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Newbie Free Bingo

Many online bingo sites have free bingo rooms or run free bingo games in between the pay games in their regular bingo rooms.  The bingo sites listed here have a special free bingo room that is open to new players only.  Prizes are usually bingo bonus with a wagering requirement (but sometimes cash) and typically players have to be in the room shortly before the game starts to claim the free tickets.

  • The Paddy Power Bingo newbie room is open for three hours a day Monday to Saturday and one hour on Sundays, with bingo bonus prizes.  It is available for 10 days following registration but players must spend £1 on bingo to gain entry.

    read Paddy Power Bingo review

    * New Customer Offer only. Deposit & spend £10 on bingo tickets within 30 days of joining Paddy Power Bingo. Get 100 free tickets (no wagering) & 100 Free Spins ( £0.10/spin). 1 per customer. Full T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • The Buzz Bingo free newbie room has cash prizes and is open for two hours at lunchtime and two hours in the evening for 7 days following registration.  It’s not networked.

    read Buzz Bingo review

    * New players only. Deposit and stake £10 on Bingo (not inc. Bingo Millions). Get £30 Bingo Bonus (with x4 wagering), £20 Rainbow Riches slot bonus (x20 wagering) & £10 Club vouchers (after qualification). £5 minimum withdrawal. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Newbie free bingo at Zoe’s Bingo is in the Dragonfish network newbie room which is available for 3 days after registration with bingo bonus prizes.

    read Zoe’s Bingo review

    * 1st time depositors only (18+). Valid until further notice. Min Deposit £10. No promo code required. Max bingo bonus £30. To withdraw Bingo bonus & related winnings, wager x4 the amount of your bonus funds. 30 Free Spins [FS]. FS are valid on Fluffy Too, for 7 days. FS wins are granted in games bonus after all FS are used and must be wagered x80. FS wins are set at min £0.50. FS wins cap: £6. Games Bonus wins cap: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Wagering req. vary by game. UK only. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. We reserve the right to deny bonuses, if you were found taking advantage of our bonus offers or any other deceitful activity cross the sites operated by the Company. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Quality Bingo is the latest Dragonfish bingo site from Tau, the operators of Mint Bingo, Bonnie Bingo and others, but unlike the majority of their recent launches it is a No Wagering bingo site.

    read Quality Bingo review

    * First time depositors only (18+ country restrictions apply). Min deposit: £10. Max offer: 800 Free Bingo Tickets (200 on Street Party & 600 on Kaching), 25 Pending Free Spins (on a game of our choice) & 5 Jackpot Spins (on Irish Riches JP). Promo code: BNBS. Street Party tickets are valid for 17 days and Kaching tickets are valid for 7 days. All Spins are valid for 7 days. Free Spins will be available once £5 of deposit funds have been wagered. Free Spins winnings are capped at £2.5. Jackpot Spins can only win the Progressive Jackpot, no other prizes will be awarded. All winnings are credited to your real money balance. We reserve the right to deny promotional offers based on abusive bonus activity across sites operated by the Company. Deposit balance available for withdrawal at any time (UK only). General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid until 31.12.2021 *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • The 888Ladies free newbie room is open for 3 days following registration. Games play every 10 minutes from 7am until 10pm with small bingo bonus prizes.

    read 888 Ladies review

    * 1st depositors only. Min £10 deposit with code LADIESPIN, get 200% bingo bonus [BB] + 200% games bonus [GB] (max £100 per bonus) + 15 Free Spins [FS] on Fluffy Favourites. Must be claimed within 7 days; FS valid for 7 days once claimed. FS wins granted in GB after all FS are used; wins set at £4. GB wins capped at £100, exc. jp win. GB valid on specific games only. Wagering req. apply: 2x (deposit + BB funds) and 50x GB funds (vary by game); Full T&Cs apply *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Prize Land Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site with a ton of extras, including exclusive bingo rooms and a spin the wheel bonus game to end all spin the wheel bonus games!

    read Prize Land Bingo review

    * 1st deposit (+18). Valid until 18/12/21. Promo code: PS5. Min dep £10. Fixed bingo bonus [BB] £40. Max Prize Wheel Spins [PW] is 1. PW min win 4 Spins / max win £100 BB. Odds of winning vary. Free Entry to PS5 draw=1 bingo ticket valid in room: the PS5 Room and available for 7 days. Wins generated from bingo tickets are granted in BB and must be wagered x4. the PS5 Room Game information - Game type: 90 ball. The PS5 Room is a fixed prize game. Ticket price: 25p. Max tickets: 96. Game plays at 8pm @ 19/12/2021. Full House Prize=PS5. Should the full house prize be won by more than one player, the monetary value of the prize will be split between the full house winners. To withdraw BB & wins, wager x4. To withdraw games bonus [GB] wins, wager 99x. GB wins cap: £100 + initial bonus. GB on selected games only. Wagering req. vary by game. Country restrictions apply. UK only - Your deposit balance (defined as Transaction Balance under our Withdrawal Policy) available for withdrawal at any time. Withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Newbie free bingo at Katie’s is the usual Dragonfish fare – 3 days of access to the Daily Doozey room for bingo bonus prizes.

    read Katie’s Bingo review

    * 1st time depositors only (18+). Valid until further notice. Min Deposit £10. No promo code required. Max bingo bonus £30. To withdraw Bingo bonus & related winnings, wager x4 the amount of your bonus funds. 10 Free Spins [FS]. FS are valid on Fluffy Too, for 7 days. FS wins are granted in games bonus after all FS are used and must be wagered x80. FS wins are set at min £0.50. FS wins cap: £5. Games Bonus wins cap: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Wagering req. vary by game. UK only. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. We reserve the right to deny bonuses, if you were found taking advantage of our bonus offers or any other deceitful activity cross the sites operated by the Company. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Fabulous Bingo has the same newbie arrangements as its big sister Sun Bingo – 2 hours a day, for 7 days after registration, with bingo bonus prizes.

    read Fabulous Bingo review

    * 18+. New customers only. Until 31/12/21. Deposit £10 or more to receive 30 Free Spins (AOG only 20p per spin). Plus spend £10 on bingo tickets to claim £20 Bingo Bonus. Bingo Bonus has 3x Wagering, bonus must be accepted and wagered within 7 days. Free Spins must be accepted within 48 hours, winnings have 30 x wagering which must be wagered within this time. Deposits made with Neteller/Skrill/PayPal are not valid for this promotion. Play responsible. Gambleaware.co.uk. Full T&Cs Apply *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Bucky Bingo moved to the Dragonfish network for Spring 2020, after many years as a small Virtue Fusion bingo site; the Dragonfish version has already won an award!

    read Bucky Bingo review

    * New 18+ customers only. £10 min deposit. 100 Free Spins [FS] can be used on a game of our choice, noted in full terms and are valued at 10p per spin. FS Winnings capped at £50. FS winnings granted as Games Bonus that must be wagered 30x. FS available for 30 days. Games Bonus win cap £100 plus the original bonus amount. Wagering contributions vary by game. The £30 Bingo Bonus must be wagered 4x. UK only – deposit balance available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions apply. Eligibility restrictions, country restrictions & full T&Cs apply. 18+ *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Bubbly Bingo is brand new for Autumn 2021 on the increasingly popular Pragmatic Play bingo software.

    read Bubbly Bingo review

    * New players only making their first deposit. Min Deposit £10 using promo code: BINGO, Max £30 Bingo Bonus (5x wagering on dep+bonus, 4x conversion) + 30 Spins on Fluffy Favourites (40x Wagering, 4x Conversion). Free Room available for 7 days from the day after your first wager of at least £1 on bingo. Max 6 tickets per game. Valid until further notice. Full T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • If you’ve played at a Dragonfish bingo site before the newbie free bingo arrangements at So Bingo will be all too familiar – 3 days of access to the Daily Doozey room.

    read So Bingo review
  • Safari Bingo offers 3 days of free bingo for newbies in a Dragonfish network room.

    read Safari Bingo review

    * 1st deposit (+18). Valid until further notice. Promo code: SAFARI1. Min deposit £5. Fixed bingo bonus £15. Max Prize Wheel Spins [PW] is 1. PW min prize 1,000lps. PW max prize £500 bingo bonus. Odds of winning vary depending on prize. To withdraw Bingo bonus & related winnings, wager x6 deposit funds. To withdraw games bonus related winnings, wager 99x the amount of your winnings amount. Games Bonus wins cap: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Games bonus available on selected games only. Wagering req. vary by game. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • The Learner Room at Sun Bingo is open 4 hours a day, for 7 days following registration.  The prizes are all bingo bonuses.

    read Sun Bingo review

    * Until 31/12/21. New customers only. 18+ Deposit & spend £10 on Bingo to receive £50 Bingo Bonus & 50 Free Spins (selected slots only 20p per spin). Free Spins must be accepted within 48 hours, winnings have 30x wagering which must be wagered within this time. Bingo Bonus has 4x Wagering, bonus must be accepted & wagered within 7 days. 1 new player offer only. Deposits made with Neteller/Skrill/PayPal are not valid for this promotion. UK & ROI. Full T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Bingo.com has a newbie room called Beginners Luck.  It’s available for 14 days after you create a chat name and is open for two hours every morning and two hours every evening.  Only a few of the games are free, though.

    read bingo.com review

    * *18+, BeGambleaware.org Minimum deposit £10, maximum bonus £20. You must wager your bonus 40x to make it withdrawable. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • At Bumble Bingo, free bingo for newbies is in the Dragonfish network bingo room, accessible for three days following registration.  Prizes are bingo bonus.

    read Bumble Bingo review

    * 1st deposit only. Free Spins valid for 7 days; wins credit to bonus. Wager 4x bingo/99x games bonus to convert to real cash up to £100. Wager contributions vary by game. UK players deposit balance available for withdrawal at any time. Withdrawal Policy applies. Full T&Cs Apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Majestic Bingo are a well established operator of retail bingo, with 13 bingo clubs across the UK.  They’ve chosen the Dragonfish software for their new online bingo operation.

    read Majestic Bingo review

    * 1st time depositors only (18+). Valid until further notice. Min Deposit £5. No promo code required. FS are valid on Irish Luck, for 7 days. FS wins cap: £1. FS wins are granted in games bonus after all FS are used and must be wagered x80. Max bingo bonus awarded is £20. Bingo tickets are valid in following rooms: DREAMY MONDAY, TERRIFIC TUESDAY, WACKY WEDNESDAY, WISHFUL THURSDAY. Tickets will be allocated to rooms according to the full offer T&Cs. Wins generated from bingo tickets are granted in bingo bonus. Bingo bonus must be wagered x4. UK only. Country restrictions apply. Your deposit balance (defined as Transaction Balance under our Withdrawal Policy) is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Newbie free bingo at Lucky Charm Bingo is in the Dragonfish network newbie room, for 3 days following registration, for modest bingo bonus prizes.

    read Lucky Charm Bingo review

    * Valid until further notice. 1st time depositors only. Players must be 18+. Min Deposit £10. Max bingo bonus £20. To withdraw Bingo Bonus & related winnings, wager x4 the amount of your bonus funds. 20 Free Spins [FS]. FS are valid on Dazzle Me for 7 days. FS wins are granted as Games Bonus after all FS are used. Games Bonus funds generated from FS winnings must be wagered x80. Max Games Bonus funds transfer to real money: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Max Wheel prize 20 spins. Each wheel segment has an equal chance of winning. Wagering requirements vary by game. UK only: deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions and Full Terms apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Butterfly Bingo players have access to the Dragonfish network free newbie room for 3 days after registration.  Games play at intervals for most of the day and prizes are small amounts of bingo bonus.

    read Butterfly Bingo review
  • Costa Bingo has a newbie room called Bingo Academy which is shared with only a few other sites.  A game plays every 15 minutes 24/7, with small cash prizes; access for 2 days following registration and/or 5 days after 1st deposit.

    read Costa Bingo review

    * 1st depositors only. Country restrictions apply. Min £10 deposit, get 300% Bingo Bonus [BB] (max £200) + 30 Free Spins [FS] on Fruit Blast. Must be claimed within 7 days. BB valid on specific rooms only. FS wins granted in real money after all FS are used; capped at £3. Wagering req. apply: 4x (deposit + BB funds); T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Live Bingo is a Dragonfish network site which is part of the Silverspin group.  Other Silverspin sites such as Lucky Charm Bingo have a more up to date design.

    read Live Bingo review

    * 1st deposit only. Free Spins valid for 7 days; wins credit to bonus. Wager 4x bingo/99x games bonus to convert to real cash up to £100. Wager contributions vary by game. UK players deposit balance available for withdrawal at any time. Withdrawal Policy applies. Full T&Cs Apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Not to be confused with Heart Bingo, Bingo Hearts is part of the group of Dragonfish network bingo sites launched or relaunched in 2015 as 888 Holdings house brands. The first of this batch also included T Rex Bingo, Daisy Bingo and Bingo Ballroom.

    read Bingo Hearts review

    * New players only. Min deposit £5, get 300% up to £105 bonus. To withdraw winnings related to bingo bonus, wager x4 times the deposit + bonus funds. To withdraw games bonus & related winnings, wager x80 times the amount of the bonus. Bonus wins are capped at £100 exc jp win. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit can be withdrawn at any time. Withdrawal restrictions and full T&C apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Bubble Bonus Bingo is a Dragonfish bingo site that’s been around since the distant days of 2013. It originally featured a generous non-standard promotion before reverting to the standard incentives found across the network such as the Weekly Rewards scheme and prize rooms.

    read Bubble Bonus Bingo review

    * 1st deposit only. Free Spins valid for 7 days; wins credit to bonus. Wager 4x bingo/99x games bonus to convert to real cash up to £100. Wager contributions vary by game. UK players deposit balance available for withdrawal at any time. Withdrawal Policy applies. Full T&Cs Apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Pragmatic Play have a network newbie room which is open for two hours a day – Mighty Jackpots players get a week’s access after wagering £1 on bingo

    read Mighty Jackpots review

    * New bingo players. Code BINGO is required for the bonus & spins. Min deposit £10, max bonus £30, Max spins 30 on Fluffy Favourites. 5x wagering, 4x conversion applies. Free room available from the day after your first wager. T&C apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • The Gala Bingo free newbie room is open for 3 days following registration, for two hours at lunchtime and two hours in the early evening, with substantial bingo bonus prizes.

    read Gala Bingo review

    * 18+. New online customers only. Min 1st deposit & spend £10 on Bingo tickets = £50 Bingo bonus. Wagering reqs apply: 4x bingo bonus; Bonus valid for 1 week after credit. Payment restrictions & T&Cs apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

  • Snowy Bingo has exactly the same newbie free bingo facilities as other Dragonfsh network sites – 3 days entry to the network newbie room with small amounts of bingo bonus to be won.

    read Snowy Bingo review

    * New players only. Min deposit £5, get 300% up to £105 bonus. To withdraw winnings related to bingo bonus, wager x4 times the deposit + bonus funds. To withdraw games bonus & related winnings, wager x80 times the amount of the bonus. Bonus wins are capped at £100 exc jp win. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit can be withdrawn at any time. Withdrawal restrictions and full T&C apply. *18+ BeGambleAware.org Please play responsibly #ad

Where To Play Free Bingo


There are many variations of free bingo out there but they fall into two main types, the ones where you can potentially win real money and the ones where you can’t.

Newbie Free Bingo

Free bingo games not involving real money

Bingo for entertainment only, never any real prizes

This includes the vast array of free bingo games playable on Facebook and mobile bingo games via iPhone and Android apps.  These are NOT real money gaming (although you can spend real money on buying in game currency and power ups) and are strictly for fun.

Bingo with free cards and a few real prizes (but NOT cash)

Freebingo.co.uk is the best known of these and with a free bingo site like this, what you win in most games is in-game currency that cannot be cashed out, but may give you entries into a prize draw.  From time to time, however, there is a game with a tangible prize (but no cash alternative).  Because this type of free bingo site derives its revenue from advertising real money gaming sites, the tangible prizes are usually sponsored by one of the advertisers so expect them to be mostly promotional items such as keyrings, mugs and teddy bears from real money bingo sites.

Free bingo games involving real money

Sounds great, doesn’t it – free online bingo games where you pay nothing for your bingo cards and have the chance of winning actual cash (or bingo bonus which can be used to buy cards to other bingo games where you can win real cash) – but actually, it is hardly ever that simple as we will go on to discuss.  Free bingo games that have real cash prizes and are open to all registered players are pretty unusual and you are more likely to come across one of these variations on the theme:

No deposit real money bingo

The cards in these bingo games are not free but the bingo site offers a welcome bonus which does not require a deposit to be made so there is the opportunity, at least in theory, to win real cash without any financial outlay.  Bingo bonus cannot always be used in the same way as cash though; there are almost always restrictions and these can be on which rooms it can be used in, on how many cards per game you are allowed to buy with it, or – increasingly these days- on how much you are allowed to win with it.  If you do win cash with your no deposit bonus and manage to play through any wagering requirements, you are unlikely be able to withdraw it unless you make a deposit (and this usually means accepting another bonus and incurring further wagering requirements which will then have to be met before actually making the withdrawal).

Free bingo for funded or depositing players only

This is a very common arrangement and it depends very much on what that particular bingo site has as its definition of a funded player.  You might think it would refer either to someone who has made a real money deposit at some point or maybe to someone who has cash in their account rather than just bonus.  In fact, many bingo sites including most Dragonfish bingo sites restrict access to free bingo to depositing players and that means players who have made a deposit very recently – usually in the last 7 days but in some cases as recently as in the last 24 hours.  Basically these bingo sites are using the free bingo rooms instead of a redeposit bonus as an incentive for players to make a deposit.

Free bingo as part of a promotion

In this type of free bingo promotion you need to complete tasks in order to gain entry to the free room and these typically involve playing a specified amount of cash on bingo or slots and/or making deposits.   Virtue Fusion bingo sites often have free bingo rooms with a minimum spend required the previous day, or over the preceding few days, to gain entry.

Free bingo for new players only

This type of free bingo promotion is most commonly found at Virtue Fusion bingo sites where there is often a newbie free bingo room just for players in their first few days.  At Gala Bingo, for instance, new players get 4 hours of free bingo a day for their first 7 days and each game has a prize fund of £25 bingo bonus.  The Dragonfish network also has free bingo for new players but this is only for 72 hours, the prize fund per game is just £1 and the room is shared with everyone across multiple networks who has made a deposit in the last 7 days.  Cozy bingo sites have a newbie room that is open 24/7 with bingo bonus prizes (replacing their long standing no deposit bonus offer), but the maximum that can be carried forward as a bonus is £20.  Do be aware that when a bingo site advertises the newbie free bingo as, say, £5000 of free bingo, they are talking about the total prize fund across all the games that the player could possibly join if they were in the bingo room for the maximum hours, and not the card value!

Free bingo but with extra cards or extra prizes for paying players

This arrangement allows all registered players into the free bingo room but gives an advantage to paying players, so in theory it should keep everyone happy.  Examples are the free 50 ball bingo which used to run at Live Bingo Network where each player got ten free cards and extra cards could be bought for 1p each, and the Free or Superbooks games at Virtue Fusion sites where free cards can be upgraded to pay cards: both types play alongside each other in the game, but if a pay card wins at Virtue Fusion the prize is bigger, often VERY much bigger than if a free card wins (for example, a measly £3 bingo bonus for a free card and a whopping £300 cash for a pay card).  With Superbooks there are typically very large numbers of free cards in play so the chance of a pay card winning is unlikely to be very high; if a free card wins none of the cash stakes have to be paid back out to the players which is great news for the bingo sites but not so much for the players with pay cards.

Free bingo but for bingo bonus prizes not cash

This is such a common arrangement that it is actually the norm – very few free rooms pay cash.   Free rooms that pay bingo bonus are popular with players as it enables them to keep playing after they run out of funds.  It is in the bingo site’s interest to offer this type of free bingo as it encourages people to play in both the free bingo games, and in pay games with the bonus funds that they win from the free games. This creates more activity on the site which is great for keeping players interested as there’s more people around to liven up the chat. The wagering requirements ensure that the site gets good value in terms of player activity from any bonus funds they give out.

Free bingo that can’t be accessed by a person with any sort of normal life

Free bingo almost never has a pre-buy facility, so you need to be in the room shortly before the game starts to claim tickets.  This is difficult to manage if the free bingo games run at an antisocial time such as the middle of the night or if the window for claiming the tickets is just a couple of minutes.

Free bingo – but pay attention!

In this type of arrangement – often seen at Sky Bingo where even the newbie room runs in this way –  the bingo site runs free bingo games with substantial bingo bonus prizes at a popular time of day, but there is no pre-buy and the games alternate with pay games.  A player who is not paying close attention to what is going on in the bingo room could accidentally buy max tickets to a pay game instead of a free game – and we know this does happen as we’ve seen people complaining about it in the chat.

Free bingo cards

Some bingo sites give away free bingo cards to a specific game as part of their welcome offer or loyalty scheme or as part of another promotion.  One very common proviso is that the player must be in the bingo room at the time the game is run in order for the cards to play and this is definitely something to check on before deciding to take up an offer of this type.

Cozy bingo sites also give away free bingo cards but these are essentially a bingo bonus (with a short expiry) that can’t be used unless your account is empty of everything else.

Usually a free bingo card offer is vastly inferior to a bingo bonus offer as all the cards are for the same game and if you don’t win anything that’s the end of the entertainment – but this type of offer can be worthwhile if the game includes a community pot.  For instance, the Dragonfish Big 10K (aka Big Bang) monthly games set aside a substantial portion of the prize fund to be shared between the tickets held by non winning players, so if free tickets to one of these games are included in a welcome offer the player is guaranteed to get some kind of return from them.

Nasty surprises lurking in the small print

Furthermore, bingo sites generally (and understandably) don’t want to pay out large sums of money to players who have never even made a deposit, so they impose caps and/or withdrawal restrictions on winnings from free bingo and/or no deposit bingo and these may not be immediately obvious without a thorough reading of the site terms and conditions.  Some sites have policies such as not letting non funded players enter certain bingo rooms or buy tickets to big jackpot games, or placing restrictions on who can win progressive jackpots (at Bingocams, for instance, you need to have made a deposit in the last 3 months to be eligible for the sitewide progressive which seems reasonable enough), but others cap the amount that anyone who has not yet made a deposit can win, or even cap the amount that can be won with free bonus money at any time.  The Live Bingo Network , for instance, reset any winnings when a first deposit is made, converting them into a bingo bonus equal to the value of the deposit up to a maximum of £20.

In our opinion there is a big, big problem with this sort of arrangement, because capping or resetting non funded and/or bonus bingo winnings impacts ALL bingo players, not just the ones whose winnings are subject to the rule.  The more players that buy tickets for a bingo game with cash, the bigger the cash prize gets and if no-deposit players are allowed to play and win, the prize that the real money players have funded may not ever actually be paid out at all but may end up being confiscated by the bingo site.

Withdrawal restrictions also used to be widespread and these were on top of any wagering requirements.  At sites with withdrawal restrictions, NO withdrawals of winnings were allowed until a deposit requirement has been met.  The total of deposits required varied; if it is a single deposit of the minimum the bingo site allows it was not much of a problem (especially if it is possible to reject a bonus) but at some sites it was £20 or £30 and what this meant is that not only could you not withdraw winnings from a no deposit bonus, you couldn’t withdraw them from your welcome bonus either (assuming you just deposited the £5 or £10 required to claim it) without making a further deposit.  The new CMA requirements that were introduced in Spring 2018 finally put a stop to this appalling practice.

Big prizes for VIPs only

It’s also important to remember that while there may be cash to be won in open access free bingo games, it may not be very much cash; large cash jackpots for free bingo tend to be in VIP free bingo rooms only, where the player needs to have deposited thousands to be allowed entry.  The bingo sites use these free bingo games to reward high rollers.

The perils of overdoing free bingo

Finally, a word of warning; most if not all of the online bingo sites that offer free bingo games will eventually get annoyed if you play (in their view) too much free bingo and not enough pay bingo. Check the terms and conditions to see if there are guidelines as to how much is too much (some Dragonfish powered sites, for instance, say 120 free games a week is the upper limit).  In particular, we have heard of players who apparently overdid the free bingo at one of the sites managed by Cassava and ended up being banned from all Cassava/Dragonfish/888 bingo and slot sites – that’s a lot of sites to be banned from!

Free Bingo – Network Overview

Virtue Fusion

The network runs many penny games (with very worthwhile prizes due to the extremely large number of players participating) but it is down to the individual sites to decide whether or not to run free games and most do; Gala for instance runs free games interspersed with pay games for several hours a day in the exclusive Allsorts room .  The prizes in Virtue Fusion powered free rooms are usually bingo bonus, often with larger cash prizes available via Superbooks.  Dedicated free bingo rooms for new players are a feature of some, but not all Virtue Fusion sites and again, the prizes in these are almost always bingo bonus.

Gamesys

Free bingo at Gamesys sites occasionally runs as part of special promotions.  To participate you usually need to have played £2 or more real cash in the preceding 7 days.

Dragonfish

The Dragonfish main network made changes back in 2015 that involved getting rid of most of the free bingo and restricting it to players who had made a deposit in the previous 7 days.  At the start of 2018 free bingo for all funded players returned in the form of one room with small bonus prizes and a weekly jackpot room (as well as various premium rooms requiring a recent deposit), both shared with other networks.  In 2021, only one free game a week remains that can be accessed without having made a recent deposit.  Newbie free bingo is available for three days after registering and making a deposit.

United Bingo

United Bingo/Netboost (Gossip Bingo, Loony Bingo and sister sites) are firmly in the free bingo for depositors only camp.  They have 4 free rooms all of which are unlocked for just 2 days following a deposit (£10 for the entry level room, £50 for the top level room).

Ignite

The Ignite bingo sites used to have loads of free bingo – some open to all (this includes both 75 and 90 ball), some for newbies, some for recent depositors and some for special prize games.  This all stopped in May 2018 and free bingo is now for recent depositors only (and newbies, for 24 hours following registration only). Having said that, there are some excellent free games if you HAVE made the requisite deposit – including 5 free £1000 games on Fridays.

Joy Of Bingo Network

The Joy of Bingo sites including Wink Bingo have a number of shared free bingo rooms.  There is a (widely networked) free room that is open for 2 hours in the morning, 2 hours at lunchtime and 4 hours in the evening for anyone who has ever made a deposit at any of their sites, with prizes of £1 or £2 bingo bonus.  There’s also hourly games with £10 bonus to be won for those who have deposited in the last 3 days, a weekly £1000 game for those who have deposited in the last 7 days, and a (widely networked) weekly £250 game.  The new player free room is 75 ball and accessible for 3 days from registration, with £20 bingo bonus to be won per hour.  All these rooms are now shared with the regular Dragonfish network.

Pragmatic Play

The Pragmatic Play newbie room is open for a couple of hours a day and is accessible for a week after making a cash wager on bingo.

Others

Tombola does not have any free bingo as such but they usually have a free daily game with tens of thousands of pounds to be won each week.

Relax Gaming have a few free bingo games every day in between the pay games.

But Is it Really Free?

In the wake of the UK licensing regime and the POC Tax, free bingo is not as easy to find as it once was, but there is still quite a bit of it out there.  Play for free and win for real – sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?  We’ve talked above about some of the ways in which it might turn out to be too good to be true. But even in the case of a free to play bingo game with genuine prizes – who pays for the prizes? When it comes down to it, the cost of the prizes comes out of the bingo site’s profits – and therefore, ultimately, is paid for by you, the players.

Sue Dawson
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Sue Dawson has been writing about (and playing) online bingo and slots since 2013, putting her unique spin on everything.

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