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UPDATE: THIS bingo room has closed down. When I first heard about the Desperate Housewives Bingo site I immediately thought of the TV programme of the same name. However, upon visiting the site I quickly realised this site isn't affiliated to the TV company and I started to think it was slightly cheap to 'piggy back' on someone else's name. However, I then thought about the average client of a bingo site - female and quite possibly a housewife! As such, I forgave this misgiving and went on to check out this site which is part of the World Bingo Network.

Desperate Housewives is a no-download site meaning players don't have to go through the usual hassle of downloading and installing software to be able to play. Instead, a player simply has to log in to instantly enter the play part of the site. Since I was new to this site I firstly had to create an account. However, this is very simple two-part process. Firstly a person simply enters their email address, desired username and password and they are given a free play account. Having said that, a free $30 bonus can be claimed at this point as a thank-you for signing up. Should a player then decide to play further they can convert their account to 'real play' for the thrill of gambling. At Desperate Housewives, all accounts are denominated in US $ and US players will be pleased to know they are free to play at this online site.

Desperate Housewives does offer a free play room where players can get to hone their bingo skills (if indeed there's any skill to be honed!). However, the thrill in gaming really comes from getting close to winning the big money. And so the next thing for me to do was to visit the cashier. A good number of deposit options are available including popular methods such as Credit Card, NeTeller and EcoCard plus some less-usual options such as Use My Wallet. I deposited $100 via NeTeller. Unfortunately this is where things started to go wrong. The money went out of my account but nothing was credited to my playing account! Not a great start.

Firstly I wondered if there was a delay in crediting money to accounts but with 5 minutes passed and still no money I realised I was going to have to contact customer support. As regular Online-Casinos.com readers will know I tend to cover support at the end of the review, but this time to write about it here seems fitting! Desperate Housewives Bingo support is actually provided by the software makers - World Bingo Network. As such, I was firstly redirected to their website and then found I had to create a 'help' account to log my problem. Assistance is usually offered through email and live help although annoyingly live help was down when I needed it. However, I raised a help ticket and was impressed to get a response within around 20 minutes. Although I think contacting support was slightly cumbersome, I was impressed with the response speed and certainly when live support is up and running player's should have no problems in getting help if they need it.

The response to my question was positive and with an apology the $100 was added to my account. A sign-up bonus was also added to my bonus account. A massive 250% sign-up bonus is available meaning as well as my $100 deposit I had $250 additional money to play with. Even better, player's can claim another 50% match on their first deposit should they lose all this initial money! Certainly sign-up and on-going bonuses are big at Desperate Housewives. For depositing $100 in one go I was even sent a competition email giving me the chance to win even more free money. From this I won $25 and so my $100 deposited became a massive total of $375 to play with!

This site does offer a handful of casino type game (slots, keno etc.) although having checked these out and find them to be of very mediocre quality I guess the management have focussed mainly on providing an entertaining bingo experience. This doesn't bother me though - this is a bingo site after all! Although this brings me on to a more concerning point - having checked out all the different bingo rooms at Desperate Housewives I discovered that only the 75-ball game is played here. In this game players have to match a pre-determined shape with one prize being awarded to the first person to do this. This means that fans of the 90-ball game (where you play for 1 line, 2 lines and a full house) will be disappointed with the Desperate Housewives Bingo offering.

When it comes to the 75-ball game, this site offers a number of different playing rooms, although I found the access page to these various rooms to be slightly 'messy' in terms of appearance. I guess Desperate Housewives have tried to break up the different types of game (more of which later) but I found it slightly hard work to scroll up and down the page to find what I wanted. I guess though after playing here a few times players will soon learn to navigate their way around and indeed with some playing rooms having 50+ people in them it appears this site has a healthy loyal following!

As I said earlier, Desperate Housewives have a good number of different rooms available and I was impressed by some of the novel features I discovered. For example, some rooms only allow cash play (not Bonus Bucks play) which according to the site means bigger jackpots are available. Other rooms offer super-low value cards - the minimum purchase being just 10 cents per ticket. There's even a clever 'Fair 'n' Square' room where all players purchase the same number of cards. This is very innovative and stops the issue of people buying 100s of cards to ensure a win.

Having looked around the various rooms I decided to play in the one called 'Mellow Yellow'. Once in it took me a little while to see how to purchase tickets - basically a top navigation bar is used to access the correct part of the room. Again though, just like with the main site once players realise this they are not going to have issues. Once in the right part of the room, players can then specify the number of cards they want to purchase. A nice touch is that Desperate Housewives offer free card bonuses - for example in one game I played the offer was buy 5, get 2 free. Again, it's great to see a site that helps your money last longer!

For my first game I purchased 27 cards and got 10 free which I thought might be enough to complete the 'Indian Star' shape first. However, with the prize standing at over $50 I realised there must be quite a few other players involved in the game! Similarly, the chat room seemed to be buzzing which again gave me the feeling I might not be alone! Actually, the chat room is something that I should probably talk more about - Desperate Housewives seemed a friendly site and a large number of those connected seemed to be chatting away. Interaction is a big part of online bingo, and with each room having a chat moderator to encourage conversation there should always be someone to talk to. These moderators also run side chat games which give players the chance to win Bonus Bucks.

In terms of the game play itself, I firstly had issues with my cards not being shown when the game began. However, the chat moderator quickly helped me to refresh my view so I could see how my cards were doing. A player can choose to mark off numbers themselves, although I left the default setting on which meant cards were automatically marked. Handily, cards are also reshuffled so that a player's best cards are shown at the top of the screen. A colour countdown is also employed as a player gets near bingo - purple, blue then red means 3, 2 and 1 ball required respectively. So many times I got close to a win only to be beaten to it at the last minute - in fact despite playing in this room and some others I never got a win! Having said that, random prizes are also awarded each game and I did land a $3 random prize in one game. Not a great show though considering all that money I had to play with!

On this occasion I did have some fun even though I didn't win. Nevertheless I still looked in to the cash-out process. From what I could see the cashier is used to request withdrawals. However, I noted that a $75 minimum cash-out requirement was effective which I thought was a little high. In terms of withdrawal speed, generally 3-4 days is required for cash to be sent to a winner. Generally this is acceptable, although I have seen better banking facilities elsewhere.

Since I've already covered support, I'll go straight on to my conclusion now. And on that note, I think Desperate Housewives is a hard site to sum up! In some aspects I think the site is great and yet other parts of the site I wasn't too impressed with. The games themselves are good, but then again I feel the layout of the site could be improved. Similarly, although customer support seemed great I wasn't too impressed with my missing $100 and the high minimum withdrawal amount. Having said that, despite these shortcomings the site generally operates well and the friendliness of other players is a big draw. The free bonus money is certainly welcome as well. I guess if you like 75-ball games and want a fun site to check out (with some free money to boot!), then Desperate Housewives may well be for you!

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The simple-to-use 'Buy Cards' section of the site allows players to turn their money in to bingo cards. A nice plus is that each purchase entitles the player to get free cards in addition to their purchase. Buying Cards

Let the game begin! With my cards purchased I cross my fingers for some lucky ball drawing! My Fingers Crossed!

The cards change colour the nearer a player gets to having a winning card! Card Colors Change

I don't win the main game, but I still win $3.00 in a random side game drawing A Side Draw Win

I have some fun with the chat in the Desperate Housewives room where bad language and sexual innuendo is allowed! My Foul Mouthed Chat :)

I play a little Video Poker whilst the main bingo game plays out - although with only 6 cards in play I don't stand much chance of a win! Video Poker Side Game

The cashier is where players can put funds in my account - unfortunately it was here that my $100 purchase went missing! The Cashier At Desperate Housewives

A nice in-game function is 'history' which allows players to scroll through winner lists from previous games Game History

Hitting a full house within a given number of balls rewards winners with a nice jackpot - up to $12,000 can be won if the balls land right! Jackpots

This web-based Bingo Room doesn't really have a 'lobby' as such, although the various available games can all be accessed through one page The Lobby (Sort of)

When bingo gets a little dull a handful of side games can be played, although certainly the Bingo rooms are the major draw of this site Side Games

Desperate Housewives Bingo Strong Points:
  • Good number of games with some innovative features, such as the 'Fair 'n' Square' room
  • Good customer support, although accessing it can be slightly cumbersome
  • Huge sign-up and on-going bonuses
  • Good chat room with friendly players and moderators
Things Desperate Housewives Bingo Could Improve:
  • Banking facilities could be improved - my deposit went missing and the minimum withdrawal amount is high
  • Only 75-ball games are available (no 90-ball games)
  • The general lay out of the site isn't as elegant as it could be

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