At almost every online bingo site out there (the notable exception being Tombola) you can also play slots, and most offer the facility to play either in a small window in the bingo room or bingo lobby (something to do while waiting for a game to start perhaps?) or in a separate window. But are slots for you?
Potential upsides of slots play
- Better RTP
- Visually entertaining
- No need to wait for a game to start
- Possibility of massive progressive jackpot wins
- A change from bingo
Potential downsides of slots play
- Easy to spend a lot of money very quickly /lose track of spending
- Big wagering requirements on slots bonuses
- Real money play only (no bonuses) on many sites
- Potentially addictive
- No chat if not playing inside bingo room (although this could be an upside if you don’t feel like chatting that day)
There are many ways in which various bingo sites give their players an incentive to try slots. If you want to play slots alongside your bingo you can take advantage of these incentives – and if you don’t want to play slots you might prefer to avoid the sites that offer them.
How bingo sites encourage slots play
These bonuses are only for use on slots (or sometimes on table games). They usually have a much higher wagering requirement than bingo bonuses (due to the higher RTP on slots) and this can generally only be fulfilled by playing slots. They can be given as part of the welcome bonus, via special promotions later on, or as part of the regular Slot Of The Week promotions that so many bingo sites seem to run now.
Free spins on slots
A few bingo sites give out free spins when you sign up, some give them out as prizes during promotions and some sites (including Butlers Bingo and Dragonfish network sites) even have a special bingo room where the prizes are free spins. The majority of bingo sites treat the winnings from free spins as a bonus and apply a stringent wagering requirement (often with a time limit) but a few only require that you play through the winnings once (to satisfy anti money laundering regulations). Typically free spins can only be used on one specified slot (Starburst by Net Entertainment is a favourite as are Fluffy Favourites and its sequel Fluffy Too) or on a small selection of specified slots, and they often have a short expiry time.
Bingo promotions that require or reward some slots play
In this type of promotion you complete tasks in order to get free tickets for a special bingo game or qualify for a bingo bonus. These tasks include a certain amount of slots play either as an option, or as a necessary part of completing the tasks. For example, Bubble Bonus Bingo used to have a monthly bingo bonus that could be collected after completing five tasks and these usually included playing £15 on a specified slot and/or participating in a slots cashback promotion, and cards to the big prize games at Costa Bingo and its sister sites are often to be earned by playing slots (typically 1 card per £20 played).
Slots only promotions
These include prize draws where, for instance, you get one ticket for each £10 played on slots (with no option to get tickets via bingo play), promotions offering a percentage cashback on slots losses (which in most cases will be paid as a slots bonus rather than as actual cash back), and slots tournaments where you gain leaderboard points via slots play and the top players win bonus or cash prizes.
Slots geared towards bingo players
Examples of this include:
- The phenomenon that is Fluffy Favourites (and its sequel Fluffy Too).
- Bingo themed slots such as the Kitty Bingo Slot, Paddy’s Lucky Pigeon, Winner’s Spinner and Foxy’s World.
- Instant games which are the unholy offspring of slots and bingo, such as the Video Bingo games on 15 Network (although these are currently not available) and the instant bingo games at Bingocams.
- Slingo (the multiplayer version is essentially bingo, the single player versions essentially a slot game)
- Progressive slots such as 888’s Millionaire Genie and Playtech’s Clover Rollover
A really good selection of slots that can be played with the same wallet as bingo
Which slots can be played where? – an overview by network
Virtue Fusion – all Virtue Fusion sites have a selection of Playtech slots (the bigger sites tend to have a bigger and better selection including ones that are usually only found at Playtech casinos) and most also have Eyecon slots including Fluffy Favourites and Sugar Train. The really big name sites such as Bet365 also include slots by well known providers such as IGT, Williams, Net Entertainment and NYX Interactive. Mecca Bingo is a special case as the back end of the site is not managed by Playtech and this allows them to offer a particularly wide range of slots.
Microgaming – as you’d expect, these have Microgaming slots only but on the plus side they have them as soon as they come out.
Dragonfish/888 – this is the original home of the hugely popular Fluffy Favourites by Eyecon (and still the only home of the progressive version) and 888’s own progressive slot Millionaire Genie. Most Dragonfish sites also have several of the most popular Net Entertainment slots such as Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest, and some also have a few Williams slots such as the Wizard of Oz series.
Gamesys – own brand slots plus a few by IGT, Williams and Net Ent
Cozy – Cozy own brand slots plus some Eyecon slots including Fluffy Favourites. They had Microgaming slots at one point but this seems to have stopped now.
Daub Alderney – a few of their own slots including a series based on the Grease musical and several progressives, some older IGT and Microgaming slots, a selection by Bally and Play’N’Go and – new for Autumn 2015 at Bingo Extra only – Net Ent. The Net Ent slots arrived at Lucky Pants Bingo in summer 2016 but are not yet at Kitty Bingo.
15 Network – Slots from Eyecon including Fluffy Favourites (but no progressive jackpots). They also had Video Bingo which is a sort of cross between bingo and slots but this no longer seems to be available. Pariplay slots such as Magical Forest are expected to be added in the future.
B-live – Microgaming (and others) via Quickfire
Relax Gaming – Williams, Net Ent, Microgaming and others, including some progressive jackpots.
Bede Gaming – a big, up to date selection by IGT and Net Ent with some others (including Fluffy Favourites and many by Microgaming )
White Hat Gaming – Net Ent and NYX Interactive slots along with some lesser known providers including Thunderkick and Quickspin
Jackpot Liner/King Jackpot/Jackpot Cafe – Leapfrog own brand slots only
Tombola does not have any slots as such but it does have a selection of unique fast-play games including Bandit, where players compete against each other to achieve the highest score in 15 spins on an old fashioned 3 reel fruit machine.