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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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City Bingo’s Fine Garden

Posted by Lee on: Tuesday, Apr. 11th 2017 4:24 AM

Amsterdam may be famous for questionable cafes and the colour of the light bulbs in certain districts, but did you know that a whopping 70% of the world’s commercial flowers come from Holland? We didn’t, not until we logged in to City Bingo and saw the details of their Amsterdam Fine Garden promotion, and if you head on over there now, you have the chance to add some colour to your own flowerbeds.

This special promotion from City Bingo is leading up to a 75-ball bingo game, taking place at 10:30pm on Friday night. The lucky winner will walk away with £500 worth of B&Q shopping vouchers, which should be more than enough to spruce up your own garden! If you are not really the green fingered type, don’t fret, as you can take £500 real cash if you prefer; it’s totally up to you!

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Sail Away With bet365 Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 10th 2017 4:38 AM

bet365 Bingo never fail to disappoint when it comes to promotions, and it does not matter when you log in to your account, you are never too far away from winning a jackpot or a fantastic prize. April is no exception, so if you sail on over there right now, you’ll be able to take part in their ‘All Aboard Bingo’ promotion for the chance to win a Western Mediterranean cruise for two.

This exciting new promotion from bet365 Bingo is leading up to a special All-Winners Finale game at 9pm on Saturday 23rd April. This does not mean you have to miss out on your usual night on the town, as you can pre-purchase your cards from the schedule for just £1 each before you go. If you want to save yourself some money, you might want to check out their weekly qualifying games first.

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April Eggstra At Film Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Saturday, Apr. 8th 2017 4:58 AM

As we all know by now, the movie obsessed Film Bingo always go out of their way to bring their players an exclusive promotion each month, giving them the chance to win a little something extra. This means we sometimes forget about the fantastic promotions that they share with the rest of the 15 Network, which this month includes their April Eggstra.

Film Bingo are celebrating Easter with their very own April Eggstra and it comes packed full of prizes and slots bonuses for the lucky winners. If you want to join in the fun, you will need to put down your virtual dauber for a while and try your luck on their featured slots games, because the more you play, the more entries you will earn.

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Easter Speggtactular With Sun Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Apr. 6th 2017 7:20 AM

At the beginning of the month, Sun Bingo rolled out (excuse the pun) their Easter SpEGGtacular and what at spectacular promotion it is. Every day until 16th April they are giving away a prize, but not just one, not even two but TEN every single day. That’s 160 for the duration of the promotion! We are just six days into the promotion and already they have given away 10 Xbox, 10 iPad Mini’s, 10 Android tablets and 10 49″ television sets!

Today’s prizes are Hotel Chocolat hampers and as is the case on all days, there are 10 to be won. With such great prizes on offer, you could be mistaken that getting a chance to win means a big spend at Sun Bingo. This is not the case at all.

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Crown Bingo And Others Make A Move

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 4th 2017 7:11 AM

Bingo is probably one of the most established brands online today but over the years it has gone through a number of changes. The latest is that is has moved away from the Virtue Fusion software and is now powered by the Bede Gaming software on the IP&S network.

Recently we saw the IP&S network close a number of sites, sites that they probably felt didn’t make the grade in their future plans. These sites included Crazy Bingo, Bingo Friends, Simply Bingo and Bingo Today. Crown Bingo did make the grade and today we take a little look at how things have changed.

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Egg Crackin’ Jackpots At 888Ladies

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 3rd 2017 4:51 AM

Easter is just a couple of weeks away, and if you are anything like us, you can’t wait to unwrap a few of those over-priced chocolate treats. Until then, you will have to be content with a tasty new promotion from 888Ladies as it comes packed full of Egg Crackin’ Jackpots games, each one packed full of big cash prizes.

This Eggcellent new promotion from 888Ladies comes in the form for a series of guaranteed jackpot games, starting with their 90-ball Choccie Eggs. These are running every Thursday and Sunday night at 8pm until Sunday 16th August. Cards will cost you just 5p each and prizes up for grabs include £150 for every full house, £100 for every two lines and £50 for every one line.

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Film Bingo Ask You To Slay The Dragon

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 1st 2017 7:25 AM

April 23rd is host to St. George’s Day, the patron saint of England, and Film Bingo are celebrating with a month long celebration. Like many of the exclusive promotions from this brand, the winner is decided by a leaderboard. Getting your name on the leaderboard is easy but finishing in the top spot is what will win you the prize.

The prize this month is one that is very English, fitting considering what is being celebrated. The player in pole position at the end of the month will have a choice as a winner at Film Bingo. They will be able to take the tangible prize which is a tea and biscuits hamper set, or they will be eligible to take a cash prize of £50 as an alternative. The choice will be theirs.

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New Iceland Bingo Advert A Bit Dull

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Mar. 30th 2017 7:01 AM

When it comes to advertising any brand on television, the commercial has to catch the attention of the viewer and maintain their interest for it’s duration. A lot of online bingo adverts fall short in our opinion and the latest comes from Iceland Bingo. This brand has been around quite a while, and this is not the first time that they have advertised their wares on television, but the previous commercial was more interesting and at least had some brand / player connection.

The new advert for Iceland Bingo is full of animation but even that’s not very interesting. It consists of the logo, a penny bingo ball, a few words and then the voiceover waxing lyrical about how the site gives away of £4 million a month in prizes. It is worth noting that this is across multiple games, including slots.

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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.