Mecca Bingo is an iconic bingo brand with a 60 year history whose online presence – powered by what is generally considered to be the Rolls Royce of bingo software, Playtech’s Virtue Fusion bingo product – is extremely well served for bingo rooms. As well as all the Virtue Fusion network rooms and variants – Rainbow Riches Bingo, Housey Bingo, Spirit Twister and so on – it’s got a number of exclusive bingo games. There’s the 90 ball variants Britain’s Got Talent Bingo, X Factor Bingo, Snakes & Ladders, the mobile friendly Burst Bingo and Emoji Bingo and Mecca’s flagship product BOB (Best Odds Bingo). BOB is limited to 25 players per room and everyone has the same number of tickets; if more than 25 want to play another room opens. There’s also session bingo 4 times a day, and a number of exclusive 75 and 90 ball rooms, some of which run 5 tier exclusive Premiere Jackpots. All are lively with chat and worthwhile prize money and are playable on a browser or via the Mecca Bingo mobile app.
From time to time Mecca run amazing promotions with money-can’t-buy prizes such as celebrity makeovers, and live player participation on Mecca TV, but in between times the promotions tend to be more of the “enhanced prizes in that bingo room” and/or “play £10 on this slot to collect free spins” sort of thing.
When you become an online customer of Mecca Bingo you’ll be encouraged to visit their clubs as well and indeed, you can even deposit to and cash out from your online account at a club.
As well as ticking all the boxes for a good bingo site, Mecca Bingo has one of the best ranges of slot games you’ll find at a Virtue Fusion site including titles like Mega Moolah which are often absent.
BEST FOR: range of 90 ball bingo rooms, community & chat, range of slot games,
MINUS POINTS: promotions page can be a bit overwhelming, slot bonus play order is cash first
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Coral Bingo was once a Virtue Fusion bingo site but at the end of 2019 it moved over to proprietary bingo software after Entain (or GVC as they were then called) became the ultimate owners. The Entain bingo software is based on the old Cozy Games bingo software, a perfectly good product in itself that was much maligned because of the restrictive terms and conditions at Cozy bingo sites, but has been developed and upgraded to the point where it is barely recognisable.
Entain’s network has plenty of liquidity despite the small number of sites and as well as the usual 90 and 75 ball and less usual 80 and 30 ball bingo, there’s bingo games you won’t find anywhere else – Friends Bingo, Cash Out Bingo and Fluffy Favourites Bingo (not the same as the Virtue Fusion version of Fluffy Favourites Bingo). Coral has the same bingo rooms as other Entain sites and what sets it apart is its high level player funds protection and range of other products (sportsbook, poker etc as well as a lot of slot games).
BEST FOR: player funds protection, safer gambling tools, range of other products
MINUS POINTS: only two 75 ball rooms and only one 75 ball pattern (Outbox)
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Prize Land Bingo is a redesign and relaunch of the site previously known as Iceland Bingo. It’s on the main Dragonfish network along with dozens of other sites, but goes considerably above and beyond. As well as the Prize Room games that take place every Friday with tangible prizes, and the Prize Wheel bonus game which appears in the welcome offer and various redeposit offers, there’s a number of other non network bingo rooms. Usually when there’s a non network room on a Dragonfish network site it turns out to be open once a week or once a month for just a few games, but at Prize Land there’s three (Pennies Make £’s, The Big Night In, The Freezer) that are open for a few hours every day.
The Dragonfish network is a bit like the Marmite of bingo sites – you love it or you hate it. If you aren’t bothered about things like the lack of a proper pre-buy facility and the chat being the same at all the sites on the network, and 75 ball pattern bingo is your thing, you’re likely to be in the love-it camp. If you are, out of all Dragonfish network sites this is the one to go for due to all of the extras.
BEST FOR: Bonus with no time limits, bonus game, combination of Dragonfish network rooms with exclusive bingo rooms, redeposit codes, clear explanation of promotions
MINUS POINTS: Same minus points as all other Dragonfish sites – bingo bonus not valid in all rooms, high wagering requirements on slot bonus, can’t pre-buy bingo tickets from schedule, chat is the same across the whole network, etc
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Jackpotjoy has the most bingo rooms of any Gamesys powered site. As well as the networked Blox Bingo, Crystal Maze Bingo, Session Bingo three times a day and a 75 ball room that’s 24/7, Jackpotjoy has half a dozen or so other bingo rooms running 75 and 90 ball bingo games. Big money Superlinks games link multiple bingo rooms across all Gamesys sites together several times a day. Prebuy is available via the Schedule Buy option in each bingo room, but only for 24 hours in advance. The stated RTP of Gamesys bingo games is RTP 80.99% – 85.45%.
Chat is a big thing at Jackpotjoy and not just in the bingo rooms either; when you play a slot game the Community Chat opens and you’ll also see their most popular bingo room as a minigame. Chat games are frequent and are streets ahead of what you’ll find at any other site, including interactive games such as Blox that open as minigames in the chat window.
Gamesys sites are rightly famous for the quality of their player promotions, which are often based around prize draws where you can win tangible prizes as well as Box Bonanza games (a pick-me with cash prizes). Entries are usually restricted to one per player which means that an ordinary player has just as much chance of winning as a high roller. Another signature promotion is the choice of 4 daily free games; these are designed to be played every day for a week and you collect sets of symbols to win free spins or cash.
Other products available to play at Jackpotjoy include poker, scratchcards and live casino and the slots area includes Gamesys originals like Double Bubble and Tiki Island as well as the usual suspects.
BEST FOR: Promotions, community feel, player friendly T&C
MINUS POINTS: debit cards are the only payment method accepted
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The excellent Pragmatic Play bingo product offers 90, 75, 80 and 30 ball bingo rooms along with daily, weekly and occasional jackpot games and has fully featured pre-buy up to a month in advance. It powers dozens of sites but at almost all of them the bingo is just a sideshow. The award winning PlayOJO does it best; they’ve got exclusive bingo rooms (complete with chat) including the Equaliser and the Masked Singer UK and regularly give away free tickets to their existing players.
PlayOJO was the original No Wagering casino and the same policy extends to their bingo rooms – all winnings are paid in cash and there’s no wagering requirements on anything ever. It’s the ONLY Pragmatic Play bingo site to have that modus operandi.
The casino part of the site is pretty special as well, with tournaments every day, a great player rewards scheme and many other promotions.
BEST FOR: 10% cashback on all bingo tickets via OJOplus
MINUS POINTS: relatively small number of bingo rooms
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Powered by the familiar Dragonfish software, Costa Bingo has been around for donkey’s years and used to be on a network of its own; after being bought by 888 it now shares many of its rooms with another house owned site, 888 Ladies, as well as sharing various weekly jackpot games with the main Dragonfish network (where they are called something else). Although 888 Ladies actually has a bigger welcome offer, Costa is better for player rewards. Instead of giving out lots of bonuses, Costa reward their players with entry to various free bingo rooms and loyalty bingo rooms, with free bingo tickets that can only be redeemed in special rooms, and with loyalty points that can be redeemed in the Costa shop for slot spins, free bingo tickets, cash or bonus. This sounds restrictive but in fact, it’s quite the reverse, firstly because any winnings from these rewards (including shop rewards) are in cash and secondly because there’s not a lot of places to spend your bingo bonus at Costa, 888 Ladies or any of their sister sites; apart from one 90 ball room and three weekly jackpot games, it’s cash only.
The fact that most of the bingo rooms at Costa are cash only sounds like a big black mark, but it’s actually good for players who are using cash because it protects their RTP as explained in How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning At Bingo.
Costa has its own chat channel in contrast to sites on the main Dragonfish network which have the same chat host all the way across the network. Costa also has exclusive penny bingo games, one which plays hourly and three others once a day.
BEST FOR: player rewards (compared to other Dragonfish sites), biggest range of 75 ball patterns, no time limit on bonus
MINUS POINTS: Apart from the minus points of Dragonfish generally (bingo bonus not valid in many rooms, easy to buy too many tickets by mistake, no proper pre-buy, poor RTP in fixed jackpot rooms) the main minus point is that you can’t pick and mix promotional communication permissions; if you want to receive emails from them about promotions you have to opt into phone calls as well
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Unibet Bingo is powered by Relax Gaming – the best bingo software you’ve never heard of! Although only two UK sites are on the network (along with some Scandinavian sites), the bingo rooms are busy and have some very substantial prizes.
There’s a couple of 90 ball rooms, but what this site really specialises in is 75 ball bingo of the 5 line variety. Although ticket prices can appear expensive at first glance, that’s because in some of the rooms they are priced in strips of 3 tickets rather than individually. The Relax Gaming bingo product is unique in that as you play, it shows you information about other people’s tickets as well as your own; not only can you see who’s 1TG or 2TG for the next prize, you can see which numbers they need!
Other unique features at Unibet Bingo are the Hexabingo game where there’s a 1 in 3 chance of winning plus the occasional big prize, Relax proprietary minigames, and an innovative bingo rewards scheme where you level up through play and spin the wheel each time to collect a bingo voucher, cash or free spins. The bingo promotions which are run from time to time are equally innovative; there’s been tournaments (where you score by winning lines), random cash drops and daily missions to complete. Most of the free spins that are given out are genuine free spins with no wagering requirements and in the case of bonuses, the play order is usually bonus first.
Unibet also has a huge selection of slot games and runs regular Lucky Spin slot tournaments (with scoring based on the biggest win relative to stake on a single spin). Other products include sports (including esports and virtuals), racing, live casino (with Mega Ball and other gameshow titles) and poker.
BEST FOR: 5 line bingo, transparency
MINUS POINTS: not much 90 ball bingo, chat is not very lively, no chat games
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Paddy Power Bingo has a mixture of all the usual Virtue Fusion network bingo rooms (Deal or No Deal, Rainbow Riches etc) plus several exclusive bingo rooms (a few of which are shared with other sites under the same ownership including Betfair Bingo) including Deal Or No Deal Multiplier Bingo, the Jackpots Drop room and the Pearl Room which has the best range of 75 ball bingo patterns on Virtue Fusion. What’s really great about this is that the patterns are listed on the bingo schedule so you can see what’s coming up and pre-buy for your favourites.
Paddy Power Bingo doesn’t have as much in the way of exclusive promotions as some other Virtue Fusion sites, but when they do them they are quite something! For example, there was Paddy’s Drag Race where they released a video of several drag queens spending hours filling a car with bingo balls; the closest guess to the correct number won the car.
There’s a well thought out weekly and monthly rewards scheme called Paddy’s Rewards Club which requires only very modest spending to qualify and is good for many products across the Paddy Power site (and what a range of products it is – poker, DFS, lotteries, virtual sports, skill zone, sportsbook, esports, special bets, and masses of slots and instants!)
Bingo aside, another attractive thing about Paddy Power is that their versions of the Blueprint Jackpot King and Red Tiger Daily Drops progressive jackpots tend to be VERY much larger than at other sites.
BEST FOR: 75 ball pattern bingo, Rewards Club, biggest slot progressive jackpots, unique Paddy Power sense of humour
MINUS POINTS: fewer exclusive promotions than other VF sites
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Tombola is a bingo site like no other. All of their many bingo games are proprietary, from their version of 90 ball bingo (which runs concurrently in a number of different rooms) to weird and wonderful bingo variants such as Hex, Paper and the no-numbers Bubble Bingo. All of their unique games have been designed to play well on mobile phone screens as well as on desktop devices, all have attached chat rooms and are playable via Android or iOS app. Although there is no pre-buy, all of their rooms are lively pretty much all of the time so it’s easy just to drop in and find substantial prizes to play for and plenty of people to chat with.
Tombola don’t have any of the sort of slot games you would normally expect to find at a bingo site. Instead, they have a collection of their own proprietary slots, scratchcards and other instant win games in a separate area, Tombola Arcade, which also has its own chat room. The Tombola Arcade games are low stakes (5p – £1) and high RTP.
Chat and community is absolutely huge at Tombola and the chat hosts all have bags of personality which really comes out in their frequent social media postings.
Over the last few years Tombola have given away millions of pounds to players via their free to play daily games and other promotions such as the Tombola Advent Calendar and the I’m A Celebrity Tombolabugs scratchcards.
BEST FOR: unique mobile friendly bingo games, chat, community content, trust & safety, RTP
Buzz Bingo was launched on the Virtue Fusion bingo software in 2018 and their new welcome offer is their biggest and best ever. Uniquely, the Buzz brand came into being online and offline at the same time and this means there’s an especially close relationship between the two arms of the business and a desire to replicate the “buzz” of a bricks and mortar bingo hall in the online product.
Some but not all of the Virtue Fusion network bingo rooms are present, along with several of their own rooms including the two exclusive games Buzz Bingo Blast and The Voice UK Bingo. Other exclusive rooms concentrate on value for money; one of them is actually called the Value Room and there’s plenty of free bingo and penny bingo every day. The Buzz Club Room has a different promo for every day of the week and often runs a live stream.
There’s also live entertainment outside of the bingo rooms from time to time, courtesy of the Buzz Live tab which includes gameshows and live slots as well as a casino and the Buzzone blog which includes video content.
To add to the non bingo entertainment there’s a large number of slot games including various Buzz Originals exclusive titles, and the Bingo Millions instant games which offer the remote possibility of winning a million pounds and look and play like bingo but aren’t really.
Signature promotions include regular slot tournaments on Playtech slots (the aim being to score the most points in a set number of spins) and there’s also a free daily game almost all of the time.
BEST FOR: player friendly T&C, promotions, live stream
MINUS POINTS: fewer bingo rooms than other Virtue Fusion sites, no 75 ball pattern bingo at all, no iOS mobile app
When choosing which sites to include in our Best Bingo Sites list, I decided to focus not on welcome offers but on the quality of the bingo experience, and in particular what each site has to offer to bingo players over and above other sites on the same platform. Here are some of the things I thought about when putting this list together.
Quality and variety of bingo games
How many bingo rooms are there and what types of bingo do they offer? How busy/popular are they?
Best bingo payouts
Are the prizes in the regular bingo rooms big enough to be worthwhile? What fixed jackpot games do they run and how often? How does the RTP (Return To Player) look?
Best bingo sites for winning
Do they have bingo games offering extra chances to win? (5 line bingo, Roll On, etc) Do they have equal chances bingo games where everyone has the same number of tickets?
Exclusive bingo rooms & promotions
What bingo games and/or promotions does this bingo site have to offer, that other sites on the same software don’t have?
Player rewards & promotions
How does the site incentivise and reward existing players going forward? Are there reload bonuses, daily free games, a reward scheme? What type of promotions do they run apart from the welcome offer?
Community & chat
How does the chat work? Is it supplied by the network or does the site have its own chat hosts? Do they run chat games and if so, how often and what can you win? Is the chat lively? Are the chat hosts friendly and entertaining?
Player friendly terms & conditions
Is the play order bonus first (better) or cash first? What are the wagering requirements? What time limits are there on bonuses? What restrictions are there on what you can play with a bonus? Are there any fees for deposits or withdrawals?
Range of other products on site
The quality of the bingo experience is central to how I’ve ranked these bingo sites, but even hardcore players may like to have a go at something else from time to time. The range of slot games and betting products that can be played with the same wallet may not be the be-all and end-all, but it is an important extra.
“Best in class”
There’s at least one representative of every major bingo software product on this list despite some platforms clearly being much better than others. For example, the lack of a proper pre-buy facility on the Dragonfish bingo software means that the bingo rooms can be very quiet at off peak times, with hardly any chat and depressingly small prizes. In my opinion this (amongst other things) puts all Dragonfish bingo sites at a big disadvantage to say, all Virtue Fusion bingo sites and if I were to make a simple list of my personal top ten favourite sites it probably wouldn’t include any Dragonfish sites at all. The Dragonfish software has far too many fans to be left off the list entirely, though, so I’ve gone with a “best in class” policy and included a couple of the best Dragonfish bingo sites I’ve come across in the years I’ve been playing.
The wow factor
I’ve tried out all manner of different bingo sites over the last 10 years – probably more than a hundred – and so many of them have been boring or instantly forgettable. The best bingo sites I’ve played at have managed to keep me interested and engaged and continuing to play there over a long period of time.
How I chose which bingo sites NOT to include
But what about the hundreds of bingo sites that didn’t make the cut?
Well, because I wanted to focus on the quality of the bingo experience lots of perfectly decent sites that are basically casinos with a bit of bingo on the side, have been left off my list. The quintessential site of this type is Leo Vegas; although they have the excellent Pragmatic Play bingo product complete with their own exclusive bingo room this is eclipsed by the quality of the slot and casino offering and also the welcome offer is for slots not bingo.
I’ve also avoided including sites that are much the same as each other and that means it’s a big fat no to the majority of Dragonfish bingo sites.
I haven’t included any Jumpman bingo sites at all as not only are they all the same as each other, they don’t give out any bingo bonuses at all and they don’t have a chat facility in their bingo rooms which is a bit of a deal breaker. While these sites may be ideal if you mainly want to play slots with the occasional game of bingo, the bingo experience is very pared down.
Finally, I’ve avoided including any sites which have significantly worse terms and conditions than otherwise similar sites. For example, it’s normal at Virtue Fusion bingo sites for the play order to be bonus first and for free spins to have no wagering requirements, so I haven’t included the Virtue Fusion site that has a cash first play order and 30x wagering on free spins (and no I’m not going to name and shame it here).
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