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Last update: 16th May 2022
Gala Bingo moved off the Virtue Fusion bingo platform in July 2021. It has most of the same rooms as other Entain sites and some exclusive ones, including Coconut Island and session bingo every evening. New versions of Gala exclusive games like TV Specials and Bingo Beats are now networked with other Entain sites.
The same week as the Gala move, Entain launched their own 75 and 90 ball versions of the classic Deal or No Deal Bingo game which is one of the most popular of the Virtue Fusion specials. This means that the only bingo games that were completely lost in the transition were Rainbow Riches Bingo and Housey.
The Gala player base is absolutely huge and it is to be hoped that they can still retain enough liquidity to keep the rooms busy and lively and prize money attractive even without the Virtue Fusion network big money games and promotions and even if some players ragequit (and at least some are bound to, as some people just don’t like change). A couple of weeks after the migration, things were definitely looking a bit quieter than before but not excessively so. The success of the Coral Bingo move 18 months earlier is also a positive sign – and let’s face it, the Virtue Fusion incarnation of Gala was SO busy that wins were few and far between (although substantial when they did come). The Entain version combines Gala only rooms such as Main Event session bingo and All Sorts with Entain networked rooms such as Castle and Rush which have hundreds of players at most rather than the thousands of Virtue Fusion. The Entain versions of Gala exclusive games, Coronation Street Bingo, TV Specials and the 50 ball special Bingo Beats, have been made available at other Entain sites to keep player numbers and prize value up. The Friends Bingo game has now been added at Gala.
Gala’s mobile service has won awards and comes with apps to make login hassle free. The app was updated the day of the move but one problem that was been remarked upon by players is that slot games were not accessible from the mobile bingo rooms. This has now been fixed with the latest bingo lobby update which adds a number of other enhancements including improved chat and status report on how many other players are 1TG or 2TG.
Gala have long had a reputation for looking after their customers. They regularly run player promotions and some of these have been in aid of charities. One thing that Gala have been really good at historically is thinking up promotions which offer prizes that money can’t buy – from tickets to the Gala VIP Christmas party to a guest appearance on Emmerdale for the winner’s pet.
Where Gala – and other Entain sites – really excel is not at bingo, but in the size and variety of the slot games selection; there’s pretty well everything you could possibly want incuding many exclusives and huge progressive jackpots. It’s possible that following the move, the emphasis at Gala may shift even more towards the excellent slot offering and away from bingo, making the site more suitable for slots players who like a bit of bingo from time to time than for true bingo enthusiasts. The addition of Boss-tastic Journeys (a daily free to play slot tournament) and the Sass Pots community slots jackpots certainly give credence to this theory. In 2022, though, the bingo product is holding up very nicely and there are frequent bingo focused promotions.
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