March 2017 – Top Bingo Promotions
|Bet365 Bingo||March Makeover – win a £1000 cash prize|
|Coral Bingo||VIP For A Month – win the ultimate upgrade|
|Virtue Fusion Bingo Sites||Playtech DC Slots £500K Prize Draw|
|Sky Bingo||Tipping Point Bingo £100K Drop Zone|
|Sun Bingo||Over 1000 Caravan Holidays to be won|
March in the world of online bingo was all about Irish Luck themed promotions for St Patrick’s Day on March 17th – a few of which are still running – and the Cheltenham festival; most of the bingo sites associated with the big bookies ran promotions for this highlight of the horse racing calendar. As March draws to a close, there are some promotions themed on Mothering Sunday (March 26th) and the Easter promotions, with the usual crop of groan-inducing puns on the word egg, are starting to roll out.
- Virtue Fusion Bingo Site Promotions
- 888/Cassava Bingo Site Promotions
- Jumpman Promotions (15 Network / Wheel of Slots)
- Cozy Promotions
- Alternative Bingo Platforms
The Virtue Fusion / Playtech network is all about big money! Bingo Linx games play several times every day across the entire network, typically with prizes of £1000+, and at certain times of the month the prizes get even bigger including a total of £250,000 in prizes over the final weekend of every month. The downside of such huge prizes is that so many players are involved that the chance an individual player has of winning is pretty small. The pre-buy system on Playtech powered sites can make buying tickets for the big games slightly confusing as you need to know which room and which time to order the tickets for, instead of just going to a separate room or tab from the lobby as you would at an 888 powered site.
Many Virtue Fusion sites now have the brand new Bouncy Balls bingo room to try out. This new variant uses the game engine from the very popular Cash Cubes but is themed on the popular Bouncy Balls slot. Just like the earlier game, it is single ticket with a choice of 4 stake levels and available on HTML5 only (so not via the old style Flash bingo lobby). Throughout March, the Bouncy Balls room has a 1TG session on Friday nights and a £20K guaranteed session on Saturday nights.
From 27th February – 26th March, many Virtue Fusion sites are running a weekly slots prize draw promotion in connection with selected Playtech slots including the three new Superman slots. Players get one entry for each £10 played and each week there is a double ticket slot, but not only is this not the same at all the sites running the promotion, but the list of featured slots varies from site to site as well. The top prize each week is £5000 and the total prize fund for the promotion is £500,000.
Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo migrated from Gamesys to the Virtue Fusion platform back in August but these sites do NOT look and play like regular Virtue Fusion sites. Instead the bingo rooms and lobby look very much as they did prior to the move, with the Virtue Fusion software running quietly in the background; this brings Cash Cubes (and now Bouncy Balls) on to the desktop without the new style (HTML5) Virtue Fusion bingo lobby – a welcome development for the many players who dislike the new lobby. Fabulous has the better welcome offer of the two sites, but fewer ongoing promotions.
Win A Geta-Wahey is a win a holiday promotion in conjunction with the Sun newspaper’s £9.50 holiday offer. The games play in the Cabaret Room at intervals from 10am until 10pm with a 5p ticket price and one of the Sun’s special caravan holidays for the FH winner. At 9.55pm every day there is another special game, with a 25p ticket price, £9.50 holidays for 1L and 2L and a £1000 holiday for FH.
Sun’s Spotlight Slot promotion has been extended for the whole of March; this offers a £5 slot specific bonus (with a 7 day expiry and 30x wagering requirement) for depositing and playing £10 on the slot of the week. Until 26th March the slot is Fluffy Favourites and the code is FFFIVE. Sun also have a penny bingo promotion; the 1p games run for two hours every evening from 20th – 26th March.
For March, Fabulous Bingo continue the policy of running a version of the previous month’s promotion from Sun – in this case Win Win Bingo. The special games play at intervals from noon until 6pm in the Guestlist Room, with a ticket price of 5p and a maximum of 6 tickets per player; losing tickets are refunded within 72 hours. This promotion is especially beneficial for those playing with cash as the refund will then be in cash; if playing with bonus it comes as bingo bonus with a 3 x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry. Fabulous also had a rather special prize draw promotion with a Fiat 500 car to be won but that has finished now.
Bgo have some exclusive BGO World bingo rooms and an exclusive free spins offer for new players, plus an excellent selection of slots and a very nice slots/casino welcome offer that can be taken as an alternative to bingo bonus. The Big Competition runs every month; to qualify for the three special games on the last Friday of the month (31st March) players need to deposit £20 and play £10 on bingo and £10 on mini games in the exclusive Fairy Delight bingo room. These games have shopping voucher prizes on top of the regular prize pot. Most weekends there is an extra bonus on offer (usually play £10 get £10, with a 2x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry) and the code is announced on the Friday. Mad March is a special prize game in the exclusive Golden Galaxy room at 9.30pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; ticket prizes range from 1p – 5p and prizes include an Amazon Echo Dot, a candy floss maker and a robotic vacuum cleaner. Until 28th March Bgo also has Race To Monaco, a sitewide slots leaderboard promotion with a trip for two to the Monaco Grand Prix to be won by the player who collects the most tickets; players who opt in to the promotion get one ticket for each £10 played on slots and they also get 10 free spins on Drive: Multiplayer Mayhem for every 10 tickets they collect (up to a maximum of 30 free spins per week). Winnings from the free spins have a 35x wagering requirement and 3 day expiry.
At Bet365 there is almost always a big exclusive going on. March Makeover started on 27th February and runs until 26th March, following exactly the same format as the previous promotion Pick Your Trip. Players can acquire up to 36 tickets to the week’s finale game, which plays at 9pm on Sundays with a FH prize of £1000 cash to spend on the makeover of one’s choice, by playing the 5p Spending Spree games Monday – Saturday (one ticket is awarded for every line or full house win, in addition to the regular prizes) or by buying for £1 each. There’s also the Party Hour immediately prior to the finale game; players can claim 6 free tickets to each of the 10 games (which have prizes of cash or Love2Shop vouchers) for each £5 played in the Spending Spree games; tickets for the Party Hour games can also be bought for 10p each and again, there is a limit of 36 tickets per player. Finally there is a £250 bingo bonus community jackpot to be shared between the tickets held by non winning players in each finale game, so absolutely everyone who takes part in this promotion will go away with something.
Bet365 also have Ready Steady Go, which is a regular double your winnings promotion that runs every other week (13th – 19th March and 27th March – 2nd April). To qualify players need to opt in (this only needs to be done once) and play in the 6 featured bingo rooms. Any cash wins in these rooms from cash ticket purchases will be doubled up to an extra £10 for play on desktop, another £10 for play on tablet and yet another £10 for play on mobile. The cash has to be withdrawn or played within 7 days.
From 20th – 22nd March there is a £50 Slots Bonus Booster; this pays 10% of overall slots winnings or slots losses back as a slots bonus, with a 20x wagering requirement and 7 days expiry, Opt-in is required (before the end of the promo period) and since the maximum bonus is £50 and the minimum 10p, the promotion is suitable for all levels of spend.
Bet365’s exclusive bingo rooms include the Mojo Lounge which runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9pm with all cards at 5p and at least 50 Roll On prizes. FH winners also have the opportunity to choose a Mojo Vault key. If the key they pick opens the vault they win £20 bingo bonus. If no-one manages to open the vault during the evening the amount is incremented by £5 and this continues until someone wins. To get into Mojo Lounge for the week you have to spend £10 cash on bingo over the preceding weekend (or any time up until 30 minutes before the first game). Bet365 now have the new style (HTML5) bingo lobby and rooms, with the option to use the old Flash lobby if preferred. Lastly there is the rolling Bingo Slots Club promotion. Opt in and earn one loyalty point for each £10 played on slots (but do be aware that only slots in the Games section of Bet365 Bingo count, not slots from elsewhere on site) , and at the end of the 2 week period an extra slots bonus (with a 20x wagering requirement) is given out for reaching a certain level of Loyalty Points on a certain number of days – this ranges from £1 for getting 10 Loyalty Points on 2 of the days to a whopping £1000 for getting 2000 Loyalty Points on 10 of the days. Qualifying periods for this month are 6th – 19th March and 20th March – 2nd April.
Sky Bingo ‘s no deposit bonus offer has finished now and has been replaced with a generous deposit bonus offer. The big news here is the freshly launched exclusive 40 ball bingo variant, Tipping Point Bingo – a tie-in with the ITV game show. This has a similar game mechanic to Rainbow Riches Bingo, with 8 numbers per ticket arranged in two clusters of 4, and prizes for 1 cluster and full house. The progressive jackpot is much more straightforward, though – split 50/50 between the winner and the other players for bingo in 12 calls or fewer. Ticket prices are 10p – 25p and there’s a maximum of 30 tickets per player per game. There’s plenty of opportunities to try this new room out for free; not only is £25 of the welcome bonus offer earmarked just for Tipping Point Bingo, but every evening between 8pm and 9pm until further notice 10 free games, with £100 bingo bonus (1 x wagering requirement) to be won each time, alternate with 10p ticket games, and Sky are also sending out Tipping Point bonus codes by text message during March. The Tipping Point Drop Zone runs from 9pm – 10pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in March and April; the special games run at randomly selected times during the hour with a ticket price of 25p and extra prizes to be won – and what the prizes are depends on which Drop Zone is in play, which will be announced on the day – Drop Zone 1 has cash prizes, Drop Zone 2 technology, Drop Zone 3 shopping vouchers and Drop Zone 4 holiday vouchers. Further Tipping Point bingo promotions are being run via their Facebook page.
Sky do have one bingo promotion that isn’t related to Tipping Point – an escalator jackpot every Saturday in March, in the Sky Speed room; the jackpot is seeded at £2000 and starts at noon, at 30 calls, incremented by one call per hour until won.
Sky players can also visit the Vegas section of the site (offering a wider selection of slots than the bingo section). Here, there is almost always some kind of big multi level promotion running and from 27th February to 30th April they have Sky Vegas Millions and Spin It to Win It. Players get one free spin per day on the Sky Vegas Prize Machine, with no minimum spend. Prizes include cash, tickets to the daily Sky Vegas Millions prize draw, bonuses, free spins and other offers. Players also earn tickets to the daily draw via play – one ticket is awarded for each £10 played on slots or £50 played on table games. The top prize each day is £5000 cash and there are over 1500 other cash prizes. High rollers can participate in the Golden Jackpot prize draw which takes place on Fridays during the promo period by collecting a Golden Ticket when they rack up 500 daily prize draw entries; this gives one entry to the next and all subsequent Golden Jackpot draws and there is no limit to the number of Golden Tickets a player can have. In each Golden Jackpot draw, one player will win £25,000 cash.
At Mecca Bingo the big promotion for this month is March Madness. This consists of a weekly £500 free bingo session (6pm – 7pm on Mondays) and to gain entry, players must opt in with the code of the week and deposit and play £20 on bingo (Tuesday – Sunday). The real excitement, however, is reserved for players who qualify for at least 3 of the 4 weekly sessions as they will be invited to a further free bingo session at 6pm on Friday 31st March – with prizes including Fitbits, days out, weekend breaks and a Fiat 500 car.
Every few months Mecca run Pick Your Own Promo. This allows players to vote for their favourite from a selection of promotions, and the most popular one is then run. Until March 26th, players can vote on which of the three bingo promotions – a 10% bonus back on wins or losses, a daily £1000 prize draw or a £10K bonus leaderboard – should be run for the week commencing 17th April.
Burst Bingo, which is one of Mecca’s exclusive bingo variants, is one year old and each weekend in March, there is a sharepot and prize draw promotion to celebrate this. Opt in with the code of the week and play £20 cash on Burst Bingo Friday – Sunday, to receive a share of the £1000 Burst Bingo bonus and a chance to win a hot air balloon ride for two complete with hotel stay, dinner and champagne. The bonus has a 7 day expiry but there are no wagering requirements. To participate in this promotion you’ll need to be playing via the new look bingo lobby (or on mobile or tablet).
There’s also the usual series of slots promotions, including a game of the week promotion which gives 100% bonus back on losses for players who opt in with code WKGAME and deposit and play £10 on the specified slot; the bonus has a 20x wagering requirement, can only be used on the same slot again and the maximum bonus is £10. This week (20th – 26th March) the slot is the recently launched Wild West West by NetEnt. Also from 20th – 26th March, there is a 20% bonus back offer on wins or losses on five featured jewel themed slots. The maximum bonus is £50 and it has a 20x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry; opt in with code JEWEL.
Paddy Power Bingo and Betfair Bingo are both part of the same organisation, the megabookie created by the merger of the two parent companies which was completed last year. Despite having a shared bingo room the sites are different in character, one very major difference being that Betfair has the new HTML5 bingo lobby and Paddy doesn’t as yet. This week (20th – 23rd March) both sites have a 10% stakeback bingo bonus promotion that can be entered by opting in with code STAKEBACK and playing in a specific bingo room (Sapphire at Paddy Power and House of Cards at Betfair). The maximum bonus is £20 and the wagering requirement is 5x.
The best promotion at Paddy Power remains the welcome bonus offer which is not quite as good as it used to be but still a very worthwhile 500% on a deposit of just £5. The only restriction is that you have to spend it on bingo tickets within 30 days. The site has recently had a makeover (without changing to HTML5) but all the regular exclusives remain. Money Back Mondays is one of these; it requires opt-in but this only has to be done once a month. The promotion involves three £100 guaranteed games that play between 7pm and 10pm; if you play these games and don’t win overall, your cash stakes will be refunded as bingo bonus. The big news at Paddy Power for March is in connection with the 14 daily jackpot slots over in the Games section. The jackpot is guaranteed to drop every single day, has an average value of over £15,000 and its record value was £53,000 from a 20p spin. New and existing players can claim 10 free spins to be used on the daily jackpots – you can either join the Games section directly or sign up in the usual way.
The bingo promotions at Betfair don’t look like much, mostly consisting of Betfair Boost add-ons (usually bonus codes) to the network promotions, but they do include rather a good regular free bingo promotion; £25 of cash play on bingo Monday – Thursday secures entry to Friday’s VIP Lounge bingo room which comprises 3 hours of free bingo from 7pm, with a total prize fund of £1500. Occasionally they run one-off exclusives; these can be in the bingo section only or sitewide and include leaderboard promotions and sharepots. By far the best promotions at Betfair, however, are slots promotions to be found over in the Arcade section – and they include an amazing £15,000 weekly free bets raffle that you only need to play one single slots cash spin to enter! There’s no need to open another account to play the slots there as the same wallet can be used in both places.
Gala Bingo were the first of the big Virtue Fusion bingo sites to introduce the HTML5 bingo lobby, over a year ago now, and their version of it includes the option in some rooms of placing a range of side bets (odd/even, colour, pairs or high/low) on the ball on which bingo will be called! Although both Flash and HTML5 versions are available on desktop and you can choose whichever you prefer, HTML5 is required to access several of the rooms including the Chase and Emmerdale bingo rooms, Cash Cubes and the Big Banker room (find out more about these in our article about online bingo variants). Gala have an ongoing daily free scratchcard promotion whereby two free scratchcards (1 x Roy’s Rolls and 1 x Buzzby) can be claimed on any day you play at least £5 on bingo. There is also a daily slots promotion; play £10 on bingo or slots to claim a free spin on the special Win-A-Spin slot. This gives out a guaranteed bonus of 20p – £50 for use on one of the six Gala Gold slots, with only a single playthrough requirement (and 7 day expiry).
Gala have some new promotions to go with their new “Happyland” TV ad campaign. Daily £100,000 Giveaway sounds impressive but, as has been the case previously with Gala promotions, it is the total of guaranteed prizes in their exclusive bingo rooms rather than being extra. £7K Happymakers Bingo is a free bingo room running on Friday evenings until 13th April; to gain entry, players need to play £5 cash, Saturday – Thursday, in any of Gala’s exclusive bingo rooms. Roll On Bingo will be played and each week, £6000 in cash prizes will be won including one game with a massive £4000 for FH. There’s also £1000 in bingo bonus to be shared between all players who join the room but don’t win anything. The third new promotion is Road to Rewards and this runs on a weekly cycle until 13th April. To start along the road, players opt in and deposit and play £5 on any Happyland game (the previously mentioned exclusive bingo rooms, plus a selection of exclusive slots and scratchcards). They then travel one Happy Mile for every £1 deposited and played. Five miles get them entry to the free bingo room. 10 miles get them 10 free spins on the Wild Wishes slot (20 x wagering requirement on winnings) and the further pit stops at 25, 50 and 100 miles get them a different reward each week (credited on Fridays). This week’s rewards (credited on 24th) are for Coronation Street games (scratch, slots and bingo).
Coral Bingo has many of the same extra features as Gala Bingo, including Coronation Street Bingo, Big Banker Bingo, Bingo Lotto , Coconut Island Bingo and Emmerdale Bingo and the side bet facility. The Chase Slot has arrived at Coral but the bingo variant has not as yet (if past form is anything to go by the bingo room will follow weeks or months later). Coral also has the regular Bingoal room at 5pm every Saturday and Sunday; this is 90 minutes of free 90 ball bingo with no entry restrictions, to play while watching (or instead of watching) the football (outside the football season as well). Each game pays £5 bingo bonus for 1L, £10 bingo bonus for 2L and £15 bingo bonus for FH – these bonuses can only be used to buy bingo tickets, and have to be used within 7 days, but apart from that there are no wagering requirements. Win Win Bingo is back at Coral as of 15th March, until further notice. The games play twice an hour from 8am – midnight in the Rush Room with a ticket price of 5p and a maximum of 6 tickets per player; players who do not win a prize with any of their tickets will have their stake refunded as bingo bonus with a 7 day expiry. the only snag is that there is no pre-buy to to take advantage of this promotion, you need to be in the bingo room just before the game starts. Every weekend in March, a £5 bingo bonus (with a 2x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry) is on offer for players who opt in with the code of the week and play £10 on slots; for 17th – 20th March it is FLOWER and for 24th – 27th March it is LAMBS. Coral also have the VIP For A Month promotion and this will run throughout 2017. Each month, a prize draw will take place for all players who have racked up £30 of cash play on bingo during the month, and 5 winners will receive a temporary upgrade for the following month to the Diamond VIP level (which includes weekly cashback and 2 x weekly £500 free bingo sessions).
Coral’s St Patrick’s Day promotion continues to run until 31st March with £500 of bingo bonus up for grabs every day. To participate players have to opt in but this only needs to be done once. Each day, all the opted in players who racked up at least £5 of cash play on Rainbow Riches Bingo qualify for the promotion; one randomly selected player wins £50 bingo bonus and the remaining £450 is split equally between all the others. All these bonuses have a 2 x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry.
One very special thing about Coral is the Coral Connect Card. This allows players to access any Coral product on any device (or in shop or by telephone) and to deposit and withdraw in cash at any Coral shop. This has been in place for some time but now Coral have gone further and introduced true omni-channel play on the Tiki Paradise slot, with extra features that are unlocked by playing on different channels or using Coral Connect.
Ladbrokes Bingo are featuring Bouncy Balls Bingo, but since the site still only has the Flash version of the bingo lobby the new room is on mobile and tablet only.
William Hill Bingo have a recently introduced exclusive bingo variant on site, via the HTML5 lobby only. Bingo Bowl is a 50 ball game themed on a bowling alley; the 10 numbers appear on bowling pins. As well as a room jackpot for winning full house in 15 calls, there is a bonus game called the Kingpin Jackpot. This consists of a separate card which is marked off whenever someone wins bingo on one of the remaining numbers; there’s a fixed prize of £5 for any number and a progressive jackpot for completing the card. March’s specials are all daily promotions on a weekly cycle, including a £1000 free bingo room at 8.30pm on Mondays (play £5 cash on bingo during the day to gain entry) 20% bonus back on slots losses on Thursdays (minimum spend £5) and a £2000 slots prize draw every weekend (play £20 cash with code WEEKEND to qualify and get one further entry for each £5 played after that).
Betfred Bingo is another Playtech / Virtue Fusion bingo site with only occasional exclusives but what they do have (as well as their own bingo rooms and the new HTML5 bingo lobby complete with Cash Cubes and Bouncy Balls) is the mother of all welcome bonus offers including a bingo bonus, a slots bonus, a casino bonus and a Lotto free bet. For St Patrick’s Day they have a play £5, get £5 games bonus offer; the play has to take place between 17th and 19th March on the featured Irish luck themed slots (opt in with code PADDYS) and the bonus has a 10x wagering requirement and 14 day expiry.
Literally hundreds of bingo sites, on several different networks, use the 888/Dragonfish platform but all have 888 UK Limited as the licence holder. Sometimes 888 run big link games which join together different networks; a series of big games each with a £200,000 prize fund ran at almost all 888 sites in 2015 and early 2016 and following this, a big link 90 ball bingo room was run as a special daily promotion for August 2016. This was done without any guaranteed prizes whatsoever but the sheer number of players ensured that the prize money was always attractive, and it proved so popular that the promotion was indefinitely extended, the first game each evening was given a £1000 guaranteed prize fund, and a 75 ball room was added. Both these rooms are currently a nightly fixture at many (but not all) 888 sites, and some others have the 90 ball room only.
Another thing and rather less welcome thing that an increasing number of 888 sites (eventually, probably all of them) have in common is a restriction on what can be won when playing with a slots bonus, whether this is a deposit bonus, a free bonus or the winnings from free spins; unless they are lucky enough to win a progressive jackpot, the maximum the player can cash out is £400 plus the value of the original bonus.
The Ignite network (owned by Canadian iGaming giant Intertain who also own Jackpot Joy) includes Costa Bingo and several others. It is well known for its inventive promotions, but some of the sites are much better for promotions than others. No-deposit bonuses and automatic reload bonuses are on offer at many of the sites on this network and another feature which is good for fair play is that most of the regular bingo rooms have a lower than usual maximum purchase of 24 or 48 cards.
Ignite sites now offer players the choice of the classic bingo lobby or a tablet style lobby. The second option brings the tablet version of the bingo platform (not quite the same as the mobile version) to the desktop and the reason this has been done is because Google Chrome is phasing out Flash, which is needed for the classic lobby but not the tablet version (tablets and mobiles have not supported Flash for some time, or not at all in the case of Apple devices). The Chrome browser has started automatically disabling Flash and although it is possible to re-enable it for specific sites players may find it easier just to switch to the tablet lobby.
Ignite have a cross-brand rewards scheme, the Diamond Club, which allows players to collect Diamonds at one site (through play or via special promotions) and redeem them at another, although in order to have the full range of redemption options it is necessary to reach the higher levels of the loyalty scheme which is determined by lifetime deposits. The only options for those with deposits of less than £50 are deposit bonus codes and cards to special prize games, which run once or twice a month at many of the sites; the prizes are typically worth around £500 and as well as selling the cards for 10 Diamonds each, the sites give free cards to players who complete certain specified tasks (usually depositing and/or playing) during the promo period. Cards also go on sale for £2 or £5 cash each but this is extremely poor value considering the excessively large number of cards that are usually in play for these games.
The Ignite sites each have their own bingo rooms and chat, but the free bingo rooms (some of which are open to all) are networked and so are most of the jackpot games (each site has at least one of these each evening). Apart from at Fancy Bingo – where almost all games are penny bingo – the only penny bingo at these sites comes in the form of a network 90 ball game which runs 6 times a day (at most but not all sites) with a £25/£15/£10 prize split, and a 75 ball game for funded players (again shared between several sites) on Wednesday or Saturday evening for £50 cash or a tangible prize, depending on which site you play from.
A big signature promotion at Ignite is a weekly free sliding jackpot game for the week’s depositors (6 cards can be claimed on the day of the game by those who have made a deposit in the last 7 days). There are two versions of this 75 ball coverall game, one on Fridays and one on Sundays; most sites have one or the other but a couple have neither and a few have both. As sliding jackpots go the Friday night game is certainly one of the better ones as the £10,000 cash headline prize does not start to slide until the ball count gets higher than 44 and for the prize to go all the way down to the baseline guaranteed £1000, bingo would have to be in a very slow 70 calls. Since it is not unusual for this particular game to have 20,000 or more cards in play it is extremely unlikely that the game would last that long. It also has extra prizes; 1TG players share £1000 bonus and 2TG players share £2000 bonus. Compared to this, the Sunday night game is vastly inferior; the ball count required to win the £5000 jackpot is ludicrously low at 29 calls, the baseline £500 is for bingo in 51 or more calls and there’s nothing for 1TG or 2TG. Of course it is still worth claiming cards for the Sunday game whenever you happen to have made the necessary deposit at a site that offers it, as they then cost nothing.
The playing card based bingo variant Bingo Vegas (the same game already seen at Foxy and 888 Ladies) was launched at Costa last summer and is slowly being rolled out to other sites including Sing Bingo, City Bingo and recent launch Kingdom of Bingo. Costa has two extra Bingo Vegas rooms – a speed version on mobile only and a free room on Flash desktop only (6pm – midnight).
Costa Bingo was the first site in the group to open way back in 2009. It remains the busiest of them all with the largest number of bingo rooms to choose from, runs the most promotions and was the original home of the Friday sliding jackpot game which it still runs. Free Spin Frenzy is a 5 line game that runs every Sunday evening; cards are 5p and as the name suggests the prizes are free spins (100 per line). Double Up Diamonds is a slots promotion which runs until 28th March and offers players the opportunity to collect up to 5000 extra Diamonds – but a minimum £500 of cash play on the featured slots (Foxin’ Wins, Doubleup Ducks and Flowers) is required in order to qualify for the double collection rate of 2 Diamonds per £1 played. The extra Diamonds will be awarded after the promotion ends on 28th March. Spring Sort Out is scheduled for 2nd April and £700 of home improvement vouchers are up for grabs in this 90 ball game; FH gets £350 to spend at Ikea, 2L gets £250 to spend at B&Q and 1L gets £150 to spend at Argos. Cards are on sale for £5 cash or 10 Diamonds and until 29th March players receive 1 free card for every £10 deposited.
At Treasure Bingo the regular Truth or Dare deposit bonus promotion runs most weeks. Each week, for a deposit of £10 – £100, the TRUTH code and the DARE code can be used once each. TRUTH awards a specified bonus and DARE awards a mystery bonus. The TRUTH bonus until 26th March is 90%. Cabin Fever is a 90 ball game which will be played on 2nd April with prizes of home entertainment tech; a TV for FH, a surround sound system for 2L and a Kindle Paperwhite for 1L. Cards cost £5 or 10 Diamonds and the only way to get free cards (until 29th March) is by playing slots; 2 cards for £20 of play on Fruit Warp, Kites Kingdom or Birds on a Wire and/or 1 card for £30 of play on any other slots . Treasure has both Friday and Sunday sliding jackpot games for depositors.
The Wish Bingo weekly prize games are called Wishing Well and they run in the Wednesday time slot; March’s prizes include an Estee Lauder lipstick gift set and a Kenwood mixer. Housework Hoax is a 90 ball game to be played on 2nd April with a dishwasher, a steam iron press ans a robot vacuum cleaner to be won. Until 30th March 1 free card for this game is awarded for every £30 played on slots and they can also be bought for £5 or 10 Diamonds. Extra free cards can be collected on 24th and 25th March only – on those days, 3 free cards instead of 1 will be awarded per £30 of slots play.
At City Bingo the promotions are themed round a different city each month and this month – as we expected – City Cat is in Dublin for St Patrick’s day. The City Cat’s Shindig 75 ball game plays on 3rd April, with a prize package of a boom box with lights, a Guinness mini fridge and a £100 Tesco gift card. Until 2nd April players can collect free cards and this can be done either by playing the featured slots Rich Pickins, Irish Eyes and Party Pigs (3 cards per £30 played) or by making deposits (1 card per £30 deposited). Cards are also on sale for the usual £2 cash or 10 Diamonds. The weekly prize games are called City Souvenirs and run in the Wednesday time slot; March’s prizes include a Pandora shamrock charm and an Orla Kiely satchel. City is one of the sites to have a regular chat tourney, which runs for an hour at a time in a different room and at a different time of day every weekday. It is unlike the usual sort of chat tourney in that instead of getting points for winning bingo, you get them for shouting out a city themed catchphrase (this month it is MORNING) when your lucky number is called. You then get to pick a grid number to see what your score is and the two players with the highest score at the end of the hour win 2500 Diamonds each. City Bingo has the Sunday version of the weekly sliding jackpot game (and in fact was its original home) and also now has a free daily game, Break the Bank, for players who have deposited at least £5 during the preceding 7 days.
Rio Bingo has weekly prize games in the Saturday time slot, called Gift Shop. March’s prizes are all fragrances. Mother of Slots is a slots leaderboard running from 20th – 26th March, with the usual mechanic of 1 point per £1 played on slots (2 points for £1 played on Flowers, Fairytale Legends; Red Riding Hood or Kitty Glitter). The top 30 win 20 – 100 free spins on Fluffy Favourites and everyone who scores at least 30 points wins 5 free spins, but as usual these are win capped at £5 for the 5 free spins as as detailed on site for the others. Rio has the Sunday sliding jackpot game.
At Sing Bingo the musical theme for March is Irish artists. I Have A Dream is a 75 ball game to be played on 3rd April with a rather unusual prize of a king size bed (or £500 cash alternative). Free cards for this game can be collected by making deposits between 17th March and 2nd April – 2 cards per £20 deposited – and as usual they are also on sale for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds. The weekly prize games are called TFI Friday and as you’d expect they run in the Friday time slot. The cards are a bit more expensive at 5p as compared to the Wednesday and Saturday games at other sites but the prizes tend to be better as well. March’s prizes include an Estee Lauder skincare gift set and a spray tan kit. Sing has a regular chat tourney which runs for 2 hours each day Monday – Friday (a different room and time each day, details on site). Win bingo and you get 250 Sing Points for yourself and 250 for a funded roomie of your choice, plus 1 tourney point for your team and the chance to win another team point by answering a trivia question correctly. The team with the most points at the end of the 2 hours win 5000 Sing Points each (you do need to stay in the room for at least 90 minutes, and until the end of the session, to get them). Sing also has Jukebox Jumble, a free game that can be played once a day for 7 days after depositing £5 or more and pays out bonus codes, free spins, Sing Points and so forth.
Fancy Bingo is a penny bingo site and most of the regular games have 1p tickets; that is its USP. Fly Away With Me is Fancy’s next big game; it is a 75 ball game scheduled for 3rd April with a £500 Thomas Cook voucher to be won and as in the similar game at Sing, cards to this game can be collected by making deposits (2 cards free with every £20 deposited until 2nd April) or bought for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds. The weekly prize games are called Fancy That and play on Saturday nights, priced at 1p or 2p. March’s prizes are all watches. The sliding jackpot at Fancy is the Sunday version of the game, with the slight difference that players have to have funded their account in the previous 4 days to qualify (rather than the previous 7 days as at other sites), and there’s also a free daily game, Tea Party, for recent depositors similar to that at other sites in the group but again, the period for which it can be played following a deposit is 4 days rather than 7.
At Monkey Bingo, the weekly prize games are called Monkey Nuts and run in the Wednesday slot. March’s prizes are all hair styling appliances. Splash Into Spring is a 75 ball game scheduled for 3rd April with a prize of an inflatable hot tub with lights. Until 2nd April players collect 1 free card for each £10 played on bingo, 2 free cards for each £20 played on Foxin Wins, Doubleup Ducks or Birds on a Wire, and 1 free card for each £20 played on any other slots. Cards can also be bought for £2 or 10 Diamonds. The sliding jackpot at Monkey is the Sunday version.
Kingdom of Bingo is running its first ever prize game, Royal Retreat, on 2nd April. This 90 ball game has prizes of gift cards from spabreaks.com – £250 for FH, £150 for 2L and £100 for 1L. Free cards can be collected until 29th March but a minimum spend of £30 on slots is required; this awards one card if it is on regular slots or three cards if it is on Koi Princess, Amazon Queen or Lady Robin Hood. Cards can also be bought for £5 or 10 Diamonds. Kingdom of Bingo also has Bingo Vegas and both of the weekly sliding jackpots.
The 80s themed Rewind Bingo has yet to run a big prize game, but has recently introduced weekly prize games in the Wednesday slot under the name Essential 80s. March’s prizes include a portable turntable and Adidas trainers. Rewind has the Friday sliding jackpot game.
It used to be the case that all Ignite sites had a no deposit welcome bonus offer, but several of the older sites have stopped that now. Some do still have worthwhile incentives for depositors; Season Bingo and Crocodile Bingo for instance both have a daily free game for players who have deposited in the last 7 days, with prizes of bonuses, loyalty points, Diamonds, free spins or even cash – and along with Dino Bingo and Frozen Bingo they give access to the Friday sliding jackpot. Season also has a 90 ball prize game on 3rd April with £450 of Toys R Us vouchers to be won (split £200/£150/£100); cards cost the usual £2 cash or 10 Diamonds, and until 2nd April 1 free card is given out for each £10 of cash play on the featured slots (Sugar Train, Santa’s Workshop, Toki Time and Jurassic Juniors)
Ignite also operate two bingo sites, Deep Sea Bingo and Sweet Shop Bingo, which are on the main Dragonfish network instead of their own network. Both these bingo sites have the Dragonfish network rooms (including the 888 big link rooms, which aren’t available on the Ignite network) and promotions and no exclusive rooms or promotions. What they do have, though, is the Diamond Club – so Diamonds from other sites can be redeemed for bonuses there, and Diamonds earned at Deep Sea or Sweet Shop can be used for bonuses and prize game tickets at other Ignite sites.
The Tarco/Netboost network is powered by Dragonfish and the licence holder is 888 UK Limited, but the network and all the sites on it are actually owned by Daub Alderney (of Kitty Bingo fame).
This network has two USPs. The first is complicated welcome bonus offers that include everything but the kitchen sink – bingo bonus, slots bonus, free bingo tickets, free spins and a spin the wheel game – and good examples of this are found at Gossip Bingo (where there is currently a special offer with a massive 100 free spins included) and the newest site on the network Ted Bingo. Not all the sites have this type of offer though; Robin Hood Bingo and Tip Top Bingo for instance have plain but generous bingo bonus offers. Other Netboost sites include Loony Bingo, Sugar Bingo, Moon Bingo, Polo Bingo and Cupcake Bingo.
The other USP is sliding jackpots, of which there are many, some once a month and some every day.
One such game is Super Millionaire which plays on the third Saturday of the month and offers the (extremely remote) possibility of winning a million pounds (you would have to bingo in a stupendously unlikely 24 calls to win it). Cards to Super Millionaire cost £1 and the baseline prize is £1000 (for 35 calls or more). If you would prefer something cheaper there is Penny Bonanza on the third Wednesday of the month with cards at just 1p and prizes for 1TG and 2TG; the guaranteed coverall prize is £300 with £5000 up for grabs should bingo be called sufficiently quickly (29 calls) . A third sliding jackpot game with 30p cards plays every Saturday (again, with 29 calls the magic number to snag the £10,000 headline prize).
Currently the network has three daily sliding jackpot games.
The Daily Grand runs every night at 10pm with cards priced at a hefty £2; while this sounds expensive compared to the other sliding jackpot games, the £1000 is paid out if someone wins in 47 calls or fewer and although this is still pretty unlikely it is several orders of magnitude less unlikely than someone winning one of the other headline prizes. At 48 calls the jackpot slides to £800 and continues to slide until it reaches the guaranteed £100 at 62 (or more) calls. There’s also £50 to be shared by 1TG and another £50 to be shared by 2TG players.
The Power Penny runs every evening at 11pm. As you’d expect, cards for this 75 ball game cost 1p each (and at that price, there are probably tens of thousands of cards in play each time). The headline prize is £250 but for anyone to win this they would have to get a coverall in 35 calls; 57 calls or more and the winner gets the guaranteed £25 only.
The £777 Lucky Jackpot runs every evening at 20.30. This has a rather expensive ticket price of £1 (but plenty of free tickets are being given away as part of welcome bonus offers and in chat games) and unusually for a sliding jackpot it is a 90 ball game. 1L can win up to £77, 2L up to £200 and FH up to £500 but as yet, there are no details on site as to when the jackpot slides. The guaranteed prize fund is £77 and there’s an additional £10 to be split by 1TG tickets, and £15 to be split by 2TG tickets.
A repeat of the previously run Grand 55 promotion (yet another sliding jackpot) is now on site. This 75 ball game is scheduled for 4th April but for the headline prize of £55,000 to be won someone would have to get a coverall in 26 or fewer calls – read our article on sliding jackpots to find out just how unlikely this is! At 43 calls, the prize has slid all the way down to the guaranteed £5000. The £1500 to be shared by 1TG and £1000 to be shared by 2TG apply whatever the number of calls. Cards for this game can be won (up to the limit of 96 per player) in 4 games scheduled from 10:30pm every day; tickets for these 90 ball games are priced at 5p – 20p and the numbers of cards to be won range from 2 cards for 1L in the 5p game up to 50 cards for FH in the 20p game. It is also possible to buy cards for the Grand 55 for £5 each but this seems very expensive for a game where it is highly likely that the prize will not be more than the guaranteed £5000. Currently Tip Top Bingo are giving out 2 free cards to this game and 10 free spins on the Irish Luck slot in addition to their regular welcome offer.
Cheap and Cheerful is a BOGOF type network promotion which applies to the six 3p games every day with a fixed £50 jackpot. In order to get free tickets, however, players have to buy 12 strips, which is 72 tickets; they then receive another 4 strips free to make the total up to the maximum 96 tickets at a total cost of £2.16.
Most Netboost sites now have the new network VIP scheme, Diamond Club (not to be confused with the Ignite Diamond Club). This invitation only scheme has four levels (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond) with a fast track to membership for players who have VIP membership elsewhere.
The network also runs both of the 888 big link bingo rooms under the name Linked and Loaded, and has recently reorganised its free bingo rooms; there are now 4 of these and all have the same entry mechanic – 2 days of access subsequent to making a deposit. A £10 deposit unlocks the entry level room and to get access to the Supreme room with its £500 of free bingo requires a £50 deposit.
The main Dragonfish network includes both independently owned sites such as Circus Bingo and its sister sites Pixie Bingo and Oink Bingo, and house owned sites such as Celeb Bingo, Spy Bingo and Easter Bingo. The advantage of choosing a house owned site – apart from the reassurance of dealing with such a huge and well known operator – is that they are very unlikely to opt out of any of the network promotions. Independently owned sites do opt out from time to time; several, for instance, did not run the massively networked £200K jackpot games last year and many of them do not offer the million pound sliding jackpot games. Another difference is in the range of slots on offer. On the other hand, some of the independently owned sites have exclusive bingo rooms and promotions which can’t be found elsewhere on the network – for example, the aforementioned Circus Bingo has the Pablo’s Nuts bonus game, a £1000 free monthly game for depositors, and a weekly sliding jackpot with the (albeit very tiny) chance of winning a holiday in Las Vegas.
Perhaps the most radically different independently owned site is the recently launched Blighty Bingo, which has the USP of not having any wagering requirements; the flipside of that is that they do not give out any bingo bonuses in the normal sense of the word. The welcome offer consists of some free spins and £70 worth of bingo tickets (credited the next day) split between the two network Sure Win games (£20 each) and the Big £10K (£30). Normally we would regard free bingo tickets to a specific game as a very poor substitute for a bingo bonus, but because all three of these games include a community jackpot for losing tickets, these tickets are guaranteed to return at least something. The site also gives out one or more free spins every day (depending on loyalty level).
To take full advantage of all the bingo rooms on the Dragonfish network players need to be frequent depositors as several of the rooms (including all of the free rooms) have an entry condition whereby a deposit must have been made in the last 7 days. Depositing regularly is beneficial for the loyalty scheme as well, as loyalty level is reset every month and depends on how much was deposited during the previous month. The benefits include a modest bonus back on losses, free slots spins and free tickets to the monthly Big £10K community jackpot game (which takes place on the 10th of the month); a single deposit of the minimum the site allows during the month is enough to qualify for the lowest level of these benefits but to get the maximum you’ll need to deposit £200 or more. The Big £10K itself typically has over 15,000 players and although £10K sounds a lot, the line and full house prizes are only £250, £500 and £750 as a result of most of the prize money being split between 1TG (£2000), 2TG (£1500) and all remaining tickets (£5000). If you don’t qualify for free tickets for the Big £10K they can be bought for £10 each but it is hard to see why anyone would want to do this when they could deposit the £10, get 2 free tickets and then be able to play the £10 (plus any associated bonus) elsewhere on site!
The Dragonfish network sites also continue to run the 888 big link bingo rooms, under the names 90s Extreme and Big Fat 10.
Dragonfish sites do not normally have any penny bingo apart from Late Night Show once a day. This 90 ball room is for night owls only as the game runs at quarter to one in the morning UK time. Prebuy is not available until 15 minutes before the game starts and is restricted to 75 players all of whom must buy 96 tickets (at 1p each). The game has cash prizes of £50 for FH, £30 for 2L and £20 for 1L.
A network Mother’s Day promotion runs from 23rd – 26th March; it is a leaderboard race and players can score points by depositing, referring a friend, buying tickets for the Sure Win 2 game and/or playing the Love Lines slot. The top ten win prizes of a hamper plus either bingo bonus or free spins.
There are several smaller groups of sites within the network, running promotions between their own sites only, but the downside of this is that as previously mentioned they may be missing some of the network rooms and promotions.
8 Ball Games run a sizeable portfolio of Dragonfish powered bingo sites including Bingo Irish, We Want Bingo, Glitter Bingo and the more recent launches Pet Shop Bingo and Brown Cow Bingo They have a number of non network rooms and promotions and which ones are available varies from site to site. There’s also an exclusive VIP loyalty scheme which adds various enhancements to the network scheme (including reload bonuses and reduced wagering requirements). The non network rooms are typically open for an hour at the same time each week, some requiring a recent deposit and some open to all. One important difference between 8 Ball sites and other Dragonfish network sites is that many of the 8 Ball sites have a no deposit offer; at some sites this is a set amount and at others it is a mystery bonus that is guaranteed to be at least £5 but could be much more. The 8 Ball sites have just finished a fortnight of daily promotions for St Patrick’s Day.
Chit Chat Bingo, Bid Bingo and BingoZino are another group of Dragonfish network sites that run joint promotions. This week (until 22nd March) there is a slots leaderboard with cash prizes (of £5 – £100) for the top 50 and unusually the points are scored based on the number of spins made rather than the amount staked. Also until 22nd, a prize draw takes place between everyone who played bingo that day. The prize is a £50 Mother’s Day hamper from Interflora.
The Silverspin group of sites (which includes Candy Shop Bingo, Lucky Charm Bingo, Bubble Bonus Bingo, and a few others) has two shared 90 ball bingo rooms, Pennies Make Pounds (3 hours in the afternoons) and Big Night In (4 hours in the evenings). Many of the sites also have the Wacky Wings room (originally a Butterfly Bingo exclusive) which runs a different promotion every evening. Occasionally they have shared promotions such as slots tournaments and special bingo games, but they are missing quite a lot of the Dragonfish network promotions and bingo rooms (for instance, they do not have the million pound sliding jackpot games, the Weekender room, Bounce’T or the Sunny 90s network 90 ball room). They have the standard network loyalty scheme and network wagering requirements (but very annoyingly they lack the screen showing wagering progress). Each of these sites also has a bonus game or regular prize draw promotion but the prizes aren’t anything special. Iceland Bingo used to be part of this group and run the same promotions but after the sale of the rest of the sites to one buyer and Iceland to another it has separate promotions that are MUCH better than the promotions at the Silverspin bingo sites. It still has the shared bingo rooms, Pennies Make Pounds and Big Night In, but also has the exclusive Freezer room, a monthly prize draw room and a special bingo game every evening (Monday – Friday) where the prizes are free slots spins on Fluffy Too (100 for FH, 30 for 2L and 20 for 1L). Cards are 20p and players can collect one free card for each £20 of play on any of the Fluffy slots. Winnings from the free spins are paid as slots bonus.
Iceland have announced an absolutely HUGE game to be played at 8pm on 17th April. It is a 90 ball game with £10,000 in holiday vouchers up for grabs – £5000 for FH, £3000 for 2L and £2000 for 1L. The game will be followed by an after party until 10pm, comprising 10 games with full house prizes of a £500 holiday voucher, plus further chat games. Tickets are on sale now for £1 each.
The Joy of Bingo network includes 888Ladies, Wink Bingo, Red Bus Bingo, and Posh Bingo (as well as a few others). They share a VIP scheme and some games, mostly the free bingo, which includes some that is open to all players regardless of whether they have made a recent deposit. The best of the free games is on Sunday evenings and only available on mobile and tablet; it used to be networked across all the sites as a 75 ball game with a £250 prize but it seems that 888 Ladies now has its own 90 ball version (with a £200 prize fund). These sites all also have the 888 big link 90 ball room under the name Stack Up and the big link 75 ball room under the name Unwind (at some of the sites these are only available on mobile).
888 Ladies and Wink have a jackpot game called Payday £3000 which is played on the final Friday of each month; it is a 90 ball game with 10p tickets and prizes down to 2TG. Payday £1500 is a similar game with smaller prizes and 5p tickets, which plays at the other sites on the network.
Wink have announced Egg-Splosive Easter which is a series of jackpot games including a £25 daily game, a £500 weekly game (both of which have already started their run), £2000 games on Good Friday and Easter Sunday and hourly games on Easter Monday with £10 guaranteed and a ticket price of 2p.
To claim a redeposit bonus at Joy of Bingo sites a code has to be entered and these are usually sent out via email each weekend. Until further notice players at Wink get a spin on the Wink Wheel every time they deposit using code SPIN; this awards free spins or bonus (but cannot be combined with any other offer). On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there is an enhanced version of the wheel so it may be preferable to deposit then.
Bingo Hollywood is Dragonfish powered and on a network of its own with the newly launched Big Tease Bingo. They usually run at least one exclusive bingo promotion every month, and this month it is called Spring Cleaning. The aim is to win a 90 ball full house on the number of the day and additionally this has to be in a hosted room with the player in the chat from the start of the game. The player must shout BUNNY in the chat to collect 5000 loyalty points and a dust bunny leaderboard point; the top 4 on the leaderboard at the end of the month win shopping vouchers and five runners up get £20 bingo bonus and 20 free spins. The regular monthly Paparazzi Points promotion awards points for bingos on the pattern of the month (for March this is Lucky Clover). 1st on the leaderboard at the end of the month wins £100 bingo bonus, 2nd wins £75 bingo bonus and 3rd wins £50 bingo bonus. Blockbuster Bingo is Bingo Hollywood’s big monthly game. It is a 75 ball sliding jackpot game with a card price of 50p and a headline prize of £10K which will be won if the coverall is completed in an extremely unlikely 32 or fewer calls. The baseline prize of £2000 is for 51 or more calls. March’s chat tourney is called Mad As March Hairs and follows the usual rules, running on weekend evenings from 7pm -11pm in a different featured room each weekend evening (alternating between 75 and 90 ball); every team wins loyalty points with the lion’s share (1 million points) going to the top team, but to win the full prize you have to play 100 games or more over the weekend. Play 50-99 and you get half the prize, play 25 – 49 and you just get 1000 loyalty points, play fewer than 25 and you don’t qualify for anything. Slots tourneys also run each month and in March the game to play is the Fur Ball slot, with 1 leaderboard point awarded for each £10 played. There are real cash prizes of £50 – £250 for 1st – 10th and casino bonus prizes of £50 – £250 for 11th – 20th, and all 20 winners also get 50 free spins on Fur Ball.
The 888 big link 90 ball games have an extra feature at Bingo Hollywood. Players who win FH, also win 1000 loyalty points for each gold ball (73 – 90) that is called before 1L is completed in the next game. At the end of the evening the player who wins the most loyalty points in this way wins an extra £20 bingo bonus.
One thing to note at Bingo Hollywood is that in order to qualify for any of their promotions players need to have made a deposit during the last 30 days.
Cashcade sites such as Foxy Bingo also use the Dragonfish software on a standalone network but very disappointingly these days Foxy’s promotions seem to be all about getting players to spend money on the slots. For March, the cheeky fox is getting a sex change (!) and has now been revealed as Hollywood actress Heather Graham, but we can’t help thinking that the £10 million reportedly being spent on the relaunch would have been much better used on some better promotions to attract players back to this once great site.
15 Network is the original Jumpman powered bingo network and usually has one main network promotion. For the last few months this has been a weekly prize draw and March’s promotion Reels O’Fortune also follows this format . There is an Irish hamper and 100 x £5 slots bonus to be won each week and players get one entry for each £10 played on Irish Luck (2 entries if it is on a Friday). The draws take place on Wednesdays ending on 28th March.
Tuesday Treasure is a free bingo game that plays across the network on the second Tuesday of every month. All funded players can claim up to 96 free tickets and the prize split is FH £400, 2L £200, 1L £160 and £80 each for 1TG, 2TG and 3TG. The room is now open for 11th April and already there are over 700 players; in previous months there have been up to 200,000 tickets in play, so each ticket only has a very small chance of winning – but it’s free, so well worth claiming max tickets.
Film Bingo usually runs an exclusive leaderboard style event every month, and for March this is called Mum’s the Word. The prize is a £50 Lush voucher. Score points for a deposit of £20 (10 points), a full house win on number 26 (10 points), a win on the flower pattern (5 points) or £20 of cash play on Fluffy Favourites (10 points).
Bingo Minions usually have a prize draw and for March the prize is a LOVE chocolate gift box Get one draw entry for each £10 deposited until 20th March.
Rocket Bingo offer free bingo games without the requirement to have made a deposit in the preceding 7 days. There are a number of games with £1 prizes every day, a £10 game two evenings a week plus an hour of £10 free bingo games on Friday evenings. If you haven’t tried Rocket Bingo yet, now is a good time, as there is a temporary extra on the welcome offer of a £5 Amazon voucher.
Lollipop Bingo has a straightforward leaderboard race for March with 1 point awarded for each £10 of cash play on bingo and for each £20 of cash play on slots; the prize is a not very impressive bath bomb gift set.
The Wheel of Slots network also runs on the Jumpman platform. As its name suggests this is aimed at those who like to play slots as well as bingo – there are NO bingo bonuses on offer at Wheel of Slots, just free spins on the likes of Fluffy Favourites, the best welcome offer being a guaranteed 50 free spins on Fluffy Favourites at Viking Bingo. Most of the Wheel of Slots sites run a regular Slot of the Week promotion; this consists of a prize draw with one entry given out per £20 played on the specified slot which is notified by email. The prize is a spin of the Winners Wheel (not the same as the regular wheel) which gives out 20 – 500 spins on Fluffy Favourites, Temple of Isis or Shaman’s Dream. The Wheel of Slots sites have a weekly Shamrock ‘n’Roll promotion this month but unlike last month’s promotion which had cash prizes, all that can be won this time is free spins. These go to the 100 biggest spenders on the Irish Luck slot each week and it appears the winners will get to spin a special wheel that awards from 10 to 500 free spins.
A couple of sites on this network now have exclusive promotions. At Free Spirit Bingo there is a monthly prize draw with a Mother’s Day Pampering Gift Set to be won in March; to enter, make a deposit of at least £10 before March 20th. Volcano Bingo have an exclusive free bingo game for funded players at 8pm on Mondays; the prize fund is £20 with prizes down to 1TG but the real draw of this 90 ball game is that the 1L, 2L and FH winners all also win a free spin of the Wheel of Slots.
The Live Bingo Network sites pretty well all have the same promotions. They include jackpot games with free tickets for depositors, a weekly/monthly slots tournament with casino bonus prizes for the top spenders and so on. Cozy also has the Best Bingo Network but apart from a slightly different welcome offer all the promotions and bingo rooms are an exact copy of those on the Live Bingo Network. Indeed, player numbers and prize amounts visible at sites on the two networks suggests that they now also have shared liquidity – which would mean they they are in effect one and the same network.
Recently, most of the Cozy sites have been running a series of month-long promotional themes and for March they have Spring Into Action. This looks very pretty on the promo page but is really just a rehash of previously run promotions and in one case, that of the slots tourney, the prizes have been reduced.
Cozy bingo sites on these two networks do have free bingo 24/7 but it is 50 ball only and in order to be allocated 10 free tickets you have to be in the bingo room just before the game plays. If you are playing with a no deposit bonus you won’t be allowed to claim any tickets as it is only for funded players. Line and FH prizes are £2 (bonus, with the usual wagering requirement and 30 day expiry) and extra tickets can be bought for 1p each.
One advantage of Cozy sites is that almost all of them offer a no deposit bonus, but do be aware that it is NOT possible to win real money with this (not directly anyway). In order to get at these winnings you have to make a deposit and accept a bonus on it complete with wagering requirement – only then can you carry the winnings forward, as “casino cash” (not actually cash at all, but a casino bonus with the usual wagering requirement) up to £50 (£20 at some sites) or the value of the first deposit, whichever is smaller. As if that wasn’t enough, Cozy have now put restrictions on their deposit bonuses as well, capping the winnings at 10 x bonus or £500. With all these new rules – and the already existing provision that all bonuses are lost when any withdrawal is made regardless of whether the wagering requirements have been met – the huge bonuses that are Cozy’s USP are looking less and less attractive these days.
Alternatively there is Game Village which runs on Cozy software but is on its own Lucky Duck Network, so all the offers and jackpot games are exclusive to them and to a couple of other sites. They have a bewildering array of promotions, most of which change monthly, but to participate in the majority of them you need to have homeowner status which requires you to make three initial deposits and then deposit at least once every 30 days. Another potential pitfall is that for many of their promotions – for example, this month’s extra bonus prize for winning bingo on ball number 22 – the prize will not be awarded automatically and you must contact them to claim it (assuming you even notice that you qualify). The Charity Event is back for March, with all ticket monies going to Age UK, but as usual it is just one 50 minute stint of penny bingo in mid afternoon so unlikely to amount to much; there is no information on site about charity donations in previous months.
Cozy sites launched in the last few months include Swanky Bingo (which, unlike most Cozy bingo sites, has Microgaming slots), Sailor Bingo and Lucky Diner Bingo, which has something special to offer – a weekly exclusive bingo room with live chat host that they are broadcasting on a video stream! They also have a 24 hour jukebox including live radio shows. The live rooms are open to everyone who has deposited £10 or more in the preceding 7 days. Recent launch Igloo Bingo also has extras including a free bingo game every evening with a £10 prize fund.
Had enough of Virtue Fusion, Dragonfish, Jumpman and Cozy? There are a number of other options out there, and some of them run some great promotions.
There are only a handful of Gamesys sites left now following the departure of Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo to Virtue Fusion last summer. They have Super Links network games with £20K guaranteed prizes every day and are very good sites to play at if you enjoy prize draw promotions but are no more than a modest spender, because Gamesys rules on prize draws almost always allow only one entry per player per day. The Gamesys platform, however, is very much geared towards desktop play with only a restricted selection of mobile bingo rooms available.
A network slots sharepot promotion runs from 20th – 26th March; to qualify for a share of the £15,000 cash pot players have to opt in and play at least £50 on Cleopatra, Cats, Da Vinci Diamonds, Cleopatra Plus or Kitty Glitter.
Heart Bingo have introduced some extra guaranteed prizes into their bingo schedule and also have Sugar Rush; this regular promotion (which started back in October) awards a percentage boost to every prize in the Candy Club room between 11am and noon; the percentage boost is different every day (and announced each day on the promo page) but always between 10% and 100%. Ticket to the Top also runs in Candy Club but if you haven’t already participated in this promotion it’s too late; players needed to opt in 3rd – 6th March and then play a minimum of £1 in the room every single day from 6th – 24th March to receive a share of the £10,000 pot. Miss a day and you drop out – and if at any point there is only one player left standing they bag the lot!
At Virgin Games the focus is definitely on slots rather than bingo, with most of the promotions being to do with slots or poker. The V10 promotion has been running every month for a few months now; the top prize is a luxury trip to Las Vegas for 4 including £6000 spending money! To unlock this prize requires a massive community effort – players collect draw entries and score community points by visiting the site every day and playing a minimum of 1p (one draw entry and one community point for doing this just once). Playing on 2 or 3 days earns 2 or 3 draw entries and 4 community points – but playing on all 31 days in the month earns the maximum of 332 draw entries and 256 community points. Community points fill the community meter and there are 10 levels for it to rise through, each of which unlocks a community award (e.g. extra V* points) or a prize draw (these take place the day after they are unlocked). For all 8 prize draws including the one with the top prize to take place, all 10 levels have to be completed, but so far there hasn’t been a month when that hasn’t happened. The Chat-10 is an accompanying chat promotion that runs for four hours each day and every time the V10 goes up a level, so do the chat game prizes.
Spring It On is a daily prize draw promotion, on site from 20th – 26th March. In each draw, there are 5 prizes of a £100 Lifestyle Voucher, 10 prizes of £50 cash and 50 prizes of 500 V*Points. To enter a draw, opt in and play £10 on any games.
Jackpot Joy also have a range of exclusive promotions including a monthly £13,000 bingo game and frequent sharepots.
Microgaming bingo sites have very little in the way of interesting promotions these days. One unique thing about the Microgaming platform is that it is the home of Immortal Romance Bingo, a bingo variant themed on the hugely popular slot – but apart from that, there is not much that is special about the network itself. The main advantage of choosing a Microgaming bingo site to play at is that they get all the new Microgaming slots as soon as they are released (although other bingo sites do have Microgaming slots these tend to be a smaller selection of older titles).
Dream Bingo used to run lots of exclusive promotions and had several non network bingo rooms, but now (apart from the occasional slots leaderboard promotion) it only has the network rooms and promotions (which are hardly ever changed) and is looking rather neglected. If you just want the network stuff 32 Red is looking like a better site to play at now as it still has a small no deposit bonus.
Butlers Bingo and its sister sites which include the Irish charity bingo site Rehab Bingo have two exclusive bingo rooms. The Broadway Room is a standalone 90 ball room open in the afternoons and evenings offering a variety of jackpots and in the Spinner Room (open in the evenings), you can win free spins on specified slots; these rooms are clearly popular with players and led to Butlers winning awards for best Microgaming bingo site and for the best innovation in online bingo. Free spins are frequently part of the sign-up offer and are also given out to selected players . Over the last few months some extra jackpots have been added in the Broadway room, but these are mostly multi-level room jackpots rather than guaranteed prizes for specific games. The Broadway sites are also quite active on social media and put promotions such as prize draws out that way. On St Patrick’s Day, there is a party in the Broadway room for two hours from 7pm. Full House winners will be asked to pick a number from 1 – 90 – each of which has an associated extra prize (these include free spins, chocolate hampers and Mrs Brown’s Boys merchandise).
Two UK bingo sites run on this software. The USP of Bingocams is the integration of webcams into the software allowing players to see each other and the chat host – although it is perfectly possible to play without a cam and many do. Live Win Moments are cam footage of someone winning FH and there are occasionally prizes in connection with these. Bright Bingo is the same platform but with the cams given little prominence.
At Bingocams the Big Bang progressive jackpot was finally won last September, after taking over a year to climb to around the £22,000 mark, and was then won again only a week later at little more than its seed value of £5000! It is now over £9000. Win by getting a 90 ball full house in 32 or fewer balls, or a 75 ball coverall in 42 or fewer balls in any of their rooms, any time; anyone who has made a deposit in the last 3 months is eligible. There are also a number of room jackpots; these are much smaller and easier to win, dropping at 40 balls in 90 ball and 48 balls in 75 ball.
Bingocams have a week long Mother’s Day event on for funded players including prizes for fancy dress LWM and avatars.
Bright Bingo‘s progressive jackpot is called Money Mountain and last year it was won (at over £20,000) for only the second time ever. It is now over £11,000. Win by getting a full house in a 90 ball room in 32 balls or fewer, or by getting a coverall in a 75 ball room in 42 balls or fewer (and as at the sister site, you need to have made a deposit in the last 3 months to be eligible). Bright Bingo also used to have monthly special events but nothing has been announced to follow Win A Wage (which ran for 3 months in the autumn).
Daub Alderney have four bingo sites which combine shared rooms and promotions with exclusive ones.
Kitty Bingo was the first site in the group to launch.
Lucky Pants Bingo generally runs promotions that are more geared towards slots – such as the Spin O Clock regular Tuesday promotion which gives out free spins in lieu of a deposit bonus. It is also possible to choose a slots bonus offer as a welcome offer (on your first three deposits) if that’s what you prefer. Lucky Pants now has NetEnt slots and the welcome offer has been tweaked so that the free spins are on these – Spinata Grande for the 20 free spins on registration and Spinata Grande, Koi Princess, Gonzo’s Quest or Starburst for the 100 free spins that are given out over the 5 days susbsequent to making a first deposit.
Bingo Extra‘s USP is the exclusive Extra Room where several different varieties of bingo are played and extra features and prizes are the order of the day.
Give Back Bingo is a recently launched charity bingo site. They say they will donate all bingo profits to the charity of the month and that the donations will be documented on a Just Giving page, but when this type of arrangement has been done at other charity bingo sites it has never worked well and it has rarely been clear how much has been donated to which charity – or indeed whether anything has. The profits from their opening month of December – £599.60 according to their blog – were to be donated to Shelter and they did have a Just Giving page for this but it was never updated to show the donation and now the page has been closed. For January, the record keeping improved and the donation of £634.48 to Alzheimer’s Society has been properly documented. £514.77 was raised for Cancer Research in February and March’s charity is Mind.
The regular Win-Win game runs on Wednesday evenings at 10pm. Cards for this 90 ball game cost 20p (cash only) and there is a £200 guaranteed prize fund. If you don’t win, you receive your stake money back as bingo bonus. Weekly Shop plays every Tuesday night at 10pm and the prize in this 75 ball game, which has a card price of 5p, is a very useful £100 shopping vouchers. Fiver Frenzy (known as the Playground at Bingo Extra) is a 1p bingo game that plays twice a day at 1pm and 10pm; it is a 5 line game with £5 fixed prize per line.
On the last Friday of every month, the £10K Slider plays. This is a 5 line game with a card price of 20p and should the winner bingo in 45 or fewer calls they will take home the whole £10,000 jackpot (this is a considerably higher number of calls than the vast majority of sliding jackpot games at other sites – while it is still pretty unlikely that someone will actually win, it is a lot less unlikely than in similar games elsewhere). It starts to slide after that and when the ball count reaches 53 it reverts right back down to the guaranteed £400. Line prizes are £150 each and there is a card maximum of 72.
The three non charity sites usually run a promotion each week (generally differing from each other in name only) where depositing or playing Monday to Thursday generates a reward on the Friday. This week’s promotion (20th – 24th March) is definitely one of the better ones, as well as being extremely simple. All players have to do is opt in and make a deposit. At Kitty and Lucky Pants, deposit £5 – £19 to win points, free spins or free bingo cards or £20+ to win a bonus of £5 – £100. At Bingo Extra, deposit £5 or more to win anything from £2 bingo bonus or free spins up to £100 cash bonus. At Daub sites, bingo bonus carries a 4 x wagering requirement and cash bonus a 10 x wagering requirement.
Maria used to be a Virtue Fusion bingo site but back in July 2015 they migrated to the brand new bingo platform from Relax Gaming and the whole site was given a radical makeover. Maria is basically a casino with bingo (quite a lot of bingo – there are 4 open access bingo rooms plus one daily rewards room which is more than you’ll find at many plain old bingo sites) and where it really excels is the slots. They have one of the best selections available at any bingo site and it can all be played with the same wallet; new slots are added very often and there are frequent cashback or free spins offer. The welcome offers are also geared towards slots and include free spins; although the welcome bonus can be used on bingo the wagering requirements are more in line with what one would expect from a slots bonus. When Maria say cashback, they mean CASH (zero wagering requirements) and what they give you a percentage of CASH WAGERS rather than a percentage of losses. Slots tournaments at Maria also run frequently (at least every single day from 5pm – 8pm) and unlike the vast majority of slots tournaments you will find at other bingo sites, the winner is normally the player with the biggest net win in 20 consecutive spins rather than the biggest spender.
Maria is networked with Bingo.com, which has very much the same selection of slots as well as the same bingo rooms but gives the bingo a lot more prominence and often runs bingo promotions (such as bingo tournaments) that aren’t on at Maria. Bingo.com won the Fair Play Award at last year’s bingo industry awards and this was judged by a panel of independent experts so you can be sure of very high standards of social responsibility and fair play there. The owner of all these sites is the Kindred Group (aka Unibet) and they recently scored an industry first by being the first and so far the only iGaming operator to be certified for compliance with all six of the core principles of the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer protection and Responsible Gambling.
The Relax bingo sites have Roll On Bingo (previously only found on the Virtue Fusion platform) and they also have a selection of regular bingo promotions including 14 days of free bingo for newbies, jackpot games and tournaments. A separate bingo bonusing system (with a 4x wagering requirement) comes into play quickly – the bingo vouchers are given out as rewards on spins of the loyalty wheel and unlike bingo bonuses at many other sites, bingo vouchers are used before and not after any cash the player may have in their account.
The Pop Up is an exclusive bingo room (at Bingo.com only, not the other Relax sites) which is open for 4 x 1 hour sessions starting at 3pm every day until 2nd April. Each time, there are 10 games with minimum £100 guaranteed prizes. To gain access for the rest of the day, complete £10 of play on the Rainbow Rush minigame in a 24 hour period.
The Parlay platform was popular several years ago and then almost disappeared as far as UK bingo sites were concerned. The Parlay software now has a UK licence but still only powers a few sites. As far as promotions go the only one that is really of interest is The Palaces. As well as regular deposit bonus promotions, they have a Mother’s Day prize draw on site from 18th – 26th March; players get one entry for each £10 played during the promo period. A £20 deposit is required to qualify and if this is made on 26th, it attracts a £10 bingo bonus with a 2 x wagering requirement and 30 day expiry. The prize is a spa/casino weekend for two – in Great Yarmouth.
The Bede Gaming bingo software powers Bingo Stars, Bingo Godz and the charity site Health Bingo. The main promotions of note here are the 50% reload bonus promotions available on both bingo and casino, but they also run network slots/casino promotions from time to time and currently (until 29th March) they have a NetEnt network prize draw promotion with a top prize of a VIP week for two in Spain. Five prize draws are taking place but only the final one, on 30th March, has the holiday prize; the rest have rather more modest cash prizes. Players get one entry to the next draw for every 10 rounds played on Wild Wild West Roulette and although they can collect up to 50 entries per day, they can only win one prize each time.
The Bede Gaming sites have also recently rearranged their bingo timetable. Out went the penny bingo room and in came a Friday night £5K jackpot game. Another innovation is an hour of 90 ball bingo with a maximum of just 4 tickets per player. Also new to the Bede network is Bingo Studio Live; this runs from 6pm until midnight every evening and has arrived as part of parcel of the migration to the Bede platform of three sites that were previously powered by Virtue Fusion – Crown Bingo, Bingo Loopy and BingoS.
As far as promotions go, Tombola are best known for running daily free games. The big news at the moment is that Go Fish, their long running daily SMS game, has been retired and replaced with a new game, Stars, which started on Monday 6th March. The new game has £30,000 in prizes to be won each week. To participate, players need to register a mobile number to be sent an access code each week. The code can then be used to access a ticket for the week’s play and this can be done on both Tombola and Tombola Arcade giving the player two chances to win. Each day, six numbers are called from the universe of 50 and players have to check their ticket and collect any stars with matching numbers. The aim is to complete the ticket by collecting 25 stars over the course of the week and each week, the £30,000 prize fund is shared equally between all the completed tickets (in the unlikely event that no-one wins, it rolls over to the following week increasing that week’s prize fund to £60,000).
Slingo is a hybrid between bingo and slots and was a play-for-fun game until Gaming Realms bought the rights back in 2015. There are several real money Slingo games but only one of them – Slingo Boom – is a multiplayer game that offers the same type of experience as bingo. Slingo Boom is exclusive to Slingo.com and is essentially a fun version of 75 ball bingo with lots of extra bells and whistles and only one card per player. To learn more about Slingo Boom and about all the single player versions of Slingo, read What Is Slingo?
Slingo Boom came out last May but this great game has not made much of an impact to date. This is set to change as not only is there a a new TV advertising campaign for the brand, but they have reportedly secured a deal to sponsor the Jeremy Kyle Show. The two Slingo Boom rooms at Slingo.com (priced at 25p and £1) are already looking busier and this is pushing up the value of the prizes.
Also new at Slingo.com is the real money skill game Magic Mine. This is a match 3 game in the same vein as the ever popular Candy Crush and players are given 7 moves to collect as many diamond gems as possible (30 are required to break even). When played with the standard strategy the game has an extremely unappealing RTP of just 56.79% but they say this can be improved with skilful play. Magic Mine offers a range of stake levels from 50p – £10 and apart from the progressive jackpot the maximum win is 100 x stake.