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Michael Hess: Bingo And Social Club Five Years On
Michael Hess:
Bingo And Social Club Five Years On

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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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Tea Cup Tournament At Gala Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 26th 2018 7:17 AM

The nation might not all be engrossed in the World Cup, and we may not all be keen on watching a game where 22 men run around a patch chasing a ball. However, if you’re here reading this article we can presume that you’re not adverse to a game which also uses balls, albeit that they are numbered. Gala Bingo are hosting their own version of the World Cup but it’s called the Tea Cup.

We’re now in Week Two of the Tea Cup tournament at Gala Bingo but you have this and two more weeks to get involved. Each week you have to qualify for the Semi-Final and then during that session on a Friday, you will be able to qualify for the Final on Sunday 15th July. Qualifying games for the Semis take place daily between midday and midnight and tickets cost 10p each.

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Bonus Changes To Ignite Bingo Brands

Posted by Nickie on: Sunday, Jun. 24th 2018 7:03 AM

If you’re a fan of the Ignite bingo brands, sites like Frozen, Angry, Sparkly and Kingdom Bingo to name but a few, then you may have noticed a change when you have visited their sites of late. Over the last few days there has been an amendment to the welcome package offered to new players registering and making their first deposit.

To date the changes have taken place at Farmyard, Rewind, Season, Bringo, Sparkly, Frozen, Angry, Giant, Dino and Kingdom Of Bingo. What’s altered is that the sites no longer offer a cash match bonus on your initial deposit, instead they are rewarding your first transaction with bingo tickets.

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Take A Lick Of Sundae Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jun. 21st 2018 7:25 AM

Sundae Bingo is a name that we only heard of in early June when we stumbled upon the site, the official launch date for the brand was 5th June 2018. Whatever the launch date though, we think you will be keen to take a slurp of what it has to offer when you learn that the bonuses have no wagering requirements!

Like other sites before it from Tau Gaming, (Hunky, Zinger, Dabber, Besties to name but a few) Sundae Bingo has opened on the Real Money Network from Dragonfish. This means that you don’t get the traditional cash match bonus on your first deposit but instead will receive bingo tickets for specific rooms / games and 10 slot spins.

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All Because The Lady Love Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 19th 2018 7:54 AM

Do you remember the adverts for Milk Tray of the late 60’s with the guy dressed in black performing James Bond type feats to deliver chocolates to the lady in his life? The strapline in these commercials was “and all because the lady loves Milk Tray”. When we heard the name Lady Love Bingo, we were reminded of those adverts.

Lady Love Bingo looks to have launched late May 2018 but there was no fanfare or pre-launch teasers from this new bingo site. The question is though, are the ladies going to love the new site or will it be like some of the other sites on the 15 Network, and only around a couple of years?

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New Site, New Offer From Bright Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jun. 16th 2018 7:20 AM

Bright Bingo moved to the Dragonfish network in April 2018 and whilst you may have had an account with the old site powered by the b-live Gaming software, to continue play with the brand you will have to register at the new site. The new site sits on the .co.uk domain but if you have funds remaining at the old version, you have to visit the .com and request a withdrawal.

As the site has moved, you’re now able to take full advantage of the new welcome package being offered by Bright Bingo and what’s great about it is that there are no wagering requirements on any winnings from the offer! That’s right, if you win using the bingo tickets or slot spins awarded, you get to keep the money!

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Sweet Treats From Sweet Shop Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jun. 14th 2018 7:39 AM

It was only a short while ago that we reported on a change in the welcome offer being extended to new players at Deep Sea Bingo. Today we are looking at amendments to the package offered to newbies at Sweet Shop Bingo, another Ignite brand who recently made a number of alterations to their opening deals.

Previously players to Sweet Shop Bingo were welcomed with a no deposit required bonus of £5 at the point they signed up to the site. This was followed by a 300% cash match bonus on your initial deposit bonus. The no deposit required bonus has been dropped and the cash match bonus replaced with bingo tickets and slot spins.

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Dazzle Bingo Coming Soon

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jun. 12th 2018 7:11 AM

Dazzle Bingo

Coming Soon
Dazzle Bingo

One of the things we get really excited about is the impending launch of a new bingo site, especially when we know that others from the same company have really pulled out all the stops. When we heard that the owners of Zoe’s and Katie’s Bingo are set to launch a new brand soon, we were keen to find out all the details. First things first, the name!

Dazzle Bingo is the name of the latest project from the people behind Zoe’s and Katie’s Bingo and the holding page tells us a bit more about what we can expect. This site also what your input too so check their Facebook page to get involved in helping them choose welcome bonuses etc.

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Wheel Of Slots Network Winding Bingo Down

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jun. 9th 2018 7:17 AM

On 30th May we learned that Free Spirit Bingo was set to make a change. This change saw the brand migrate from the Wheel of Slots Network across to the 15 Network and the new software from Jumpman Gaming. For many this will seem a bit of a sidestep but it would appear that the Wheel Of Slots Network is to be wound down and will eventually not include any bingo brands.

Free Spirit Bingo first launched in November 2015 on WSN but it isn’t a site that has made a great impact in the world of online bingo, much like most of the brands powered by the Jumpman Gaming software. With the move to the 15 Network comes the chance to reclaim the first deposit bonuses again, even if you did have an account previously.

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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.