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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, Lucky 7 and the card game Cinco that you won’t find anywhere else. Paradoxically, the lack of slots was part of the reason behind its enduring popularity as some players prefer not to have the temptation of slots especially if they are on a limited budget.
We say “was” because Tombola do now have some slot games – but rather than putting them in the bingo rooms, they have a separate site, Tombola Arcade (launched in July 2016), for their own low cost instant win games (maximum £1 per play). Players can use their Tombola Bingo login and wallet to access this site without needing to open a new account and the Arcade site even has the same chat moderators, but because the instant win games are kept on a separate site to the bingo and require them to login again it is still easy for players to avoid temptation if that’s what they want. The welcome bonus can also be used to play Arcade games as well as or instead of bingo.
Another notable advantage of Tombola is that many of their bingo rooms have a maximum number of players allowed in the room (with multiple rooms available for every game and price point to accommodate everyone who wants to play) and the maximum number of tickets that each player is allowed to buy is relatively low (for some of the games it is one ticket per player). This ensures that the chance of winning doesn’t get too small. The 90 ball bingo is split into “clubs” to keep player numbers reasonable, but they periodically link together for big money games to give everyone the best of both worlds.
As well as 90, 80, 75 and 50 ball bingo rooms, Tombola have a unique 60 ball bingo variant plus a number of single ticket and/or multi stake bingo games which have clearly been designed to work optimally on a phone screen – Potion, Paper, and Blocks for example. So if you get bored with one form of bingo, there’s always something different to try (and all have lively, hosted chat).
Tombola also have a daily free game, 4Free, which is accessed via a code sent by text message weekly. After you’ve played ,you can head over to Arcade and do it all over again. The top prize is £5000 and the weekly prize fund is £40K. 4Free is currently taking a break to make room for seasonal promotions including the tombola Advent Calendar and the tombola Christmas raffle, but will be back on 4th Janaury 2021.
Apple and Android apps are available for play on the go. All in all, there is much to recommend this unique bingo site – if you don’t already have an account there!