What Is Vegas Ball Bonanza?
Vegas Ball Bonanza is a new live casino game show from Pragmatic Play that owes a great deal to 30 ball bingo. It’s played on 3×3 cards which conform to the usual 30 ball number placement rules with only numbers 1-10 allowed in column 1, only numbers 11-20 allowed in column 2 and only numbers 21-30 allowed in column 3.
The resemblance to 30 ball bingo is not as close as it looks, though, for three reasons.
- There are many more objectives to complete than in regular 30 ball bingo. Any horizontal, vertical or diagonal line scores and this means that each ticket has the chance to win for 1 line, 2 lines, 3 lines, 4 lines or full house.
- It’s more like video bingo than regular bingo. In a regular bingo game, only the first player to complete an objective wins the prize, and calls continue until someone wins full house. In Vegas Ball Bonanza, there’s a fixed number of calls and every ticket that has completed an objective wins.
- The Return To Player (95.03% – 95.97%) is considerably better than in regular bingo (where it’s typically below 80%).
With these three factors in force, you will win something far more often when playing Vegas Ball Bonanza than you would if you played traditional bingo. And the game also rivals regular bingo for entertainment value as there’s a very chatty live host (swapped every half hour) and a chat window where you can interact with other players. It even has the potential you sometimes find in regular bingo games for big wins; the maximum payout per ticket is 20,000x bet (or £500,000, whichever is smaller).
How To Play Vegas Ball Bonanza
To play a game of Vegas Ball Bonanza, you must first select the ticket value you wish to play with; there are lots of possible values starting at 10p and (depending on where you play) going up as far as an eye watering £180.
Next, decide how many tickets you want to play with. There’s only a short gap of around 15 seconds in between games for ticket purchases so it’s important to have a plan for how many you are buying. You can select tickets individually or use the Buy All button to buy all 9, and once you’ve played one game, you can save time by using the Rebet button to repeat the same purchase next time round.
As Vegas Ball Bonanza is not a slot game, there’s also an autoplay facility. It can only be enabled in the gap between games so you need to be quick; select the number of rounds (5, 10, 25, 50 or 100) and choose a loss limit using the slider then press Start. You can also set optional win limits. Once autoplay has been started, limits can be modified and autoplay can be stopped at any time.
With ticket purchases completed, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the game (but not for long, as it’s very fast paced).
The first thing that happens, before the balls start to be drawn, is the setting of lucky numbers and multipliers. The reels behind the host spin to determine the multipliers, then 3 to 5 lucky numbers replace the gold stars. Each lucky number can have a multiplier of 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 20x or 50x. 2x and 3x are by far the most common but the higher values do put in an appearance from time to time.
Once the lucky numbers have been determined, you’ll see a multiplier appear next to these numbers on your cards.
The ball draw now starts, initially fixed at 9 balls. During the draw, when a lucky number comes up and is marked off its multiplier is added to the card it is on. If two multipliers are applied to the same card, they stack; for example, a 2x and a 3x multiplier applied to the same card become a 6x multiplier.
During the ball draw, two special balls can come out.
- The Wild Ball brings out a bonus spinner which awards an extra 1, 2, 3 or 4 draws.
- The Star Ball applies the multipliers for lucky numbers that haven’t yet come out to the cards they appear on.
Neither of these special balls counts towards the 9 calls (or whatever the Wild Ball increases the number of draws to).
When the draw is complete, the game ends and each card you have with one or more lines wins the prize for that number of lines, times any multiplier that’s in play on the card.
The last thing that happens is that a brief report on the game that’s just been played flashes up behind the presenter, showing the best win as multiple of stake and the best pattern. E.g 20x and 3 lines would mean that the best winning ticket won 20x stake and that no cards got more than 3 lines.
Where To Play Vegas Ball Bonanza
Vegas Ball Bonanza is available to play at most bingo sites and slot sites that have Pragmatic Play as a live casino provider (not just ones with Pragmatic Play bingo) and at many of them, it’s part of the casino version of Drops & Wins.
We expect it to be very popular with bingo players as it’s both exciting and sociable with more frequent wins than regular bingo. Enjoy!
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