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Bingo Ballroom is a no-download site and as such players don't need to go through the hassle of downloading and installing software to get started. Indeed, within a few minutes I had found the registration section of the site and created a new 'onlinejan' account. Registration is straight forward at Bingo Ballroom with players allowed to create accounts using the UK Pound currency as well as the US $ and Euro. However, although dollars is an accepted currency unfortunately players from the United States are forbidden from playing here. As such, Bingo Ballroom has very much a European focus and specifically appears to target players from the United Kingdom.
Once a player is logged in to the Bingo Ballroom software they are firstly presented with a 'control panel'. This allows players to update various aspects of their account as well as to access functions such as the loyalty system or to review previous account transactions. A player is also able to launch the play window which acts as a portal to the 6 different bingo rooms available at any one time. A mix of both 75-ball and 90-ball games are available meaning every bingo player is catered for. A player is even able to get playing before they make a deposit at Bingo Ballroom thanks to a 1,000 loyalty bonus awarded on sign up. This is worth one credit (i.e. Ã‚Â£1, $1 or Ã‚Â£1) and can be used instantly to buy bingo tickets.
Of course, 1 credit doesn't stretch very far and so most people will go on to make a purchase. All cash transactions are handled by the highly-respected Aqua Pay and as such players should have no concerns about the safety side of making an online transaction. NeTeller is available for those that like e-wallets as well as more traditional credit card and bank wire. This isn't the most extensive range of deposit options but even so European players should still be able to purchase without too much difficulty. I used both my Visa card and NeTeller account to make a purchase and both worked without problem. For my initial playing session (and the one I'll write about) I used NeTeller to make a Ã‚Â£50 purchase. As a new player I was instantly awarded a 100% match bonus which is available up to a maximum of 100 credits. As such I had Ã‚Â£100 to start my playing session. Incidentally, bonuses seem to be pretty big at Bingo Ballroom with all players entitled to a 50% match on every subsequent deposit made.
As stated earlier, up to 6 rooms are available at any one time covering both 75 and 90-ball games. Similarly, a range of card prices are used to ensure all logged-in players are kept happy. During my playing time cards were mainly priced at 10p and 25p (approximately $0.20 and $0.50). However, some 50p and Ã‚Â£1 were also played (with jackpots correspondingly increased). This selection is good and will appeal to pretty much every player. Similarly, the fact that only 1 card has to be purchased to be involved with a game will appeal to the low roller. High rollers are able to purchase up to a maximum of 24 cards per game to increase their chances of winning.
I began my play in a 75-ball room called 'Young and Wild'. Just over 30 people were participating in this room and for my first game the jackpot stood at a nice Ã‚Â£25 (around $50). I thought this was pretty decent considering the card cost was just Ã‚Â£0.10. Purchasing cards is easy and players can select specific cards they want to purchase or can let the software randomly select cards equal to the number of cards purchased. After a minute or two of waiting for the previous game to finish I was in action!
I was immediately impressed with the game play at Bingo Ballroom and found both the graphics and sound effects used were excellent. A player's cards are easy to see and the bingo caller voice over makes it easy to know which ball has been picked. I also liked the fact much of the software is user-configurable. A player can choose whether to have cards auto-daubed and can even select whether cards are auto-arranged depending on nearness to a win. I like touches like this as it means players can set up a game exactly as they like it. I also liked the '3TG' feature which shows how close each card is to a win (starting at '3 To Go'). In fact, I saw this feature go all the way to Bingo as I was lucky enough to win on my first game! Although the pot was shared with 2 other people it was still great to see my balance boosted after just one game!
In fact, my good fortune followed me in to a 90-ball room where within another few games I hit a one-line prize. However, my biggest win came whilst playing a Ã‚Â£1 game. Although this 75-ball game was expensive I was drawn in by the Ã‚Â£100 prize - something I went on to win! This win (equivalent to around $200) certainly was a nice surprise and rewarded me with my maximum-purchase gamble! With the wins coming think and fast I certainly began to understand the draw of this game! Big wins are certainly a big part of Bingo Ballroom and there's even a progressive game which offers players the chance to win a massive jackpot - this stood at over Ã‚Â£700 at the time of playing. However, this game is only player at certain times and usually games are run without a progressive pot up for grabs.
For some people though, although winning is fun, bingo is as much about interaction with other people as it is for gambling. As such, Bingo Ballroom has addressed this need by providing a chat room for each bingo room. Players automatically join this chat room as they enter a bingo room, although again this is user-configurable. All chat is moderated at Bingo Ballroom and as such conversation is usually free-flowing. Also, since the moderators are employed by Bingo Ballroom, they are able to run chat games which are not only fun but allow players the chance to win bonus money. During my relatively short time at Bingo Ballroom I was able to pick up a few free dollars and I'm sure regular players could do very well of these little games!
I went on to check out some of the other available games and although I didn't win any more money (and in fact lost back quite a bit of my early wins!), I still had a great time. Although Bingo Ballroom is a relatively simple site, this actually makes things more enjoyable as a player is able to navigate around with ease. Similarly, the simple yet high-quality approach to graphics and sound effects certainly keep a player gambling!
After all my play I ended up with a cashable balance of just under Ã‚Â£100 - a near-100% return on my starting amount. Deciding this wasn't bad for a few hours play I headed back to the cashier and made a withdrawal. All cash-ins are reversible for around 24 hours after which they begin processing. In totality the majority of withdrawals should be processed within around 3-4 business days which is certainly a respectable time frame.
When it comes to customer support at Bingo Ballroom, this is available via email and also via telephone. Live chat is also available, but this is only in the form of the in-game chat moderators and although they can help with minor issues, they are unable to fix any bigger problems a person may have. However, the email and telephone support functions both work well and my only criticism would be that toll free support is only available for UK players. Since this appears to be the focus of the site though this is somewhat understandable.
In conclusion I have to say I was impressed with Bingo Ballroom and not just because of my decent wins! The no-download nature of the site makes playing quick and easy and yet this doesn't mean graphics and sound effects are poor - indeed I think this software is probably the best there is when it comes to online bingo play. Similarly the banking and support functions work well with my only complaint being the lack of toll-free numbers for non-UK players. However, this is a very minor criticism and with Bingo Ballroom being operated by the massive Cassava Enterprises I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending Blackjack Ballroom to a player looking for somewhere to play online bingo. Who knows, maybe you'll have my good luck with you when you first sign up!