What is National Bingo Day and when is it happening?
National Bingo Day is when online and offline bingo operators come together in a festival to celebrate the much loved game. The British love of bingo may be decades old, but the day itself is a fairly recent addition to the calendar; it first became a thing in the UK in 2021 when the British bingo industry imported the idea from the USA. The 2021 event was a particularly timely big celebration in bingo clubs as they had just come out of months of enforced closures.
National Bingo Day is on 27th June which this year is a Tuesday, so not the best day of the week for a big night out (or even a big night in). Perhaps that’s why the celebrations at many online and offline bingo brands are going on for a week or even more.
National Bingo Day in clubs
The National Bingo Game runs at most bingo clubs all the way across the country. In this special linked bingo game you have a grid of 10 numbers to mark off and you play for a full house prize from your club (which will vary depending on ticket sales) plus national jackpots of £100 for bingo in 24 or fewer calls, £1000 for bingo in 20 or fewer calls and £50,000 for bingo in 16 or fewer calls. Tickets are £1 for a strip of 2 or £2 for a strip of 5. So far in 2023, 29 players have won a £50,000 jackpot.
For National Bingo Day, they are running two promotions. In the afternoon and evening games on Sunday 25th June, all three jackpots will be doubled. And in the afternoon and evening games on National Bingo Day itself, ticket prices will be halved.
The National Bingo Game website has a handy tool for finding your nearest bingo club where you can participate in the National Bingo Game promotions and anything extra the club may be doing to mark the occasion.
National Bingo Day online
At Entain bingo sites there’s a National Bingo Day celebration from 9pm – 9.30pm on the day itself. The 90 ball games play every 5 minutes with a £1000 full house prize and £2000 community share in the 90 ball network room. Rather confusingly, this room is called different names at each of Entain’s sites. At Foxy Bingo, for example, these games are available in the Forever Foxy and No Fox Given rooms. Tickets are priced at 15p each or you can buy a package of 6 tickets for each game for £5.
At Gala Bingo there’s an extra celebration on the day from 8.30pm – 9pm, again consisting of 90 ball bingo games. The first 5 games have a full house prize of £500 with £150 for 2 lines, £100 for 1 line and a £250 community share. The 9pm game has a full house prize of £2500 with £1000 for two lines, £500 for 1 line and a £1000 community share. All six games have a ticket price of 10p. You can also collect free tickets to the 9pm game by playing £1 or more in the Gala Live bingo room until 26th June; you’ll receive 6 free tickets to redeem in the game for each day you do this.
Virtue Fusion bingo sites are running a cracker of an escalator jackpot promotion, every evening from 21st – 30th June. It takes place in the speed 90 ball room where ticket prices ar 2p – 5p and there’s a guaranteed £10,000 jackpot to be won every day. The fun starts at 6pm when the jackpot is set to £10K and the number of calls within which bingo has to be won for the jackpot to drop goes up from the usual 35 to 37. It continues to go up by 2 at a time at intervals during the evening until it reaches 47 calls at 10.30pm (unless it’s already dropped, of course). The next increment, if the jackpot hasn’t been won in the meantime, comes at 11.45pm when it goes all the way to 90 meaning that the jackpot is guaranteed to go in the next game. The jackpot is split 50/50 between the full house winner (or winners) of the game in which it drops and all tickets held for that game.
Pragmatic Play bingo sites have a National Bingo Day game at 10pm every evening from 21st – 27th June, playing in a room by itself and also in the network 90 ball room. Tickets are just 1p each (with a maximum of 300 per player) and the prizes are £500 for full house, £300 for 2 lines and £200 for 1 line.
At Jackpotjoy they are running a free edition of Session Bingo at 3pm on National Bingo Day with £500 of prizes and also (along with other Gamesys sites) extending the hours of some of their BOGOFs and other promotions to run all day long.
Most Dragonfish bingo sites are running a National Bingo Day Festival. In previous years this has been a multi level affair where players could play in qualifying games to win tickets to the main event games, but this year they have kept it simple with a series of four fixed jackpot games. Tickets are on sale now.
- June 24th – £500 Soiree at 8pm. Ticket price 1p
- June 25th – £1K Party at 8pm. Ticket price 5p
- June 26th – £1.5K Carnival at 8pm. Ticket price 10p.
- June 27th – £2.5K Grand Finale at 8pm. Ticket price 20p.
Bingo bonus can’t be used to buy tickets for any of these games and you will need to have cash in your account to enter the bingo room.