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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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Daily Doozey Is The New Free Room

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jan. 18th 2018 7:04 AM

Dragonfish Free Bingo

Dragonfish
Free Bingo

The latest addition to the sites that we have bonus pages for is Aunt Bev’s and it was whilst visting this site to prepare the page that we noticed quite a change in the free bingo offering! At first we thought it was an exclusive deal for this new bingo site but it transpires that the free bingo schedule for all Dragonfish sites has been amended!

We’re not sure exactly when the changes were implemented but Quids In is no longer the go to room for new players who have just registered an account with a Dragonfish site. In fact, Quids In is now only available to those that have made a deposit. The name of the new room is Daily Doozey and there are some quite significant changes to what’s available to newbies.

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Road To Bingo Rewards At Gala Bingo

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 16th 2018 10:05 AM

A new promotion got underway at Gala Bingo on Saturday 6th January but don’t worry, you’ve plenty of time to get involved because the Road To Bingo Rewards can be travelled until Saturday 3rd February. Travelling along the road can see you take home a variety of prizes and even get you in a free bingo session of two!

The first thing that you have to do is opt in at Gala Bingo and this is done by visiting the special promotional page when you have logged into your account. Once this is done you just have to deposit and spend a minimum of £5 and you will have qualified for a free bingo session that boasts 10 no cost games.

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Name And Fame At Jackpot Joy

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 15th 2018 4:42 AM

Whilst the Queen of Bingo is off on her holidays, Paddy McGuiness has moved into the Jackpot Joy’s royal palace to ensure everything runs smoothly. A man of such importance needs an entourage, so has been on the lookout for his own royal staff. He has found the perfect candidates but he needs your help to name them as part of his Name & Fame promotion.

Jackpot Joy need your help to name not only their cute new corgi character, but also Paddy’s new suave and sophisticated ginger haired butler. If you are one of their funded players, you simply need to log in to your account and submit your suggestions on the Name & Fame page, but be warned, you only have until 11:59pm tonight, so you’ll need to be quick if you want to take part.

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Branding Being Lost By Bingo Sites

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jan. 13th 2018 7:26 AM

Online Bingo Branding

Branding Being Lost
In Compliance

It wasn’t that long ago that we covered some of the changes that were being made at various bingo sites in an effort to be compliant [read more here]. The UK Gambling Commission had sent a letter to all operators requesting that they remove ads that were ‘likely to appeal particularly to people aged 17 or younger (‘under 18’)’ and, ‘generally available to view (‘freely accessible’).’

Operators complied and we have seen some of the personalities from various bingo sites lost but now we’re seeing Dragonfish sites taking it one step further, and in many cases, stripping the sites bare of any individuality! Site owners have invested substantially in building the branding, only to be told that much of it has to now be removed.

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Heart Bingo January Sales

Posted by Nickie on: Thursday, Jan. 11th 2018 7:16 AM

January is a month that always seems a little longer than most despite other months having 31 days too. The reason for this is that we’ve often got to tighten our belts a little following Christmas and its excesses. There always seems to be more month left than money in January and for this reason, the January Sales at Heart Bingo will certainly be less of a strain on the purse strings.

Our bingo budgets are often less after Christmas and Heart Bingo clearly understand this. They’ve slashed prizes in their January sales and the low cost tickets continue right through until 31st January 2018 on site.

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Mecca Bingo Launch The #Meccarena

Posted by Nickie on: Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 7:56 AM

When it comes to adverts for online bingo, we have seen quite a few over the years. Some have really grabbed our attention, and others, bored us to tears. It would be fair to say that the ones that have gotten a thumbs up from us are those that have a great soundtrack. The old school Foxy adverts are classic examples using iconic tunes like We Are Family and You’re The One That I Want. Mecca Bingo are now on the list with their latest offering and if you have seen the advert already, you will know why!

The Mecca Bingo advert uses a parody of the 1983 song by Los Del Rio, Macarena, and it was this that had our attention the moment it could be heard playing went we went to the kitchen to make a cup of tea in the commercial break!

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Amazon Echo’s From Bubble Bonus Bingo

Posted by Lee on: Monday, Jan. 8th 2018 4:11 AM

You can’t help but be impressed with modern technology. It’s not just phones that are getting smarter these days, as every aspect of your life can now be connected to the internet. There are gadgets out there such as the Amazon Echo that can help your organise your life as easy as your music collection, and Bubble Bonus Bingo have loads of them to give away this month.

The Amazon Echo looks like a simple speaker but is so much more. You can use it to read you stories, play games, and even tell you a joke as well as more useful applications such as a diary, shopping list, and you can even ask it to order things online and sit back and wait for them to be delivered. If you fancy getting your hands on one, head on over to Bubble Bonus Bingo now.

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Free Play Bonuses All But Finished

Posted by Nickie on: Saturday, Jan. 6th 2018 7:22 AM

No Free Play Bonus

Free Play
Bonuses Lost

We’ve been in the online bingo business for quite a number of years now and in that time have seen many changes to the bonus structure of welcome packages at various sites. We remember when the first free play bonus was introduced and how once one site had offered a no deposit required bonus, many others followed suit.

This type of bonus became an expectation by players for a while and then slowly, we saw the number of sites offering this sort of bonus reduce. However, there has always been a substantial number of brands offering a no deposit required bonus, that was until the introduction of the new tax on free play bonuses introduced in August 2017.

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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.