May 2017 – Best Bingo Promotions, Offers and Deals
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For May, expect to see promotions themed on Bank Holidays and the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Virtue Fusion Bingo Site Promotions
- 888/Cassava Bingo Site Promotions
- Jumpman Promotions (15 Network / Wheel of Slots)
- Cozy Promotions
- Alternative Bingo Platforms
The Virtue Fusion / Playtech network is all about big money! Bingo Linx games play several times every day across the entire network, typically with prizes of £1000+, and at certain times of the month the prizes get even bigger including a total of £250,000 in prizes over the final weekend of every month. The downside of such huge prizes is that so many players are involved that the chance an individual player has of winning is pretty small. Virtue Fusion promotions for May include double jackpots in the Rainbow Riches room all month, and £2oK of penny bingo on Bank Holiday Monday (29th May).
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, Fabulous has fewer ongoing promotions; it used to have a better welcome offer but now it just has more bingo bonus and less slots bonus than Sun’s offer.
Until 28th May, Sun have a slots prize draw promotion; this wasn’t actually announced until 24th but play from 22nd counts. Each of the two draws (to take place on 26th and 29th) have a £25K prize fund; £15K of this is cash prizes of £5 – £1000 and the rest is bonus of £5 – £50 for various Sun Bingo exclusive slots. Players get one entry for each £5 played on slots.
From 17th – 30th May, Sun have sharepot and prize promotions in connection with their Oasis Session Bingo (this runs 4 times a day with a fixed price of £3 for the morning session, £5 for the afternoon session, £10 for the evening session and £3 for the twilight session). Each day, the Daily Genie £1000 bonus sharepot will be split between all players with £5 or more of cash play on session bingo and a further £100 bonus will be given away in the chat room. The Weekly Genie Draw takes place on 24th and 31st and is for all players with £15 or more of cash play on session bingo in the preceding 7 days; each draw is for 5 x £50 cash, 10 x £50 bonus and 5 x Djinn Wish Final Draw entries. This final draw also takes place on 31st and is for all players who complete £30 of cash play on session bingo during the promo period; the prizes are 1 x Kindle Oasis 3G reader + £100 cash, 5 x £100 cash and 20 x £50 bonus codes that can be used any time in June. All bonus prizes are bingo bonus with a 3x wagering requirement.
Fabulous are concentrating on social media promotions during May; celeb face swap, hidden objects and solve the riddle games are being run regularly via their Facebook page with bonuses and Love2Shop vouchers to be won. Fabulous also have a session bingo promotion from 17th – 30th May, similar to the one at Sun but without the sharepot element. Instead there are daily draws with 10 x £5 bingo bonus to be won (play £5 on session bingo to enter) and weekly draws with 10 x £50 Love2Shop vouchers and 50 x £10 bingo bonus to be won (play £10 on session bingo to enter). As at Sun, the bingo bonus prizes have a 3 x wagering requirement.
Bgo have some exclusive BGO World bingo rooms and an exclusive free spins offer for new players, plus an excellent selection of slots and a very nice slots/casino welcome offer that can be taken as an alternative to bingo bonus. The Big Competition runs every month; to qualify for the three special games on the last Friday of the month (26th May) 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. A-May-Zing Days consists of a different promotion every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during May, not to be revealed until the day itself; the first in the series awarded £10 bingo bonus each to the three players who won the most chat games in their exclusive rooms. BGO also have the Game On Giveaway which is a slots prize draw running on a weekly cycle until 28th May. Players opt in and then receive one draw ticket for each £10 played on slots; they can earn up to 50 tickets each week and also receive 10 free spins (for a choice of 4 Net Ent slots) for every 10 tickets they collect (the winnings from the free spins are paid as a slots bonus with a 35x wagering requirement and 3 day expiry). The winner of each week’s draw can choose between four prizes – a Playstation 4, a Nintendo Switch, an XBox One or an Oculus Rift.
The really big news from Bgo this week has little to do with bingo promotions but everything to do with absolutely astonishing strokes of luck and huge wins. As almost always when someone wins an enormous sum of money at a bingo site the game in question wasn’t bingo but a progressive jackpot slot. What makes the story so incredible is that this particular Bgo player won the IGT Megajackpots progressive not once, but TWICE – after winning £1.13 million on Good Friday they won another £627K on the same slot (Megajackpots Star Lanterns) just three and a half weeks later. Bgo say that the chance of this happening (given the £20 spin value the player was using, which gives a better chance of winning the jackpot than lower value spins do) was 1 in around 625 million (though it should be noted that this is not much worse than the chance of winning the top prize in the Dragonfish million pound sliding jackpot game).
At Bet365 there is almost always a big exclusive going on. Pick & Mix Bingo is about to finish with three All Winners Finale games on 26th May. Bet365 have introduced a new twist into the format this time round; all of the Selection Box qualifier games in the Pick & Mix room are multi stake and when you get a line or FH win in one of these games, the finale game for which you receive a ticket is determined by the stake level you chose. Win with a 5p stake to receive a ticket to the 8pm game which has a FH prize of a 40 inch Samsung TV, win with a 10p stake to receive a ticket to the 8.30pm game which has a FH prize of a Samsung Galaxy S8, or win with a 20p stake to receive a ticket to the 9pm game which has a FH prize of a holiday to Bruges for 2 people. As usual, the free tickets are in addition to the regular prizes for the qualifier games. Players can hold up to 30 tickets for each finale game and once a week, there is a special Golden Ticket Selection Box game; the full house winner of this game will have their finale tickets topped up to the maximum of 30 for the game which corresponds to their stake level. Tickets for finale games can also be bought for £1, again up to the maximum of 30. As usual there is also a Party Hour and this time the 8 games (which have prizes of cash or Love2Shop vouchers) run in between the finale games. Players can claim 6 free tickets to each game for every £10 played in the Pick & Mix room during the promo period; tickets for the Party Hour games can also be bought for 10p each and there is a limit of 36 tickets per player. It appears that there is also a bingo bonus community jackpot to be shared between the tickets held by non winning players in the finale games but it is not clear how much it is.
The next big promotion at bet365 is Garden Party and this runs on a weekly cycle from 29th May till 25th June. Each week, players can collect up to 36 tickets for the All-Winners Finale Hour which runs from 8pm on the Sunday, by winning them in the 5p Heatwave games during the week (in which case they will need to be in the room immediately before the games start to claim the tickets) or by buying for 50p each. Ten games play during the finale hour and each has a 1L prize of £15, a 2L prize of £30 and a FH prize from a list including barbecues, a patio heater, outdoor furniture and a Bluetooth speaker.
Movie Buff runs from 17th – 28th May; it is a film trivia chat game tournament running from 5pm – 7pm every day in the Kiss & Tell room. In each game, the first player to answer correctly scores 50 points, the second scores 30 points and the third scores 20 points. The top five scoring players each day win up to £5 bingo bonus (7 day expiry) and the top three overall at the end of the tournament will each win a £50 Vue Cinema gift card. In order to participate in the chat games, players need to have deposited and played £5 on bingo during the preceding 7 days, and hold at least 3 tickets (cash purchases only count) to the bingo game during which the chat game is run.
Bet365 also have Ready Steady Go, which is a regular double your winnings promotion that runs every other week (8th – 14th and 22nd – 28th May). 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 for this month are 1st – 14th May, 15th – 28th May and 29th May – 11th June.
Bet365 also have the £1 Million Spectacular; this is not a bingo promotion but is running in other sections of Bet365 that can be played with the same wallet as bingo. The promotion runs in eight blocks of 4 days each with a prize draw at the end of each block; the prizes are bonuses (with a 10x wagering requirement and 10 day expiry) ranging from £10 to £1000 and are worth £1 million in all. In each promo period, players get one ticket for each £10 played on the featured games and two tickets for £10 played on the double ticket game. The final draw takes place on 30th May with a massive £200,000 prize fund; the qualifying slots are Pentagram, 6 Appeal, Big Wheel and Tutankhamun and the double ticket game is Super Graphics Upside Down(all to be found in the Games section).
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 opportunities to try this new room out for free; not only is £25 of the welcome bonus offer earmarked just for Tipping Point Bingo, but every evening between 8pm and 9pm until further notice 10 free games, with £100 bingo bonus (1 x wagering requirement) to be won each time, alternate with 10p ticket games.
The Tipping Point Drop Zone is back for May but once a week only from 9pm – 10pm every Friday; the special games run at randomly selected times during the hour with a ticket price of 20p, a maximum purchase of 30 tickets and prizes worth £2500 over the hour. What the prizes are depends on which Drop Zone is in play, which will be announced on the day – Drop Zone 1 has cash prizes, Drop Zone 2 technology, Drop Zone 3 shopping vouchers and Drop Zone 4 holiday vouchers. Further Tipping Point bingo promotions are being run via their Facebook page. The extra Win Zone feature runs on Tipping Point Bingo from 9pm – 11pm every Tuesday and Saturday. 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 will be shared 50/50 between the winner and the community (with individual payouts depending on the number of tickets held).
The Sky TG Party is back for May, but this time round the promotion is being run quite differently. In the original version everyone who got at least one 1TG in the promo period gained entry to the party room but this resulted in a ridiculously large number of players; this time round, each promo period lasts for a whole week, a 1TG has to be on full house to count, there are three different party rooms and to get into the lowest level (£1000) room at 7pm on the Monday requires a player to reach 1TG at least 5 times. 11 x 1TG awards entry to the £2000 room at 7pm on the Tuesday and 31 x 1TG awards entry to the £3000 room at 7pm on the Wednesday. All games in the party rooms are free and all winnings are paid as bingo bonus.
The Leveller is a Sky Bingo slots promotion that has been running on a weekly cycle all month. Players collect one ticket for each £5 played on slots (2 tickets for £5 played on the Game of the Week which until 28th May is Fluffy Favourites). At the end of the week they are entered into one of the three prize draws depending on how many tickets they collected (10 – 30 for the £2500 prize draw, 31 – 50 for the £5000 prize draw, 51 or more for the £10,000 prize draw). All prizes are paid as games bonus with a 1 x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry.
Sky players can also visit the Vegas section of the site to try out the new Tipping Point slot. Sky Vegas almost always have some kind of big multi level promotion running and a new one of these, £1000 Grand Canyon, started on May 8th and runs on a weekly cycle until 2nd July. Each week, players can collect points (at the rate of 1 point per £1 of cash play on slots, £5 of cash play on table games or £10 of cash play on card games) to receive a series of bonuses, starting at £1 for 50 -99 points and going right up to £600 for 100,000+ points (£1031 including the lower level bonuses). The bonus has a 1 x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry. Running alongside is 20/20 Free Spins; this gives out 20 free spins on the Monday (until 3rd July) to everyone who completed £20 of cash play on slots the previous week. The free spins can be used on any of 7 slots and winnings are paid as cash with no wagering requirement.
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. This week (until 28th May) the slot is Spartacus: Call To Arms. Also until 28th May, there is DOND What’s In Your Box which is a slots sharepot promotion; the £2500 bonus (which has a 20x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry) will be shared equally between all players who deposit and play £10 on the DOND What’s In Your Box slot.
The new look HTML5 bingo lobby has been at Mecca for quite some time now and to encourage players to make the switch they have the Mecca Change promotion which offers the opportunity to collect a bingo bonus every day until 28th May. To participate, enter the code of the day and buy bingo tickets via the new lobby – £5-£9.99 for a £1 bonus or £10+ for a £2 bonus (they have a 7 day expiry and no wagering requirement).
Mecca also have two recently launched exclusive instant win games which make a bit of a change from the regular sort of slot. Cashline Fortunes is a single player mini bingo game and Dream Catcher is a wheel of fortune type game with a live host.
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; currently (22nd – 25th May) there is a 20% bonus back on losses on the Bouncy Balls slot and unusually it is paid as a bingo bonus (with a 5 x wagering requirement and expiry on 2nd June). To participate opt in with code BALLSBONUS.
The big news at Paddy Power is that they finally have the new (HTML5) bingo lobby, although for the time being players can still play in the classic (Flash) lobby if they prefer. To tie in with this they are giving all their players £10 of Cash Cubes bingo bonus, released in 5 lots of £2, available for a week starting on Mondays; to claim, enter the code of the week (LASTCHANCE for the final week commencing 22nd May). Each bonus has a 5x wagering requirement and 7 day expiry. The site also has a number of regular exclusives. Money Back Mondays is one of these; it requires opt-in but this only has to be done once a month. The promotion involves three £100 guaranteed games that play between 7pm and 10pm; if you play these games and don’t win overall, your cash stakes will be refunded as bingo bonus.
Betfair has few exclusive bingo promotions but they do include rather a good regular free bingo promotion; £25 of cash play on bingo Monday – Thursday secures entry to Friday’s VIP Lounge bingo room which comprises 3 hours of free bingo from 7pm, with a total prize fund of £1500. Occasionally they run one-off exclusives; these can be in the bingo section only or sitewide (often in conjunction with sporting events such as horse races) and include leaderboard promotions and sharepots. By far the best promotions at Betfair, however, are slots promotions to be found over in the Arcade section – and they include an amazing £15,000 weekly free bets raffle that you only need to play one single slots cash spin to enter! There’s no need to open another account to play the slots there as the same wallet can be used in both places.
Gala Bingo were the first of the big Virtue Fusion bingo sites to introduce the HTML5 bingo lobby, over a year ago now, and their version of it includes the option in some rooms of placing a range of side bets (odd/even, colour, pairs or high/low) on the ball on which bingo will be called! Although both Flash and HTML5 versions are available on desktop and you can choose whichever you prefer, HTML5 is required to access several of the rooms including the Chase and Emmerdale bingo rooms and the Big Banker room (find out more about these in our article about online bingo variants). Gala offer daily freebies to players who meet the minimum spend (£5 on bingo for a scratchcard for a chance to win bingo bonus, £10 on bingo or slots to play Win-A-Spin for a guaranteed slots bonus prize).
Be A Winner is a Coronation Street themed promotion which runs until Sunday 11th June. Once opted in, players can visit the site each day to find out what the prize of the day is (bingo bonus with 4 x wagering and 7 day expiry, entry to a free bingo session the next day, or prize draw entries); to claim they must complete £5 of cash play on Coronation Street Bingo then return the following day and they also get one prize draw entry for participating. The prize draws take place every day each with a prize of 2 VIP tickets for the Coronation Street Bingo Bus Tour including a two night hotel stay, travel expenses and spending money. There’s also a Coronation Street slots promotion to go with this; the £8K bonus prize draw takes place on 5th June. To participate players need to opt in and deposit and play £10 on the qualifying game(s) of the week to receive their first two draw entries. During the first week of the promotion which runs until 21st, the game is Coronation Street Slot and players get an additional entry for each further £10 played; the same arrangements are in force for week 2 but the slot is Coronation Street Bouncy Balls and in the final week of the promotion play on both slots qualifies and players get two entries rather than one for each £10 played. The prizes are £5 – £100 all games bonus with a 20 x wagering requirement and 4 day expiry.
Scratch of the Week awards a £5 bonus for depositing and playing £15 on the scratchcard of the week; the bonus is for the same scratchcard again and has a 20 x wagering requirement, 4 day expiry. For the final week of the promotion which runs until 28th May the scratchcard is Hot Cakes and the code is HOTCARD.
A £20K IGT network slots prize draw runs at Gala (and also at Coral) from 25th May until 4th June on the two new games, Icy Wilds and King of Atlantis. To enter, players must complete £10 of cash play on one of the slots (it cannot be spread across both of them). Entries are unlimited and the cash prizes range in value from £5 – £200.
From 29th May – 1st June and again from 5th – 9th June there is a promotion called Everyone Wins. To participate, players deposit and play £10 on bingo; if they do not win any cash prizes in any bingo games during the promo period they gain entry to the Happymakers free bingo room at 9.30pm on the Friday. The 10 games have a total prize fund of £2000, and each game also has consolation prizes of 10p cash for all non winning players – so participating players are guaranteed to win at least £1 if they claim tickets for all 10 games.
Coral Bingo has many of the same extra features as Gala Bingo, including Coronation Street Bingo, Big Banker Bingo, Bingo Lotto , Coconut Island Bingo and Emmerdale Bingo and the side bet facility. 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).
The Coral Bingo Bus Tour runs on a weekly cycle until 28th May; there is a different offer for each day of the week including bonus and free bingo promotions and each week, all players who participate in all seven offers will be entered into a prize draw for a £250 Love2Shop voucher.
One very special thing about Coral is the Coral Connect Card. This allows players to access any Coral product on any device (or in shop or by telephone) and to deposit and withdraw in cash at any Coral shop. This has been in place for some time but now Coral have gone further and introduced true omni-channel play on the Tiki Paradise slot, with extra features that are unlocked by playing on different channels or using Coral Connect.
Ladbrokes Bingo are giving away 1 million loyalty points during May, in the form of three weekly sharepots (250,000 points in each of the first two weeks and 500,000 points in the final week). To qualify for a share, players need to deposit at least £5 using the code of the week, then play on at least 4 days during the week spending a minimum of £1 each time.
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.
William Hill also have Win, Lose or Draw which runs every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during May. To participate, players opt in with one of the three codes of the day and play £5 on bingo. Each day, one code is a win (awarding bingo bonus, 20% slots lossback bonus, a sharepot or free bingo tickets depending on the day of the week), one code is a draw (paying the £5 stake back as bingo bonus) and one is a loss (awarding nothing). Players who participate on all four days get entry to a £1000 free bingo room on the Friday, with winnings paid in cash. On Fridays – Sundays during May, there is £40K May which is a prize draw promotion – or rather a pair of prize draw promotions, with a £5K bingo bonus prize draw and a £5K slots bonus prize draw taking place each weekend. After opting in to each draw separately with the code of the week, players get one entry to the bingo draw for each £1 played on bingo and one entry to the slots draw for each £10 played on slots. The bingo bonus has a 2 x wagering requirement, the slots bonus a 10 x wagering requirement and both have a 7 day expiry.
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. They do have an exclusive promotion at the moment though – Spring Into Summer – which is a free bingo promotion. The free games play for an hour from 11am Tuesdays, 9pm Thursdays and 7pm Fridays, and the value of the bingo bonus prizes goes up each week until the promotion ends on 23rd June. There’s also a play £5, get £5 bonus on offer from 25th – 28th May in their speed bingo room; the bonus has a 5x wagering requirement and 14 day expiry and to take advantage of this offer plyers need to opt in with code JUKEBOX before starting to play.
Literally hundreds of bingo sites, on several different networks, use the 888/Dragonfish platform but all have 888 UK Limited as the licence holder. Sometimes 888 run big link games which join together different networks; a series of big games each with a £200,000 prize fund ran at almost all 888 sites in 2015 and early 2016 and following this, a big link 90 ball bingo room was run as a special daily promotion for August 2016. This was done without any guaranteed prizes whatsoever but the sheer number of players ensured that the prize money was always attractive, and it proved so popular that the promotion was indefinitely extended, the first game each evening was given a £1000 guaranteed prize fund, and a 75 ball room was added. Both these rooms are currently a nightly fixture at many (but not all) 888 sites, and some others have the 90 ball room only.
Another thing and rather less welcome thing that an increasing number of 888 sites (eventually, probably all of them) have in common is a restriction on what can be won when playing with a slots bonus, whether this is a deposit bonus, a free bonus or the winnings from free spins; unless they are lucky enough to win a progressive jackpot, the maximum the player can cash out is £400 plus the value of the original bonus.
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 as well 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).
The Ignite network (owned by Canadian iGaming giant Intertain who also own Jackpot Joy) includes Costa Bingo and several others. It is well known for its inventive promotions, but some of the sites are much better for promotions than others. No-deposit bonuses and automatic reload bonuses are on offer at many of the sites on this network and another feature which is good for fair play is that most of the regular bingo rooms have a lower than usual maximum purchase of 24 or 48 cards.
Ignite sites currently offer players the choice of the classic bingo lobby or the new lobby (the HTML5 lobby, previously described as tablet style) and will presumably drop the classic lobby at some point in the future
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. Cards also go on sale for £2 or £5 cash each but this is extremely poor value considering the excessively large number of cards that are usually in play for these games.
The Ignite sites each have their own bingo rooms and chat, but the free bingo rooms (some of which are open to all) are networked and so are most of the jackpot games (each site has at least one of these each evening). Apart from at Fancy Bingo – where almost all games are penny bingo – the only penny bingo at these sites comes in the form of a network 90 ball game which runs 6 times a day (at most but not all sites) with a £25/£15/£10 prize split, and a 75 ball game for funded players (again shared between several sites) on Wednesday or Saturday evening for £50 cash or a tangible prize, depending on which site you play from.
A big signature promotion at Ignite is a weekly free sliding jackpot game for the week’s depositors (6 cards can be claimed on the day of the game by those who have made a deposit in the last 7 days). There are two versions of this 75 ball coverall game, one on Fridays and one on Sundays. As sliding jackpots go the Friday night game is certainly one of the better ones as the £10,000 cash headline prize does not start to slide until the ball count gets higher than 44 and for the prize to go all the way down to the baseline guaranteed £1000, bingo would have to be in a very slow 70 calls. Since it is not unusual for this particular game to have 25,000 + cards in play it is extremely unlikely that the game would last that long. It also has extra prizes; 1TG players share £1000 bonus and 2TG players share £2000 bonus. Compared to this, the Sunday night game is vastly inferior; the ball count required to win the £5000 jackpot is ludicrously low at 29 calls, the baseline £500 is for bingo in 51 or more calls and there’s nothing for 1TG or 2TG. Of course it is still worth claiming cards for the Sunday game whenever you happen to have made the necessary deposit at a site that offers it, as they then cost nothing.
The playing card based bingo variant Bingo Vegas (the same game already seen at Foxy and 888 Ladies) was launched at Costa last summer and is slowly being rolled out to other sites including Sing Bingo, City Bingo and recent launch Kingdom of Bingo. Costa has two extra Bingo Vegas rooms – a speed version on mobile only and a free room on Flash desktop only (6pm – midnight).
The latest innovation at Ignite is the arrival of 888’s massively networked 90 ball room every evening from 7pm – 11pm. When it was added, a general rearrangement of Ignite’s other jackpot games took place; some games were removed entirely and the Friday sliding jackpot game, which had only been available at some of the sites on the network, was added to all of them.
Costa Bingo was the first site in the group to open way back in 2009. It remains the busiest of them all with the largest number of bingo rooms to choose from, runs the most promotions and was the original home of the Friday sliding jackpot game which it still runs. Free Spin Frenzy is a 5 line game that runs every Sunday evening; cards are 5p and as the name suggests the prizes are free spins (100 per line). Spin For Sparkles runs until 28th May, awarding up to 1000 extra Diamonds a week for play on the featured slot (1 extra per £1 played), but £100 of cash play is needed to qualify for the minimum payout of 100 extra Diamonds. From 22nd – 28th the slot to play is Piggy Payout. Travel Treats is a 90 ball game to be played on 5th June; FH wins a lightweight laptop, 2L wins Sony wireless headphones, and 1L wins a Kindle Paperwhite. Players can collect cards until 4th June by making deposits (2 cards for each £30 deposited), or buy for £5 cash or 10 Diamonds. The Bank Holiday Freebies games play at 9.30pm every evening from 26th – 30th May; funded players can claim 6 tickets for these 75 ball games on the day they run and the prizes are 20,000 Diamonds, £50 bonus or 25 free spins (capped at £25).
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 28th May is an uninspiring 55%. Sizzling Treasure is a 90 ball game which will be played on 5th June; all three prizes are barbecues. Cards cost £5 or 10 Diamonds and until 4th June players collect one free card for each £10 deposited. Treasure has both Friday and Sunday sliding jackpot games for depositors.
The Wish Bingo weekly prize games are called Wishing Well and they run in the Wednesday time slot; May’s prizes are all either flowers or items with a flower design. Spring Style Off is a 75 ball game on 31st May with a £250 Love2Shop voucher to be won. Until 29th May players can collect one free card for each £10 deposited and for each £20 played on bingo, or buy for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds.
At City Bingo the promotions are themed round a different city each month and this month – again as we expected – City Cat has taken a trip into space! The Out of This World 75 ball game plays on 31st May and the prize is a family day out at Alton Towers (where there is a space themed rollercoaster) plus spending money. Free cards for this game can be collected via slots play – until 30th May, 3 cards are awarded for each £10 played on Asteroids, Fruit Warp or Theme Park Tickets of Fortune – and also via deposits (1 card per £20 deposited). Cards are also on sale for the usual £2 or 10 Diamonds. The weekly prize games are called City Souvenirs and run in the Wednesday time slot; May’s prizes are all Star Wars novelty items. City is one of the sites to have a regular chat tourney, which runs for an hour at a time in a different room and at a different time of day every weekday. It is unlike the usual sort of chat tourney in that instead of getting points for winning bingo, you get them for shouting out a city themed catchphrase (this month it is STAR WARS) when your lucky number is called. You then get to pick a grid number to see what your score is and the two players with the highest score at the end of the hour win 2500 Diamonds each. City Bingo has the Sunday version of the weekly sliding jackpot game (and in fact was its original home) and also now has a free daily game, Break the Bank, for players who have deposited at least £5 during the preceding 7 days. City Cat will be returning to Earth on June 1st and the usual Guess The City contest in now on site. The next destination is something to do with tennis, music festivals or both; of the five cities on the list only London offers both in June, but City Cat has been to London many times already so it could be the turn of one of the others. Correct guesses share 250,000 Diamonds.
Rio Bingo has weekly prize games in the Saturday time slot, called Gift Shop. May’s prizes are all pairs of sandals. Spin to Win is a slots leaderboard race running from 26th May – 1st June on these six slots only: 88 Fortunes, Enchanted Prince, White Wizard, Rainbow Riches, Pixies of the Forest and Temple of Isis. Players get 1 point for each £1 played on these slots and the top 20 win prizes of bonus or free spins, and there’s also 1000 Diamonds for all players who collect at least 100 points. Rio has the Sunday sliding jackpot game.
Fancy Bingo has recently had a rather radical makeover. The Mad Hatter remains as the mascot but everything else suddenly looks much more modern and better suited to mobile and tablet play. There’s also an improved selection of bingo rooms including network free bingo. Fancy is a penny bingo site and most of the regular games have 1p tickets; that is its USP. The Summer Collection is Fancy’s next big game; it is a 75 ball game scheduled for 10th June with a £500 Love2Shop voucher to be won, and until 7th June players get a free card every time they deposit £5 or play £10 on bingo. Cards can also be bought for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds. The weekly prize games are called Fancy That and play on Saturday nights, priced at 1p or 2p. May’s prizes are all items of jewellery. Fancy now has both the sliding jackpot games and there’s also a free daily game, Tea Party, for recent depositors similar to that at other sites in the group (but do note that to play these players have to have deposited in the last 4 days, not the more usual 7).
Sing Bingo is the latest Ignite site to get a makeover, along the same lines as the one at Fancy. The musical theme for May is the Eurovision Song Contest. Something Kinda Funny is a 75 ball game to be played on 10th June, with a £500 Ticketmaster voucher to be won. Free cards for this game can be collected until 7th June at the rate of 1 card for every £10 deposited and 1 card for every £10 played on bingo and as usual they are also on sale for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds. Free Bird is a series of free 75 ball games at 9.30pm every evening from 26th – 30th May, just as at Costa, but all the prizes at Sing are 50 free spins (with winnings capped at £25). The weekly prize games are called TFI Friday and as you’d expect they run in the Friday time slot. The cards are a bit more expensive at 5p as compared to the Wednesday and Saturday games at other sites but the prizes tend to be better as well. May’s prizes include a remote control fan and disco lights. 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 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.
At Monkey Bingo, the weekly prize games are called Monkey Nuts and run in the Wednesday slot. May’s prizes are all themed on British cheeses. Cash Cow is a 25 ball game scheduled for 31st May, with a straightforward £250 cash prize. Until 30th May players can collect a free card every time they complete £10 of cash play on Tornado Farm Escape, Wild Times or Cash Stampede , deposit £10 or play £20 on bingo; as usual cards can also be bought for £2 cash or 10 Diamonds.
Kingdom of Bingo ran its first ever prize game on 2nd April and this month it has prize games in the Wednesday slot with a selection of hair care items to be won. Kingdom of Bingo also has Bingo Vegas and both of the weekly sliding jackpots.
The 80s themed Rewind Bingo has yet to run a really big prize game, but has prize games in the Saturday slot throughout May with disco related items to be won. Rewind has the Friday sliding jackpot game.
It used to be the case that all Ignite sites had a no deposit welcome bonus offer, but several of the older sites have stopped that now. Some do still have worthwhile incentives for depositors; Season Bingo and Crocodile Bingo for instance both have a daily free game for players who have deposited in the last 7 days, with prizes of bonuses, loyalty points, Diamonds, free spins or even cash. The remaining Ignite sites including Dino Bingo, Frozen Bingo, and Sparkly Bingo don’t have anything like that but following the rearrangement of jackpot games that took place when the big link 90 ball room was introduced, all these sites have both of the network sliding jackpot games.
Ignite also operate two bingo sites, Deep Sea Bingo and Sweet Shop Bingo, which are on the main Dragonfish network instead of their own network. Both these bingo sites have the Dragonfish network rooms (including the 888 big link rooms, which aren’t available on the Ignite network) and promotions and no exclusive rooms or promotions. What they do have, though, is the Diamond Club – so Diamonds from other sites can be redeemed for bonuses there, and Diamonds earned at Deep Sea or Sweet Shop can be used for bonuses and prize game tickets at other Ignite sites.
The Tarco/Netboost network is powered by Dragonfish and the licence holder is 888 UK Limited, but the network and all the sites on it are actually owned by 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.
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, we have a long and detailed article on the subject which you can read here.
One such game is Super Millionaire which plays on the third Saturday of the month and offers the (extremely remote) possibility of winning a million pounds (you would have to bingo in a stupendously unlikely 24 calls to win it). Cards to Super Millionaire cost £1 and the baseline prize is £1000 (for 35 calls or more). If you would prefer something cheaper there is Penny Bonanza on the third Wednesday of the month with cards at just 1p and prizes for 1TG and 2TG; the guaranteed coverall prize is £300 with £5000 up for grabs should bingo be called sufficiently quickly (29 calls) . A third sliding jackpot game with 30p cards plays every Saturday (again, with 29 calls the magic number to snag the £10,000 headline prize).
Currently the network has three daily sliding jackpot games.
Unless replaced by a seasonal special, the Daily Grand runs every night at 10pm with cards priced at a hefty £2; while this sounds expensive compared to the other sliding jackpot games, the £1000 is paid out if someone wins in 47 calls or fewer and although this is still pretty unlikely it is several orders of magnitude less unlikely than someone winning one of the other headline prizes. At 48 calls the jackpot slides to £800 and continues to slide until it reaches the guaranteed £100 at 62 (or more) calls. There’s also £50 to be shared by 1TG and another £50 to be shared by 2TG players. At Christmas and Easter the Daily Grand is replaced with a seasonal special game offering the opportunity to win up to £2500.
The Power Penny runs every evening at 11pm. As you’d expect, cards for this 75 ball game cost 1p each (and at that price, there are probably tens of thousands of cards in play each time). The headline prize is £250 but for anyone to win this they would have to get a coverall in 35 calls; 57 calls or more and the winner gets the guaranteed £25 only.
The £777 Lucky Jackpot runs every evening at 20.30. This has a rather expensive ticket price of £1 (but plenty of free tickets are being given away as part of welcome bonus offers and in chat games) and unusually for a sliding jackpot it is a 90 ball game. 1L can win up to £77, 2L up to £200 and FH up to £500 but as yet, there are no details on site as to when the jackpot slides. The guaranteed prize fund is £77 and there’s an additional £10 to be split by 1TG tickets, and £15 to be split by 2TG tickets.
The weekly Money Train game plays every Friday from 12th May until 2nd June; it comes as no surprise that this 75 ball game is yet another sliding jackpot. Cards are on sale priced at £1 but we couldn’t find any information about when the jackpot slides from the headline prize of £25,000 per game. We believe the baseline prize per game to be £2000, and there’s a community jackpot for 1TG and 2TG (we think £100 each). Unlike the other sliding jackpots on this network, this game is the type of 75 ball bingo which does NOT have the centre square marked off free and the effect of this is to make the odds of bingo in a small number of calls even worse.
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.
Recently Netboost have been running 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. This week (22nd – 28th May) players collect spring flowers – 1 for each £10 played on bingo or £50 played on slots, 3 for each £15 deposit and 5 for each bingo on a flower pattern. Players will be rewarded with 2 tickets to the Daily Grand on 29th May for 10 flowers, 10 free spins for 100 flowers, £2 bingo + £2 games bonus for 250 flowers and a prize draw entry (to win one of 20 x £25 home/garden gift cards) for 350 flowers.
The network also runs both of the 888 big link bingo rooms under the name Linked and Loaded – with another big link bingo room rumoured to be making an appearance shortly – and has recently reorganised its free bingo rooms; there are now 4 of these and all have the same entry mechanic – 2 days of access subsequent to making a deposit. A £10 deposit unlocks the entry level room and to get access to the Supreme room with its £500 of free bingo requires a £50 deposit.
The main Dragonfish network includes both independently owned sites such as Circus Bingo and its sister sites Pixie Bingo and Oink Bingo, and house owned sites such as Celeb Bingo, Spy Bingo and Easter Bingo. The advantage of choosing a house owned site – apart from the reassurance of dealing with such a huge and well known operator – is that they are very unlikely to opt out of any of the network promotions. Independently owned sites do opt out from time to time; several, for instance, did not run the massively networked £200K jackpot games last year and many of them do not offer the million pound sliding jackpot games. Another difference is in the range of slots on offer. On the other hand, some of the independently owned sites have exclusive bingo rooms and promotions which can’t be found elsewhere on the network – for example, the aforementioned Circus Bingo has the Pablo’s Nuts bonus game, a £1000 free monthly game for depositors, and a weekly sliding jackpot with the (albeit very tiny) chance of winning a holiday in Las Vegas.
Perhaps the most radically different independently owned site is the recently launched Blighty Bingo, which has the USP of not having any wagering requirements; the flipside of that is that they do not give out any bingo bonuses in the normal sense of the word. The welcome offer consists of some free spins and £70 worth of bingo tickets; these used to be for monthly network games but after consulting with players it has been changed so that they consist of 12 tickets for 5 days for their exclusive £250 jackpot game plus 4 tickets for the Big Bang aka Big 10K (see below for details). Because the Big Bang includes a community payout, players are guaranteed to get at least something from the free tickets. The deal also includes one or more free spins on login every day (depending on loyalty level).
To take full advantage of all the bingo rooms on the Dragonfish network players need to be frequent depositors as several of the rooms (including all of the free rooms) have an entry condition whereby a deposit must have been made in the last 7 days. Depositing regularly is beneficial for the loyalty scheme as well, as loyalty level is reset every month and depends on how much was deposited during the previous month. The benefits include a modest bonus back on losses, free slots spins and free tickets to the monthly Big £10K community jackpot game (which takes place on the 10th of the month); a single deposit of the minimum the site allows during the month is enough to qualify for the lowest level of these benefits but to get the maximum you’ll need to deposit £200 or more. The Big £10K itself typically has over 15,000 players and although £10K sounds a lot, the line and full house prizes are only £250, £500 and £750 as a result of most of the prize money being split between 1TG (£2000), 2TG (£1500) and all remaining tickets (£5000). If you don’t qualify for free tickets for the Big £10K they can be bought for £10 each but it is hard to see why anyone would want to do this when they could deposit the £10, get 2 free tickets and then be able to play the £10 (plus any associated bonus) elsewhere on site!
The Dragonfish network sites also continue to run the 888 big link bingo rooms, under the names 90s Extreme and Big Fat 10.
Dragonfish sites do not normally have any penny bingo apart from Late Night Show once a day. This 90 ball room is for night owls only as the game runs at quarter to one in the morning UK time. Prebuy is not available until 15 minutes before the game starts and is restricted to 75 players all of whom must buy 96 tickets (at 1p each). The game has cash prizes of £50 for FH, £30 for 2L and £20 for 1L.
There are several smaller groups of sites within the network, running promotions between their own sites only, but the downside of this is that as previously mentioned they may be missing some of the network rooms and promotions.
8 Ball Games run a sizeable portfolio of Dragonfish powered bingo sites including Bingo Irish, We Want Bingo, Glitter Bingo and the more recent launches Pet Shop Bingo and Brown Cow Bingo They have a number of non network rooms and promotions and which ones are available varies from site to site; at the moment they are advertising the School’s Out room which is open for 2 hours starting at 8pm on 7th June, with a mixture of free and pay games plus free spins to be given out (players must deposit £10 to gain entry and use code SPINME to get an extra entry for the spin drop). There’s also an exclusive VIP loyalty scheme which adds various enhancements to the network scheme (including reload bonuses and reduced wagering requirements). The non network rooms are typically open for an hour at the same time each week, some requiring a recent deposit and some open to all. One important difference between 8 Ball sites and other Dragonfish network sites is that many of the 8 Ball sites have a no deposit offer; at some sites this is a set amount and at others the deal consists of a mystery bonus that is guaranteed to be at least £5 but could be much more.
Chit Chat Bingo, Bid Bingo and BingoZino are another group of Dragonfish network sites, all now on HTML5 rather than Flash, that run joint promotions including prize draws. Each week during May there is a short break to be won and this week (22nd – 28th) it is a Zipworld forest activity break in Wales for 2. This is a leaderboard promotion based on loyalty points – players score 10 points for each £1 played on bingo and 1 point for each £1 played on slots. The top points scorer wins the break, 1st – 10th win £25 games bonus and 11th – 50th win £5 bingo bonus. We have also been working with Chit Chat to bring you a special deal: the enhanced welcome offer is now available, with a games bonus to add to the bingo bonus and a reduced wagering requirement of 2 x on the bingo bonus itself – to claim, click on the link in the Chit Chat review.
The Silverspin group of sites (which includes Candy Shop Bingo, Lucky Charm Bingo, Bubble Bonus Bingo, and a few others) has two shared 90 ball bingo rooms, Pennies Make Pounds (3 hours in the afternoons) and Big Night In (4 hours in the evenings). Many of the sites also have the Wacky Wings room (originally a Butterfly Bingo exclusive) which runs a different promotion every evening. Occasionally they have shared promotions such as slots tournaments and special bingo games, but they are missing quite a lot of the Dragonfish network promotions and bingo rooms (for instance, they do not have the million pound sliding jackpot games, the Weekender room or Bounce’T and some do not even have the regular network 90 ball room). They have the standard network loyalty scheme and network wagering requirements (but very annoyingly they lack the screen showing wagering progress). Each of these sites also has a bonus game or regular prize draw promotion but the prizes aren’t anything special. Iceland Bingo used to be part of this group and run the same promotions but after the sale of the rest of the sites to Silverspin and Iceland to a different (though connected) buyer Black Spark, it has separate promotions that are MUCH better than the promotions at the Silverspin bingo sites. It still has the shared bingo rooms, Pennies Make Pounds and Big Night In, but also has the exclusive Freezer room, a monthly prize draw room and a special bingo game every evening (Monday – Friday) where the prizes are free slots spins on Fluffy Too (100 for FH, 30 for 2L and 20 for 1L). Cards are 20p and players can collect one free card for each £20 of play on any of the Fluffy slots. Winnings from the free spins are paid as slots bonus. Iceland now has a sister site, Safari Bingo, which runs some of the same promotions and both sites have a prize wheel that can be spun after making a deposit for the opportunity to win up to £500 bonus. Iceland and Safari have two promotions for the Bank Holiday weekend. There’s an hour of guaranteed jackpot games (£50 or £100) from 8pm on 26th, 27th and 28th and there’s a slots leaderboard, the Sorcery Slots Tourney, from 26th – 29th; players score 1 point for each £1 played on White Wizard, Shaman’s Dream and/or Millionaire Genie. The top 3 win cash prizes (£500/£300/£200), the rest of the top 15 win games bonus or free spins on White Wizard and 10 randomly selected participants win deposit codes or mystery prizes.
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.
A network 90 ball game plays on 29th May with a 5p ticket price; the prize fund is a minimum of £50 but with all the Joy of Bingo sites involved one would expect it to climb a lot higher. Tickets have been on sale from 3rd May. At Wink Bingo the May Bank Holiday promotions also include a penny game that plays daily at 9.15pm (minimum prize £10) and a 5 line game at 11.11pm every Monday with a prize fund of £1111 and a card rpice of 5p.
To claim a redeposit bonus at Joy of Bingo sites a code has to be entered and these are usually sent out via email each weekend. Wink players used to get a free spin on the Wink Wheel with every deposit but this no longer seems to be available. At 888 Ladies something similar is being tried – deposit with code UNLIMITED 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.
Bingo Hollywood is Dragonfish powered and on a network of its own (the Bingo Stars network) with the newly launched Big Tease Bingo. They usually run at least one exclusive bingo promotion every month, and this month it is called Happy 7th Birthday. This promotion is very simple: win bingo on number 7 in any hosted room and shout out BIRTHDAY to win a mystery prize (mostly bingo bonus, free spins or free bingo tickets). The regular monthly Paparazzi Points promotion awards points for bingo on the pattern of the month (for May this is the Butterfly pattern and it runs at half past the hour). 1st on the leaderboard at the end of the month wins £100 bingo bonus, 2nd wins £75 bingo bonus and 3rd wins £50 bingo bonus. Blockbuster Bingo is Bingo Hollywood’s big monthly game. It is a 75 ball sliding jackpot game with a card price of 50p and a headline prize of £10K which will be won if the coverall is completed in an extremely unlikely 32 or fewer calls. The baseline prize of £2000 is for 51 or more calls. May’s chat tourney is called Blooming Lovely and follows the usual rules, running on weekend evenings from 7pm -11pm in the Red Carpet Room; 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 May the game to play is the Happy Birthday slot, with 1 leaderboard point awarded for each £10 played. There are real cash prizes of £50 – £250 for 1st – 10th and casino bonus prizes of £50 – £250 for 11th – 20th, and all 20 winners also get 50 free spins on Happy Birthday.
The 888 big link 90 ball games have an extra feature at Bingo Hollywood called Gold Rush. Players who win FH, also win 1000 loyalty points for each gold ball (73 – 90) that is called before 1L is completed in the next game. At the end of the evening the player who wins the most loyalty points in this way wins an extra £20 bingo bonus.
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 note at Bingo Hollywood is that in order to qualify for any of their promotions players need to have made a deposit during the last 30 days.
Foxy Bingo and other Cashcade sites also use the Dragonfish software 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 (although she only features in the VIP section of the site and the associated casino) so it is little wonder their promotions seem largely geared towards getting players to spend lots of money on slots.
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 and this month’s promotion Manic May also follows this format. 25 x £20 slots bonus will be won each week (until 28th May) and players get one entry for each £10 played on Unicorn Bliss or Stampede. The maximum that can be won with one of these bonus prizes is £500 – and in fact it appears that this £500 cap on convertible winnings now applies to all bonus prizes and offers including the welcome bonus across both Jumpman networks, having been quietly added to the terms and conditions some time recently.
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.
Film Bingo usually runs an exclusive leaderboard style event every month, and for May it is called Mayday Mayday. The prize is an inflatable swimming pool. Score points for a deposit of £20 (10 points), a full house win on number 1 or 29 (10 points), a win on the anchor pattern (5 points) or £20 of cash play on Starburst (10 points).
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.
Prize draws are the most common type of exclusive promotion found at 15 Network bingo sites; this month, for example, there is a gel nail polish starter kit to be won at Bingo Minions and a Crazy Can Alley game to be won at Lollipop Bingo. In both cases 1 entry is awarded for each £10 deposited during May. Clucky Bingo also have a prize draw promotion but it works slightly differently; there are two prize draws and to enter one of them (for a £75 Amazon voucher) no deposit or purchase is required – you just have to register with them during May (or log in if you already have an account there). The other prize draw has three Amazon voucher prizes of £100, £50 and £25 and for this one, players collect one entry for each £10 played during May as well as for each £10 deposited.
The Wheel of Slots network also runs on the Jumpman platform. As its name suggests this is aimed at those who like to play slots as well as bingo – there are NO bingo bonuses on offer at Wheel of Slots, just free spins on the likes of Fluffy Favourites, the best welcome offer being a guaranteed 50 free spins on Fluffy Favourites at Viking Bingo. Most of the Wheel of Slots sites run a regular Slot of the Week promotion; this consists of a prize draw with one entry given out per £20 played on the specified slot which is notified by email. The prize is a spin of the Winners Wheel (not the same as the regular wheel) which gives out 20 – 500 spins on Fluffy Favourites, Temple of Isis or Shaman’s Dream. The Wheel of Slots sites have a weekly May Pay Day promotion and like the 15 Network promotion, it is a prize draw. In fact it is almost exactly the same as the 15 Network prize draw, with one entry awarded per £10 of play; one of the slots is the same (Unicorn Bliss) but the other is different (Beez Kneez) and the weekly prizes are 10 x £20 cash.
A couple of sites on this network now have exclusive promotions. Volcano Bingo have 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 a prize draw promotion try Free Spirit Bingo where each £10 played on bingo during May awards one entry to the draw to win a Solar Owl Garden Light.
Cozy bingo sites on the Live Bingo Network and Best Bingo Network pretty well all have the same promotions including jackpot games with free tickets for depositors, a weekly/monthly slots tournament with casino bonus prizes for the top spenders and so on. Recently, most of these sites have been running a series of month-long promotional themes but this now hasn’t been changed since March; the Spring Into Action theme has been extended again to run until the end of May. It looks very pretty on the promo page but is really just a rehash of previously run promotions and in one case, that of the slots tourney, the prizes have been reduced.
Cozy bingo sites on these two networks do have free bingo 24/7 but it is 50 ball only and in order to be allocated 10 free tickets you have to be in the bingo room just before the game plays. If you are playing with a no deposit bonus you won’t be allowed to claim any tickets as it is only for funded players. Line and FH prizes are £2 (bonus, with the usual wagering requirement and 30 day expiry) and extra tickets can be bought for 1p each.
One advantage of Cozy sites is that almost all of them offer a no deposit bonus, but do be aware that it is NOT possible to win real money with this (not directly anyway). In order to get at these winnings you have to make a deposit and accept a bonus on it complete with wagering requirement – only then can you carry the winnings forward, as “casino cash” (not actually cash at all, but a casino bonus with the usual wagering requirement) up to £50 (£20 at some sites) or the value of the first deposit, whichever is smaller. As if that wasn’t enough, Cozy have now put restrictions on their deposit bonuses as well, capping the winnings at 10 x bonus or £500. With all these new rules – and the already existing provision that all bonuses are lost when any withdrawal is made regardless of whether the wagering requirements have been met – the huge bonuses that are Cozy’s USP are looking less and less attractive these days.
Alternatively there is Game Village which runs on Cozy software but is on its own Lucky Duck Network, so all the offers and jackpot games are exclusive to them and to a couple of other sites including Becky’s Bingo. They have a bewildering array of promotions, most of which change monthly, but to participate in the majority of them you need to have homeowner status which requires you to make three initial deposits and then deposit at least once every 30 days. For May they do have a helpful short cut for those whose homeowner status has lapsed – a single £100 deposit will return a player to the highest homeowner level they reached in the last 30 months. Another potential pitfall at Lucky Duck sites is that for many of the promotions – for example, this month’s £22 bingo bonus for winning a £10 superticket (whatever that is) – the prize will not be awarded automatically and you must contact them to claim it (assuming you even notice that you qualify). The Charity Event is back for May, with all ticket monies going to Cat Protection Society, but as usual it is just one 50 minute stint of penny bingo in mid afternoon so unlikely to amount to much; there is no information on site about charity donations in previous months.
Cozy sites launched in the last few months include Swanky Bingo, Swag Bingo and Plush Bingo (all of which, unlike most Cozy bingo sites, have Microgaming slots), Sailor Bingo and Lucky Diner Bingo, which has something special to offer – a weekly exclusive bingo room with live chat host that they are broadcasting on a video stream! They also have a 24 hour jukebox including live radio shows. The live rooms are open to everyone who has deposited £10 or more in the preceding 7 days. Recent launch Igloo Bingo also has extras including a free bingo game every evening with a £10 prize fund.
Had enough of Virtue Fusion, Dragonfish, Jumpman and Cozy? There are a number of other options out there, and some of them run some great promotions.
There are only a handful of Gamesys sites left now following the departure of Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo to Virtue Fusion last summer. They have Super Links network games with £20K guaranteed prizes every day and are very good sites to play at if you enjoy prize draw promotions but are no more than a modest spender, because Gamesys rules on prize draws almost always allow only one entry per player per day. The Gamesys platform, however, is very much geared towards desktop play with only a restricted selection of mobile bingo rooms available.
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%. Sound of Soul is a prize draw promotion running from 22nd – 28th May, with a weekend in London for 2 to be won, complete with dinner and top price tickets to Motown the Musical. To enter, opt in and play £10 on bingo, £30 on slots or £50 on casino games. From 1st – 14th June, a prize draw promotion runs; there are 70 pairs of tickets to the Heart Feel Good Festival in September complete with lunch, dinner, overnight glamping and a goody bag to be won (and 100 runner up prizes of just the goody bag). To enter, player just need to opt in and play £1 on site; the total number of entries depends on how many days they do that on during the promo period as extra entries are awarded for some days bringing the maximum possible number of entries for playing on all 14 days to 33.
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. £1K a Day is a daily prize draw promotion, running from 22nd – 31st May; as the name suggests the total prize fund for each day is £1000 (the prizes vary in size from £10 – £200). To enter a daily draw, opt in and play £10 on any game.
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 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 quite active on social media and put promotions such as prize draws out that way.
Two UK bingo sites currently run on this software. The USP of Bingocams is the integration of webcams into the software allowing players to see each other and the chat host – although it is perfectly possible to play without a cam and many do. Live Win Moments are cam footage of someone winning FH and there are occasionally prizes in connection with these. Bright Bingo is the same platform but with the cams given little prominence, but we understand that it may be migrating to a different platform in the next few months, so if you do want to give B-live a try, Bingocams is the place.
At Bingocams the Big Bang progressive jackpot has been climbing up from its seed value since last September, after being won twice in the space of a couple of weeks. It has now just edged past £10,000. Win by getting a 90 ball full house in 32 or fewer balls, or a 75 ball coverall in 42 or fewer balls in any of their rooms, any time; anyone who has made a deposit in the last 3 months is eligible. There are also a number of room jackpots; these are much smaller and easier to win, dropping at 40 balls in 90 ball and 48 balls in 75 ball.
Bingocams currently have a huge promotion which runs for the next couple of months. The centerpiece event is a prize draw (to take place on July 3rd) with a very special prize – a £10,000 luxury holiday of the winner’s choice. Players get one draw entry for each £10 deposit, from now until midnight on July 2nd. The promotion has several other elements. There’s a second prize draw (also on July 3rd) with 10 prizes of £100 cash; players get one entry to that each time they participate in a Bingocams weekly casino newsletter offer (typically 10 free spins awarded for depositing and playing £10 on one of the featured slots). A £500 holiday voucher is the prize in the Weekly Holiday Freebie game which runs at 7.45pm Mondays during the promo period; entry to this room is restricted to FH winners of the Luxury Holiday themed games during the previous week. Throughout the promo period, further prizes will be on offer via chat games and social media – and we can expect to see some of the cam footage on Facebook Live. The prize draw winners will be announced in the Luxury Holiday Final room; this £1000 free room is open for 15 rounds from 10pm on July 3rd and is open to all players who have deposited and played at least £10 at some point during the event.
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.
Lucky Pants Bingo generally runs promotions that are more geared towards slots – such as the Spin O Clock regular Tuesday promotion which gives out free spins in lieu of a deposit bonus. It is also possible to choose a slots bonus offer as a welcome offer (on your first three deposits) if that’s what you prefer. Lucky Pants now has NetEnt slots and the welcome offer has been tweaked so that the free spins are on these – Spinata Grande for the 20 free spins on registration and Spinata Grande, Koi Princess, Gonzo’s Quest or Starburst for the 100 free spins that are given out over the 5 days 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.
Give Back Bingo is a recently launched charity bingo site. 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 apart from some administrative issues with the Just Giving page for the donation from their opening month of December they seem to be doing OK so far, raising around £500 a month. May’s charity is Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The regular Win-Win game runs on Wednesday evenings at 10pm. Cards for this 90 ball game cost 20p (cash only) and there is a £200 guaranteed prize fund. If you don’t win, you receive your stake money back as bingo bonus. Weekly Shop plays every Tuesday night at 10pm and the prize in this 75 ball game, which has a card price of 5p, is a very useful £100 shopping vouchers. Fiver Frenzy (known as the Playground at Bingo Extra) is a 1p bingo game that plays twice a day at 1pm and 10pm; it is a 5 line game with £5 fixed prize per line.
On the last Friday of every month, the £10K Slider plays. This is a 5 line game with a card price of 20p and should the winner bingo in 45 or fewer calls they will take home the whole £10,000 jackpot (this is a considerably higher number of calls than the vast majority of sliding jackpot games at other sites – while it is still pretty unlikely that someone will actually win, it is a lot less unlikely than in similar games elsewhere). It starts to slide after that and when the ball count reaches 53 it reverts right back down to the guaranteed £400. Line prizes are £150 each and there is a card maximum of 72.
The three non charity sites usually run a promotion each week (generally differing from each other in name only) where depositing or playing Monday to Thursday generates a reward on the Friday. This week’s promotion (22nd – 25th May) is nice and simple: players opt in and make a deposit of £20 to receive a mystery bonus of up to £100 (or deposit £5 – £19 to get a mystery reward of points, free spins or free bingo cards).
The three non charity sites also have a slots promotion, Summer Loving which runs from 18th – 29th May. This is a prize draw with a choice for the winner of either a weekend trip to London or an iPhone 7. One entry is awarded for every £21 or cash play on Starlight Kiss or Burning Desire, but be aware that it is a network promotion which is not confined to the Daub bingo sites so you would be competing with a large number of other players on other sites.
Maria used to be a Virtue Fusion bingo site but back in July 2015 they migrated to the brand new bingo platform from Relax Gaming and the whole site was given a radical makeover. Maria is basically a casino with bingo (quite a lot of bingo – there are 4 open access bingo rooms plus one daily rewards room which is more than you’ll find at many plain old bingo sites) and where it really excels is the slots. They have one of the best selections available at any bingo site and it can all be played with the same wallet; new slots are added very often and there are frequent cashback or free spins offer. The welcome offers are also geared towards slots and include free spins; although the welcome bonus can be used on bingo the wagering requirements are more in line with what one would expect from a slots bonus. When Maria say cashback, they mean CASH (zero wagering requirements) and what they give you a percentage of CASH WAGERS rather than a percentage of losses. Slots tournaments at Maria also run frequently (at least every single day from 5pm – 8pm) and unlike the vast majority of slots tournaments you will find at other bingo sites, the winner is normally the player with the biggest net win in 20 consecutive spins rather than the biggest spender.
Maria is networked with Bingo.com, which has very much the same selection of slots as well as the same bingo rooms but gives the bingo a lot more prominence and often runs bingo promotions (such as bingo tournaments) that aren’t on at Maria. Bingo.com won the Fair Play Award at last year’s bingo industry awards and this was judged by a panel of independent experts so you can be sure of very high standards of social responsibility and fair play there. The owner of all these sites is the Kindred Group (aka Unibet) and they recently scored an industry first by being the first and so far the only iGaming operator to be certified for compliance with all six of the core principles of the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling.
The Relax bingo sites have Roll On Bingo (previously only found on the Virtue Fusion platform) and they also have a selection of regular bingo promotions including 14 days of free bingo for newbies, jackpot games and tournaments. A separate bingo bonusing system (with a 4x wagering requirement) comes into play quickly – the bingo vouchers are given out as rewards on spins of the loyalty wheel and unlike bingo bonuses at many other sites, bingo vouchers are used before and not after any cash the player may have in their account.
SpinFest 2017 runs every Monday – Saturday until 27th May. Meet the minimum spend on bingo (£10 on Thursday and Saturday, £5 on the other days) to receive cash spins (free spins with the winnings paid in cash) on a different Relax exclusive mini game each day.
The very popular Relax scratch card promotion is back on site for the whole of May. Players receive a scratch card (up to a maximum of 3 per day) for every £10 of cash play on bingo. The possible prizes are cash (£100, or for one lucky player £10,000), a £5 bingo voucher, mini game cash spins or a fresh scratch card (but not all cards win anything).
Lucky Spin Challenge runs from 23rd – 31st May on the exclusive Relax minigames. The 30 players with the biggest single spin win receive cash prizes of £15 – £750. Bingo Point Challenge runs concurrently with this and is the usual type of Relax bingo tournament where players score 1 point for 1 line, 2 points for 2 lines and so on up to 5 points for full house. Again, the top 30 win cash prizes of £15 – £750.
The Parlay platform was popular several years ago and then almost disappeared as far as UK bingo sites were concerned. The Parlay software now has a UK licence but still only powers a few sites. As far as promotions go the only one that is really of interest is The Palaces. They run regular prize draws but at the moment they just have a selection of reload offers.
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 Net Ent 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 with a maximum of just 4 tickets per player. Also new to the Bede network is Bingo Studio Live; this runs from 6pm until midnight every evening and has arrived as part of parcel of the migration to the Bede platform of three sites that were previously powered by Virtue Fusion – Crown Bingo, Bingo Loopy and BingoS.
As far as promotions go, Tombola are best known for running daily free games. The big news at the moment is that Go Fish, their long running daily SMS game, has been retired and replaced with a new game, Stars, which started in March. The new game has £30,000 in prizes to be won each week. To participate, players need to register a mobile number to be sent an access code each week. The code can then be used to access a ticket for the week’s play and this can be done on both Tombola 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 unlikely 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 last week in April, for instance, was shared between just three players netting them a cool £10K each.
Tombola also have some big money games this month; every Monday in May the 9pm bingo90 game has a FH prize of £20,000.
Slingo is a hybrid between bingo and slots and was a play-for-fun game until Gaming Realms bought the rights back in 2015. There are several real money Slingo games (including Deal or No Deal and X Factor themed versions) but only one of them – Slingo Boom – is a multiplayer game that offers the same type of experience as bingo. Slingo Boom is exclusive to Slingo.com and is essentially a fun version of 75 ball bingo with lots of extra bells and whistles and only one card per player (giving everyone an equal chance of winning). To learn more about Slingo Boom and about all the single player versions of Slingo, read What Is Slingo?
Slingo Boom came out last May but this great game has not made much of an impact to date. This is 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.
Also recently introduced at Slingo.com is the real money skill game Magic Mine. This is a match 3 game in the same vein as the ever popular Candy Crush and players are given 7 moves to collect as many diamond gems as possible (30 are required to break even). When played with the standard strategy the game has an extremely unappealing RTP of just 56.79% but they say this can be improved with skilful play. Magic Mine offers a range of stake levels from 50p – £10 and apart from the progressive jackpot the maximum win is 100 x stake.