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In 2018 the famous ‘Gala Bingo’ brand decided to rebrand itself as ‘Buzz Bingo’ and team up with online gambling experts Playtech. Now Buzz Bingo has had a full launch and is ready to rub shoulders with the leading online bingo sites. Find out what the ‘buzz’ is about concerning this bingo site.
Once you have completed your registration at the Buzz Bingo site and made an initial deposit of £10 then spent it on bingo, you are eligible for a three-tier bingo reward.
The first reward is two £5 vouchers for use at any of the real-world Buzz Bingo clubs that exist all over the UK. You can only use these vouchers to purchase bingo tickets, though.
The second reward is a £20 online bingo bonus that can only be used at the online Buzz Bingo site. This bonus can only be spent on online bingo games, and all winnings are paid as cash with no wagering.
The final reward is ten bonus spins on the online video slots game Jackpot Giant. Each spin is worth £0.20. Again, there are no wagering requirements. You are not eligible to win Jackpot Giant’s progressive jackpot while you are using your bonus spins.
For both the bingo bonus and the bonus spins deal the minimum accepted withdrawal is £5. You cannot withdraw your winnings from these bonuses unless you have reached that £5 minimum in winnings.
This bonus offer is only open to registered users of the Buzz Bingo site who have not made a deposit before, and who are residents of the UK.
It is good to see a bonus offer that comes unhindered by wagering requirements and that allows you to play the games of your choice. £5 minimum withdrawal is a nice touch too.
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The VIP program at Buzz Bingo is called ‘Diamond Club’ and is open to all members. All accounts at this bingo site are monitored, and if the account managers at the site deem you to be worthy, then you will be handed a key to the virtual Diamond Club lounge.
Diamond Club members reap several benefits. These include a birthday surprise, invites to meet-ups and real world events such as concerts, sporting events and holidays plus access to exclusive bingo rooms and VIP-only promotions.
The site also runs a number of regular promotions for non VIP-club members.
No matter if you prefer 90-ball, 75-ball or 80-ball bingo, or even a mix of all three – there’s always a bingo buzz at this site with the balls dropping on a regular basis, and tickets can be bought for as little as one penny!
There are four specialist games too. These are Age of the Gods Bingo, Deal or No Deal 90 Ball Bingo, Deal or No Deal 75 Ball Bingo and Rainbow Riches Bingo. All these great games have distinct features that give them a genuine twist. For example, with the charming Rainbow Riches bingo game your bingo ticket is actually two four-leaf clovers, with your numbers written on each individual leaf. You can win prizes for completing one clover or a full house. There’s also the Rainbow Riches Jackpot which is shared among all players should the game’s Lucky Leprechaun find enough lucky clovers to make it all the way across to the end of the rainbow.
You are able to withdraw to a debit or credit card here, or to PayPal. The minimum amount you are able to withdraw is £10. Withdrawals take around 48 hours to process, and if you withdraw to PayPal you can expect your withdrawal to then appear in your account immediately. Withdrawals to cards take between one and three days.
We are really not quite sure about the chat hosts at Buzz Bingo. If you go to the ‘Chats Host’ page at the site you are simply presented with a lot of random ‘placeholder’ text and six pictures of the same guy, all labelled ‘John Doe’.
When we entered a bingo room itself, we couldn’t find who was the chat host, nor if there was a chat host there at all. Indeed, there was not a lot of chatter going on, in truth. We did say hello to our fellow room members, and although someone did say ‘hi!’ it was all a little underwhelming. Eventually we did work out whom the chat host was, and a couple more people joined our room that obviously knew each other and the chat did indeed begin to flow.
It would have been nice to see a little more effort put in by Buzz Bingo in order to cultivate more of a social ‘buzz’ about their online bingo community.
The Buzz Bingo site is powered by the resilient VirtueFusion software that has been around for a number of years and is one that receives frequent updates. It’s also a natty piece of kit when it comes to mobile play. You do not need to download an app to your phone to play here, meaning that you do not have to have an app eating up valuable card space.
The site works perfectly well on all smartphones and tablets, be they iOS or Android powered, and if you play using a mobile device connected to the internet via wifi, then your experience here will be just as fast-paced as the desktop site. You may experience a little lag if you use mobile data, but it’s not something that will ruin your entertainment.
To play at Buzz Bingo using a mobile device all you need to do is head to the site using your favourite browser. All bingo games and all slots games will play flawlessly on a mobile device.
Even though Buzz Bingo is the second-biggest bingo name on the UK high street behind Mecca Bingo, we can only award their online offering three and a half stars out of five. This re-vamped version of the site has only been online since the autumn of 2018, and we feel there are improvements that need to be made.
We’d like to see a bigger and better community feel for a start, and chat hosts who actually get the chat flowing. More payment methods and the addition of casino games would receive a thumbs up from us as well.
No doubt Buzz Bingo will learn more as it becomes established online and make moves to improve in the near future. Despite our reservations, this is still a decent place to play, and somewhere to experience the ‘buzz’ of playing online bingo.
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