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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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Volcano Bingo Erupts On WSN

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Feb. 11th 2017 7:04 AM

Volcano Bingo joined the ranks of the Wheel Of Slots Network (WSN) towards the end of January and as you would expect, the logo and home page design features a volcano. However, what the brand fails to deliver is an explosive gaming experience for the player. This is simply because the Wheel of Slots Network caters more for the slot player than those who are after a decent game of bingo.

Volcano Bingo is the second brand from the Meteor Marketing to launch on the Jumpman Gaming software. The first was Rocket Bingo on the 15 Network back in

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A Great Welcome From Bumble Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Feb. 9th 2017 7:02 AM

Bumble Bingo

Bumble Bingo
Creates A Buzz

Bumble Bingo joined the ranks of the Dragonfish network just before Christmas 2016 and at first glance, looks like a number of others that we had seen prior to its launch. It’s often hard to get excited about something you have seem multiple times previously but then a little something landed on our doormat and we were buzzing!

We’d registered and deposited with Bumble Bingo at launch but hadn’t been back for a few weeks. Yesterday a little package was delivered from this new bingo site and to say we were impressed would be an understatement. What we received was very apt, it was a candle making kit complete with instructions, bees wax, wick and ribbon and two bumble bee pins.

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Fun And Flirtation With Film Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017 7:43 AM

We’re just a week away from the most romantic day of the year and the Valentine’s promotions are coming thick and fast from the world of online bingo. Film Bingo set their Valentine’s stool out and the beginning of the month and already their players are putting their mark on the leaderboard. There’s still plenty of time to try and reach pole position, their Romcom Winathon is happening all month.

For the player who does top the leaderboard there are a selection of DVD’s, all of the romantic comedy genre, and a DVD player to be collected from Film Bingo.

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Feel The Love At Costa Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Feb. 6th 2017 4:59 AM

February is the month of Love and Costa Bingo, and Sunny wants to share the romantic day of the year with his lucky roomies. He has lined up a Big Love In promotion that will see one lucky player walking away with a package of romantically themed prizes that are sure to put a smile on not only your own face, but also the face of whoever you choose to share it with!

Costa Bingo’s prize package is worth a whopping £500 and includes everything you need for a romantic night in. To kick things off there is a forty inch Sony Smart TV which is perfect for the latest RomCom. To make sure you are snuggled up with someone cozy, they are also throwing in two love pillows and a couple of warm throws. Alternatively, you can opt to take £500 cash instead.

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What Would You Do With Massive Bingo Win?

Posted by Gareth on: Saturday, Feb. 4th 2017 2:50 PM

We’re really pleased that land based bingo is still notching up the big wins in the clubs, as just like online bingo, the the allure of a life changing win is a real draw that keeps the players playing bingo. The latest big land based winner is an anonymous granny who bagged and impressive bingo win of £233,000 at Mecca Bingo in Sale.

The National Game, which the lucky lady won is a linked game that is played across clubs in the UK simultaneously. This means that you are unfortunately playing against thousands and thousands of other players, not just the few hundred that may be sat around you in your club.

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Something Different From Blighty Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Feb. 4th 2017 7:59 AM

As our readers will know, we have our finger on the pulse when it comes to new bingo sites but we will readily admit that we don’t usually get excited about what they have to offer. All too often we find that the new site we’re about to feature is just the same as 100’s of others we’ve already played at. However, last week Blighty Bingo revealed something different to the online bingo marketplace.

It’s not just the welcome bonus that’s structured differently at Blighty Bingo, it’s the rooms and even the design that don’t conform with what you would expect from a site that has launched on the Dragonfish network.

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Beacon Bingo Giving Away New Jaguar

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Feb. 3rd 2017 10:13 AM

Beacon Bingo

Win A Jag
At Beacon Bingo

Fancy a new Jaguar XE, fancy a game of bingo at Europe’s biggest bingo hall? You may not be a regular, but, we’re guessing that the chance to win a brand new car worth £27,000 may tempt a few new players through the doors of Beacon Bingo’s club in Cricklewood.

Don’t fancy a new motor? No worries, Beacon are giving away a cash alternative of £20,000. The promotion that started in December will conclude on February the 26th when the raffle is drawn and a lucky player will the proud owner of a classic motor.

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Iconic Bingo Launches With £5 Free Deal

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Feb. 2nd 2017 7:17 AM

As bingo players we are used to seeing new sites launch on the Dragonfish network and if you are anything like us, the novelty wears off after a while. For the most part what we see from these new brands is the same as we have seen time and time again at all the others but occassionally we welcome one that has something a little different on offer. This is the case from Iconic Bingo.

The site launched last week and with the cutting of the red ribbon and the opening of its virtual doors, Iconic Bingo rolled out the welcome mat for new players with a £5 no deposit required bonus AND five free spins. This is followed by a higher than standard cash match deal of 500%.

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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.