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Best New Bingo Offers and Promotions – This Month

August 2017 – Best Bingo Promotions, Offers and Deals

Bingo site Promotion
Kitty Bingo £150,000 Cash Carnival
Coral Bingo VIP For A Month – win the ultimate upgrade
Bringo Bingo New Bingo Site from Ignite
Sky Bingo £100,000 Slots Pot Draw
Gala Bingo  Daily £500 Deposit Lottery Draw

The most important piece of news regarding online bingo at the moment isn’t a new site or a promotion – it is the arrival of POCT2 from 1st August. POCT stands for Point of Consumption Tax and POCT2 extends the tax to bonuses.  Operators have been aware of this development since the last Budget but there had been some doubt as to when and whether it would actually go ahead as the necessary legislation hasn’t gone through Parliament (they were too busy with the snap election and Brexit).  The Treasury has now said that when the legislation is passed (on the assumption that it won’t be derailed by a further election), the tax charge will be retroactively applied from 1st August, so operators are now rushing to be ready for it then.

But what does this mean for players?  In a nutshell, it means that on or soon after 1st August many of the no deposit bonus offers for new players will probably be gone as operators simply cannot afford to pay 15% tax on a bonus they give to someone who then never goes on to deposit and play.  The smaller the percentage of players who subsequently make a deposit, the more of a money sink for the operator the no deposit bonus becomes and the less likely the site is to keep on offering it – so in theory at least, any remaining no deposit bonus offers after the dust settles will be from high quality bingo sites where players usually do go on to make a deposit.

Deposit bonuses are also affected by the new tax so we expect to see smaller deposit bonus offers, offset by operators finding more innovative ways to keep players happy instead of just shoving huge bonuses at them all the time.  We also expect to see more bingo site launches on no bonus/no wagering networks such as the Dragonfish powered Real Bingo Network and the Jumpman powered Wheel of Slots Network.

  1. Virtue Fusion Bingo Site Promotions
  2. 888/Cassava Bingo Site Promotions
  3. Jumpman Promotions (15 Network / Wheel of Slots)
  4. Cozy Promotions
  5. Alternative Bingo Platforms

 

Virtue Fusion Bingo Sites

The Virtue Fusion / Playtech bingo network is where all the really big money bingo games are..  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.  Virtue Fusion’s £2.4 million network promotion for the summer runs until 27th August.  The games run in the network 90 ball room from noon to midnight every day, with reduced ticket prices (some as low as 1p).  The prize pool is £50,000 for Fridays and Saturdays and £40,000 for other days of the week, most of it after 5pm.

Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo migrated from Gamesys to the Virtue Fusion platform back in August 2016 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.  Of the two sites, Sun has by far the best promotions.

Sun’s new bingo game, Winning Headlines Bingo, is now on site and the room is open from noon every day.  It is a single ticket multi-stake game, with 36 balls (numbers 1 – 30 and 6 symbols themed on the Sun newspaper).  The numbers and symbols appear on 12 floating newspapers which disappear as they are matched; there are jackpots for bingo in 16 and 18 calls and – more interestingly – the Headline Jackpot which is a community progressive split between all players after a game in which all six symbols are called and bingo is won on the final one.

For August Sun have a £10 no deposit bonus promotion for all their funded players (so new players can claim it as well, but not instead of, making a deposit to get the regular welcome offer).  As with similar promotions at other Playtech sites, the bonus is drip fed £1 at a time and in this case, it is available on specific days only – 7th – 11th and 14th – 18th August (opt in required).  Each bonus has a 3 x wagering requirement and 24 hour expiry.

The regular Game of the Week promotion at Sun Bingo offers 100% bonus back (up to £10) on losses, but the bonus can only be used on the same slot again and has a 30x wagering requirement.  £10 of cash play is needed to qualify.  This week until 20h August) the slot is Flintstones Dashing Dino.  Sun also usually have at least one other exclusive slots promotion and recently these have included prize draws and head-to-head battles with a sharepot for players of the most popular slot.

Bgo have some exclusive BGO World bingo rooms and a £5 no deposit bingo bonus offer with a difference (it can be claimed once a month by existing players as well as by 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.   They used to have a no deposit free spins offer that was open to everyone whatever their choice of welcome bonus but this has now been replaced with a considerably more generous (£10) no deposit slots bonus (be aware that some slots are excluded).   The Big Competition runs every month; to qualify for the three special games on the last Friday of the month (25th August) 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.  Summer Holidays also runs in the Fairy Delight room, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in August at 8.30pm.  These 5p games all have different summer holiday themed prizes including a Monopoly Game of Thrones board game, a Minecraft lego set, a trampoline and a day out for 4 at Drayton Manor theme park.

Bgo also often have slots promotions outside the bingo section and until 27th August they have a slots leaderboard, the Boss’ Heatwave.  It runs on a weekly cycle and the top prizes are holidays with consolation prizes (mostly bonus and free spins) for the rest of the top 20.

At Bet365 there is almost always a big exclusive going on.  Codebreaker runs from 31st July – 27th August and is a bit different to the usual sort of Bet365 bingo promotion.  It runs in 5 bingo rooms and the first step to participation is to opt in. Each week an 8 digit code made up of 4 x 2 digit numbers will be published on the promo page; the objective is to break the code by matching the 2 digit numbers and this is done by winning a line or FH prize on a corresponding ball number.  Match one number to win 12 tickets to each of the 10 games in the VIP Lounge playing from 7pm the following Tuesday.  Match two numbers to qualify for a £250 cash sharepot; further £250 cash sharepots come into play at 3 and 4 numbers and if no-one qualifies for the sharepots they roll over into the following week.  Also on Tuesdays, at 8pm straight after the 10 games in VIP Lounge, there is a Party Hour and players get 12 tickets to each of the games for every £10 of cash play in the featured bingo rooms.   The second of the weekly codes is 46/29/81/16 and players have from 7th – 13th August to collect those numbers.

Bet365 also have Ready Steady Go, which is a regular double your winnings promotion that runs every other week (14th – 20th August and 28th August – 3rd September).  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.

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 are 7th – 20th August and 21st August – 3rd September.

Sky Bingo continues to run a set of promotions to tie in with its recently launched exclusive 40 ball bingo variant, Tipping Point Bingo – themed on 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 opportunity to try this new room out for free; 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 half of the generous Sky Bingo welcome bonus is for Tipping Point Bingo only.

The Friday night Tipping Point Drop Zone continues to run until at least 25th August with £2500 of prizes each time, from one of the four drop zones (check on the day to see which one it is).  The extra Win Zone feature runs on Tipping Point Bingo from 9pm – 11pm every Tuesday and Saturday (30 games in each session).  After every game, the feature runs causing up to 10 counters to drop; these are worth £10 each apart from the jackpot counter which is worth £1000.  Whatever drops is shared 50/50 between the winner and the community (with individual payouts depending on the number of tickets held).

The Accelerator is an escalator jackpot which runs every Sunday until 27th August in the Sky Speed room.  It is seeded at £2000 and runs from 6pm starting with a ball count of 32.  Every hour, on the hour, the ball count goes up by 2.  The payout is split 50/50 between the FH winner and all other players in the game where it is won.

Slots Pot Prize Draw runs on a weekly cycle until 27th August, with £100,000 of bonus to be given away altogether.  To enter a weekly draw, opt in with the code of the week and play Sky Bingo slots; one entry is awarded for each £10 of play (2 entries if on the slot of the week). Each draw has a Second Chance Pot as well as the regular prizes, to be shared between all non winning players with 10 or more entries; the prizes are all paid as a slots bonus with a 7 day expiry but it only has a single playthrough requirement.

For the whole of August, Sky have an exclusive bingo promotion, Summer Fair, that we’ve never seen done before – they are reducing (in most cases halving) the maximum number of tickets that can be bought per game in all of their exclusive bingo rooms (apart from single ticket Mystical Bingo and Sky Value which already has a low maximum purchase of 12).  Lowering the maximum purchase means that players who don’t want to buy so many tickets have a better chance of winning.

Sky players can also visit the Vegas section of the site using their Sky Bingo login to try out the new Tipping Point instant win games.  Sky Vegas almost always have some kind of big multi level promotion and the latest of these, Road Trip, runs on a weekly cycle until 3rd September. Players score one point for each £1 played on slots, each £5 played on table games and/or each £10 played on card games, and receive a bonus offer at the end of the week depending on how many points they collected (starting at a 25% deposit bonus up to £10 for a score of 20 – 250 points).  There are 9 levels to move up through and once a player has collected 500 points which gets them to level 3, they also collect a free “pit stop bonus” (bonus or free spins) whenever they go up a level.

At Mecca Bingo there’s 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.  Mecca also have a recently introduced second deposit bonus promotion which is ideal for slots players; the £10 Starburst bonus (which has a 5x wagering requirement and 30 day expiry) is awarded on a 2nd deposit of £10 made with code STAR10.

Mecca’s new bingo game Linka-Balls was launched on 28th July.  It’s 90 ball bingo with an additional feature prize game.  The bingo balls drop as coloured balls adjacent to the ticket area and the aim is to get three in a row of the same colour (horizontally, vertically or diagonally); when this happens the feature prize for that colour (a fixed amount) is split between all qualifying players (that is, anyone with 6 or more tickets to the game).  In theory all 6 feature prizes could be won in the same game!

The Mecca Summer Sizzler prize draw promotion started on 31st July and runs until 3rd September.  The draw has over 12,000 prizes worth £30,000 in all, including free spins, bingo bonus, slots bonus and 12 cash prizes of £250 – £1000.  (Wagering requirements are 1x on the bingo bonus and 10x on the slots).  To enter, opt in with code SIZZLER and deposit and play £30 on any games during the promo period.

Also as part of Summer Sizzler, Mecca are running an impressive 14 hours of free bingo starting at 10am every single day.  This mostly takes place in the Lucky For Some room; on Fridays the room runs free bingo until midnight and on other days of the week it finishes at 10pm but other rooms take over, running 20 minutes sessions from 9pm – midnight (schedule on site). Another free bingo session runs in four of their exclusive bingo rooms from 10pm every Friday, 11th August – 1st September.  Players can collect free tickets to this hour long £5K session by opting in with the code of the week and depositing and playing £10 on bingo during the previous Friday – Wednesday; this all has to be done in one day, can be done once a day and awards 6 tickets for each of the 11 games each time.  Players who deposit and play £10 on 5 or more of the days receive an additional 12 tickets.

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.   They usually have a shared exclusive promotion and this week (14th-20th August) it is a free bingo promotion.  Each day, players can opt in with the code of the day and meet the minimum spend (£10 Monday – Friday and £20 Saturday and Sunday) by 9pm to gain entry to the hour of free bingo from 9.30pm.  Players who spend £70 or more over the week get entry to an extra special free bingo room on 21st.

Betfair has a new slots and bingo bonus welcome offer requiring a deposit of just £5.  Their exclusive bingo promotions 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.   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 are giving away a UK family holiday every day until 26th August; once opted in, players get one daily draw entry for each £5 of cash play completed on bingo that day (double entries are awarded for play in the Coconut Island bingo room, which has guaranteed cash prizes throughout the promo period).  Each prize is a 4 night stay in a UK holiday park for a family of 4, to be taken in May 2018.

Deposit Lottery is a new promotion that started on 6th June and runs until further notice; opt in is required but this only has to be done once.  Each daily draw has a single prize of £500 cash and players get one entry for each £20 they deposit and play anywhere on site that day.

Gala had a promotion called Everyone Wins running on a weekly cycle and this proved so popular that it now runs on a daily cycle under the name Win Every Day.  To participate, players deposit and play £10 cash on bingo any day; if they do not win any cash prize they get entry to the Happymakers free bingo room the following day.  The 10 games play from 9.30pm with £500 to be won and players also receive a 50p cash bonus for each game they play in the session without a win (up to £5 altogether).

Coral Bingo has many of the same extra features as Gala Bingo, including exclusive Gala Coral rooms Coronation Street Bingo, Big Banker Bingo, Bingo Lotto , Coconut Island Bingo and Emmerdale Bingo and the side bet facility.  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.    The Coral VIP For A Month promotion is running 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 also has Everyone Wins, a weekly version of the promotion from Gala.  To qualify, players must deposit and play £10 on bingo in a week (Thursday – Wednesday).  They then get access to a free bingo session at 8pm on the Thursday; each of the 10 games has bingo bonus prizes of £12 for FH, £8 for 2L, £5 for 1L and £25 to be shared between non winning players.

Dab For A Day Out runs on a weekly cycle until 20th August.  Each week, 4 Red Letter Day experiences for 2 will be given away in the prize draw; players get one entry for each £5 of cash play on bingo during the week and there is no limit on the number of entries a player can collect.  Everyone who collects at least two entries in a week also gets entry to a £300 free bingo room on the following Monday from 9pm – 10pm.  The next draw takes place on 14th August and the experiences to be won are London Dining and Theatre Tickets.

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 is part of the same huge organisation as Gala and Coral but the Gala Coral exclusive bingo variants are yet to make an appearance there.  They usually have at least one exclusive.

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.  Bouncy Bowl is the newly introduced accompanying slot and from 7th – 13th there is a 20% bonus back on losses promotion on this new game; to qualify, opt in with code BOUNCYBOWL and play at least £10 on the slot.  The bonus has a 10 x wagering requirement, a 7 days expiry and can only be used on Bouncy Bowl; the maximum payout is £50.

Every day in August, players can play £5 on bingo before 9pm (no code required) to gain access to an hour of free bingo the same evening with £500 in cash prizes.  From 14th – 18th August there is a 20% bonus back on losses offer on the new Day At The Races bingo game.  To qualify players must opt in with code SADDLE and play at least £10 on the new game.  The bonus has a 2x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry and the maximum payout is £50.

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.  Summer Staycation started on 24th July .  There are two parts to this promotion.  One is the opportunity to win National Express 2 person voucher codes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 16th August.  The games play from 7pm – 8pm and the discount codes of 25% for 1L, 50% for 2L and 100% for FH are in addition to the regular prizes.  The other is a series of six £1000 slots prize draws, running until 3rd September.  Players get one entry to the week’s draw for each £5 of cash play on the featured games (which are different each week).

Betfred have another special promotion, 50th Anniversary Cash Drop, that runs every Saturday until 2nd September but it includes all Betfred products and is not specific to the bingo section.  To be included in the random draws, players need to have made at least 2 deposits and completed at least £10 of cash play anywhere on Betfred during 2017.  Qualifying players can get an extra entry by completing £10 of cash play the week of the draw.  At 10am on the Saturday, the 50 x £50 cash drops are paid into the winning players’ accounts BUT there is a twist – the players need to claim the cash without delay (by withdrawing or playing with some or all of it).  Otherwise, the money is taken back in stages (£10 an hour) until it has all been claimed or removed.

Mirror Bingo has been brought up to date with the addition of Cash Cubes and Bouncy Balls Bingo to the desktop, plus a temporary new 500% welcome offer half of which is a slots bonus specifically for the newspaper themed slot Reel News.

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888/Cassava Bingo Sites

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.  The 90 ball room is currently available at almost all 888 sites and a smaller number have the 75 ball room as well.

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.

Most 888 sites are finally moving away from Flash and on to HTML5 – just in time, as Google Chrome and some other browsers have now started automatically disabling Flash preventing the Flash version from running unless explicitly re-enabled.  The way this has been done is simply by serving the tablet version of the bingo lobby and rooms to the desktop and this seems to work well enough apart from the minor annoyance of not being able to buy a strip of tickets in the 90 ball rooms (the top two rows of tickets on the first page make a strip but to buy they have to be selected individually).

 

Ignite/Mandalay Media

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 have also recently reduced their minimum withdrawal to just £5.

Ignite’s Diamond Club cross-brand rewards scheme 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 available deals including iPads and iPhones 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.

Ignite – Upcoming Prize Bingo Games

Site Name  Type Date/Time  Prizes How to get tickets
 Costa Bingo Fun and Games  90  21st August
10pm
 Game vouchers (£250/£150/£100) Until 20th August
1 for each £10 deposited
1 for each £20 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £5 cash or 10 Diamonds
 Costa Bingo Summer Sizzler  75 Every Tues, Weds
& Thurs in August
9:30pm
 Tues: 50 Free Spins – Dr Love On Vacation
Weds: Self Tan Pack
Thurs: Charcoal Patio BBQ
Funded players only
Tues: 6 free cards per player, claim on the day
Weds 1p, Thurs 2p
 Wish Bingo  Some Like It Hot  75  31st August
10pm
Inflatable hot tub Until 29th August
1 for each £5 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds
City Bingo  Haggis Holiday  75 31st August
10pm
 2 night break in Edinburgh plus spending money Until 30th August
1 for each £10 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
3 for each £10 of cash play on featured slots
Buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds
 Treasure Bingo Keep It Cool  90 21st August
10pm
 Designer sunglasses Until 20th August
1 for each £10 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £5 cash or 10 Diamonds
 Fancy Bingo Summer Snoozin’  90 24th August
11pm
Sun loungers Until 23rd August
1 for each £5 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds
 Fancy Bingo Midweek Takeaways  75 Every Tues, Weds
& Thurs in August
9:30pm
 Tues: £25 Nando’s voucher
Weds: £50 Jamie’s Italian voucher
Thurs: £75 Pizza Hut voucher
As at Costa
Sing Bingo Hot Hits  75 Every Tues, Weds
& Thurs in August
9:30pm
 Tues: £25 iTunes voucher
Weds: £50 iTunes Italian voucher
Thurs: £75 iTunes voucher
As at Costa
Sing Bingo Get Some Hot Stuff  90 24th August
11pm
Kitchen appliances Until 23rd August
1 for each £10 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds
 Season Bingo  Holiday Spirit  90 24th August
11pm
 Thomas Cook holiday vouchers
(£250/£150/£100)
Until 22nd August
1 for each £5 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds
 Monkey Bingo Summer Meltdown 75 31st August
10pm
 Cheese and chocolate fondue sets Until 30th August
1 for each £5 deposited
1 for each £10 of cash play on bingo
Buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds
Kingdom of Bingo Summer Sparkle 75 Every Tues, Weds
& Thurs in August
9:30pm
 Tues: 25,000 Diamonds
Weds: 50,000 Diamonds
Thurs: 75,000 Diamonds
As at Costa
 Rewind Bingo Spin Yourself Dizzy 75 Every Tues, Weds
& Thurs in August
9:30pm
 Tues: 50 free spins – Kooza – £25 cap
Weds: 75 free spins – The Rift -£40 cap
Thurs: 100 free spins – Jungle Spirit – £50 cap
As at Costa

Each Ignite site has its own bingo rooms and chat, but the free bingo rooms (some of which are open to all) and jackpot games are networked.  The network has the following games every day:

  • £50 fixed jackpot 90 ball game with 1p tickets, 3 times a day
  • £50 fixed jackpot 75 ball game, 5p card price – every 2 hours 9am – 11pm
  • £100 fixed jackpot 90 ball game, 10p card price – every 2  hours 10am – midnight
  • 888 massively networked 90 ball room from 7pm

Ignite – Weekly Network Jackpot Games

Site Mon 9pm Tues 9pm Wed 10pm Thurs 9pm Fri 10pm Sat 8pm Sun 10pm
 75 ball
10p tickets
 90 ball
10p tickets
 75 ball prize bingo
(free, 1p or 2p)
 90 ball
10p
75 ball prize bingo (5p)  75 ball prize bingo (1p)  5 line
5p
 Costa Bingo  FH £1000
1TG share £1000
2TG share £500
1 Million Diamonds  No £500 Love2Shop vouchers  No  No 500 free spins
 Treasure Bingo as Costa 500,000 Diamonds  £50 or £100 cash 1 Million Treasure Points  No  No 500,000 Diamonds
 Wish Bingo as Costa 1 Million Diamonds  August: Strawberries & cream themed prizes 1 Million Wish Points  No  No 500 free spins
 City Bingo as Costa £300 August: Scottish themed prizes  £500  No  No  No
 Rio Bingo as Costa  Different each week  No  1 Million Rio Points  No  August: Apple themed jewellery etc 500 free spins
 Fancy Bingo as Costa  £300  No  £500  No August: Kitchen gadgets  No
 Sing Bingo as Costa  £300  No  £500  August: Massage pillow and spa days  No  No
 Monkey Bingo as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  August: Items for the beach  1 Million Monkey Points  No  No  250,000 Diamonds
 Season Bingo as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  £1000 bonus  No No  £500 bonus
 Kingdom of Bingo as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  £1000 bonus No  No  No
 Rewind Bingo as Costa  500,000 Diamonds No  £1000 bonus  No  No  £500 bonus
 Angry Bingo as Costa  500,000 Angry Points  No  1 Million Angry Points  No  No  No
 Bingola as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  1 Million Diamonds  No  No  500,000 Bingola Points
 Giant Bingo  as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  1 Million Giant Points  No  No  250,000 Diamonds
 Crocodile Bingo  as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  £1000 bonus  No  No  No
 Frozen Bingo  as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  £1000 bonus  No  £50 cash  £500 bonus
 Sparkly Bingo  as Costa  1 Million Sparkly Points  No  500,000 Diamonds  No  No  500,000 Sparkly Points
 Farmyard Bingo  as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  £1000 bonus  No  No  £500 bonus
 Dino Bingo  as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  1 Million Dino Points  No  No  500,000 Diamonds
 Bringo Bingo  as Costa  500,000 Diamonds  No  £1000 bonus  No  No  £500 bonus

Ignite also run two sliding jackpot games each week, one on Friday at 10pm and one on Sunday at 9pm.  Players can claim up to 6 cards for each of these on the day of the game only, but to be allowed into the bingo room they need to have made a deposit in the last 7 days.

As sliding jackpots go the Friday game (which runs at all Ignite bingo sites) 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.  The game typically has 25,000 +  cards in play so it is extremely unlikely that it would last that long.   It also has extra prizes; 1TG players share £1000 bonus and 2TG players share £2000 bonus.

The Sunday game (which does not run at all of the sites) is a much poorer proposition; 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 (whereas the Friday prize for 51 calls is £7000) and there’s nothing for 1TG or 2TG.  Since the cards are free it is still worth claiming them any week you have made the necessary deposit at a participating site (now including Costa).

Some of the Ignite bingo sites also have their own exclusives from time to time:

Costa Bingo was the first site in the group to open way back in 2009.  It is the busiest of the sites with the largest selection of bingo rooms including extra Bingo Vegas rooms.

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 20th August is 55%.

At City Bingo the promotions are themed round a different city each month (August’s is Edinburgh).  The regular Guess the City promotion runs towards the end of each month; players who guess the following month’s destination correctly from the list of options share 250,000 Diamonds.   City has 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 500 City Points for shouting out a city themed catchphrase (this month it is SCOTSMAN) 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 a free daily game, Break the Bank, for players who have deposited at least £5 during the preceding 7 days.

Fancy Bingo , which has recently had a rather radical makeover, is a penny bingo site and most of the regular games have 1p tickets; that is its USP.  There’s also a free daily game, Tea Party, for recent depositors similar to that at other sites in the group (but at Fancy, to qualify as a recent depositor the deposit has to have been made in the last 4 days, not the last 7 days).

Sing Bingo has also had a recent makeover. Its theming is musical with a different artist, genre or event featured each month and in July they rana Guess The Artist promotion similar to the Guess The City promotion at City Bingo, with a 250,000 Diamond sharepot for correct guesses.  The artist for August turned out to be disco diva Donna Summer.   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).  The rules for this have recently been changed and unlike the City Bingo tourney it no longer seems to be a team tourney, nor does it depend on winning any bingo games (although players must have at least one card in play to take part and arrive within 30 minutes of the start time).  Each player picks a number and gives it to the chat host; first to shout out “I spot my ball” when their number is called wins 2 tourney points plus 250 Sing Points for themselves and 250 for a roomie of their choice.  Second to shout out wins one tourney point.  At the end of the session the top scorer wins 5000 Sing Points, second place wins 3000 and third place wins 1000.   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.

Crocodile Bingo and Season Bingo both have a free daily game which can be played for 7 days after making a deposit.

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 standard Dragonfish network rooms (including both the 888 big link rooms) and promotions and no exclusives.  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.

During July Ignite launched not one, but two brand new bingo sites.  One of them, Real Deal Bingo, is on the new Dragonfish no-bonus network and does not even have the Diamond Club.  The other, Bringo Bingo, is on Ignite’s own network and is themed on a TV game show.

Netboost

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 Stride Gaming.

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 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 and also Silk Bingo, which has just had a redesign and new welcome offer.

The other USP is sliding jackpots, of which there are many, some once a month and some every day. If you want to know more about sliding jackpots and what the chances of their actually dropping is, we have a long and detailed article on the subject which you can read here.

Netboost – Sliding Jackpot Games

Game When Type Ticket price Headline prize Guaranteed prize 1TG/2TG prizes
 Super Millionaire 11pm 3rd Saturday of month 75 ball  £1 £1 million – 24 calls £1000 – 35+ calls
 Penny Bonanza 10pm 3rd Wednesday of month 75 ball + 1TG/2TG  1p £5000 – 29 calls  £300 – 46+ calls  1TG – £125. 2TG – £75
 Seasonal replacement for Daily Grand  11pm daily Xmas/Easter  75 ball  £2 £2500 – 35 calls  £300 – 57+ calls
 Power Penny  11pm daily  75 ball + 1TG/2TG  1p  £250 – 35 calls  £25 – 57+ calls
 Daily Grand  10pm daily  75 ball  £2  £1000 – 47 calls  £100 – 62+ calls  1TG – £50.  2TG – £50
 Lucky 777  8.30pm daily  90 ball 1TG /2TG  £1 B12G12F  £500 FH – not specified  £77 (in total) – not specified  1TG – £10.  2TG – £15
X Multiplier 10pm Saturday 75 ball 30p £10,000 – 29 calls £200 – 58+ calls
Big 10 10pm last Friday of month  75 ball 30p £10,000 – 29 calls £2000 – 46+ calls

The network also has regular fixed jackpot games every evening – the biggest of this, which is on Fridays, is a 90 ball game with £1000 in all to be won (including 1TG and 2TG prizes) and a ticket price of 20p.

The latest exclusive promotion to arrive at Netboost sites is the Summer Sizzler, a 90 ball game for funded players (and by this, they mean players who have made a deposit since 1st July) running every Friday at 10pm with tangible prizes.  Cards cost a hefty £5 each but players can collect free cards by completing tasks Sunday – Thursday.  They get 1 free card for every 5th deposit of £10 or more, 2 free cards for a single deposit of £50 or more, 1 free card for playing 20 live bingo games, 1 free card for 100 spins on summer slots and 2 free cards for winning bingo on the sun pattern.  It’s billed as a summer promotion but no end date is specified.

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.

Netboost also run some extra promotions which are notified via a pop-up rather than via the promotions page; the new promotions are only a few days in duration and mostly consist of prize draws, some combined with a leaderboard and some based on spend.

The network 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.

 

Dragonfish (Globalcom) Network

The main Dragonfish network  aka the Dragonfish (Globalcom) network includes both independently owned sites such as Circus Bingo and its sister sites Pixie Bingo and Oink Bingo, and 888 house owned sites such as Spy 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.

 

Dragonfish Network Regular Promotions

Name What When Ticket price Prize Further details
Wednesday Million 75 Ball Sliding Jackpot 10pm Wednesdays £1 £1,000,000 for bingo in 40 calls or fewer
Guaranteed £1000 (for 54 calls or more)
A win of 250K or more would be paid in monthly instalments
 Friday Million 75 Ball Sliding Jackpot 10pm Fridays  £1.50 £1,000,000 for bingo in 40 calls or fewer
Guaranteed £1500 (for 54 calls or more)
A win of 250K or more would be paid in monthly instalments
Saturday Million 75 Ball Sliding Jackpot 10pm Saturdays  50p £1,000,000 for bingo in 40 calls or fewer
Guaranteed £500 (for 54 calls or more)
A win of 250K or more would be paid in monthly instalments
 Sure Win  90 Ball No Lose  8pm on 15th of month  £1  FH £1000, 2L £600, 1L £400
Non winning paid tickets split £500
 Sure Win 2  90 Ball No Lose  8pm on 1st of month  £1  FH £650, 2L £250, 1L £100
Non winning paid tickets split £1500
 Zodiac Bingo  75 Ball (5 line)  8pm on 21st of month  30p  £1111 – FH £500
4L £300, 3L £150
2L £100, 1L £61
 FH also wins 20 tickets to the next game.
Players may be offered free tickets in their birthday month.
Grab A Grand  90 Ball  8pm on 15th of month  50p £1000  BOGOF
Wow Spintastic  90 Ball  9pm Sunday – Thursday  1p FH 100 Spins, 2L 50 Spins, 1L 20 Spins
1TG 10 Spins each
2TG 5 Spins each
 Minimum win from free spins £1, maximum win £50.
80x wagering requirement on winnings.
 The Big £10K  90 Ball No Lose  8pm on 10th of month  £10  £750 FH, £500 2L, £250 1L.
1TG split £2000
2TG split £1500
All paid tickets split £5000
 Free cards awarded as part of loyalty scheme
 Late Night Show  90 Ball  00:45 every day  1p  £50 FH, £30 2L, £20 1L  Cash only.  15 minute prebuy period.  Max 75 players, all must buy 96 tickets.
 90s Extreme  Big Link 90 Ball  7pm – 11pm every day  5p  1st game only – £1000 guaranteed
Other games based on sales
 Shared with 888 sites on other networks
 Big Fat 10  Big Link 75 Ball  4pm – midnight every day  10p  Based on card sales Shared with 888 sites on other networks

 

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 Big £10K; a single deposit of the minimum the site allows (£5 oor £10) 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.   Note that a minimum deposit does not go very far as apart from the Spintastic and Late Night Show promotions the cheapest tickets are 5p.

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.

 

Dragonfish Network – Operators with Exclusive Promotions

Operator Sites Exclusives Notes & August Exclusives
Lindar Circus Bingo
Pixie Bingo
Oink Bingo
Bonus game for depositors
£1000 monthly free game for depositors
Friday sliding jackpot game; bingo in 41 calls to win a trip to Vegas
 8 Ball Sin Street Bingo
(& several others)
Penny bingo every evening (requires deposit in last 10 days)
Other 8 Ball exclusive bingo hours
Reduced wagering requirement for VIPs
Exclusive rooms are not the same at all sites and most require a recent deposit
Maxi Chit Chat Bingo
Bid Bingo
BingoZino
Prize draws and leaderboards
Daily bonus calendar, a different bonus code for each day of the week
Exclusive Royal Room open at lunchtime every day
 Chit Chat exclusive welcome offer with reduced wagering requirement
August: Weekly Sharknado free spins sharepots (ranging from 600 free spins shared between those who deposit and play £5 on slots up to 3500 free spins shared between those who deposit and play £75 on slots)
 Silverspin Bubble Bonus Bingo
Butterfly Bingo
Candy Shop Bingo
(& others)
Bonus games for depositors (different at each site)
Pennies Make £s penny bingo room (noon – 3pm)
Big Night In 90 ball room (evenings)
Wacky Wings bingo room (evenings)
 Still on Flash.
Missing some network rooms including Bounce’T, Sure Win and main 90 ball room.
Looking a bit neglected.
Black Spark  Iceland Bingo
Safari Bingo
 £500 monthly game (15th)
Prize wheel (spin on depositing)
Pennies Make £s and Big Night In rooms
Fluffy Favourites Bingo (win spins)
Freezer Room (Iceland)
 Used to have same operator as Silverspin sites and still share 2 rooms.  Have better promotions than Silverspin and are not missing any network rooms.
 Welcome Welcome Bingo
Peeps Bingo
Good Day Bingo
Lucy Bingo
 Daily, weekly and monthly jackpot games
Redeposit bonuses
Unrestricted free bingo room (evenings)
 Used to have no deposit offers but these have now been stopped.  Redeposit bonuses still very good.
 Bingo52
Lovehearts Bingo
BingoRoo
 Prize draws
Free email games
 BingoRoo has by far the best promotions of the three
BingoRoo: Game of Thrones box set prize draw – get one entry for every £20 deposit until 31st August

 

 

Dragonfish Real Bingo Network

The big news from Dragonfish at the moment is the launch of the new Real Bingo Network.  The first site Blighty Bingo launched a few months back and now it has been joined by sister sites Zinger Bingo and Hunky Bingo, plus a couple of brand new sites – Real Deal Bingo (operated by Ignite of Costa Bingo fame) and Queen Bee Bingo.  The new network has the USP of not having any wagering requirements; the flipside of that is that there are no bingo bonuses in the normal sense of the word. The welcome offer consists of some free spins and £70 worth of bingo tickets; at the time of writing these consist of 12 tickets for 5 days for the daily £250 jackpot game plus 4 tickets for the Big Bang aka Big 10K (see above for details).   The deal also includes one or more free spins on login every single day (depending on loyalty level).  The new network includes some of the regular Dragonfish network rooms (Bounce’T, Big Fat 10, Spintastic and Late Night Show under different names) plus some that are exclusive to the new network, with more on the way as more sites launch.

As far as promotions go it is still early days; the network did have a Wimbledon special but there is nothing on at the moment.

 

Joy Of Bingo Network

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.

The network often runs seasonal extra jackpot games but for August, there is an exclusive daily free scratchcard promotion at Wink only.  Players who have deposited £20 or more in the past 7 days receive this on login, and can win up to £5 bingo or games bonus, 50 free bingo tickets or 12 free spins.

Joy of Bingo sites used to have automatic reload bonuses but this has now changed.   Wink players get a free spin on the Wink Wheel with every deposit (use code SPIN) to win a bonus of up to 200% or free spins.  At 888 Ladies something similar was introduced a couple of months ago  – instead of getting a redeposit bonus offer players can deposit with code LUCK to get a free spin on the Lady Luck slot machine (which comes in regular and VIP versions).  The machine awards a bonus up up to 88% (99% for VIPs), up to £10 cash or free spins.

 

 

Other 888/Cassava managed bingo sites

Big Tease Bingo is Dragonfish powered and on a network of its own (the Bingo Stars network) with the older Bingo Hollywood. They usually run at least one exclusive bingo promotion every month, and this month the theme is Big Brother.  It runs on a weekly cycle (Tuesday – Monday apart from the final week which runs 22nd – 30th) and each week the player who collects the most Big Brother eyes wins a £50 shopping voucher and advances to the final, in which the player with the biggest collection of eyes over the whole month will win a £100 shopping voucher. Players collect one eye each time they win on the BB eye pattern which plays in the Red Carpet Room at 45 past the hour.  August’s chat tourney is called Beach Bums and follows the usual rules, running on weekend evenings from 7pm -11pm in the Red Carpet Room with 10 tourney points awarded per bingo win ; 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 August the game to play is Wild Times, but only play at weekends counts.  Each weekend the biggest spender gets £100 casino bonus, and the biggest lower over the whole month gets a consolation prize of £50 casino bonus.

Here, the 888 big link 90 ball games have an extra feature called Mr Golden Balls.  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 (assuming that anyone from Big Tease wins a FH at all in this massively networked room) wins an extra £20 bingo bonus.

The Fluffy Cuffs room is a new bingo room for the launch of Big Tease.  Chat games play from 10pm – midnight and at the end of the month the player who has won in these most often will win an Ann Summers voucher.

One thing to be aware of at Big Tease is that in order to qualify for any of their promotions players need to have made a deposit during the last 30 days.

Foxy Bingo and other Cashcade sites also use the Dragonfish software (Flash version) on a standalone network but the number of bingo rooms and promotions at this once great site has suffered quite a decline.  They reportedly spent £10 million on the recent relaunch featuring Hollywood actress Heather Graham as the Fox so it is little wonder their promotions seem largely geared towards getting players to spend lots of money on slots.

 

Jumpman Bingo Sites

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 slots prize draw with slots bonus prizes, but the August promotion, Life’s A Beach, has one prize each week of a family trip to the beach – actually £750 cash (so quite a nice beach then!).  To qualify for a draw players have to make a deposit of at least £25 during the week (Tuesday – Monday); they then get 1 draw entry for each £1 of cash play on the Net Ent slot Beach.

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.   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.

Prize draws are the most common type of exclusive promotion found at 15 Network bingo sites and typically players get one entry for each £10 deposited during the month, but there don’t seem to be any running in Agust.

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.  Additional promotions are run via their Facebook page.

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 usually have a weekly slots prize draw promotion and for August it is called Slots of Magic.  Players get one draw entry for each £10 played on either of the White Wizard slots (Tuesday – Monday) and there are prizes of 2 x £250 cash (billed as a laptop computer) to be won each week plus 25 runner up prizes of 20+ free spins.

A couple of sites on this network now have exclusive promotions.   Volcano Bingo has the best of these, 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.  If you prefer prize draw promotions try Free Spirit Bingo where there is usually one running; in August the prize is a personal smoothie maker and players get one entry for each £10 deposited during the promo period.

Another piece of (not so welcome) news from the Jumpman sites is the recent introduction of the £500 max conversion rule.  Basically, when you receive a bonus of any kind the maximum you can end up with from it in withdrawable cash is £500; the rest remains as bonus and cannot be converted, so when you withdraw you lose it all.

 

Cozy Bingo Sites

Cozy bingo sites on the Live Bingo Network  and Best Bingo Network pretty well all have the same promotions.  In the past these have included jackpot games with free tickets for depositors, a weekly/monthly slots tournament with casino bonus prizes for the top spenders and so on, but these are all gone now leaving only the remarkably unappealing promotion formerly known as “Your Cashback, Your Choice” and now called “Casino Cash Rewards”.  This offers a “casino cash” percentage reward based on the amount the player deposits during the week, ranging from a 5% reward for deposits totalling £50 – £99 up to a 20% reward for deposits totalling £500 or more.  The reward is a slots only bonus with a wagering requirement of 20x and a 14 day expiry.  It is not awarded automatically and has to be claimed before the end of the week, and it cannot be claimed if the player has made any withdrawals during the week or has more than £5 left in their account- so basically, the only way to qualify for this promotion is to deposit at least £50 and lose almost all of it before the end of the week.

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 including Becky’s Bingo.  They have a bewildering array of promotions, most of which change monthly, but almost all of them require homeowner status which involves making three initial deposits and then depositing at least once every 30 days.     The Charity Event is back for August, with all ticket monies going to the Anthony Nolan Trust, 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.

It was rumoured that Cozy would get rid of all their no deposit bonus offers on 1st August but – so far at least – this hasn’t happened.  They have, however, made several other changes some of which are rather radical:

  • The free bingo room has been removed.  The only free bingo at any of the Cozy sites at the moment is a once a month session and a 7 day newbie room at Game Village and other Lucky Duck network sites.  Free newbie rooms are rumoured to be coming to other Cozy sites soon.
  • The other bingo rooms have been rearranged to keep cash play and bonus play completely separate from each other.  On the Live Bingo Network and Best Bingo Network there are 5 cash only rooms and 3 fixed pot bonus only rooms.  Bingo bonus can ONLY be used in these three rooms – but any winnings from there can be used in the cash rooms.
  • The Lucky Duck Network now has access to the 3 fixed pot bonus rooms and, apparently, the networked rooms Victoria 90 and Downtown 80.
  • At Live Bingo Network and Best Bingo Network the 75 ball provision is looking very poor.  There’s now just one 75 ball room – it is only open in the evenings and only takes cash.
  • The restriction on winnings from deposit bonuses has been changed for the worse,  to 5 x bonus capped at £500.
  • The rules for no deposit bonuses have also been simplified.  Unless and until the player makes a deposit the maximum balance they can have is £50 (reset at midnight every day) and this cannot be withdrawn.  As previously,  in order to get at any cash winnings from such a bonus, players have to make a deposit and accept a bonus on it complete with wagering requirement – only then can the winnings be carried forward, as a type of bonus with the usual wagering requirement and a 14 day expiry, up to £50 (£20 at some sites) or the value of the first deposit, whichever is smaller.  Anything else in the account (bonus, free tickets etc) is reset when the first deposit is made.
  • The minimum and maximum withdrawal limits have changed too; the minimum weekly withdrawal has been reduced to £10.  The maximum weekly withdrawal is now 2 x the average weekly deposit over the 4 preceding weeks, capped at £300 (£1000 in the case of a progressive jackpot win).

 

Cozy sites launched in the last few months include Swanky Bingo, Swag Bingo and Plush Bingo (all of which, unlike most Cozy bingo sites, have Microgaming slots), Sailor Bingo and Lucky Diner Bingo.

 

Alternative Bingo Platforms

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.

Gamesys Bingo Sites

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 (but plenty of slots).

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%.   Magic Match is a prize draw promotion running until 20th August; to participate players click on the 8 cards on the promo page until they reveal two matching cards.  This determines which of the 4 prize draws they can enter by meeting the minimum spend (this ranges from £2 for the 100 x £10 draw to £30 for the £5 x £100 draw).

Virgin Games is basically a casino with a couple of bingo rooms and most of the promotions are to do with slots, casino games or poker.   Take 10 runs from 14th – 27th August but to get the full benefit of this promotion you need to be in at the start.  The idea is to play £5 on multiple days during the promo period to qualify for one of the three sharepots.  Do it on 2 days to qualify for the £2K sharepot, on 5 days to qualify for the £5K sharepot and on 10 days to qualify for the £10K sharepot and the £2500 prize draw.

Jackpot Joy also have a range of exclusive promotions including a monthly £13,000 bingo game and frequent sharepots, but further details of these are only available on login.

 

Microgaming Bingo Sites

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 only has the network rooms and the occasional slots leaderboard.    Dream also currently have a no deposit free spins offer but as the winnings are paid as casino bonus this only allows players to try out slots, not bingo.

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 rather active on social media and put promotions such as prize draws out that way (for instance, for the 4th of July players could guess how many M&Ms were in a jar to win a hamper of American sweets).

 

 

Daub Alderney Bingo Sites

Daub Alderney have four bingo sites which combine shared rooms and promotions with exclusive ones and offer the opportunity to play bingo on a different platform with a particularly good range of slots.

Kitty Bingo was the first site in the group to launch and the design upgrade to improve playability across all devices which we reported on recently is now live. As we predicted the NetEnt slots which have featured at the other Daub sites for some time now are being introduced as part of the upgrade.

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 has NetEnt slots and the welcome offer includes free spins on these – Spinata Grande for the 20 free spins on registration and Spinata Grande, Koi Princess, Gonzo’s Quest and/or Starburst for the 100 free spins that are given out over the 5 days subsequent 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.

These three 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.  At the moment, however, the £150,000 Cash Carnival promotion is on site and this will run for 9 weeks in all.  The promo period for week 6 runs until 10th August and until then players collect prize draw entries at the rate of 1 for every £10 played on bingo, 1 for every £50 played on slots and 1 for every £5 deposited (no more than 20 entries can be earned from deposits).  The £10,000 Helter Skelter Handout, which has a top prize of a £2000 technology package plus smaller bonus and tangible prizes for hundreds of runners up, takes place on 11th August and players can start collecting entries for next week’s draw from then on.  Also on 11th August, the Big Hit Bingo 5 line bingo game plays, with £5000 in prizes including £200 1TG share and a card price of 10p.

Give Back Bingo is a charity bingo site that was launched late last year (and is missing most of the network promotions).  They aim to donate all bingo profits to the charity of the month and document it on a Just Giving page.  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 – but they seem to be doing OK so far, raising a modest sum of around £500 a month.

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.

 

 

Relax Gaming

The Relax Gaming bingo platform has only been around since July 2015 and is exclusively found at sites operated by the Kindred Group (aka Unibet), who 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.

Despite only powering a handful of sites the Relax network has a lot of players (many of whom are from Scandinavia rather than the UK); the four bingo rooms are always busy and the prize money is substantial.  They 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 (on bingo and on slots).  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 (after each £20 of play) and  vouchers are used before and not after any cash the player may have in their account.  Another thing that Relax has in common with Virtue Fusion and no other bingo platform is that there is a fully featured pre-buy system enabling tickets to be purchased up to a week ahead of time.  The latest innovation at the Relax sites is lottery betting.  This allows players to use their bingo/slots wallet to bet on the outcomes of various lotteries around the world – including the Euromillions at £2 a ticket instead of £2.50 – but not the UK lottery.

Maria Casino was previously a Virtue Fusion bingo site but received a radical makeover soon after going on to the Relax platform to put the focus more on slots (which they do extremely well).

Bingo.com  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 the 2016 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.

From 31st July – 27th August, Bingo.com has the exclusive Pop Up room on site.  It runs for an hour each at lunchtime, late afternoon and evening and to gain entry for the rest of the day players need to complete £35 of cash play on the Relax exclusive minigames.  Card price in the room is 15p and it features a £1000 escalator jackpot; it doesn’t seem to be any less busy than their regular bingo rooms, however.  The Pop Up room is also hosting a weekly Winner Takes All tournament every week (Monday – Sunday); the £1000 cash prize goes to the player who scores the most points via bingo wins – 10 points for 1L, 20 for 2L and so on up to 50 for FH, and just to make it more interesting 1TG and 2TG are each worth 40 points.

 

Parlay

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 including The Palaces and Bingo Palace (not to be confused with each other!).    The Palaces have been running a series of prize draws but at the moment they just have a selection of reload offers.

 

Bede

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 slots/casino promotions from time to 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 from 4pm every day with a maximum of just 4 tickets per player.  Also relatively new to the Bede network is Bingo Studio Live; this runs from 6pm until midnight every evening and has arrived as part and parcel of the migration to the Bede platform of three sites that were previously powered by Virtue Fusion – Crown Bingo, Bingo Loopy and BingoS.  The newest site on the Bede bingo network is Castle Jackpot.  The site itself has been around for a while but the bingo has been added very recently and – as seems to be increasingly fashionable in the online bingo world – it is essentially a slots site with a bit of bingo (and a slots focused welcome offer).

 

Tombola

As far as promotions go, Tombola are best known for running daily free games.  The one they are running at the moment is called Stars and 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 Bingo and Tombola Arcade (a separate instant games site which can be accessed with a Tombola Bingo login) 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 event that no-one wins, it rolls over to the following week increasing that week’s prize fund to £60,000).  Players have been winning some very substantial amounts on this game –  the prize for the week ending 25th June, for instance, was shared between just two players after having been rolled over from the previous week, netting them £30K each!  Tombola also recently ran a bingo game with probably the largest number of players ever seen online – 15,000 players showed up for the Bingo 90 Blowout which offered the opportunity to win £20,000.

 

Slingo

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 (including Deal or No Deal and X Factor themed versions) but only one of them – Slingo Boom aka Boom Bingo – is a multiplayer game that offers the same type of experience as bingo.  Slingo Boom is essentially a fun version of 75 ball bingo with lots of extra bells and whistles and only one card per player (giving everyone an equal chance of winning).  To learn more about Slingo Boom and about the single player versions of Slingo, read What Is Slingo?  The latest single player versions of Slingo are Slingo Showdown (which adds a poker element to the game) and Slingo Rainbow Riches (which adds several bonus rounds).

Slingo Boom came out last May exclusively at Slingo.com, but this great game has not made much of an impact to date.  This is rapidly changing as not only is there a a new TV advertising campaign for the brand, but they have secured a deal to sponsor the Jeremy Kyle Show.   As well as the 25p and £1 Slingo Boom rooms – which now have many more players and bigger prizes than they did previously – there is a daily jackpot room.  There’s also an extra spins bonus which comes into play after some games which offers a player the opportunity to buy extra spins after the game finishes for the chance to complete the board and win an amount equal to the full house prize.  Slingo Boom is now available at other Gaming Realms sites including Spin Genie and the recently launched Deal or No Deal Casino.

Also recently introduced at Gaming Realms 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.