Heart Bingo is a Gamesys bingo site which had a big design upgrade in January 2018. It is associated with Heart Radio and constantly runs exclusive promotions which are often music related. Heart Bingo has an amazing welcome offer which has no wagering requirements (beyond depositing and playing through £10). read Heart Bingo review
* New members only, must opt in. Min £10 deposit & wager. 30 day expiry from deposit.18+. Free Spins: on Paper Wins. 1p coin size, max lines. Bingo: Advertised ticket value based on £1 tickets. Game availability & restrictions apply.
Buzz Bingo is a Virtue Fusion bingo site with exclusive bingo rooms, exclusive slot games and NO wagering requirements on the welcome offer – by far the most exciting new bingo site to come on the scene for a very long time! read Buzz Bingo review
* Deposit & spend £10 on Bingo, get £40 online bingo bonus & 10 x 5p spins on Midnight Wilds. Stakes on Bingo Millions do not contribute towards bonus. 1st depositors only. Bonus is non withdrawable. T&Cs apply.
Lovehearts Bingo is a Dragonfish network bingo site with a romantic theme. In April 2019 it moved from the regular Dragonfish network to the no-wagering Real Bingo Network and is essentially a new bingo site as existing players have to sign up all over again and get to collect the new welcome offer. read Lovehearts Bingo review
* First-time depositors only. Min deposit: £10. Maximum offer: 1005 Bingo Tickets (1000 tickets worth £10 for the Royal Room and 5 tickets for the Big Bang Jackpot Game) plus 40 Pending Free Spins on Fluffy Favourites Slot with winnings capped at £3. Pending Free Spins will be available once £5 of deposit funds have been wagered. All winnings will be credited to your real money bankroll. Valid until the end of August 2020. UK players only: Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time and Full T&Cs apply.
* New members only, must opt in. Min £10 deposit & wager. 30 day expiry from deposit. 18+. Free Spins: on Rainbow Riches. 1p coin size, max lines. Bingo: Advertised ticket value based on £1 tickets. Game availability & restrictions apply.
Loadsa Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site with no wagering requirements and some exclusive promotions. The name has been around for a long time and the site changed hands and was moved to the new type of welcome offer (free bingo tickets and free spins) in 2018 – which means that even if you have had an account there previously, read Loadsa Bingo review
* First-time depositors only. Min deposit: £10. Maximum offer: 1005 Bingo Tickets (1000 tickets worth £10 for the Royal Room and 5 tickets for the Big Bang Jackpot Game) plus 40 Pending Free Spins on Fluffy Favourites Slot with winnings capped at £5. Pending Free Spins will be available once £5 of deposit funds have been wagered. All winnings will be credited to your real money bankroll. Valid until the end of May 2020. UK players only: Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time and Full T&Cs apply
Virgin Games had no bingo on site for more than a year. It was added again in Summer 2019 and now the site has a fresh new look with bingo much to the fore. To receive the bingo offer you must choose it prior to making your first deposit. read Virgin Games review
* New members only, must opt in. Min £10 deposit & wager. 30 day expiry from deposit. Free Spins: on Double Bubble. 1p coin size, max lines. Bingo: Advertised ticket value based on £1 tickets. Game availability & restrictions apply. Rules Apply.
Jackpot Joy is a venerable, award winning site offering a great selection of bingo games, slots and instants from Gamesys, together with a never-ending series of excellent promotions. For autumn 2017 the site received a much needed facelift which makes all the games much easier to find and playable on all devices – but this also involved replacing the much read Jackpot Joy review
* New members only, must opt in. Min £10 deposit & wager. 30 day expiry from deposit.18+. Free Spins: on Double Bubble. 1p coin size, max lines. Bingo: Advertised ticket value based on £1 tickets. Game availability & restrictions apply.
Mr Q is something entirely new – a brand new bingo site on a brand new platform, with no wagering requirements ever. The people behind Mr Q have years of experience in online bingo so we expect great things from it. read Mr Q review
* 30 Free Spins are credited upon your first deposit, valued at 25p per spin and to be used on Fluffy in Space slot • Winnings have no wagering requirement • Minimum deposit £10 • New customers only • Max win from free spins £5 • Full T&Cs apply.
Bounce Bingo is on the Dragonfish No Wagering bingo network – all winnings are paid in cash. Try it out for just £5 with our exclusive welcome offer! read Bounce Bingo review
* First time depositors only (18+ UK exc. NI). Min Deposit £5. Max Offer 60 Free Bingo Tickets [40 on Street Party & 20 on Kaching] & 60 Seconds of Spins [Luxor]. Free Spins winnings are capped at £1.00. All winnings are credited to real money balance. 60 seconds of Spins are available once £5 of deposit funds have been wagered and expire after 7 days. Promo code: SPIN60. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid until 31/12/2020.
Sailor Bingo used to be a Cozy bingo site but has now been relaunched as a No Wagering Dragonfish bingo site with a fresh new look and welcome offer (which can be claimed by existing players as well as new ones). read Sailor Bingo review
Tombola is really quite different from all other bingo sites. Not only does it not have any wagering requirements in the usual sense of the word, it uses unique software and – unlike all other online bingo sites – was famous for many years for not having any slots as such; instead it had (and still has) games such as Pulse, Rollercoaster, read Tombola Bingo review
* New Customer Offer. T&Cs Apply. 18+. Please Gamble Responsibly.
YAY Bingo is a new Dragonfish bingo site on the Real Bingo network – which means a welcome offer consisting of free bingo tickets and free spins with all the winnings paid in cash and no wagering requirements ever. Like its sister sites, YAY Bingo has a fresh modern theme featuring photographs of real people and has more than 300 read Yay Bingo review
Dazzle Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site with no wagering requirements ever and many extras, including redeposit offers, that make it a cut above most of the other sites on the network. To claim our exclusive offer you must use code BNBS. read Dazzle Bingo review
Blighty Bingo was the first Dragonfish bingo site ever to be launched with NO wagering requirements on anything – winnings from the welcome offer and from free spins are paid as cash. Now this bingo site which celebrates all things British has been given a cool redesign, along with an upgrade to the loyalty scheme which enables players to claim read Blighty Bingo review
Bingo Idol is a No Wagering bingo site powered by Dragonfish. The crisp, bright theming is loosely based on a TV talent show and the site has the usual great mix of bingo rooms and slot games, plus a loyalty scheme which enables players to claim free bingo tickets and free spins every day. read Bingo Idol review
* First time depositors only (18+ UK exc. NI). Min Deposit £5. Max Offer 55 Free Bingo Tickets [30 on Street Party & 25 on Kaching] & 5 Pending Free Spins [Game of our Choice]. Free Spins winnings are capped at £0.50. All winnings are credited to real money balance. Free Spins are available once £5 of deposit funds have been wagered and expire after 7 days. Promo code: GRAB55. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid until 31/12/2020.
Bingo Storm is a new Dragonfish bingo site with no wagering requirements. The welcome offer includes something unique – a spin of the Bingo Storm Wheel to win slot spins, all winnings paid in cash. read Bingo Storm review
* Valid until further notice. 1st time depositors only. Players must be 18+. Min Deposit & Wager £10. Max 10 pending Free Spins [FS]. Pending Free Spins will be available once £10 of deposit funds have been wagered. FS are valid on Irish Luck for 7 days. FS wins are granted as real money after all FS are used. FS wins cap: £1. Max Wheel prize 20 spins. Each wheel segment has an equal chance of winning. UK only: deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions and Full T&Cs apply.
Bingocams offers something that no other bingo sites does – the opportunity to play live bingo via webcam. They also have a very low wagering requirement on all their deposit bonuses – these just have to be played through once. read Bingocams review
Sundae Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site with a delightful summery theme and no wagering requirements ever. It has the usual Dragonfish bingo rooms, 300+ slot games and free spins and free bingo tickets every day as part of the loyalty program. As usual with this type of site the welcome offer consists of free bingo tickets to specific games read Sundae Bingo review
Bingo Besties is a friendship themed bingo site on the Dragonfish Real Bingo Network. As usual with this network the welcome offer consists of free bingo tickets for specific games and free spins, with all winnings paid in cash and no wagering requirements ever. read Bingo Besties review
Zinger Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site launched in Spring 2016 by the people who brought you Hunky Bingo. Originally it was on the main Dragonfish network but in June 2017 the site migrated to Dragonfish’s new Real Bingo Network, joining sister site Blighty Bingo there (with other sites on the new network rumoured to be launching soon). read Zinger Bingo review
* First time depositors only (18+ UK exc. NI). Min Deposit £10. Max Offer 100 Bingo Tickets [96 on Street Party & 4 on Big Bang] & 18 Free Spins [Fluffy Favourites]. Free Spins winnings are capped at £1.80. All winnings are credited to real money balance. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Promo code: BINGO88. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid from 28/10/2019.
Hunky Bingo’s unique selling point is, well, hunky men and at launch (in March 2015) the site had lots of eye candy – male models in various states of undress – but these were subsequently replaced by cartoon hunks. In June 2017 the site moved from the original Dragonfish network to the new Dragonfish Real Bingo Network, joining sister sites Blighty Bingo and Zinger read Hunky Bingo review
* First-time depositors only. Min deposit: £10. Max offer: 105 Bingo Tickets worth (100 on Street Party & 5 on Big Bang) plus 25 Free Spins on Fluffy Favourites with winnings capped at £2.50. All winnings will be credited to your real money balance. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Promo code: BINGO100. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & Full T&C’s apply. Valid from 28.10.2019.
Kozmo Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site from Tau Gaming and like most of their other sites it is a No Bonus/No Wagering bingo site on the Dragonfish Real Bingo Network, with all winnings paid in cash. read Kozmo Bingo review
Duck Duck Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site where winnings are always paid in cash with no wagering requirements ever. As well as the free bingo tickets and free spins in the welcome offer, players can claim free spins daily as part of the loyalty scheme. read Duck Duck Bingo review
Dabber Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site which has finally joined all of its sister sites on the No Wagering Real Bingo Network. If you’ve previously played there, you’ll need to sign up again (and can claim the new welcome offer). read Dabber Bingo review
Queen Bee Bingo is a bingo site on the new Dragonfish Real Bingo Network. If you haven’t come across this network before, the first thing to understand is that it is a No Bonus / No Wagering Requirement network and all winnings, whether from bingo games or from the daily free spins they give out as part of their loyalty scheme, are paid read Queen Bee Bingo review
If there’s one thing that bingo and slots players unanimously hate, it’s wagering requirements. It’s a toss up as to whether these are more annoying when attached to bonuses which expire, or when attached to bonuses that don’t. An expiry time puts pressure on the player to play through the bonus and complete the wagering requirement in the allotted time – but if there is no expiry time, the wagering requirement can hang around for quite literally years, especially if it is the kind that can only be filled by bonus play and bonus comes last in the play order.
Normally as long as there is a wagering requirement in effect, making a cash withdrawal causes any remaining bonus and its associated winnings to disappear, even if the cash represents winnings from a subsequent deposit or different type of bonus where the wagering requirement has been completed. For example, if you have only bingo bonus in your account and deposit again to get a slot bonus or free spins offer, win on slots and play through any slots related wagering requirement, you won’t be able to withdraw your winnings without losing the pending bingo bonus and you won’t be able to use the remaining bingo bonus as long as there is cash in your account – a most unsatisfactory state of affairs! At bingo sites with no wagering requirements there is no need to worry about any of that stuff.
The CMA Investigation
It’s not only players that dislike wagering requirements. The Gambling Commission and the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) carried out a three year investigation – with attendant enforcement action – into whether online gambling firms were treating their customers fairly.
The CMA took the view that wagering requirements must relate to the bonus only and that there must be no obstacle to withdrawing any remaining deposit or any winnings from the deposit. Many of the CMA changes had to be made by 1st March 2018, others took effect that summer and others are still being worked through. They weren’t all about wagering requirements either – another thing that came out of the investigation was the removal of withdrawal limits for UK players.
Welcome Offer Changes
Operators responded to the CMA investigation in many different ways. Some changed the wagering requirement so as not to include the deposit amount – e g 4 x bonus rather than 4 x (deposit + bonus) did little else, retaining the stipulation that any remaining bonus is lost when a withdrawal is made. Other operators made more radical changes and changed their welcome offer to one of the following:
Bingo bonus that is non withdrawable, but the winnings are withdrawable (essentially, the 1 x playthrough requirement that is needed to comply with anti money laundering regulations). Clearly this is better than having a higher multiple wagering requirement, but it does make a difference
What the play order is – cash first, bonus first or proportionally split (e.g with a £10 cash balance and £30 bonus, the stake and any winnings would be split 25% cash and 75% bonus
Whether cash play counts towards the wagering requirement
One to avoid is where the play order is cash first and only bonus play counts towards the wagering requirement – as then, the bonus will sit at the far end of the play order until all the cash is gone and only after that will the wagering requirement start to be filled
The Dragonfish No Wagering Bingo approach as first seen at Blighty Bingo – free bingo tickets for specific bingo rooms or specific bingo games, with any winnings paid in withdrawable cash – less flexible than a bingo bonus, but no worries about play order.
“Free” slot spins as well as or instead of a bingo offer. We use the quotation marks because many “free” spins offers come with so much objectionable small print.
A “free spins” offer instead of a bingo bonus offer is of little benefit if the winnings from the spins are paid as a slot bonus with a huge wagering requirement – all that it has going for it is that the player only incurs the wagering requirement if they actually win anything.
On the other hand, the sort of free spins offer where the winnings are paid in cash is much more attractive. Even amongst these, there is variation as many of these offers (at Dragonfish, for instance) apply a cap to what can be won from free spins and there are only a few – Heart Bingo for instance – that don’t.
Arguably the best of the new style welcome offers are those which consist entirely of no-strings free slot spins or bingo tickets (or, at the trailblazing Buzz Bingo, a bingo bonus) with winnings paid as withdrawable cash.
What About Existing Players?
Wagering requirements don’t just apply to welcome offers, of course – they can also apply in promotions for existing players and in some ways this can be even more annoying. If the prize in a free bingo, prize draw or bonus game promotion is a bonus with a time limit, and the play order means that cash is played first, the prize will be worthless to some players as it can’t be accessed without playing though all the cash in the account first (unfortunately this has been a problem at quite a few well known bingo sites including Sun Bingo).
We expected this sort of promotion to be affected by the CMA enforcement action and become fairer for players, either by changing the play order so the bonus is used first or by removing the time limit, the wagering requirement or both and indeed, there are some indications that this is already happening. Best of all, of course, is for prizes to be cash.
The best No Wagering bingo sites have no wagering requirements on anything ever as well as none on the welcome offer – win cash and withdraw what you win.
No Wagering Bingo – The Future
During 2019 a number of Dragonfish slot sites which had previously been No Wagering reverted to a conventional bonus offer, and in the autumn Dragonfish bingo site launches reverted to an old fashioned bingo bonus offer rather than the No Wagering free bingo tickets offer. BGO also switched several of their sites back to a welcome offer with wagering requirements. Does this mean that No Wagering is on the way out and 2020 will be the end of No Wagering Bingo?
Not only are there unlikely to be any more no wagering bingo sites on the Dragonfish platfom, the existing ones hit a further snag in Spring 2020. Until then the free bingo ticket offers were advertised with a face value; for instance, “£40 free bingo tickets” for 4 tickets to the Big Bang £10K monthly game with each ticket having a face value of £10. The problem was:
You couldn’t actually buy tickets to any of these games; the only way to get them was to be given free tickets in the welcome offer, via player promotions or as a loyalty scheme reward.
Even if you could buy tickets, would anyone – at a massive £10 a ticket?
The most egregious example of the bingo ticket face value issue at Dragonfish has to be the Kaching room where 2000+ players every day play for a prize pool of just £35.
The face value of the tickets is 50p and well….you do the maths, they’re having a laugh, right?
It seems the relevant authorities were also unimpressed and now, a free bingo ticket offer can only be advertised with a monetary value if tickets for the game are also on sale for cash – so instead of £40 of tickets to the Kaching room, they now have to say 80 tickets to the Kaching room without mentioning anything about the 50p.
Some of these Dragonfish offers are still worth having, though, especially the ones at Lovehearts Bingo and sister sites where they hand out a substantial number of tickets for their own exclusive Royal Room offering bags of entertainment value.
As for the future of no wagering bingo, our view is that it’s no longer enough for players for an offer just to be without wagering requirements. It has to be an otherwise attractive offer as well, and the problem with the Dragonfish offers as compared to the No Wagering offers at say Buzz Bingo or Heart Bingo is that they give players no choice as to where to use their free tickets and the slot spins have a win cap of just a few pounds.
For operators, it’s not enough to have an attractive No Wagering welcome offer either, if it’s not coupled with an entertaining and engaging ongoing player promotions schedule (step forward again, Buzz Bingo and Heart Bingo). After all, with no wagering requirements to tie them down, what else is there to keep players at a particular site? Without wagering requirements, operators really have to go the extra mile and that’s why we don’t expect there to be many (if any) new No Wagering bingo sites launched in 2020, and why many of the existing bingo sites with no wagering requirements are also the best bingo sites, full stop.
Most bingo bonus offers have a wagering requirement, meaning that anything you win will have to be played through multiple times before you can withdraw your winnings. At a No Wagering bingo site, anything you win from the welcome offer is yours to keep in cash.
No Wagering bingo offers don’t really have a downside. However, they are usually but not always less generous than bonus offers with a wagering requirement and in some cases there is a limit on what you can win with free spins.
The best bingo site to win on with no wagering, in terms of the size of prizes you can win, is Buzz Bingo. Heart Bingo and other Gamesys bingo sites also have big prizes with no limits on what you can win.