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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
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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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888 Fined For Responsible Gambling Error

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Sep. 7th 2017 7:06 AM

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A few months ago now I started receiving emails from Security at Cassava telling me my accounts had been closed at a number of different bingo sites on the Dragonfish network. The same happened with all sites powered by the same software. I thought at the time they were doing what had happened with other players, that I was being banned for what they consider to be bonus abuse.

This was not the case, and when I started receiving emails from them requesting bank details, I asked what was going on. It turns out that when I closed my 888 Poker account a few years ago, 888 should have closed all associated accounts.

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New Bonus Options Coming To Dragonfish Sites

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Sep. 5th 2017 7:56 AM

Every now and then a really interesting piece of information comes our way and we get a little bit giddy with excitement. Today our excitement is because we have heard that the Dragonfish sites are set to introduce and opt out option for bonuses in the not too distant future! We’re like dogs with two tails because way back in September of 2015 we verbalised what many players were thinking, why was there no opt out available for bonuses?

In an article entitled ‘Dragonfish Move The Bonus Goal Posts’ [read it here], we looked at how the changes that Dragonfish made at that point around bonuses was going to affect players. In the piece we said ‘we would like to see is the ability to opt out of receiving the deposit bonuses’ and even asked the question of the powers that be at 888 if this was likely to be an option.

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Jackpot Joy’s Winter Dreamland

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Sep. 4th 2017 6:30 AM

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We hate to break it to you, but once the kids have gone back to school, the countdown to Christmas officially starts. You can already see the first signs of it in the supermarkets and on television, but Jackpot Joy is the first site that has been brave enough to mention it! Their Winter Dreamland promotion is running until midnight on Tuesday 5th September and the Queen of Bingo has lined up a fantastic prize.

Before you do anything, you must log in to your Jackpot Joy account and opt in on the Winter Dreamland page. Once you have done this, you simply need to make a deposit into your account any time before the promotion comes to an end. This will automatically qualify you for the prize draw and as everyone is limited to just one entry, everyone has an equal chance of winning.

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The Bandit Sinks The Battleships At Tombola

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Sep. 2nd 2017 7:19 AM

Tombola is well known for it’s innovation and unique games and we have always been big fans of what it has to offer. However, there was once a time that Tombola rolled out a new game every couple of months but it would appear that those efforts are now being concentrated on their Arcade offering.

We’ve seen nothing new (other than the daily free game that changes intermittently) for quite some time from Tombola. Even sadder news is that soon we’re to lose two of the most established games at the site! Battleships and Bandits are soon to be removed from the suite of games that are on offer at the site.

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Bonkers Mecca Bingo

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Sep. 1st 2017 4:14 PM

Are Mecca Bingo in the process of cracking ‘it’? By ‘it’ we mean one of the biggest problems facing land based bingo operators, how to get young people through the doors and engaged in what is considered a bit of an ageing past-time. Perhaps inspired by the success of Bongos Bingo, Mecca Bingo are launching a Bonkers Bingo night at their Burton bingo hall.

Young people are promised a night of fun, which includes food and cocktails with shots, beers and burgers. Obviously food and a tipple are available on regular bingo nights, so there’s also a DJ. And to make the youngsters feel at home, there’s going to be a change to the traditional bingo calls. Little Mix replacing number six is the only one we’ve heard of so far. But, we’re guessing that there are going to be some saucy new calls!

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Freebie Fridays At Costa Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Aug. 31st 2017 12:05 PM

Satrting tomorrow, a new promotion gets underway at Costa Bingo and it’s one that certainly won’t break the bingo bank or stretch the bingo budget! The reason for this is that all tickets in all of the promotional games are FREE! That’s right, they cost nothing, zip, zilch, nada but you can win a selection of free spins on popular slots at the site.

Costa Bingo have said that the Freebie Friday promotion is a way of saying a big thank you to all their funded players for choosing their brand to frequent. In opening the free room for a game every Friday night at 10pm, they are rewarding players with the chance to grab a few free spins every week.

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Should Mums Still Be Going To Iceland Bingo?

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Aug. 29th 2017 7:01 AM

On 1st August a new tax was levied against bingo operators, one that meant many have chosen to drop their no deposit required bonuses and re-think their welcome bonus structure. The new tax sees operators charged 15% for all free bets / plays they offer to their customers.

Whilst many brands have opted to remove or reduce significantly their free play bonuses, Iceland Bingo appear to have been a bit more subtle. It may be that they were hoping players wouldn’t notice, or aren’t that interested. It’s our job to be interested on your behalf and we noticed a change when checking the bonuses at all sites we have listed.

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Motor Madness At bet365 Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Aug. 28th 2017 4:23 AM

If you are sick, tired and fed up of seeing your friends driving around care free whilst you worry about trying to start your car every morning before work, then you might want to check out the Motor Madness promotion from bet365 Bingo. It is running throughout September and one of their lucky roomies will drive away with a brand-new Citroen C1.

This exciting new promotion from bet365 Bingo is leading up to a 90-ball All-Winners Finale game which is taking place at 9pm on Sunday 1st October. You might be wondering why we are bringing you details so far in advance, but we are simply giving you time to get revved up so you can win some free cards for the big game.

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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.