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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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Four Jumpman Gaming Sites Bite The Dust

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jun. 2nd 2018 7:23 AM

Jumpman Gaming

Jumpman Gaming

For a little while now we have been talking about how bad things have gotten at the Jumpman Gaming sites for bingo. Player numbers have significantly dwindled and at what are peak times on other bingo software platforms, Jumpman struggle to get enough players in for a bingo game to even start!

Things have clearly deteriorated even further with no less than three site closures on the 15 Network and one from the Wheel of Slots Network in as many days! The final one of the closures happened on 29th May with Clucky Bingo being the last of three brands to close their bingo doors and redirect to a Jumpman slots site. Prior to that, on 26th May, Bingo Hombre and Bingo Minions bit the virtual dust, also redirecting to a Jumpman slots site.

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Payday Bingo To Rebrand As Sameday Bingo

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

Sameday Bingo

Sameday Bingo
Coming Soon

Over the last few months we have seen the Gambling Commission insist on quite a few changes from the world of online gambling. The industry as a whole is now more transparent with bonuses and offers, and many sites have had to reconsider their branding too. One of those that looks to be a victim of this is Payday Bingo and we think it’s the name that has caused issues.

It was on a recent scout for new bingo sites that we stumbled upon the name Sameday Bingo and when we went and checked out the site, it was clear that this was a rebrand for Payday Bingo.

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Get On Air With Heart Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 29th 2018 7:42 AM

As we approach a brand new month, we’re preparing to see a whole plethora of new promotions launched by various bingo sites. Heart Bingo is one such site but actually, their latest offer was launched just a few days ago. This popular brand is offering their players the chance to win a tour of the Heart Radio station in Leicester Square, and better still there will be TWO winners of the top prize!

Many promotions of this calibre have quite big hoops that the site in question would expect you to jump through, i.e. the more you spend, the more draw entries you can earn, but this is not the case with Heart Bingo. Every player can only earn one entry into the draw in the entire promotional period!

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Garden Prize Draw At William Hill Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 28th 2018 4:33 AM

After the months of unpredictable weather with alternating weeks of rain and glorious sunshine, the odds are your garden is looking like a bit of a jungle. Now is the time to make the most of the good weather and get out there and tidy things up a little. William Hill Bingo are here to lend a hand, and whilst they won’t mow the lawn for you, they are running a superb Grand Prize Draw promotion.

If you want to take part in the Garden Prize Draw at William Hill Bingo then you will need to be quick as you only have until midnight tonight to qualify. Thankfully, taking part is nice and easy and once you have opted in, it’s simply a case of spinning the reels on your favourite slot games to earn as many prize draw entries as you possibly can.

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Slingo Giveaway At Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, May. 26th 2018 7:18 AM

Costa Bingo, and pretty much all of the sites that are powered by the 888 / BingoS software, recently added a selection of slot titles from Gaming Realms. If you’re a Facebook bingo player then the name Slingo is one that will likely be one that you know and it is instant win versions of the game that can now be found at a variety of different sites as well as Pigasus.

With great playability, the Slingo titles are definitely enhances the array of slots that Costa Bingo and other sites have to offer the player who likes their wins more instant. Costa Bingo are celebrating their addition with a special promotion dedicated to the games, one that boasts a whopping £2,500 prize pot that will be split amongst ALL qualifying players.

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Gala Bingo, Scunthorpe To Make Changes

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, May. 24th 2018 7:35 AM

The Gala Bingo club in Winterton Road, Scunthorpe opened in November 1996 with an investment of a whopping £4.5 million. Back then the venue used to host live shows and celebrities like Roy Walker, Little and Large, Bobby Davro and Cannon and Ball have all appeared there.

However, since the drop in numbers the hall hasn’t seen quite the player numbers it once did but Gala Bingo have plans!

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Changes At Deep Sea Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, May. 22nd 2018 7:59 AM

The world of online bingo is one that is changing regularly and for over 12 months now, we have seen more and more brands make amendments to their welcome bonuses for new players. The most recent alterations have been to a brand from the operator, Ignite. The brand is Deep Sea Bingo.

Prior to 16th May 2018, the site used to offer new players a no deposit required welcome bonus of £5 when they registered with a valid debit / credit card. This was followed by a 500% bonus from Deep Sea Bingo. This has now been reduced dramatically.

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Daily Jackpot Games At Flowerpot Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, May. 21st 2018 4:35 AM

Flowerpot Bingo is one of the many brands that call the Dragonfish network home. This means all their lucky roomies get to benefit from a range of exciting promotions including free bingo, slots tournaments, happy hours and an impressive loyalty plan. If we’re honest though, most of us play in the hope of winning a pocket full of cash and this is where their Daily Jackpot Games come in handy.

These Daily Jackpot Games are open to all of Flowerpot Bingo’s registered and funded players, meaning you can join in the fun if you have topped your account at least once since you joined them. The great news is that you don’t even to be online to play live as you can pre-purchase all your cards in advance from the lobby and they’ll be automatically played for you.

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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.