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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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Discover Your Destination At Virgin Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Mar. 13th 2017 4:27 AM

When it comes to holidays, what type of person are you? Do you like to stay at home and visit one of our traditional seaside resorts? or do you prefer to hop on a plane and head to somewhere a little more exotic? Virgin Bingo have put together a small questionnaire, and if you take the time to fill it in and meet the wagering requirements, then you could win yourself a holiday of a lifetime.

This fantastic new promotion from Virgin Bingo is running until midnight on Sunday 19th March, and to get involved, you will need to log in to your account and answer six simple questions. There are no right or wrong answers either, they are simply designed to determine your dream destination – beach holiday, city break, spa break or safari holiday.

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Land Bingo Is Alive And Well!

Posted by Gareth on: Saturday, Mar. 11th 2017 10:59 AM

The past couple of decades have been tumultuous for the land based bingo industry. The only real reprieve came from the taxation reduction in the 2015 budget which was literally a lifeline for many struggling bingo halls.

One main perceived threat to bingo halls has been the growth in online bingo. We say ‘perceived’ as we have yet to see any research which ‘proves’ that Foxy and friends are actually stealing customers from the halls. If the internet ‘broke’ overnight would we really see the bingo halls being flooded with desperate new players or, are online players a different species altogether?

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Sun Bingo Geta-Wahey

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Mar. 11th 2017 7:46 AM

When it comes to online bingo promotions, we were a little concerned that when Sun Bingo moved from Gamesys to the Virtue Fusion / Playtech platform that they were going to lose their individuality in that area. They surprised us because whilst they do have the standard network promotions available, they continue to roll out impressive exclusives too.

The latest is the Sun Bingo Geta-Wahey and if your attention is already on what to do for the summer holidays, then it’s one that you will certainly be interested. Although we are well into March already, there are still plenty of chances to get involved and bag yourself one of the famous £9.50 holidays that the site has up for grabs. You might get really lucky and bag the top prize of a £1,000 holiday voucher!

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Gamble Aware Launch Online Campaign

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 9th 2017 7:09 AM

GambleAware

Gamble Aware
Online Campaign

When it comes to responsible gambling, we have seen many changes in the world of online bingo over the years. As time progresses we see more and more tools made available to players to ensure that they gamble responsibly and in January 2015, the Senet Group launched a TV campaign to further strengthen people’s understanding of gambling responsibly.

Earlier in the year we saw Gamble Aware launch an online campaign called BeGambleAware and in comparison with the Senet Group campaign, BeGambleAware is far more sinister and dark. Often this sort of advertising can be harder hitting and as a result, have a longer last impact on the viewer.

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bet365 Bingo Has A March Makeover

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Mar. 7th 2017 7:56 AM

You could be forgiven for thinking that bet365 Bingo has undergone a bit of a transformation by reading the title of this article but the site has not had a lick of paint, the March Makeover is the name of their current promotion! And what a promotion it is, in its duration it will be giving away four £1,000 cash jackpots and an array of other prizes too!

bet365 Bingo have already played one of the big Grand Finale games for players who qualified between 27th February and 4th March and one lucky player has already bagged the March Makeover moolah. Don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get involved in this impressive promotion.

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Sing Bingo’s Uptown Girl

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Mar. 6th 2017 4:26 AM

When the summer finally arrives, you will want to be looking your best. If you are the fashion-conscious type, this means you’ll need to update your wardrobe, after all, no-one wants to be seen in last year’s designs. Before you go melting the plastic, you might want to check out the Uptown Girl promotion from Sing Bingo.

This fashionable promotion from Sing Bingo is running until 10:30pm on Thursday 16th March, where it ends in a 90-ball bingo game. The three lucky winners will share £500 worth of prizes between them, with the full house winner receiving Dune knee high boots, the 2 line winner a Versace jeans handbag and the 1 line winner a Babyliss Curl Secret.

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Ultimate Universe Jackpot Win At Chit Chat Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Mar. 4th 2017 7:22 AM

Chit Chat Bingo moved to the Dragonfish network in October 2016 after already having had two previous incarnations. They first launched on the Parlay software and then in 2011, migrated to G2 Gtech before settling in their current ‘skin’. The move has meant that the site is able to offer the Ultimate Universe slot and for a fairly new player to the brand, this meant a jackpot win of over £15,000!

The lucky Chit Chat Bingo player was lyn23061, a customer who only actually registered with the site on 3rd February 2017. Lady Luck looks to have followed her to the site, pulled up a chair beside her and ensured that the £1.25 was more lucrative than lyn23061 could ever have hoped for.

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Heather Graham To Front New Foxy Bingo Marketing

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 2nd 2017 7:57 AM

Foxy Bingo

Foxy Bingo And
Heather Graham

When you think of the brand Foxy Bingo you think of a cheeky fox in a purple suit who has a northern accent and likes to hang out with celebs from TOWIE right? At least that is what we have always associated the brand with, that and Jeremy Kyle. Well the news today is that this is all set to change!

Hot on the heels of the termination of affiliate contracts, Foxy Bingo have announced that they are also kicking Jeremy Kyle to the kerb as part of a new £10 million marketing campaign. But what can you expect from this new way of promoting the popular brand? The answer is simple – Heather Graham, an AMERICAN actress.

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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.