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National Bingo Day - What's On

National Bingo Day - What's On

Sue Dawson

What is National Bingo Day?

National Bingo Day is finally almost upon us – it’s this coming Sunday, 27th June 2021.

“Wait, what?” I hear you say. “Did I miss something because I don’t remember anything about this in previous years?”

You’re right – this is the first time National Bingo Day has been celebrated in the UK (we expect it won’t be the last!).  It’s previously only been a thing in the USA (no-one knows who started it and when) but has now been formally recognised by the British bingo industry (online and offline) as an annual festival dedicated to the great game.

Many of the events are taking place in clubs (where there’s lots to celebrate after months of enforced closures) but there’s several online too.

What’s happening in clubs for National Bingo Day

The centerpiece of National Bingo Day is the National Bingo Game on 27th June, which will have two guaranteed £50K jackpots, one on the afternoon and one in the evening.   All of the other players at the winner’s club will be happy too as they’ll each receive £100!

Mecca Bingo clubs have two celebrations this week, not just one.

  • On Friday 25th June there’s #junemas – aka the Mecca Christmas Party.  As Mecca clubs were closed during December 2020, they’re running a full on Christmas party now.  They promise mince pies, Christmas cocktails, festive music, Christmas jumper competitions and lots of surprises.
  • On the evening of National Bingo Day itself Mecca Clubs have an exclusive £50K jackpot  just for their players, as well as the two National Game £50K jackpots.  There’s also a prize draw; each club will be giving away a month of free bingo and one lucky winner nationwide will receive a whole year of free bingo.

Buzz Bingo clubs have been running a series of discounts and promotions all week.  Still in the pipeline is a charity bingo game in aid of Variety, to be played during the evening main event on Friday 25th June.  Tickets are 50p each and there’s £500 up for grabs.  On National Bingo Day itself, there’s free chocolates for all main event players.

Smaller chains and independent clubs are running events as well – check your local club to see what’s on!

What’s happening online for National Bingo Day

As reported last week, Dragonfish bingo sites are running a National Bingo Day Bingo Tournament.  The Appetiser qualifying games where you could win tickets to the finals have finished now but the four big games are yet to play and you can still buy tickets for cash. The £500 Soiree plays on 24th with a 25p ticket price, the £1500 Party plays on 25th with a 50p ticket price, the £3K Carnival plays on 26th with a £1 ticket price and the £5K Grand Finale on 27th with a £1 ticket price.  All of these games include a community share so no-one will go away empty handed.

Virtue Fusion bingo sites are running a bargain bingo promotion with enhanced prizes and reduced ticket prices starting at just 1p, in a different bingo room every day.  Still to come is £25,000 in the Deal or No Deal 90 Room on 25th, £15,000 in the network 5 line room on 26th and £50,000 in the network 90 room on National Bingo Day itself.

At Paddy Power Bingo there’s an add-on promotion; from 25th – 27th, play £1 in any of the three above mentioned rooms (their name for the network 5 line is the Diamond Room and their name for network 90 is the Gold Room) to collect a prize draw entry.  There are 908 prizes; all are free bingo tickets in quantities of 10 to 300 and there’s more than 25,000 free tickets to be won in all.  And that’s not all – everyone who enters but doesn’t win will receive a consolation prize of 5 free bingo tickets.  The tickets can be redeemed in selected games with a ticket price of 10p or less but be quick as they are only valid for 24 hours.

At Mecca Bingo there’s a guaranteed £30K to be won in the Main Event bingo room from 7pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th and from 6pm on Sunday 27th.  Each session includes a £5000 win-win (community share) game at 9pm and on the Sunday there’s also extra chat games all day and a special livestream visiting Mecca clubs.

PlayOJO is running a Festival of Bingo which includes some special games in their exclusive Masked Singer, Mojo and Equaliser bingo rooms and some which are available at other Pragmatic Play bingo sites.  Most notable is an hour of free bingo games in the 80 ball room from 2pm on National Bingo Day itself, and a £1000 free bingo game at 8.30pm on Friday 25th.

At Jackpotjoy there’s a different offer in a different bingo room every day until 27th, revealed by shaking the bingo ball on the promotions page.

Coral Bingo and Ladbrokes Bingo are running National Bingo Day Prize Pools. Players have until 29th June to qualify for an equal share of 10,000 free bingo tickets by opting in and spending £10 or more on bingo. The free tickets will be credited within 72 hours of the end of the promo period and must be claimed within another 72 hours; they are valid for 7 days on any bingo game with a ticket price of 10p or less.

We believe that there are a few other promotions in the pipeline too, some of which may run on social media rather than on the actual bingo sites.

What’s the best National Bingo Day promotion?

In terms of the size and number of promotions, online and offline, and the sheer entertainment value for players, the National Bingo Day promotions at Mecca Bingo are far and away the best.

HOWEVER, there are ways of being the best that go above and beyond what’s good for players.  Step forward Sun Bingo, who have decided to mark National Bingo Day by making a massive £20K donation to the MissingPeople.org.uk charity.  You can see how much this means to the charity in the video!

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