingo is the newest bingo brand to launch from Tau Gaming, the company behind sites like Lucy, Good Day and Welcome Bingo. With the opening of the site comes an interesting welcome package, a hybrid deal that sees no wagering for bingo if you get lucky with the tickets that are offered as part of the package.

Alternatively, if you prefer slots, you are offered the option of taking a casino bonus at Small Bingo. The casino bonus has wagering requirements of 99x the amount of winnings generated from the up to 200 spins you could be allocated though. The site is part of the large Dragonfish network, so you know just what to expect from the gaming experience.

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Bingo Brands Sold To LeoVegas

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jan. 25th 2018 7:10 AM

Bingo Brands - IPS/LeoVegas

Bede Gaming
Bingo Brands Sold

LeoVegas maybe a name that you are already familiar with if you love a bit of casino as well as bingo when you gamble online. They don’t have their own bingo brand, but recently they acquired Intellectual Property and Services (IPS) who actually have several. IPS bingo brands are powered by the Bede Gaming software.

The Bede Gaming software was only launched in 2012 with Bingo Stars being the first brand to use the software. Bingo Godz followed shortly after in 2013 following much hype but sadly that brand fell quite short of expectations. The latter was owned by Gaming Realms before being transferred back to Bede Gaming and IPS.

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Mecca Bingo Holiday Giveaway

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 23rd 2018 7:34 AM

Mecca Bingo are celebrating the fact that they have a new theme song, so it seems only fitting that they are putting on something a little special in their Dancing Queen Bingo room. The site kicked off the Meccarena Holiday Giveaway on 5th January but the promotion continues through until 31st of the month so you have plenty of time to join in.

Every night there are going to be cash jackpots on the games in the Dancing Queen Bingo room, a total of £80 on each of the games between 7 pm and 11 pm. One line will pay £10, two lines will pay £20 and the full house has been set at £50 on the special games. The last game of each session will boast a £1,000 holiday as the full house prize.

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Earn Loyalty Points At Vernons Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 22nd 2018 4:08 AM

When you register for an account at Vernons Bingo, you gain access to a wealth of fun-packed games, big money jackpots and exciting promotions. In addition to this though, you also become part of their loyalty scheme, and it’s just their little way of rewarding you for choosing them over everyone else. The more you play your favourite bingo and side games, the more Loyalty Points you will earns.

The Vernons Bingo loyalty scheme is based around five levels, and because they consider their roomies royalty, they have given them all an equally impressive title; Sirs & Ma’ams, Lords & Ladies, Dukes & Duchesses, Princes & Princesses and finally Kings & Queens. As you move up through these different echelon, the number of points you earn per £1 spent, increases.

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Cashback And Resolutions At Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jan. 20th 2018 7:20 AM

As we move towards the second month of the year, we’re still seeing some great promotions from some of our favourite sites and one of those is Costa Bingo. The brand have two current offers for their players; there is one where you can win cashback and another with Sports Direct vouchers up for grabs.

At Costa Bingo this month it’s all about the cashback and your New Year’s resolutions, the latter of which they are trying to ensure that you stick to if they were fitness related. The cashback may not be in your bank until after payday, but if you’re a winner, it means you’ll have a little extra cash for Valentine’s Day!

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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.