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Historically, bingo players have been acknowledged as being a superstitious bunch. In recognition of this and to mark both Halloween (31/10) and National Black Cat Day (27/10) we have heard that a pair of black cats will cross the paths of players at Mecca Bingo Forge club in Glasgow as they meet and greet players.
Spokesperson for Mecca Bingo, Caroline Webb, said: “Many Brits have lucky charms, rituals and superstitions when it comes to sports and games, be it a four leaf clover, a precious pair of pants or even a pre-game routine.
“To put one of the UK’s most ancient superstitions to the test, we’ve taken on black cat team members to see if they bring good fortune for customers.”
The Scottish club was chosen for the test following a new survey undertaken by Mecca Bingo, which found the charm Scots believe will bring them the most luck is a black cat. By comparison nearly half of the Welsh rely on lucky pennies and wishing on shooting stars, while over 40% of players from the North East relied on simply crossing their fingers and finding a four leaf clover.
Of course, most people are aware that black cats have long had an association with luck and the species is wrapped in superstitions. In the UK a black cat is said to be a lucky omen if one crosses your path. In times gone by the Celts believed that a woman with a black cat would have many suitors, while sailors would seek out a black cat to be a lucky charm for a safe voyage.
The Mecca Bingo club hopes to find that their luccky black cats bring extra good fortune to their players. If so, you may find black cats roaming around your local Mecca Bingo club in the next few weeks!Find out where the lucky black cats will be!
Jackpotjoy appear to have once again updated their ad styling, although some of this production leaves us thinking it might not be intended for TV and may just be for online advertising purposes.
This video sees Barbara Windsor in all here latest Queen of Bingo finery - which you might have noticed has been scaled down from the huge hooped skirt version she was hoisted into for a few years there - in front of a map of Britain doing her best weather girl impression.
In this instance the map is highlighting big Jackpotjoy winners as she tells us there are 'heavy downpours of winners up and down the country' and that 'there are huge jackpots everywhere'.
The welcome bonus is very clear at the foot of the video, together with easily readable terms and conditions. However, our doubts about it being suitable for TV in its current format hinge on the word 'freeplay' being bandied about everywhere. As you have to make a £10 deposit to get the £25 bonus we understand that this cannot be deemed freeplay for advertising purposes.
Keep an eye on your digital devices to see if you spot it.Discover more about Jackpotjoy
It's fair to say that Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo moving to Virtue Fusion recently has made Playtech move forward rather quickly in what they could offer in play and in chat to players. It is clear that The Sun Bingo did not want to lose any of the unique features it had previously developed and the 'in-chat video feed' is one such example.
VF sites have not up to now had this capability, but with the return of Having a Ball every Friday it is clear that any hurdles have been cleared and the show is back in the chat rooms as wild and wacky as ever.
There are a couple of new faces including Chico from The X Factor who is now carving himself out a career as a presenter and has already been linked with a few bingo sites as a celeb chat host.
Knowing how popular chat hosts are with players the Having a Ball show continues to feature selected hosts in many of the zany segments.
Tune in every Friday for fun and games and lots of giveaways.More about what Sun Bingo has to offer
This month we have a brilliant £5 no deposit deal waiting for all new players that join our Site of the Month, Heart Bingo.
This deal is not available by visiting the site direct, but when you click through to Heart Bingo from WhichBingo that is the offer you will find waiting at the other end. On top of this for new depositing players is a 400% first deposit bonus, which turns a simple £10 deposit into £50 to play with.
Given that Heart Bingo has undergone significant improvement and upgrading in recent months that is a nice amount of cash and bonus to play around the site with to explore the many new bingo rooms and the expanded slot games selection. More games from a wider range of developers are now available for slot fans to enjoy.
The promotions are fun and change at least a couple of times a month, so no matter when you log in be sure the check them out and don't forget to opt in for more chances to win.Read about Heart Bingo as Site of the Month
Recently we wrote about Sky Bingo adopting the new style bingo gaming platform being rolled out by Playtech and its new game. At the same time as the site got its rebranding a new multi-million pound marketing campaign was launched to ensure maximum exposure.
The campaign centres around a new tagline of 'Expect Excitement' and this first TV advert focuses on waiting for one number (lucky 7) for the full house - a situation we all like to be in and know how exciting that can be - especially if big money is involved.
Sky Bingo prides itself on delivering what players want and the campaign and the new games and features at the site are a result of six full months of research.
The rebrand follows a six-month research project which will culminate in the addition of visual enhancements to the Sky Bingo website, as well as new product developments and exclusive game releases.
The fortunes of Sky Bingo have already been on the increase this year with a 51% rise in revenues to the year ended June 2016, so this new initiative should see those figures multiplied.
James Boord, SB&G’s head of bingo marketing, said:
“We know the sense of community and friendliness are an important element of the bingo experience but our research has shown that entertainment and adrenaline are the core driver for most of our players."
He went on:
More about Sky Bingo here
“We love bingo as much as our players and we ‘get’ that feeling – and why they do it is why we do it.”
The big prize on offer exclusively for bet365 Bingo players this month is a luxury break for two worth up to £1,450. The even better news is that there are three of these prize packages to be given away, one a week over the next three weeks.
If you are not already a member now would be a good time to take advantage of the bet365 Bingo welcome offer of £1000 free bingo, a £20 slots bonus and up to £100 bingo bonus to take part in this exclusive giveaway.
The big prizes are on offer in All-Winners Finale games at 9pm every Sunday in the Pumpkin Patch room. You can win up to 36 tickets to each finale game, or buy them in advance.
During the week play in the Trick or Treat games running at various times between 11am and 11.30pm in the Pumpkin Patch room to win your way to the finale. Plus every £5 cash staked is worth six tickets to each of the ten prize-filled games that run will also run every Sunday in the Halloween Party House from 8pm in the build up to the finale game.
All promotions will come with specific terms and conditions so be sure to check at the site before taking part.See what bet365 Bingo has to offer
The power of a good advert is to make the viewer want the product. On that basis this latest TV ad from tombola promoting its tombola arcade brand and its new game Bubble is a roaring success.
It's a very simple advert by today's standards. The tombola blue/green background, simple discs for the price to play, columns for what you can win and all the time the bubbles that you have to pop to win exploding all around.
The voiceover goes on to say that what makes the game so satisfying is being able to burst each and every bubble, and it is done in such a way that it builds to a crescendo as the last bubble bursts.
Tombola arcade has not been open very long so it is a good sign for the future that new games are already being added. Variety is the spice of life and all that.Learn all about tombola arcade
2016 has seen a slowdown in the number of new bingo sites launched over previous years, but in the last few weeks there has been a surge in activity from new brands opting for Dragonfish software.
Since August six of the eleven new bingo sites launched have been Dragonfish. The most prominent of these has been Woolly Bingo, which although opting for the Draonfish network instead of going standalone still looks and feels different to many of it partner sites on the network. There's a 200% bingo bonus, plus 50 bonus spins to add to the fun for new depositing players. It has bingo rooms not available to the wider network (although shared with a limited number of sister sites) and it has a launch competition to win a home makeover worth £2,000.
Lots of good reasons there to try this latest Dragonfish bingo site.Discover more about Woolly Bingo
The fully responsive site rollout by Playtech online bingo sites is now well under way and has picked up a head of steam in the last couple of weeks with some big names making the switch. Mecca Bingo has moved over and now Sky Bingo has made the leap too.
Sky Bingo has taken the opportunity to tweak the colour scheme of the site slightly, to perk up its promotions, to make the site less 'wordy' and to introduce a brand new and exclusive bingo game, Mystical Bingo.
The game is themed around woodland nature and is another 50 ball bingo game. Along the same lines as the popular Cash Cubes game, everyone can buy just one ticket from a choice of four ticket prices - the more you pay to play, the better the prize.
The even better news is that the generous Sky Bingo welcome bonus for new players is still in place. So, if you have not yet tried Sky Bingo and join now you will receive £35 in bingo bonuses when you make a first deposit and spend just £5 of it on bingo tickets.See more about Sky Bingo and Mystical Bingo here
At the end of August Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo made an almost seamless transfer from Gamesys to Playtech. Apart from the loss of some popular Gamesys slot games the look and feel of the sites remained almost unchanged and marked a departure for the Playtech platform.
What was noticed by those players that were familiar with Playtech bingo sites was that some of the more popular games from that network were missing on the newly revamped sites. Cash Cubes and the Deal or No Deal Bingo games were notable by their absence. However, as of today that omission has been rectified as these three games have been integrated to Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo, with other new slot games and features also added.
All players will now be able to launch and play up to three slot games and up to three bingo rooms to play at the same time. Chat has been enhanced by the addition of emoticons and the 1tg heartbeat has been added to increase the excitement of waiting for your last number to win.See what Sun Bingo has to offer