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It was the hottest night of the year in more ways than one in London on Wednesday, 21st June. The weather itself reached record breaking temperatures and it was more like Lanzarote than London, but that paled into insignificance in the face of the culmination of another successful WhichBingo Awards.
The venue was the Cafe de Paris, complete with cabaret and dancing girls. Fortunately the air conditioning was in fine form as almost 200 of the great and the good of the online bingo industry gathered to find out who the lucky winners were.
The big winner of the night was Heart Bingo. The site has seen something of a transformation over the last 12 months and it is clear that players like what has been happening. Heart Bingo walked away with the awards for Best Online Bingo Community, Best Slot Game for Double Bubble and the main award of the night, Best Online Bingo Site.
Mecca Bingo won two awards and the team from Gala also took two. Ted Bingo was named as the Best New Online Bingo Site.
A full list of winners and pictures from the event can be found on our dedicated WhichBingo Awards pages.See all the WhichBingo Award winners
You may be familiar with the Dragonfish Network, also known as the Globalcom Network, and love the games provided to players on that platform. What you may not be so fond of is the wagering requirements that accompany any bonus you may receive. You may not yet have noticed that there is a new network in town for bingo sites using Dragonfish software and this is the Real Bingo Network.
The Real Bingo Network was first launched in January 2017 with Blighty Bingo being the first site to trial the scheme. This is the first no bonus bingo network to launch on the UK online bingo market.
Instead of 'bonus bucks' or bonus cash of any kind that players can spend on bingo and/or slots, new players are given bingo tickets in specific bingo games instead when they make a first deposit after registration and every depositing player gets daily free spins.
On these tickets and spins all winnings are paid in cash and are withdrawable subject to the £35 minimum - no wagering required.
Hunky Bingo and Zinger Bingo launched on the main Dragonfish Network, but have now made the move to sit alongside partner site Blighty Bingo on the new Real Bingo Network. All existing players will have to re-register with these sites, but will benefit from the welcome bonus and some extra free spins if using the same email address as previously:
Deposit £10, play with £80 plus 10 free spins for brand new customers.
Deposit £10, play with £80 plus 15 free spins for existing customers.
The only downside that we can see is that the free spins have low maximum winnings of £1 or 50p irrespective of points accrued during spins.Learn more about Hunky Bingo and its new offer
Popular slots and casino site Wicked Jackpots had made some subtle changes over the last couple of weeks and have launched an exclusive prize draw to mark the launch of the new(ish) site.
Many of the changes are behind the scenes and more to benefit the user experience at the site, but a very noticeable change is the first deposit bonus now being available right up to £777. The site has also added a Prize Wheel to reward loyal players and every £500 wagered is worth a spin to win a guaranteed prize of free spins, bonus cash, coins and more.
Play at the site between now and 30th June and every £50 deposit will earn you a prize draw entry for the chance to win one of these super prizes:
- MacBook Pro 2017
- iPhone 7
- iPad Pro
There is one MacBook to be won, but two iPad Pro and three iPhones too. So lots of opportunities to be on the winners list. The winners will be selected on 3rd July and notified soon after.
Check out Wicked Jackpots now and good luck.Discover what Wicked Jackpots has to offer
Watch our Dotty Bingo guide and find out about the latest promotions presently available. We will also give you some background information about betfair's site and the software betfair's games run on.Find out more about Dotty Bingo
Watch our brand new WhichBingo guide to Bucky Bingo. We will give you a full run down on Bucky Bingo's promotions and explain how you can qualify for them.
We'll also explain what Bucky Bingo offers their existing and new players. Not forgetting background information about the Bucky Bingo site and take a look at what games are available.Read more about Bucky Bingo
Sun Bingo has been around since 2008 and is one of the biggest and best known names in UK online bingo. In those nine years there have been a few changes, lots of big giveaways and lots of awards won - including Best Bingo Site, Best TV ad and Best Chat Team at the WhichBingo Awards.
The team at Sun Bingo do not shy away from a big event and it doesn't come much bigger than breaking not just one, but two world records on the same day.
Sun Bingo is now the proud holder of the GUINNESS WORLDS RECORDS® titles of 'Largest set of Bingo Balls' and the 'Largest Bingo Card'. To make the landmark event even more unforgettable it all took place at the world famous Blackpool Tower.
The event was led by the Having a Ball team and Sun Bingo ambassadors Rustie Lee, Chico and Chris Hopkins. They entertained almost 400 Sun Bingo players from all over the UK all through the day and into the night and helped ensure that things went smoothly.
Rustie Lee said, "I’m so happy to have been part of this recording breaking day. It was so good to see so many players brought together from all over the UK to help Sun Bingo enter the record books."
They were joined on stage at various times of the day by Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, currently touring under the name Boyzlife, and as the records were confirmed as being broken one of the original hosts of TVs Record Breakers, Cheryl Baker, appeared on stage to start the celebrations by performing Making Your Mind Up with her group, The Fizz, plus gave an impromptu performance of the Record Breakers 'Dedication' theme tune. Peter Dickson, the booming voice of The X Factor was also on hand to help with the number calling.
The records were set with a game using 75 70cm bingo balls on Blackpool seafront and a 4x4 meter bingo card on the floor of Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
The prizes handed out to the winners of these record breaking games were of epic proportions themselves, with no less than seven luxurious cruises being given away.
Record breaking Cruise winner Graham Thompson said, “I can't believe it, I'm speechless! I've played for 10 years, this is the best prize I've ever won.
Sun Betting & Gaming Director Tom Ustunel said, "I can't thank everybody enough who helped make Saturday such a historic day for Sun Bingo. This is the start of a very busy and exciting period with the Sun Bingo roadshow about to kick into full flow, so it was important that we started with a bang and we certainly did that by setting two world records."Discover more about Sun Bingo
Heart Bingo has really come into its own in 2017 and is really trading well on being a partner site of popular Heart Radio. Since it got a makeover the website is one of the best around, has loads of great bingo rooms, big money giveaways, great chat hosts and player community and an excellent mobile app.
The giveaways of late have ranged from big gadget prizes, to spa breaks, to luxury holidays and now there is to be the first ever Bingo Festival.
The Heart Bingo Feel Good Festival will only be available to Heart Bingo players and will take place in Warwickshire on Saturday, 16th September.
Winners will be able to see live bands and have access to luxury tents and hospitality. In addition there will be fairground games and quizzes across the weekend. Glamping at its best is promised.
Tickets can be won on site, in chat and on social media. Join Heart Bingo, opt in and play between now and Thursday 15th June for the chance to be at this unique and exclusive event.
All that is required once opted in is to spend £1 on any game. The more days you qualify for the draw the more draw tickets you will receive. See site promotions page for full details.
70 winners will be chosen to receive tickets for themselves and a guest to attend the event and another 100 players will receive a runner-up prize.Learn more about Heart Bingo
Watch our brand new WhichBingo guide to Betfred Bingo. We will give you a full run down on Betfred Bingo's new promotions and offers that they are presently running and explain how you can qualify for them.
We'll also explain what Betfred Bingo offers their existing and brand new players. Not forgetting background information about the Betfred Bingo site and take a look at what games are available.Find out more about Betfred Bingo
Records are made to be broken and this weekend Sun Bingo is pulling out all stops and aiming to break not just one bingo related record, but two.
A massive event is taking place on 3rd June in Blackpool, at the Tower Ballroom no less, with an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ adjudicator in attendance to confirm the success or failure of the attempts.
The popular Sun Bingo Having a Ball team are on the road with Rustie Lee and Chico leading the way, with almost 400 players also travelling to the event and to take part in the record attempts too. Other fun events on the day will see performances from Bucks Fizz and BoyzLife.
The records themselves are those originally set by Gala Bingo for bingo games using the biggest bingo balls and the biggest bingo card. This time around they will be playing 75 ball bingo instead of 90 ball bingo and there will be £30,000 worth of prizes up for grabs too. The attempt to break the record for the biggest bingo balls will take place on Blackpool seafront, while the biggest bingo card record attempt will take place in the Tower Ballroom itself.
Sun Betting & Gaming Director, Tom Ustunel commented: "Sun Bingo is known for having the biggest balls in the industry so it makes sense that we set the record straight."
He went on, "Bingo is all about bringing people together to enjoy some fun and be sociable so it’s great that we can celebrate this day with a host of our most valued customers."
Sun Bingo is fun bingo is the motto and this weekend should really prove this to be the case. Good luck guys!See more about Sun Bingo and its offers here
For a while it appeared that regular big money bingo games and higher stake and prize slot machines could be making an appearance in our high street pubs, thanks to the efforts of Greene King to introduce this to their estate.
However, following much back and forth between the different courts the ruling has now been made that bingo and high stake machines should be confined to dedicated gambling establishments and not "as ancillary attractions in pubs".
This in no way reflects on Greene King as an operator, but shows the tougher and much more careful stance being taken by the Gambling Commission who contested the applications and the courts themselves.See the full story here