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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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Silk Bingo Reduce Wagering Requirements

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 11th 2017 7:38 AM

Silk Bingo is one of those brands that we don’t visit very often but in one of our bonus checks recently, we had cause to check out all that they had to offer. Upon landing at the site, it was clear to see that the virtual painters and decorators had been in! The logo has changed, and the overall aesthetics of the site had improved.

It was then that we noted the cash match bonus on first deposit had been reduced significantly. Further investigation revealed that the wagering requirements have been reduced too so what might, at first glance, look like a negative thing, actually has some positive connotations too at Silk Bingo.

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On Your Bike With Wish Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jul. 10th 2017 4:49 AM

Have you been watching all the action from the Tour De France? It really is exciting stuff! The Wish Bingo genie is a huge fan of the race, and has often wanted to trade in his lamp for two wheels so he can compete for the world-famous yellow jersey. Sadly, he can’t use his magic to give you the fastest legs in the pack, but he can provide you with a brand new bike!

Wish Bingo’s Tour De France promotion is leading up to an action-packed 90 ball bingo game that is all set to race on to your computer screens at 10pm on Monday 17th July. We are bringing you the details now though because as always, they are giving you the chance to earn cards and save yourself a bit of money at the same time.

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Happy Summer Plays At Heart Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jul. 8th 2017 7:12 AM

On Monday 3rd July, a new promotion got underway at Heart Bingo but don’t be disheartened, you haven’t yet missed out on the Happy Summer Plays with this award-winning site. Up for grabs in this special offer are things like holiday and shopping vouchers, smartphones and luggage sets. Better still, it’s free to get in on the action!

All you have to do is login to your Heart Bingo account and then head to the special Summer Plays promotional page. From here you can spin the wheel and earn entries into the draw. We first heard of the offer on the day that is launched, popped along, spun the wheel and got ourselves in the draw to win an American Tourister Bon Air 3-piece luggage set.

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Sky Bingo Time Limited Bonus Change

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jul. 6th 2017 7:40 AM

When it comes to welcome bonuses, we often see brands make changes in an effort to attract new players. Sky Bingo is one site that certainly likes to try and keep up with its competitors in that area. A recent change to the structure of the newbie offer now sees new and existing players able to grab a £10 no deposit required bonus.

However, whilst this looks good on paper, actually it’s not all that it is cracked up to be. Yes, Sky Bingo are giving you £10 free but over a 10 day period. You have to login every day to be able to claim a £1 daily bonus from the site, it’s not all credited to your account at once. You have to enter the code 10FREE to receive this bonus.

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Fancy Playing Against A Chaser With Gala Bingo?

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jul. 4th 2017 7:21 AM

Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Chase are all themed games that Gala Bingo host and over the last couple of months we have seen two promotions based on Coronation Street and Emmerdale. These are now over but it’s the turn of The Chase and a whole plethora of jackpot games but best of all, the chance to face as Chaser in real life in Manchester or London.

This is a promotion that you must get involved in if you love the quiz show The Chase. Who would you be facing if you are a winner at Gala Bingo? Would it be the Beast, the Governess, the Vixen, the Dark Destroyer or the Sinnerman?

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bgo Bingo’s Candy Club

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jul. 3rd 2017 4:27 AM

Regardless of whether you have a sweet tooth or not, bgo Bingo’s Candy Club is guaranteed to leave you smiling. This is the sites loyalty scheme, and it comes packed full of scrumptious rewards and tasty offers for both bingo and slots players alike. The good news is that you automatically become part of the club from the moment you register for an account.

The bgo Bingo Candy Club is made up of five tasty layers, each one better than the last. To work your way through them, you will need to earn Candy Club Points and these and awarded each time you wager real cash; 6 points for every £10 wagered on bingo games, 8 points for every £100 spent on slots, scratch cards and multiplayer games and 1 point for every £100 played on casino and number games.

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Celebrating Independence With Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jul. 1st 2017 7:42 AM

On 4th July every year, American’s celebrate their independence from the British Empire. Film Bingo are celebrating too by offering their players an exclusive promotion called American Pie. It seems only fitting that by celebrating an American holiday, the prize has an American theme and that’s exactly what is on offer to the winner.

Winning is achieved by being the player at the top of the leaderboard on 31st July at 23:59. Finish in pole position at Film Bingo and the prize is an American sweet hamper and the latest blockbuster to be released on DVD (choice of which film to be made by the top scoring player).

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Was Blighty Bingo Setting A Precedent?

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jun. 29th 2017 7:05 AM

Bingo News

Changes To
ID Requests

When Blighty Bingo launched back in January 2017 we noticed something a little different in the cashier after we made a deposit. At this point we were informed that we had three days to verify our account [read more here]. This was done by entering either our passport or driving licence number.

A recent news article on the Gambling Commission website tells of how many operators are putting their licences in jeopardy by breaching conditions of their licence. This is linked to failing to meet anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility requirements.

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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.