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In these times of 'mobile first' thinking by online bingo operators some desktop sites are being neglected. Heart Bingo got a shiny new mobile site a while ago with a much improved range of games and we are happy to note that now the desktop site has gone all HTML5 and has a shiny new look too.
The makeover has streamlined the site and made it much easier to navigate, plus there are loads of new features and lots of improvements. The site still has all its original games and promotions, just more of them.
Members of Heart Bingo will enjoy a better playing experience, faster load times, a fresher look and will find it even easier to find favourite games in the Suggested For You section.
The site now has a Bingo Winners Club where winners of bingo games from during the day gather with the free tickets they have earned for the chance to win even more. There is a daily and a weekly Winners Club room with some great prizes on offer.
The site has improved its range of bingo mini games that sit alongside the main bingo games in the bingo rooms. In addtion to old favourites like Double Bubble and Paper Wins you will now find Secrets of the Phoenix and Blox Blitz to name just a couple. There is also a brand new jackpot slot game based on the Gamesys favourite game Tiki Island. Seeded from £20,000, getting into those bonus rounds has just become even more exciting as instead of just a few coins you may reveal the progressive jackpot.
On top of all this new stuff we are promised that there will be even more exciting features coming out soon. We can't wait.See what Heart Bingo has to offer
Vegas Hero has not been open very long, but you can tell straight away that a lot of effort went into to creating a super slots and casino experience. There are over 1,300 games from world-class game providers such as Microgaming, Netent, NYX, Play’n GO, and Quickspin. Combine the top games from these providers with fast withdrawals, promotions that are super-charged with bonuses and free spins, plus a super friendly customer support and you are on to a winner.
However, we all would like to actually be winners when we play and Vegas Hero has already created two big winners in recent weeks.
A Vegas Hero player from the UK found himself in luck after wagering £50 on NYX Gaming Group’s King Kong slot. With a single spin, he received a hefty return of £58,400 and an unbelievable amount of 1350 free spins.
Sites like Vegas Hero are available across many countries and a Norwegian player, Ahelvik, found his fortune when he won €86,630 on the progressive jackpot game Treasure Nile.
Although Ahelvik had only been playing at Vegas Hero for a couple of weeks, he really liked the reliability of the Treasure Nile slot. Vegas Hero luck struck for him, because he spun with a bet of just €4.50 and up popped a progressive jackpot win.
You never know when the extraordinary will happen but don’t be surprised when it does. That’s the fun of playing at sites like Vegas Hero.Learn all about Vegas Hero here
The latest fun survey undertaken by Mecca Bingo revealed that the 1990s is the most loved decade of the modern era, with people rating highly the music, the fashion and the films.
80% of adults rated it the best era for music thanks to the influence of artists such as Blur, Radiohead, U2, Oasis and The Spice Girls.
More surprisingly the 90s fashion was rated highly. 36% of those surveyed loved the high-waisted jeans, boob tubes and platform trainers.
33% of respondents loved the films of the era and who can blame them. Classics such as The Shawshank Redemption, A Few Good Men, Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park and Goodfellas cemented the decade as an outstanding one for films.
2,000 adults were surveyed for the poll and showed Mecca Bingo that 'The 90s was a defining era for music, fashion and film'. This ties in nicely with the choice of anthem for the latest Mecca Bingo advertising campaign. The brand has chosen popular dance tune the Macarena and added a bingo twist to it to create a memorable advert and a new hashtag - #Meccarena.
The survey put the decades in order of preference as the 1990s first, the 1980s second, followed by the 1970s, the 1960s and the present day trailing in at last place.Discover all about Mecca Bingo
Ladbrokes Coral join up with GVC in £4bn deal
Not even three months after taking control of online bingo and slots platform Cozy Games, and although Ladbrokes only completed its £2.3bn merger with Gala Coral in November 2016, gambling and online gambling operator GVC Holdings has successfully acquired bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral in a takeover deal worth up to £4bn.
In the end the deal was done speedily, after only confirming in early December 2017 that they were in "detailed" discussions over a cash and shares tie-up and two previous failed attempts at a deal. The terms of the takeover will involve GVC owning about 53.5% of the enlarged group and it is estimated that the combination will result in cost savings of at least £100m a year.
GVC Holdings PLC operates in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business channels, focussing on four business segments, including sports labels, games labels, B2B and non-core assets.
This deal cements the firm as one of the biggest global gambling operators with a number of household name brands including Foxy Bingo, Sportingbet, PartyCasino and now the Coral and Ladbrokes' high street and online operations.
Gala Bingo likes to keep itself front and centre on our television screens and a new deal with Channel 4 to sponsor its afternoon entertainment schedule will ensure that continues for the next few months. In addition the sponsorship around the ITV show The Chase will continue for a second year.
The Gala Bingo brand is one of the few that has maintained a strong presence on TV over the last 18 months at a time when many other online bingo brands were pulling back from the expense amid worries about changes to regulations and possible expensive breaches of those regulations.
The 'Play Happy' street carnival adverts with players finding their way around all the site has to offer represented by street artists and work people have been a staple of the advertising schedules between all the top programmes on both terrestrial and digital channels.
Karina Adrian, Senior Manager of Gala Brands, spoke to industry magazine Totally Gaming about the deals, saying:
“We always have a full and active schedule to support our sponsorship air times. We are the licensed gaming partner of The Chase, in addition to the sponsor of the show and as such have a variety of Chase themed products on site including a Chase Bingo room, a Chase Slot and Scratch card."
Commenting on the new 2018 sponsorship, Adrian added:
- “Our new sponsorship of Afternoon Entertainment on 4 commenced on 1 January with initial creative content aired on Countdown. Additional shows will be included over time and we are really excited about the opportunity this presents for our brand. The creative is catchy and happy, reflective of the GalaBingo.com happy brand position. Sponsorship has performed really well for us thus far and we feel that Channel 4 opens up a new audience for us at an optimum viewing time.”
This deal cements Gala Bingo as the brand with the most branded TV show bingo and side games and the one with the biggest media presence. The deals mean the brand can offer exclusive games and competitions linked to TV shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Chase and gives players something a bit different to enjoy.
See the full article here.Learn all about Gala Bingo here
Christmas is but a memory, but at bgo Bingo the good things just keep coming and we are sure that in 2018 we are going to see great things from this brand. Customer loyalty and giving players reasons to return is definitely at the top of their 'to do' list.
The New Year, New You giveaway runs from 1st - 30th January and sees players given the chance to win up to 48 tickets in qualifying games that will play every day in the Golden Galaxy room. Tickets are just 5p each to play these Roll On qualifying games at 2pm, 6pm and 10pm. Win the 1 Line, 2 Lines, Full House or the Roll on Full House prize to win up to 6 free tickets.
Those tickets will get you into the New Year, New You £1000 game itself that will play in the Sweet Treat room on Wednesday 31st January at 8pm. It's a 90 ball game with 5,000 and 10,000 Candy Club points as prizes for the one line and two lines and a £1,000 cash prize for the full house to spend on whatever your heart desires.Learn all about bgo Bingo
Mr Green expands with acquisition of Evoke Gaming
Mr Green has been around for a while now and has become very good at offering the types of games people want in an inviting and appealing way. Along the way the brand has picked up numerous awards and has recently added online bingo to its menu, provided by the Cozy platform.
Now Mr Green has shown its hunger for further growth by signing an agreement to acquire Evoke Gaming for 7 million EUR in cash. An additional purchase price of 1.5 million EUR may be payable if certain conditions are met.
With the purchase of Evoke Gaming Mr Green gains the gaming sites Redbet Casino, Vinnarum Casino, Bertil and Mama Mia Bingo. Mr Green expects to achieve significant synergies of 2.5 - 3.5 million EUR per year with full effect in 2019 and intends to expand Redbet.
Redbet offers sportsbook, casino and poker, and is already a strong performer in Sweden and the U.K. Mr Green believes that the two brands can grow side by side as major global gaming brands. The other brands are strong in the Nordic areas and Sweden. Bertil and MamaMia are bingo sites with loyal customers and a strong position in Sweden. We have been expecting a UK facing Mama Mia Bingo, but it is not clear if this will be from the same operator.
Per Norman, CEO of Mr Green & Co said,
"Evoke Gaming is an ideal fit for our business plan and strategy. We are pursuing our strategy of nurturing a small number of strong brands that can work globally. With Redbet and Mr Green, we have two immensely strong brands addressing different segments, and we see major potential to expand Redbet into our existing markets."
Fredrik Staël von Holstein, current CEO of Evoke Gaming, will remain as head of Evoke Gaming's operations after the transaction has been completed and will become a member of Mr Green Ltd's management team in Malta. He said of the deal,
"Evoke Gaming is on the threshold of a significant turnaround. Mr Green will give us the muscles to continue growing internationally in an effective manner."
We are delighted to be able to announce another online bingo site that has a brand new car to give away. Butler's Bingo is the latest site to bring back this popular prize and you could be driving away in a brand new Hyundai i20 early in 2019 just by winning a game of bingo!
There are 30 chances available every day to win this super prize between now and 1st January 2018. Look for the 'Win-A-Car' games in the schedule on site.
These games are based on an escalating ball count and will be playing in the Broadway room. The car could be won in any of the games at any time. There is only one car to be won and when it's gone, it's gone.
The ball count will keep increasing throughout the month until the car is won.
Check out the ball count schedule:
WIN A CAR - 41 Calls - Dec 17th-23rd
WIN A CAR - 42 Calls - Dec 24th-31st
WIN A CAR - 43 Calls - Jan 1
WIN A CAR - 44 Calls - Jan 1
WIN A CAR - 45 Calls - Jan 1
WIN A CAR - 46 Calls - Jan 1
The final games will play on 1st January between 7pm and 8pm and if the car hasn't been won already it will definitely be won then.
Just to make things even more exciting the popular Jackpot Got2Go games are now happening every day. Once again the Broadway room is the place to be, this time from 9pm to 11pm for the chance to win the £1,000 jackpot. The ball count to win the jackpot increases with every designated game.Learn more about Butler's Bingo
Jackpotjoy Group secures deals with Gaming Realms
While some people may think that the current crop of changes to rules and regulations around online bingo and gambling in general may have an adverse affect on the industry, the big operators would appear to think otherwise.
Jackpotjoy plc, owner of Costa Bingo, Jackpotjoy and Vera&John to name just a few, has announced that its Jackpotjoy Group arm has signed a 10-year framework services agreement with Gaming Realms. This will give Jackpotjoy owned sites access to the Gaming Realms slots and casino packages, including the popular 'Slingo Originals' content.
There are various financial ins and outs within the agreement including a secured convertible loan to Gaming Realms for £3.5m secured over Gaming Realms' Slingo assets and business.
In a further exciting part of the deal we can expect to see the launch of JackpotHappy.com, a white label site on the Gaming Realms proprietary platform.
The good news for Jackpotjoy Group in light of all of the above is that the real money services they will receive from Gaming Realms have been agreed on favoured terms. The good news for fans of Jackpotjoy owned sites is that the selection of games is due to get even better.
Congratulations to our November competition winners. Each of you wins a £100 Amazon Gift Voucher.
- Lucy from Chesterfield
- Paul from Dundee
- Tom from Liverpool
Don't forget to enter our December competition.Enter our December competition