Which are the best bingo sites to play at and why? Here we bring you the best of UK online bingo, the best bingo sites that we’ve found to be most popular with players in 2020 – whether it’s because of the welcome bonus offer, the variety of bingo and slot games on site, the prize money, the number of ways to win, the player promotions, the community, the quality of the customer service, the design or something else. Skip down below our top 50 listings to find out more about what makes a good bingo site, and if you are completely new to online bingo don’t forget to check out the FAQ at the bottom.
* New Customer Offer only. Deposit and spend £10 on bingo tickets in the Bingo Client within 30 days of joining Paddy Power Bingo. Get £30 paid as Bingo Bonus (x1 wagering requirement), £10 as Slots Bonus (x20 wagering requirement) & 40 Free Spins (£0.10/spin) on Mystery Reels Megaways game. 1 per customer. Your age and mobile number must be verified before you can avail of his offer.Full T&Cs apply.
* 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.
* First-time depositors only (UK exc NI, 18+). Min deposit £10. Max offer £30 Bingo Bonus, 100 Free Bingo Tickets (£50 Daily Treat) & 10 Free Spins [game of our choice]. Bingo Bonus & Free Bingo Tickets (granted in bingo bonus) winnings must be wagered 4x. Free Spins [FS] winnings are credited as bonus funds with 40x wagering. Bingo Bonus winnings, if applicable, will be capped at £400 + original bonus amount. FS winnings cap: £1.00. Wagering contribution varies by game. FS expire after 7 days. Promo code: SUPER. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid until 31/12/2020
* 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.
* Deposit & spend £10 on Bingo, get £40 online bingo bonus, 10 x 25p spins on The Voice UK: I Want You & 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.
* Until 31/03/2020. New customers only. Deposit & spend £10 on Bingo to receive £50 Bingo Bonus and 50 Free Spins (AOG 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 and wagered within 7 days. 1 new player offer only. T&C’s apply. Please play responsibly.
* New customers only. Register with promo code BINGO90. Minimum deposit and stake £10 on Bingo Tickets to qualify. 2x wagering on £20 Bingo Bonus and 20x wagering on £20 Slots Bonus. Game restrictions apply. 14-day expiry. Bonus Balance is used prior to Cash Balance. 50 Free Spins on Starburst credited within 24 hours of qualification. Free Spins expiry after 7 days. E-Wallet & Prepaid Card restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
* 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.
* 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.
* Key terms: Registration code: BIN050. Bet £10 on Bingo tickets (slots wagering will not count) to receive a £40 Bingo Bonus (x2 wagering), £10 Slots Bonus (x10 wagering) + 30 Free Spins on Dragon’s Luck. Available 30 days from registration to Betfair. SMS verification required for free spins. No wagering on free spins winnings. 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.
* 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.
* First-time depositors only (UK exc NI, 18+). Min deposit £10. Max offer £25 Bingo Bonus, 25 Free Spins [game of our choice] & 5 Free Bingo Tickets [The Big £10K]. Bingo Bonus & Bingo Tickets (granted in bingo bonus) winnings must be wagered 4x. Bingo Tickets expire after 7 days. Free Spins [FS] winnings are credited as bonus funds with 40x wagering. Bingo Bonus winnings, if applicable, will be capped at £400 + original bonus amount. FS winnings cap: £2.50. Wagering contribution varies by game. FS expire after 7 days. Promo code: BONUS25. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid until 31/12/2020.
* 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
* 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.
* *You have to be 18+ to register. New Cusotmers Only. Bonus T&Cs apply. BeGambleaware.org. Once you have registered and opted in to this offer, you will receive a 200% Bonus up to £20 on your first deposit of £10 or more. The maximum bonus amount given is £20. Wagering x2 times for Bingo.
* *18+, BeGambleaware.org Minimum deposit £10, maximum bonus £20. You must wager your bonus 40x to make it withdrawable. Free Spins are credited on Starburst in batches of 10 over the next four working days and carry a 15x wagering requirement. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.
* New players only. Valid until further notice. Min deposit £5. 3 spins on Irish Riches Jackpot (valid for 3 days, Jackpot Spins wins will not be granted, unless you hit the Jackpot) + 300% Bingo Bonus up to £30 Wins from Bingo Bonus carries a wagering requirement of 4x (deposit+bonus). Bonus wins cap: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit can be withdrawn at any time. +18. Withdrawal restrictions & T&Cs apply.
* First time depositors only (18+ UK exc. NI). Min Deposit £5. Max Offer 70 Free Bingo Tickets [40 on Street Party & 30 on Kaching] & 10 Pending Free Spins [Game of our Choice]. Free Spins winnings are capped at £1.00. 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: PLAY70. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. Valid until 31/12/2020.
* New players only. Offer only valid on a player’s 1st deposit at 888ladies. Deposit min £10 to get 200% bingo bonus, 200% games bonus (max £50 per bonus) + 15 Free Spins [FS]. FS are valid on specific games, must be claimed within 7 days of grants & valid for 7 days once claimed. FS wins granted in bonus & capped at £4. To withdraw games bonus & related wins, wager 50x the amount of bonus. Bonus wins capped at £100. To withdraw bingo bonus & related wins, wager 2x the amount of deposit + bonus funds. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit balance can be withdrawn at any time. Withdrawal restrictions & Further T&Cs apply
* New players only. Offer only valid on a player’s 1st deposit at Wink Bingo. Deposit min £10 to get 200% bingo bonus & 200% games bonus (max £100 per bonus) To withdraw games bonus & related wins, wager 50x the amount of bonus. Bonus wins capped at £100. To withdraw bingo bonus & related wins, wager 2x the amount of deposit + bonus funds. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit balance can be withdrawn at any time. Withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply.
* New players only. Valid until further notice. Min deposit £5. 3 spins on Aztec Realm Jackpot (valid for 3 days, Jackpot Spins wins will not be granted, unless you hit the Jackpot) + 300% Bingo Bonus up to £30. Wins from bingo bonus has a wagering req. of 4x(deposit+bonus). Bonus wins cap: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit can be withdrawn at any time. +18. Withdrawal restrictions & full T&C's apply.
* 18+. New Coral Bingo customers only. Min spend £5 on Bingo tickets to get £20 Bingo Bonus. Min wagering req 2 x Bingo Bonus. Bonus credited automatically. From date of registration players have 30 days to qualify for the Bingo Bonus. Bonus valid for 7 days.Free spins value £0.20, credited upon after deposit. No wagering reqs apply. Certain countries only. T&Cs apply
* 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.
* New customers only. Until 31/12/2019. 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. T&Cs apply. Play responsibly
* New players only. This is only valid on a player’s 1st deposit at Costa Bingo. Deposit min £10 to get 300% Bingo Bonus (max £200) + 30 Free Spins [FS] on Fruit Blast. FS wins capped at max £3 real cash. To withdraw bingo bonus & related wins, wager 4x the amount of deposit + bonus funds. Deposit balance can be withdrawn at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply.
* *New players only. Dep. min £10 with code YUMMY50 to get £30 bingo bonus + £10 games bonus (total max bonus £40). Valid once. Bonus wins capped at £100, exc. jp wins. To withdraw wins related to bingo bonus, wager 2x the deposit + bonus funds. To withdraw games bonus & related wins, wager 50x the amount of the bonus; wagering req. vary by game. Deposits can be withdrawn at any time. Withdrawal restrictions & Further T&Cs apply
* New players, Valid until further notice. Min deposit £10 for 400% Bingo Bonus up to £100 + 50 Enchanted Free Spins [FS] (FS wins are granted in games bonus after all FS are used, FS granted over a period of 2 days, wins cap £7.5). Wins from Bingo Bonus carries a wagering requirement of 4x (deposit+bonus) and for Free Spins 85x. Games Bonus wins cap: £100 + the initial bonus amount. Wagering req, Vary by game. Deposit can be withdrawn at any time. 18+. Withdrawal restrictions &full T&Cs apply
* 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.
* UK Only. Use code BINGO. Spend £10 on Bingo, get £20 in Bingo Bonus + win up to 250 Free Spins on Super Scratch. Bingo Bonus: Bingo tickets only, 3-day expiry & 5x wagering. Free Spins: Selected Games, 24-hour expiry, max bet £2.50, max spins win £8 per 10 spins, max Bonus win £100 & 65x wagering on winnings. No Neteller/Skrill. Deposit/withdrawal fees apply. Full T&Cs apply.
* New players only, Code BINGOSTAR. Valid on 1st deposit only. Min Deposit £10, 300% Match up to £30 in bingo bonus funds (5x wagering, 4x conversion) + 50 bonus spins valid on Starburst (30x wagering, 4x conversion), Full T&Cs apply.
* 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.
* New players only. Min deposit £5, get 150% Games Bonus (max £52.50 + 200% Bingo Bonus (max £70). To withdraw bingo bonus & related wins, wager x4 times the deposit + bonus funds. To withdraw games bonus & related winnings, wager x80 times the amount of the bonus. Games bonus wins capped at £100 (exc jp win) + the initial bonus amount. Wagering requirements vary by game. Deposit can be withdrawn at any time. Withdrawal restrictions and full T&C apply.
* 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 apply. Full T&Cs Apply.
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A good welcome offer does not necessarily mean the biggest bonus. In fact, many new bingo sites that launch these days do so with welcome offers that do not include any bonus at all and several older sites are moving away from traditional bonus offers as well, instead giving out slot spins or free bingo tickets (or giving the player the opportunity to win them in a game of chance). Many also have special bingo rooms with free bingo for newbies.
Our view on this type of welcome offer is that it’s great and can actually be superior to a traditional welcome bonus offer – but only if the winnings are paid in cash with no wagering requirements. (Slot spins with the winnings paid as a slot bonus, or free bingo with the winnings paid as a bingo bonus, don’t cut it in our opinion).
Nor are welcome offers everything. Some of the best and most popular bingo sites out there in terms of player experience have rather underwhelming welcome offers. Perhaps they take the view that it is better to put resources into keeping their existing players happy.
Liquidity is something that you may not have come across before, but in bingo (not slots) it is very important.
Liquidity is the amount of cash in the system – or across the network, in the case of a networked bingo room. A bingo room with a large number of players has good liquidity meaning that the prizes can be substantial. A site (or network) with poor liquidity will have quiet bingo rooms with dismally small prizes and since this is very unattractive to players, it’s likely to go into a decline and get quieter and quieter – a bit like a club night that hasn’t managed to attract a critical mass of partygoers.
Too many players can also be a problem, though, as the chance of actually winning anything in a room with thousands of players is very small. A good bingo site will manage increases in liquidity in its exclusive bingo rooms by increasing the number of rooms and/or adding more prizes such as Roll Ons or 1TG/2TG, to give players more opportunities to win. One of the best bingo sites to win on is Mecca Bingo. They have all the big money Virtue Fusion network prizes so there’s the chance of winning hundreds or thousands of pounds, but they also have BOB (aka Best Odds Bingo) where no more than 25 players are allowed per game. Play BOB for an hour and you’ll have a 72% chance of winning at least one full house.
Exclusive Rooms vs Network Rooms
The more exclusive bingo rooms a site has, the better able it is to manage liquidity – whereas operators have very little control over networked rooms. At one end of the scale you have Jumpman or Dragonfish skin sites with networked rooms only and at the other end you have Tombola with no networked rooms. Most are somewhere in between and top bingo sites typically combine a number of network rooms with big prize money (sometimes including other networks as well as other sites on the same network) with some exclusive rooms offering smaller but more frequent wins (Sun Bingo is a good example of this type of arrangement, with the exclusive rooms helpfully shown in a separate tab in the lobby).
Exclusive bingo rooms also usually have exclusive chat whereas network rooms may not.
Range of games
The clear winners here are Playtech and Tombola. Both go far beyond the usual offerings of 75 and 90 ball bingo in the range of bingo games on offer. Tombola has 50 ball, 60 ball, 80 ball, Cinco, Pulse, Rollercoaster, Blocks, Morph, Paper and several others. Playtech bingo sites have Deal Or No Deal Bingo, Rainbow Riches Bingo, Cash Cubes Bingo and Age of the Gods Bingo – and many also have exclusive online bingo games including BOB and Burst Bingo at Mecca Bingo, Winning Headlines and Brit 50 Bingo at Sun Bingo, and Coconut Island, Bingo Beats and several TV themed variants at Gala Bingo.
Bingo brands which are on the same network do not all necessarily have the same range of slot games. Playtech sites vary widely in the slots they offer – all have Virtue Fusion slots such as Clover Rollover and Eyecon slots such as Fluffy Favourites but some have little else, whereas big Playtech sites either offer a much bigger range of slots in situ – like Mecca Bingo – or have a slot games section elsewhere on site that can be played with the same wallet as bingo, like the Arcade at Betfair.
A good bingo site will have a wide range of both bingo and slot games.
All bingo sites are certainly not created equal in terms of how easy it is to log in, choose a bingo room to play in and buy tickets for a bingo game. In our opinion the two most important factors for usability are the following:
Ease of use across all devices. Here’s where having an Apple or Android app makes a difference, and most of the top UK bingo sites have one or the other or both.
Pre-buy facilities. Playtech do well here, with tickets available to purchase for most games up to a week in advance – but so do Gamesys, Relax Gaming. and the newcomer, Pragmatic Play. This is an area where Dragonfish fall down when you compare bingo sites; whichever bingo room you choose, there’s no facility to buy tickets for anything other than the next game. It’s still possible to pre-buy for big games as they take place in a separate bingo room opened days or weeks in advance.
Fairness, transparency and trust
Perceived fairness is essentially the chance an average player feels they have of winning and it depends on both the size of prizes relative to stake and on ticket purchase rules. For example, if a bingo game has a ticket price of 10p and there’s a maximum purchase of 96 tickets, some players probably won’t be happy about having to spend nearly £10 on just one game to avoid other players having a bigger chance of winning. Good bingo sites offer some bingo games with a low maximum number of tickets per player – often multi-stake bingo games with one ticket per player – or limit the number of players that are allowed into a bingo room (as at Tombola and mFortune where they have many rooms open concurrently, or more recently at Mecca Bingo with BOB).
Transparency is how clear the workings of the games are to players. In our opinion the clear winner here is Relax Gaming as seen at Unibet Bingo and Bingo.com – the only platform where players can see which other players have 1TG or 2TG (and which numbers they need) while the game is going on.
Trust is partly a matter of brand reputation; the now defunct Vernons Bingo was extremely popular with players because of the brand’s association with the football pools (despite actually being owned by an overseas company with no connection with the original). The quality of customer service and the segregation of players funds are also very important for trust.
Some bingo players like to chat while they play and others don’t. Our view is that the quality of the chat hosting is important even to those who don’t.
Chat hosts can help players to find out about promotions and resolve problems (another important component for trust)
Chat hosts can run chat games, where players can answer trivia and other questions to win bonus or other prizes
A lively community encourages players to keep coming back and playing and this helps keep the liquidity (and therefore prize money) up for everyone including the non chatters
In our view, bingo operators with their own dedicated chat hosts – either across their entire site or in their exclusive bingo rooms – stand out from those that only have network chat and this is especially true when the chat hosts are native English speakers with lively personalities and a good knowledge of UK popular culture
Accessibility and usability of the chat on mobile devices is also really important
It is generally a good sign when a site has won awards, especially if
They are voted for by the players – even though there have been several instances of operators offering players a bonus to encourage them to vote, it still indicates that the players must be pretty happy with the site
They are judged by an independent panel of experts – as is usually the case for fair play, customer service or social responsibility awards
The UK’s best bingo sites have something new or free for existing players to do several times a week or even every day. This need not involve running a series of different promotions, although it often does. A daily bonus game (as found at Heart Bingo where there is a choice of three or Tombola’s new for 2020 game Trio where there is more than £30,000 to be won every week) or daily free spins (as found at Real Bingo Network sites including Bingo Besties) can be just as enjoyable for players.
Quality as well as quantity is very important when it comes to bingo promotions, and when it comes to raffles and other giveaways it makes a big difference whether or not the promotion is networked. Although there have been some excellent networked giveaways in the past they have involved some very large prizes to balance out the huge number of participants (the recurrent Playtech £1 million escalator jackpots bingo promotion and £1 million slots prize draw spring to mind).
Finally there is the amount of imagination and ingenuity that goes into selecting the prizes. While everyone likes to win real cash when playing online bingo, the really memorable prizes are the ones that money can’t buy such as VIP experiences, or something really off the wall like the opportunity for your pet to appear in an episode of Emmerdale, as was done at Gala Bingo.
Treatment of VIPs
A bespoke VIP scheme with exclusive events and promotions for VIPs by invitation only is what to look for here, with little detail about what you have to do to qualify to be a VIP – and that’s partly because the criteria are flexible and partly to protect the privacy of existing VIPs.
No-one likes to find unpleasant surprises lurking in the small print (or not so small print, following the crackdown on misleading advertising) and the best bingo sites avoid having any of these nasties:
Caps on winnings
Excessive wagering requirements
Long processing times or fees on withdrawals
Long lists of games that are excluded from bonus play or don’t count towards wagering requirements
Short time limits on bonuses that cannot be used until the player runs out of cash
The X Factor
Think about it and you’ll realise that for a bingo site, liquidity underlies everything.
What all of the other things on our wishlist do, is encourage players to sign up to and keep playing at the bingo site that gets them right. The more players that do that, the better the liquidity gets – and the better liquidity itself encourages more players as the prize money gets bigger, the chat gets livelier and the site gets more fun to play on.
So basically, a good bingo site attracts lots of players because it is a good bingo site, and becomes an even better bingo site because it attracts lots of players – which in turn, attracts more players. Just like a party that’s really buzzing!
Yes, online bingo is safe as long as you play at a bingo site which is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. However, you should be careful with password security and ensure that you don’t reveal sensitive information such as your date of birth in the chat. For cast iron safety including the top grade of player funds protection choose one of our Trusted & Safe bingo sites.
Online bingo sites work just like bingo halls in that players buy tickets for a bingo game and most of that money is paid out as cash prizes. The rest covers the running costs and any profit the bingo site makes. One main difference is that if you play in a bingo hall with paper tickets you have to daub the numbers yourself whereas online this happens automatically even if you get disconnected. Another is that in a bingo hall, chatting while you play is frowned upon but at an online bingo site, it is positively encouraged! The best bingo sites also have many bingo rooms to choose from – like having lots of different bingo halls on your doorstep.
Yes, you can win on online bingo! Each and every online bingo game must have at least one winner and some bingo games have several winners as they include line prizes as well as the full house prize. The chance of winning at online bingo goes down as the number of ticket holders – and usually the size of the prize – goes up. You can improve your chance of winning by playing in a bingo room with fewer players and/or buying more tickets per game. UK bingo sites must undergo rigorous fairness testing in order to have a licence so you can be assured that every bingo ticket you buy has the same chance of winning as all the other tickets in the same game.
The best bingo site to win on depends on what you mean by win. If you want to win often and don’t mind if the prizes are quite small we suggest BOB at Mecca Bingo. If you are looking for the bingo game with the highest Return To Player we suggest checking out the most recently added game at Tombola. If you want to play for big prizes try the 90 ball network room at any Virtue Fusion bingo site but be aware that your chance of winning will be very low due to the extremely large number of other players.
No deposit bingo sites that truly give the opportunity to get something for nothing are very rare in 2020. Many of the top UK bingo sites have free bingo rooms for new players or even for all their players, but you will normally need to make a deposit first before you are allowed in. Even in the case of a newbie free bingo room which does not require a deposit, before you are allowed to play you will need to undergo the same age and ID verification process as you would if you did make a deposit.