Bingos.com Review

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When it comes to looking for online bingo you can be pretty confident that Bingos.com will feature pretty high in search engine listings. Indeed when Online-Casinos.com asked me to review a bingo site this is the one that immediately came to mind. However, there's much more to a site than the name and so I decided to have a look around, have a play and test Bingos.com to the max to see how it fairs against all the other bingo sites available in the land of cyberspace.

Anybody visiting Bingos.com will soon realise this is actually a portal site to four others, all of which are operated by the same company. Since I wanted the English speaking site I was redirected to Bingos.co.uk. Players can also visit the alternate sites which provide bingo in Spanish, Italian and Polish.

Once through to the Bingos.co.uk site I was immediately impressed with the nice layout of the site. Visually pleasing and easy to navigate, this is certainly a site that lives up to my thoughts on how a gambling site should look. It's a good job that the sites look reasonably good though since Bingos is a no-download network of sites. This means that the usual download and installation procedure doesn't need to be undertaken here.

Although I'm an old timer when it comes to online gambling, only recently have I got in to online bingo and so I needed to register a new account. This is straightforward with the sign-up webpage requiring personal information along with a user's desired login information to be entered. Account creation is real time and so within a matter of minutes I had created a new account using the name 'onlinecas'. US players should note though that unfortunately they are forbidden from registering at the Bingos.com set of sites.

Players can play bingo for free (i.e. in guest mode), although I don't find this type of play much of a buzz so I logged in to my new account and headed straight to the cashier. The minimum deposit amount at Bingos.co.uk is just £10 (around $20) which I think is good and will appeal to those that don't have too much to play with. However, with a 100% match deposit bonus available for new sign-ups, I decided to make a £50 deposit (around $100) using my NeTeller account. Credit cards can also be used along with Click2Pay, UKash, PaySafeCard and Wire Transfer.

With my account now funded I firstly had a look around what the Bingos.co.uk site had to offer. As is to be expected with a decent gambling site, a good set of casino-type games can be played including Blackjack and Slots. However, it was bingo I was really keen to play so I clicked on the appropriate link to get through to the Bingos.co.uk games lobby.

The first thing that hit me was the fact that only 2 bingo rooms are available at Bingos.co.uk. I've seen other sites with 5 or 6 rooms available at any one time and so this surprised me. However, it then dawned on me that this could actually be a good thing as it means all participating players are contributing to one of two pots and hence any wins are going to be decent! Similarly, the fact that one of the rooms offers a 75-ball game and the other offers a 90-ball game should mean any player should be satisfied with the Bingos.co.uk offering.

To begin my play I joined the 90-ball game. This game sees players trying to complete firstly one line, then two lines and then a full house. The cost of tickets themselves varies between games, but when I was playing the lowest-priced game saw tickets costing £0.05 (around 10 cents) and the highest I paid was £0.25 (around $0.50) per ticket. A nice touch though is that players are offered a bonus for each purchase made - for example it may be buy 10 tickets get 15 free, or buy one get one free.

Buying tickets for a game is simple and there's even a pre-buy function to allow players to purchase tickets for the future. A ticket slider system allows a player to set how many cards they wish to purchase, or alternatively a box allows a player to enter the number of tickets they want to buy. For those players that like to think a bit more about the tickets they want to buy, Bingos.co.uk allows players to scroll through all the available tickets so that lucky-looking tickets can be picked out. Up to 60 tickets can be purchased per game allowing players to increase their odds of winning against the 30+ other players!

Once a game starts, balls are drawn at a good pace and with drawn balls being presented both visually and verbally (via a bingo caller voiceover) it's not difficult to keep track of a game as it progresses. However, daubing of numbers can be difficult it a lot of tickets have been purchased. Thankfully though, Bingos.co.uk defaults to auto-daub settings with a player's best cards always being shown first. A handy colour-coded countdown also shows how close a player is to getting that all-important win!

Similarly fun can also be had playing the 75-ball game. The layout of the 75-ball room is exactly the same as the 90-ball room. However, the game itself is played differently - players purchase square-shaped cards and compete for just one prize. This game is fun and with only one prize jackpots can be bigger. Again, a decent number of connected players also leads to an increase in payouts. Sadly I didn't win anything in this room, although a few 90-ball wins kept my playing for a while.

Of course, bingo is purely a game of luck and sometimes a player's look isn't in. However, even if the balls are not coming out as a player wants they can still win some money thanks to the chat games that are available. Chat is a big part of bingo play and so the integrated chat room is a good move on behalf of Bingos.com. The chat module is fully moderated meaning a Bingos.com employee encourages play but also runs the side games that allow players to win bonus money. For example, I joined in the 'singing in the rain' game where every player had to select 2 numbers. The first to have their numbers drawn and to type 'singing in the rain' won the prize! Although these bonuses are not huge, it enhances the fun-side of the game and strongly contributes to the sense of community.

A further addition to this site that enhances the offering for a player is the loyalty scheme. Loyalty points are rewarded for play and these can be cashed in for money or for a selection of gifts which are presented in a catalogue-style format. Of course, some people just want money though and so the progressive jackpots may well be the thing that ultimately helps a player decide to join.

However, despite trying my best at Bingos.co.uk I ended my session with no money left to withdraw. However, for fullness of review I still looked in to the withdrawal policy of Bingos.co.uk Unfortunately I didn't really like what I saw - although the payout speed of 3 business days is acceptable, a £5 charge is levied on all withdrawals under £30. Also, I believe a chat moderator stating a player can only withdraw if they have deposited within 30 days previously, although I could not confirm this term on the website itself. Although I have no concerns that winnings will not be paid, I just think the levying of fees is poor - I do understand there are costs involved in cash processing but this is a cost that should be absorbed by the business!

When it comes to customer support at the Bingos.com set of sites, this is offered via email and at certain times also via live chat. Chat moderators are available around the clock in room although they are unable to help with account-based queries and instead can simply help a player with log-on problems or simple game issues etc. I tried the chat function to ask for my account to be closed. However, I was informed that I needed to raise a support ticket for my request to be actioned. This was done without issue, although it does annoy me slightly when live chat support personnel are unable to deal with queries such as this!

In conclusion, I think the Bingos.com network of sites are good. I actually ended up liking the fact that only two rooms are available as this certainly leads to good sized prize pools. The fact that 75 and 90-ball rooms are offered should also keep bingo players happy. The banking function seems to work well, although I do think the site's withdrawal policy could be improved. Similarly, although the support offering is good I think the availability of live chat support 24 hours a day or telephone support would improve this part of the site. Nevertheless, my Bingos.co.uk play was fun and I definitely got a community feel at this site. Games are well presented and with a 100% sign-up bonus available, I'd certainly suggest that a bingo players check out the Bingos.com offering.

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50 seconds to go until the next game - with a jackpot of almost $3,500 each game can be a heart stopping experience! Bingos.com $3500 Jackpots

Getting close to a win - a good few cards with only 2 or 3 balls left and my best needs just 1 more spot! Close To A Win

I win £3.32 with a one-line win Small One Line Win

75 ball Bingo sees players trying to complete different shapes ahead of the competition 75 Ball Bingo

I'm holding 5 cards all needing just 1 ball for the win! 1 Ball For The Win!

The web-based cashier makes depositing a very straight-forward experience Bingos.com Web Based Cashier

Every bingo game at Bingos.com is accompanied with a side chat game that gives players the chance to win bonus money! Chat Games

Mini Slot games can be played between bingo games or even during the action if the game gets a little dull! Mini-Slots

Bingos.com Strong Points:
  • Nice looking site with good graphics and speedy game play
  • Low minimum deposit and card prices should attract low rollers
  • A good number of connected players means prizes are often worth winning
  • Both 75 and 90-ball games are available
Things Bingos.com Could Improve:
  • Although withdrawal processing speeds are good, I very much dislike the £5 charge for cash-ins under £30
  • Real time support is not available 24 hours a day

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