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What is Slingo?

Sue Dawson

Rating: 4.3/5

The game of Slingo (so called because it is a cross between bingo and a slot machine) was invented in 1996 by Sal Falciglia Sr (a businessman from New Jersey) and was first launched on AOL.  In Slingo, players have to complete lines and coveralls on a board that resembles a bingo card, by marking off numbers as they are spun on a set of slot machine reels.  This turned out really to resonate with players and Slingo theming has cropped up everywhere from lottery scratchcards to gaming machines in bricks and mortar casinos.

How To Play Slingo

A number of real money versions of this exciting game are now available to play at UK bingo sites and slot sites.  All are single player and are essentially slot machines or scratchcards offering an extended gameplay experience with elements of bingo. There was also a multiplayer version, Slingo Boom, which was basically 75 ball bingo on steroids but this never caught on and is no longer available.  In this article, we explain how to play all the different real money versions of Slingo and where to play real money Slingo games.

The original home of real money Slingo was Gaming Realms sites (aka River iGaming), but these were suspended at the end of 2019 following their decision to concentrate on B2B; a couple of them including Slingo.com have reopened as Skill On Net casinos.  All the varieties of Slingo (and other popular games from Slingo Originals such as Baking Bonanza) are now widely available at Dragonfish bingo sites, Buzz Bingo and Foxy Bingo amongst others and most new bingo sites now have Slingo games.

How To Play Slingo

  1. Bingo crossed with a slot machine
  2. Single player real money Slingo
    1. Slingo Riches
    2. Slingo Extreme & Slingo XXXtreme
    3. Deal Or No Deal Slingo & Slingo Fortunes
    4. Britain’s Got Talent Slingo
    5. X Factor Slingo
    6. Love Island Slingo
    7. Rainbow Riches Slingo
    8. Slingo Showdown
    9. Slingo WWTBAM & Slingo Reveal
    10. Slingo Cascade
    11. Slingo Monopoly
    12. Slingo Centurion
    13. Slingo Classic
    14. Slingo Carnival
    15. Slingo Berserk
    16. Slingo Advance
    17. Slingo Friends
    18. Slingo Xing Yun Xian
  3. Multiplayer real money Slingo
  4. Other Slingo games
    1. Big Money Slingo & Big Money Slingo Bonus
    2. Slingo Cash Buster
    3. Slingo Shuffle Roulette
    4. Slingo Reel Riches, Slingo Reel Extreme & Slingo Wild Adventure


Bingo crossed with a slot machine

Slingo is a hybrid of 75 ball bingo with a slot machine, combining the excitement of spinning reels with that of marking off numbers on a card.  It is played on a 5 x 5 grid that resembles a 75 ball bingo card.  Directly below the grid are the reels, but they do not look much like a regular slot machine as only one space on each reel is visible.

The idea is to complete the grid by matching numbers from the result of spinning the reels with numbers from the grid.  In each game, a maximum number of spins is allowed and in the non real money versions this is typically 20, but only the first 16 spins are free.  The others have to be paid for either by using free spins or cashing in points already scored.

In the classic play-for-fun Slingo game, it is mostly numbers that come up on the reels, but they can also contain 4 other symbols.  The Joker allows any number in the above column to be daubed.  The Super Joker allows any number anywhere on the grid to be daubed.  The Gold Coin awards points.  The Free Spin awards a free spin token that can be used to pay for one spin after spin 16.  Some versions also have the Cherub who doubles your score and the Devil who cuts your score in half unless the Cherub also comes up at the same time.

In all the play for fun versions points were awarded for completing horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines on the grid (known as Slingos) and in some cases patterns, and the aim was to score as many points as possible.

Typically the grid had to be daubed manually against the clock, although the fancier versions of the game included a power up called Slingo Vision that highlighted numbers that could be daubed.

There were many variants of play-for-fun Slingo including larger grids and all manner of exotic power-ups which added to the fun.  This screenshot is from Slingo Daily Challenge where a preset score had to be beaten by judicious use of the power-ups of the day.


There were even multiplayer versions of Slingo where you could play against and chat with players from all over the world.


As we will see, most of these games have been replaced by real money version of Slingo but there are still a few play-for-fun Slingo games at the Classic Slingo site.

Real Money Slingo

Real money bingo and slots are both so popular that it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a real money version of Slingo.  That someone was Gaming Realms, and they also bought the rights to the name and the Slingo.com domain which resulted in the disappearance of most of the free versions of Slingo that were accessible to UK players.  The first real money version of Slingo to be released was Slingo Riches in 2015, and it was followed by other versions a few months later. To start with all were only playable at (now defunct) Bear Group sites including Slingo.com,  but they were later licensed out to many other sites.

Real money Slingo has continued to evolve over the last 5 years. As well as new and exotic variants of the game, the existing versions have been tweaked to include more information about risk and reward when buying extra spins and most recently, a whole raft of player configurable controls have been added so that players can protect themselves from the temptation of getting carried away and buying too many extra spins at too high a price for comfort.  Players can limit the number of extra spins they are offered, set a maximum price above which they won’t be offered the spin and/or set a stake and/or loss limit per game, as seen here in Slingo Berserk.

Slingo Player Control Panel

We’ve produced a comparison table showing the main differences between real money single player Slingo games.  The RTP given is for the initial spins without any extra paid spins; each paid spin has RTP in its own right and this is usually but not always the same as the base game RTP.

Game RTP Minimum Stake Initial spins Extra Spins Prizes Start At Slingos To Break Even Top Prize Other Info
Slingo Riches 95% 50p 11 4 1 Slingo – 0.1x 4 Full House 200x Extra prizes for coins and for 3+ Jokers
Slingo Extreme 95% 50p 11 8 1 Slingo – 0.1x 4 Full House 500X Extra prizes for coins and 3+ Jokers
Slingo XXXtreme 95% 20p 11 Unlimited 4 Slingos – 1x 4 Full House 1000x Extra prizes for coins and 3+ Jokers
Love Island Slingo 95% 10p 11 6 1 Slingo – 0.1x 3 Full House 50x Extra prizes for coins and 3+ Jokers
Slingo Rainbow Riches 95.6% 50p 10 Unlimited 5 Slingos – Wishing Well Depends on bonus round outcome Full House – Pots Of Gold Prizes are all bonus rounds
Slingo X Factor 95% £2 11 4 1 Slingo – 0.1x 4 Full House 200x 3 progressive jackpots
BGT Slingo 95% 50p 11 4 1 Slingo – 0.1x 4 Full House 200x Extra prizes for coins and 3+ Jokers
DOND Slingo 95% £1 10 Unlimited 4 Slingos – 1x Depends on box contents Full House 20x Prize is multiple of box contents not stake
Slingo Fortunes 95% £1 10 Unlimited 4 Slingos – 1x Depends on envelope contents Full House 20x Prize is multiple of envelope contents
Slingo Showdown 95.4% 20p 10 Unlimited 0.2x for 2 pairs Depends on poker hand if any Full House 30x Prizes are for scoring poker hands, 4+ Slingos add a multiplier
Slingo Reveal 89.5% 20p 9 Unlimited 0.5x for lowest scoring set of 3 Depends on sets of 3 collected Jackpot 10,000x Prizes are for collecting sets of 3 only
Slingo WWTBAM 95.9% £1 9 Unlimited 0.5x for lowest scoring set of 3 Depends on sets of 3 collected Jackpot 10,000x Prizes for sets of 3.  100,000x jackpot for FH in 7 spins
Slingo Cascade 95% 20p 9 Unlimited 3 Slingos – 0.2x 5 20 Slingos – 5000x Completed Slingos explode & barrels cascade
Slingo Monopoly 95.3% 20p 7 or 8 4,6,8, or unlimited Depends on token choice Depends on token choice Depends on token choice Includes many features from board game
Slingo Centurion 95% 20p 10 Unlimited 5 Slingos – Reelus Maximus Depends on bonus round outcome Full House – Wild Power Spins Prizes are all bonus rounds from Centurion Maximus Winnus slot
Slingo Advance 95% 20p 1 8 1 symbol bottom row – 0.1x 1 Slingo bottom row or 1 symbol 4th row Full House – 10,000x Upper rows have to be unlocked.  prizes get bigger as you go up.
Slingo Carnival 95.6% 10p 10 Unlimited 5 Slingos – Pick a Toy Depends on bonus round outcome Full House – Whirl Winnings Bonus Prizes are all carnival themed bonus rounds
Slingo Classic 95% 20p 11 Unlimited 1 Slingo – 0.1x 4 Full House 500x Extra prizes for coins and 3+ Jokers
Slingo Friends 89.5% 25p 9 Unlimited 0.5x for lowest scoring set of 3 Depends on sets of 3 collected Jackpot 10,000x Prizes are for collecting sets of 3 only
Slingo Berserk 95.51% 20p 11 Unlimited 3 Slingos – 0.5x 4 Full House 50x 4 jackpots – 20x, 40x, 500x and 1000x
Slingo Xing Yun Xian 95% 20p 11 8 1 Slingo – 0.1x 4 Full House 500X Extra prizes for coins and 3+ Jokers

Slingo Riches


Slingo Riches differs from the earlier, play-for-fun versions of Slingo in a few important ways:

  • By FAR the most important difference is that there are only 11 initial free spins rather than 16 and only 15 in total rather than 20.  This substantially decreases the chance of filling the grid, and if you are used to playing a free version of Slingo it can come as a nasty shock!
  • You do not need to match up the numbers on the reels with the numbers on the grid –  they are autodaubed immediately after the reels spin.  You do still need to choose where to use the jokers and super jokers (super jokers always come first)
  • There is a bonus payout for 3 or more jokers on one spin (analagous to a scatter payout on a conventional slot), as well as for a coin symbol (these appear on the centre reel only).
  • There is no time limit and you can resume an interrupted game later if you lose the connection or have to stop playing .
  • The free spin symbol awards a free spin but this is instead of not as well as one of the four possible paid spins.  The free spin symbol can only come up during the 11 initial spins, not during the extras (whether free or paid).
  • The 4 extra spins have to be paid for in real money (unless the free spin symbol has come up) and the cost of each extra spin depends on both the number of Slingos won so far and the number that could potentially be won with the remaining extra spins; typically it is a bit more than the payout due for the number of Slingos already scored.
  • There is no Cherub in Slingo Riches and the only function of the Devil is to be a non scoring symbol blocking any numbers from coming up on that reel that spin. The Devil appears on the centre reel only.
  • There are none of the fun power ups seen in some of the free versions as these would prevent the game from having the consistent RTP it requires in order to gain regulatory approval for real play.


You win money for the number of completed Slingos at the end of the game – how much you win depends on the size of your initial bet which ranges from 50p to £100.  The break even point is 4 Slingos and if you do manage to mark off the entire grid you win 200x your original stake – but do bear in mind that you are EXTREMELY unlikely to be able to complete the grid without using extra spins, and if you pay for extra spins the amount you pay for them is likely to be a long way in excess of your original stake.  In the screenshot below (from the original release of the game), the starting stake was 50p and just ONE extra spin is priced at £2.46.


Slingo Riches has an advertised RTP of 95% but seems to be quite a high variance game with most games being loss making.  11 spins frequently seem to result in just 1 or 2 Slingos for a return of 10% or 20% stake; as has already been pointed out, this can be a bit of a nasty shock when used to 16 spins with power-ups as found in the free versions, which generally enable the player to clear most of the grid.   Although potentially more Slingos can be completed by using extra spins, the extra spins can be very expensive (each extra spin itself has a theoretical RTP of 95%).  Later releases of Slingo Riches (and other Slingo games) include quite a bit more information for the player about the risk and reward of extra spins, as seen in this screenshot.


One thing that Slingo Riches does have going for it is that each game takes several minutes to play and this is more akin to a game of bingo than a slots spin.  When you play slots it is possible to burn through quite a lot of money in a very short space of time if luck is not on your side, whereas with Slingo it takes a lot longer, so there is more entertainment to be had for the same outlay.


Slingo Extreme and Slingo XXXtreme

Slingo Extreme was the second real money version of Slingo to appear, with a couple of important differences from Slingo Riches:

  • Smaller payouts for 6-9 Slingos and bigger payouts for 10 Slingos and Full House (500x original stake).
  • The same 11 initial free spins as in Slingo Riches,but 8 extra spins instead of the 4 in the earlier version.
  • Because of the differences in the paytable, pay spins which could result in getting a number of Slingos between 6 and 9 are less expensive than in Slingo Riches, whereas a spin that could result in 10 Slingos or a full house can be very pricey.


Slingo Extreme later underwent a few tweaks and an even higher variance version, Slingo XXXtreme, was introduced

  • Additions were made to the paytable of Slingo Extreme to add the instant cash prizes for spinning three or more jokers and for coin symbols.  These also feature in the paytable for Slingo XXXtreme.
  • In both games, the reels spin again automatically unless a joker needs to be placed (in the other versions the Spin button has to be pressed).  This speeds up the play.
  • Slingo XXXtreme has a minimum stake of 20p and a maximum stake of £100.
  • In Slingo XXXtreme there are no prizes for 3 or fewer Slingos and the full house prize is 1000x stake.



Deal or No Deal Slingo & Slingo Fortunes

Deal or No Deal Slingo is a tie-in with the famous Endemol TV programme and arrived in Spring 2016.  It is even higher variance than Slingo Extreme and although it has the same 95% RTP (for the base game and per extra pay spin) it differs from the other two versions of real money Slingo in a number of ways:

  • The minimum stake is £1 (there is no 50p stake level as found in the other games) and the maximum stake, £100.
  • In Deal or No Deal Slingo, the first thing you must do after buying into the game at your chosen stake level is to choose one of the 26 red boxes to be the player’s box. The other 25 boxes appear on the card.
  • The contents of all the boxes is listed at the side of the play area.  As numbers are marked off the corresponding box is opened and its contents eliminated from the list.
  • There are 10 initial free spins (instead of the 11 in the other games).
  • There is NO limit to the number of extra spins that can be bought but no more than 4 can be free spins from free spin symbols.
  • In this version there is no payout at all for 1,2, or 3 Slingos.  When the player completes 4 Slingos the Banker’s Offer comes into play.  The player has the choice of opening their box, accepting the Banker’s offer or spinning again.  The cost of extra spins depends on which boxes have been eliminated as well as on the chances of getting a Slingo on the next spin.
  • Instead of the fixed paytable in the other versions there is a series of multipliers – x2 for 5 Slingos, going up by one for each Slingo until it reaches x7 for 10 Slingos and then it jumps to x20 for full house.  The multiplier is applied to the contents of all the boxes left in the game (at full house, however, there won’t be any boxes left apart from the player’s box).
  • The top prize in Deal Or No Deal Slingo is £100,000 but not only would this require a full house win at the maximum stake, the player would have to have been lucky enough to pick the box containing the biggest prize in the first place.
  • Slingo Fortunes is exactly the same game but without the Deal or No Deal theming.  The red boxes are replaced by lucky envelopes.


Britain’s Got Talent Slingo

BGT Slingo is basically a reskinned version of Slingo Riches, created for a BGT themed slots site.



X Factor Slingo

X Factor Slingo is also based on the Slingo Riches engine, but with the addition of three progressive jackpots which can be won by collecting 7, 8 or 9 of the special X Factor logo symbols.  These appear on the centre reel only from time to time, and are also awarded (instead of the cash prize in the other versions) for a spin that contains 3 or more jokers or super jokers.   The game has an overall RTP of 95% just like the original, but the return on the base game is lower because some of it is tied up in the jackpots.  X Factor Slingo also has a higher minimum stake than Slingo Riches, of £2 a spin (and a maximum of £100 a spin).



Love Island Slingo

Love Island Slingo is another TV tie-in version of Slingo and is lower variance than the others.

  • The paytable has slightly larger prizes at the lower end balanced against a full house prize of just 50x stake
  • The RTP is the usual 95%
  • The jokers are replaced by beach balls and the devils with sharks
  • It has the usual 11 initial spins and a maximum 6 respins


Rainbow Riches Slingo

Rainbow Riches Slingo is themed on the much loved Rainbow Riches slot machines and has a slightly better RTP than other versions, at 95.6%.

  • It resembles Deal Or No Deal Slingo in that there are 10 initial spins (plus any free spins tokens collected) and an unlimited number of respins.
  • The player has to complete 5 or more Slingos in order to win anything at all (an unlikely occurrence without paying for respins).
  • The prizes are not fixed amounts – they all consist of entry to various bonus rounds, based on the bonus rounds in Rainbow Riches slots.
  • In the bonus round, the multiplier you win is applied to your original stake. The top prize in the top bonus round is 1000 x stake.


Slingo Showdown

As if a hybrid of slots and bingo wasn’t exciting enough, Slingo Showdown adds poker to the mix.

  • The game is played with 5×5 array of playing cards instead of numbers
  • There are no reels as such but instead the player is dealt a hand of five cards (from a full deck each time, so cards can repeat in subsequent deals). Cards are matched off anywhere on the board regardless of where they appear in the player’s hand.
  • The real object of the game is to get dealt a scoring poker hand.  If you don’t, you won’t win anything no matter how many Slingos you collect.
  • If you also collect 4 or more Slingos a multiplier is applied to the prize for the poker hand.
  • The game has 10 initial free deals and an unlimited number of extras.  There is a free deal card (which, along with jokers and super jokers, counts as wild for the purpose of poker hands)
  • The minimum stake is 20p and the game has an RTP of 95.4% for the base game and 95.9% for each extra deal.
  • The top prize is 1500x stake but this would require a royal flush and clearing the board.  The odds against getting dealt a royal flush from an ordinary deck of cards are 649,739 to one.  Without knowing how common jokers, super jokers and free deal cards are in Slingo Showdown we can’t say what the chances of getting a royal flush in this game are, but it’s fair to say they won’t be good.


Slingo Reveal and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Slingo

  • Both these variants resemble Slingo Showdown in that there is no prizes for the Slingos themselves.
  • Both games have 9 initial free spins and an unlimited number of extra spins can be paid for (until the card is full).
  • Each Slingo reveals a randomly selected symbol when completed.
  • The aim is to collect three of a kind of one or more symbols.  This is harder than it sounds as symbols from an already completed set can still appear.
  • In WWTBAM Slingo there’s also a jackpot of 100,000 x stake for completing the card in 7 spins.
  • WWTBAM Slingo has stake levels ranging from £1 to £10 and RTP of 95.9% (plus 95% on each extra spin)
  • Although it appears to be much the same game Slingo Reveal has a considerably worse RTP of 89.5% (again plus 95% on each extra spin).  Stake levels are 20p to £25.


Slingo Reveal

Slingo Cascade

Slingo Cascade is a pirate themed version of the game with several added elements which are clearly designed to make play more interesting.  It has 9 initial spins and an unlimited number of pay spins.  The numbers are all painted on gunpowder barrels and when marked off, the fuse is lit

  • After every winning spin, the winning reels respin and this continues until there are no more wins.
  • The Cherub appears in the game.  Each Cherub marks off 1 to 5 numbers.
  • The board can never be cleared.  When a Slingo is completed all the barrels in it explode, the remaining barrels drop down to fill the gaps and more barrels drop from the top of the screen. This does mean that incomplete Slingos can become harder to complete as some of the barrels in them are replaced with fresh ones.

Scoring is based on the number of Slingos completed but you need to complete 3 to win anything at all and 5 to break even.  Complete 20 Slingos to win the jackpot of 5000x bet (no prizes for guessing how unlikely you are to do that without buying extra spins!)

Slingo Cascade

Slingo Monopoly

In Slingo Monopoly there are no reels and the 5×5 array is property cards not numbers.  The first thing you must do is choose one of the 4 game pieces to set volatility; this affects the number of initial rolls (7 or 8), the number of extra rolls you can buy (4,6,8 or unlimited), the top prize (500x, 1500x, 2500x or 4000x stake) and the rate at which extra roll prices escalate.  Roll the dice to move around the board; as in the real game if you roll a double you’ll get an extra go.

  • Land on a property to turn all cards of that set face down
  • Land on all properties in a set to apply a multiplier to the prizes
  • Pass Go to add money to the Free Parking spot and land on it to collect it
  • Land on a Joker to advance to a randomly picked property
  • There’s also Community Chest and Chance spaces but watch out, you could be sent to jail and lose 3 rolls which is massively annoying

Apart from going to jail, Slingo Monopoly is a fun game but unless you are very lucky with your rolls you’ll need to buy extras to get anywhere.

Slingo Centurion

Slingo Centurion is similar to Slingo Rainbow Riches in that all the prizes are bonus rounds – in this case, bonus rounds from the Centurion Maximus Winnus slot, played at a spin value corresponding to initial stake level.  It has 10 initial spins and an unlimited number of extra spins BUT an extra spin can only be purchased if there is a possibility of winning a bonus round on the next spin.  If not, the game ends automatically.

Slingo Centurion

Slingo Classic

Slingo Classic is a retro styled version of the game that is very similar to Slingo Extreme but with a lower minimum stake and no auto spin.

Slingo Classic

Slingo Carnival

Slingo Carnival is similar to Slingo Rainbow Riches and Slingo Centurion; all the prizes are bonus rounds themed on carnival attractions and you need to complete 5 Slingos to win anything at all.  With a minimum stake of just 10p, it’s the cheapest to play of the bonus round Slingo games.

Slingo Carnival

Slingo Berserk

Slingo Berserk is a fast paced Viking themed version of Slingo with auto spin. Instead of jokers and super jokers, it has lightning wilds; each time one of these appears it throws up a coin which has a chance to trigger the jackpot game.  This is a pick-me game similar to the jackpot game in Age of the Gods – match three to win one of the four jackpots, the biggest of which is 1000x stake.

Slingo Berserk

Slingo Advance

Slingo Advance is a new and fresh take on Slingo, themed like a retro arcade game.  You start with just one spin, and only the bottom line of the play area unlocked; to advance, you need matches on already unlocked lines (so if you don’t match anything on the first spin, it’s instant game over).  You score for every match as well as for Slingos and the higher up the play area they occur, the more they are worth.  There’s extra prizes for completing an X or T pattern.

Slingo Advance

Slingo Friends

Slingo Friends appears to be a reskin of Slingo Reveal, based on the classic TV series and exclusive to Foxy Bingo.

Slingo Friends

Slingo Xing Yun Xian

Slingo Xing Yun Xian appears to be a reskin of Slingo Extreme, the only real difference being in the lower minimum stake.

Slingo Xing Yun Xian

While many of these Slingo games are almost the same as each other, with the differences lying in the paytable rather than in the gameplay, some of them – Slingo Cascade and Slingo Advance for example – are genuinely innovative.


Multiplayer real money Slingo

The first multiplayer version of real money Slingo arrived on the scene in May 2016 and was available to play at Bear Group sites only.  It was called Slingo Boom and felt – and indeed was – much closer to bingo than the single player versions do, especially as it was played in what looked very much like a bingo room, complete with chat (and chat games).  Regular Slingo is bascially a slot machine with vastly extended gameplay.  In Slingo Boom, players competed against each other to win a prize pot (sometimes fixed, sometimes determined by player stakes) and this shared liquidity meant that it was essentially a type of bingo rather than a slot machine. Instead of there being a fixed number of spins, the game continued until someone won.
Slingo Boom Game

    • In Slingo Boom, the board looked like a 75 ball bingo card (the kind where the centre square is not free)
    • As in regular 75 ball bingo the first column only contained numbers from 1-15, the second column only contained numbers from 16-30 and so forth.
    • Each player had one card only (giving everyone an equal chance of winning) and these were priced from 25p – £1.
    • The numbers and symbols came up – 5 at a time – on a set of reels immediately below the board.
    • The cards were all different but the numbers and symbols that came up after spinning the reels were the same for all the players.
    • The numbers that could appear on the reels were those that could appear in the column directly above, e g reel 1 contained numbers 1-15 only.
    • The three symbols that could appear were the Joker, the Super Joker and the Devil.
    • The Joker marked off one number in the column above it and the Super Joker marked off one number anywhere on the board.  Slingo Boom was unlike the single player versions in that players did not have any control over where the Joker and Super Joker were used; the number to be marked off was randomly selected and auto-daubed and was not necessarily the best choice strategically.
    • The Devil was a blocking symbol which appeared on reel 3 only.
    • Single player versions of Slingo have a free spins symbol but this did not feature in Slingo Boom.
    • A “Slingo” was a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line with all 5 numbers marked off.
    • Game types were coverall, pattern or 1-2-Slingo (prizes for 1 Slingo, 2 Slingos and coverall, split as in 90 ball bingo).
    • When a prize was won, the name of the player popped up in the same way it would in a bingo game – unless you were the winner, in which case the message was BOOM! (hence the name)

Slingo Boom Boom

  • As in single player versions of Slingo the reels spun from left to right and the numbers were not normally shown being marked off until the spin was complete (after all the reels had stopped). Nevertheless, a check was made after each individual reel stopped (rather than after the spin as a whole) to see whether someone had won and if they had, the game paused mid-spin to award the prize, only resuming to show the rest of the spin if the win was on a Slingo rather than on the coverall.
  • This means that if two players completed a Slingo on the same spin, they only split the prize if both completed from the same reel; if they completed from different reels the player who completed from the reel further to the left won.
  • One fundamental difference between Slingo Boom and regular 75 ball bingo was that numbers were NOT removed from the reels after being called, so the same number could come up multiple times in one game.  This meant that although a game of Slingo Boom played quite a bit more quickly than a game of 75 ball bingo, it wasn’t the 5 times faster one might expect.
  • When Slingo Boom was originally released there were no extra spins, but this functionality was added in a later version in Spring 2017.  Players who were close to completing the board might be offered the opportunity to buy (often quite expensive) extra spins to try and finish; if they succeeded they won the full house prize amount. Essentially this added a slot machine feature game to the bingo game (it worked like a slot, because the player was competing against the house and not other players) Slingo Extra Spins

So was it any good? Well, it depends what you want from a bingo game.  It was certainly a bit different from regular 75 ball bingo and had quite a lot more going on visually.  With only one board per player, it was fair for everyone.  It also had chat.

On the minus side, with only Slingo Boom on offer there wasn’t as much variety as at a regular bingo site.  The real problem, though, was that it simply didn’t catch on and there were never enough players in the rooms for the prizes to be worthwhile – and a further problem was that following the rollout of single player versions of Slingo elsewhere it was the only remaining USP of Bear Group sites and its failure may therefore have been an important factor in their eventual closure just before Christmas 2019.

Other Slingo Games

Big Money Slingo & Big Money Slingo Bonus

Big Money Slingo looks like a version of single player real money Slingo but isn’t really.  It features the same 75 ball game card and 5 reels but the object of the game is not the same.  Instead of getting a payout at the end of the game based on the total number of Slingos completed, each potential Slingo has a specific prize attached.  These prizes are multiples of stake level and are the same in every game, but the Slingos they are attached to move around from game to game.

There are 6 possible stake levels in Big Money Slingo, ranging from 50p to £15 and corresponding to 6 different play areas.  Players select a play area before starting to play, and in order to have a chance of winning the top prize of £150,000 it is necessary to play the £15 area.  In the 50p area, the prizes range from 25p to £5000.


Another very important difference between Big Money Slingo and the other versions is that there are just 6 initial spins and NO opportunity to buy extra spins (although up to 3 extra spins can be awarded by free spins symbols).  This means that it is essentially an instant win game that plays out with no player input.

Immediately after the start of the game and prior to the first spin taking place, up to 4 jokers appear on the card marking off numbers .  This is the only time in the game that jokers appear, and there are no super jokers and no devil.  The only non numerical symbol that can appear on the reels is the free spins symbol.


On the face of it Big Money Slingo has a substantially worse RTP than the other versions at 85.15% (87.5% for Big Money Slingo Bonus), but because there are no pay spins in this version there is no opportunity for the RTP to compound.  It only takes two pay spins on one of the other versions for the RTP on the original stake to be down to around this level.

Of all the real money versions of Slingo, this one is the furthest away from bingo and closest to a slot machine and this is because it is visually confusing in the manner of a slot machine. Because all the Slingos are worth different amounts, in order for the game to have the consistent RTP that is required for regulatory approval the chances of completing a particular Slingo have to be inversely proportional to the prize – i.e. completing the 25p Slingo is much more likely than completing the £5000 Slingo (and one need not play the game for very long to verify that 25p Slingos are indeed the most common).  In the screenshot below our eyes make us want to believe that the 45 is just as likely to come up as the 12 and that both have a 1/16 chance of showing up on the next spin (as there are 15 numbers plus the free spins symbol on each reel).


In the other single player versions and in multiplayer Slingo, what counts is the total number of Slingos and it does not matter which ones they are, so there is no need for any unequal weighting on the reels. The RTP in the other single player versions is kept consistent by adjusting the cost of the pay spins and the RTP in the multiplayer version is kept consistent by adjusting the prizes based on the number of players (just as in a game of regular 75 ball bingo).  Here, though, the 12 would complete the £5 Slingo and the 45 would complete the £5000 Slingo and therefore it must be a lot less likely that the 45 would be spun than the 12.  For this to happen, either the outcome has to be predetermined (like a scratchcard) or some sort of weighting would have to be applied to the reels based on which prize is attached to which Slingo for that particular game.  In effect, instead of being 16 symbols long (15 numbers plus free spin) the middle reel would have to be several thousand symbols long and only contain one 45.  This may sound very dodgy but in fact it is how all video slots work (online and offline) and it is what enables slot machines that do not have physical reels to offer much bigger top prizes than those that do.  In bingo, of course, all the balls have equal weighting and this is why it is important to understand that this particular version of Slingo has very little in common with it.

Big Money Slingo was also the first version of Slingo to be available at non Gaming Realms sites; in summer 2017 it started to be rolled out to Dragonfish and Cassava / 888 bingo sites where it appears in the slots section.

Big Money Slingo Bonus is an enhanced version of Big Money Slingo.  It offers the same six stake levels and the same basic prizes, but there are also instant cash wins and the Key symbol.  Collect 5 keys over a series of games to spin the wheel for a guaranteed prize (this all has to be in the same session though – if you close the game and come back later any previously collected keys will be gone.)


Slingo Cash Buster

Slingo Cash Buster is another game that looks a bit like Slingo but isn’t really; it is a Slingo themed variant of the IWG Cash Buster series of instant games and has a dismal RTP of 87% but again, there are no extra spins so this isn’t necessarily worse than regular Slingo after buying extra spins.

Slingo Cash Buster

Slingo Shuffle Roulette

New for Summer 2016 was a Slingo themed casino game – Slingo Shuffle Roulette.  This is actually a card game where players have the ability to place a range of different bets (similar to those in roulette).  Each bet has a different RTP (as detailed in the paytable) with the best being 96.67% for a bet on a single card.  The player wins and receives a payout at the quoted odds if all their selections are dealt from the deck before the Devil card comes up.  There’s the opportunity to buy extra cards if the Devil comes up earlier (like the extra pay spins in single player Slingo, these each have an RTP of 95% but be aware that the price is rounded up to the next penny).

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With chip sizes of 5p – £100, and bets available at odds from 1/1 to 3000/1, this game suits all pockets and all risk profiles.

Slingo Reel Riches,  Slingo Reel Extreme & Slingo Wild Adventure

These three games are Slingo themed slot machines.

Where To Play Slingo


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