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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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Bonus Letter From UK Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Apr. 26th 2018 7:23 AM

We often receive promotional material from various online bingo sites in the post. Most of these will offer free spins or special deposit bonuses but one we had from UK Bingo boasted something a little different. The offer is different and a little bit confusing if we are honest.

The letter starts, as all do, with the addressee’s name and then the account’s real balance. In this instance the amount is £6.44. This is followed by the account username. It continues by telling us that we have a real cash balance left in our UK Bingo account. It explains that we may not have been aware of the balance as we hadn’t logged into our account for a while.

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Barbados Bingo Joins 15 Network

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 24th 2018 7:18 AM

We’ve already reported on the changes that have been happening at sites over the 15 Network but what we haven’t yet done is introduce our readers to the site that first brought these amendments to our attention, Barbados Bingo. This brand joined the network on 9th April 2018, quite a few months after it’s name had been heard on the bingo drums.

We’re not entirely sure whether the old brands (Elf, Dove and Showreel Bingo) got their makeover ahead of the launch of Barbados Bingo, or if the new site was the first to unveil the new software upgrade. What we do know is that whilst the new software is far more responsive and the overall aesthetics of the brands boasting it are far improved, there are also a few issues.

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Bingo Comes To The Nintendo Switch

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018 4:28 AM

Nintendo Bingo

Nintendo Switch
Bingo

The Switch is the latest games machine from Nintendo. It has been on the market since early 2017 and not only do you have the option of connecting it to the television, but also using it as a tablet, meaning you can play your favourite games even if someone is catching up on the soaps! Bingo is the latest game to be added to their line-up and it promises to be fun for the whole family.

Bingo has been released by Starsign and can be enjoyed by up to four players at a time. The great news is that you don’t even need to leave the house to get it, as it’s available as a digital download from the Nintendo store and it will cost you just £4.49, which we are sure you’ll agree is a lot cheaper than a night down the pub!

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bgo Boss Verne Troyer Dies Age 49

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 21st 2018 9:15 PM

Verne Troyer

R.I.P
Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer was known for many different roles but probably his most famous was as Mini-Me in the second and third Austin Powers films. However, for online gamblers, especially casino players, he was known as the Boss at bgo. It’s with a very heavy heart that we write this piece because news has just broken that he has passed away.

News broke at about 9pm this evening following a post on his official Facebook page and whilst bgo have yet to react to his passing, we are sure that we will see some changes on site over the next couple of days to show respect for Verne Troyer and his family and friends.

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Bright Bingo To Make A Move

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Apr. 21st 2018 6:50 AM

Over the years we have seen many online bingo sites take the decision to move software provider, some have even made more than one move. However, these are usually changes that happen with networked brands, not those on proprietary software so we were shocked to hear the news that Bright Bingo was planning a move to the Dragonfish network.

The announcement was made on the Bright Bingo Facebook page on 16th April and this was apparently being followed up with a newsletter to all those who held an account with the site. However, as of 18th April we had not received notification of the impending changes through our registered email address.

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Golden Prize Games At Gala Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Apr. 19th 2018 7:23 AM

Golden Prize Bingo kicked off at Gala Bingo on Thursday 5th April and this great promotion has an impressive selection of prizes on offer to the players at the site. There are daily chances to win amazing prizes in the themed games room of Rainbow Riches Bingo. Prizes like holidays to Dubai or Las Vegas, iPhones, iPads, spa breaks, hair straighteners and much more besides.

It’s easy to get in on the action at Gala Bingo. To enter the draw for the following day you simply have to complete the two qualifying steps at the site and then make sure you are in the Martini Room for the following day at 9pm.

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City Bingo Travels To Paris

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Apr. 17th 2018 7:30 AM

City the cat, the mascot that is no longer seen on the homepage of City Bingo, likes to travel the world and for April he has landed in Paris. It’s only fitting then that the name of the promotion that is running this month is Paris in Springtime. Whilst the weather may not feel like spring at the moment, the temperatures are slowing increasing.

The flowers may be in full bloom in Paris though and for the player who wins this promotion, they’ll be the chance to see them for themselves! The top prize is listed as a day trip for two to Paris by Eurostar!

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Wheels Are In Motion At Treasure Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Apr. 16th 2018 7:37 AM

When the nice weather finally makes a return, you’ll want to make the most of it, as we never quite know how long it’s going to stick around! One nice way of seeing the sights and shedding a few of those extra pounds we put on to keep us warm over winter is by cycling everywhere instead of taking the car. The Treasure Bingo pirates agree and have put the Wheels in Motion for another superb promotion.

This special 75-ball bingo game is taking place at 10pm on Thursday 16th April and you can take part at home on your computer or whilst you are out and about on your smartphone thanks to mobile software. You don’t need to download an app or anything, simply head to the normal web address and log in with your existing account details.

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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.