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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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Rollover Bingo Latest On Cashcade Casualty List

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Sep. 12th 2018 12:05 PM

Rollover Bingo Closing

Rollover Bingo
Closing Soon

Not so long ago we brought you the news that a few of the Cashcade brands had made the decision to close their virtual doors and at the end of August, they ceased to offer online bingo. Recently we heard of yet another of these sites set to close, and this time it is the turn of Rollover Bingo.

Whilst Telly Talk Bingo, ITV Bingo and Bingo Scotland weren’t a significant loss for the world of online gaming, we think that Rollover Bingo will be. The reason for this is that they offered something a bit more than the bog standard offers when it came to welcome bonuses. Players were awarded lottery tickets with their first deposit.

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Blocks At Tombola

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Sep. 5th 2018 8:10 PM

We’ve always been big fans of Tombola and it’s easy to see why this site has won numerous awards, both from its peers and its players. However, over the last couple of years, it has slacked off in the introduction of new and innovative games to its bingo offering whilst the team concentrated on Tombola Arcade.

One of our favourite things about Tombola was the new game launches and FINALLY, we have a new one to tell you about (albeit it a bit after launch). The game is Blocks and it first appeared at the site back in July of this year. The question is, does it have the playability of firm favourites like Rollercoaster and Cinco?

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Jumpman Gaming To Make Changes Following CMA Investigation

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 30th 2018 7:18 AM

CMA

Jumpman Gaming
Making Changes

For quite some time now we have taken issue with the restrictions around withdrawals that Jumpman Gaming sites have put in place but it would seem that these have all changed thanks to an investigation carried out by the Competitions and Marketing Authority (CMA).

On Wednesday 29th August 2018, the CMA published a press release naming both Jumpman Gaming and Progress Play as two firms that have formally agreed to remove the terms and conditions that stopped players withdrawing their own money in one go. At first glance we could see that there has been a change in the daily, weekly and monthly withdrawal restrictions but this does not appear to have been as a result of the advice by the CMA.

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Real Money Network For LoadsABingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 28th 2018 1:34 PM

LoadsaBingo is likely not a name that you have heard of, despite having been around since September 2012. The reason for this is that at launch it was just one of many sites that had opted to open on the Dragonfish network. So many brands were launching at this time that unless there was something new or interesting on offer, most openings went unnoticed.

This month LoadsABingo made a significant change, one that could suddenly bring the site out of the shadows of the more popular brands on the Dragonfish network! As of now, this site is now part of the Real Money Network from Dragonfish, a network that boasts no wagering requirements at all! AND, because of the move, even if you had an account at the old site – you have to re-register with the brand which means you get to claim the welcome offer all over again.

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Cashcade To Close Popular Brands

Posted by Nickie on: Wednesday, Aug. 22nd 2018 12:44 PM

Cashcade Brands Closing

Cashcade
 Sites Closing

Although Cashcade was sold to PartyGaming and then on to GVC Holdings, the popular brands from the company remained open and available to players even when all around them were closing or making significant changes. Sadly this is no longer the case as several of the brands are due to close at the end of this month.

That’s not all though, it looks as though the first brand I ever played bingo at, Think Bingo, is set to go to the dark side! When I say that, I mean it looks set to move to the Cozy Games product if I am reading the email correctly.

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Gambling Commission Cracking Down Further

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Aug. 13th 2018 5:08 PM

Gambling Commission - New Rules

 UKGC To Introduce
New Rules

Over the last few months we have seen many changes around the world of online bingo, and online gambling in general. This has been because there have been many changes and stricter expectations of the operators thanks to the Gambling Commission and Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA). We’ve seen everything become more transparent for the consumer and several gambling companies fined heavily for social responsibility failings.

There could be even more changes afoot as in October 2018 new rules from the Gambling Commission come into force and this will mean that gambling companies will be facing tougher action for failings around advertising rules and consumer law breaches.

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Summer Nights With Sun Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Jul. 30th 2018 9:48 AM

We all love a bit of free bingo and we like it even more when the prize money on offer is worth winning. The latter is certainly true of the prize pots on offer in the latest promotion from Sun Bingo. Summer Nights Bingo with this popular brand started on 26th July and continues through until 30th August so you have plenty of time to get involved.

But how do you get involved at Sun Bingo? Well that’s really easy. All you have to do is deposit and spend £10 in any of the qualifying weeks of the promotion. There are a total of five weeks for qualifying and each runs from a Thursday to a Wednesday with the free session running on a Thursday.

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Staycation At Bid Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Monday, Jul. 16th 2018 7:34 AM

With the weather having been so glorious in the UK, it’s no wonder that many Brits are opting for a staycation rather than holidaying abroad this year. Bid Bingo are actively encouraging this with their latest promotion called Staycation.

It all kicks off today at Bid Bingo, and their sister sites, and it’s all about being the player who fulfills the requirement of the day. There are no less than seven different family days out in the UK on offer in this promotion. The total value of prizes over the week (Monday through until Sunday) is around the £900 mark but will you be one of the lucky winners?

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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.