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The Jackpotjoy Queen of Bingo is going on holiday and a right royal apprentice has stepped up to take her place, temporarily of course. Step forward Paddy McGuinness, the clown prince of Jackpotjoy.
Jackpotjoy has been noticeable by its absence from our television screens over the last 12 to 18 months as the firm directed its advertising through digital channels instead. This is all about to change. Last night saw a new Jackpotjoy TV ad launched showing Paddy McGuinness taking tea with Barbara Windsor as the Queen of Bingo and offering her tickets for an indefinite cruise, so allowing him to increase his royal bingo status in her absence.
Barbara fans need not worry, the Queen will be back. However, that may be to promote Paddy further to allow her to take a well deserved rest. We will have to wait for the next fun instalment in this Jackpotjoy story of royal shenanigans to find out.
In the meantime Paddy is making the role his own, requesting that you 'Jackpotjoy-n us and 'grab fun by the balls'! He has said of his new role:
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“What a thrill to be Jackpotjoy’s new royal ambassador and be a part of this fantastic campaign. Bingo is in my blood. My mum used to work in the local bingo halls around Bolton and it’s a game that this country loves. As you’ll see in the advert, it was an emotional moment for me to receive the final endorsement for the legendary Barbara Windsor.”
When an online bingo site has a classic look that people know and love it is a difficult decision to play around with it too much. Sun Bingo took great care when making the transition from Gamesys to the Playtech Bingo platform to ensure that the site would be able to keep the same look and layout it had cultivated to ensure players felt comfortable with the new software.
With the change to HTML5 platform capabilities some other changes have become inevitible and they are all good in our view, enhancing desktop, tablet and mobile play. At the same time the site has introduced a new and exclusive 36 ball bingo game in Winning Headlines Bingo. This is another variation on the exclusive Sun Bingo games based around features in The Sun newspaper.
The most obvious change on the site is to the Bingo, Games and What's On lobby. It's all broken down into easy to use tabs making it ultra fast to find where you want to go, but when you get there the layout of the rooms and games is much bigger and clearer. Each bingo room indicates type of bingo, how many players, prize, jackpot, any special game features, how much to play and how long to next game. You will also notice Featured Rooms taking precedence so you will know when something special is going on and where.
You may also notice that terms and conditions are easier to locate and that you can take advantage of a simplified bet history section on mobile and tablet. Bingo fans will welcome the introduction of private chat and the fun option to be able to select your preferred dabber shape and colour.
Some of these changes may be small, but show the continued efforts by Sun Bingo to ensure a top of the range product for players to enjoy.Learn more about Sun Bingo
You know it's autumn when The XFactor is back on television and the online bingo sites are tempting players to log in on the darker nights with no deposit bingo bonus offers. Before you know it Bingo Season will be in full swing!
This month Mecca Bingo is bringing these two things together in their £10 Free For All giveaway. Using the fact that the site has exclusive rights to a special XFactor Bingo game, Mecca Bingo is using the launch of the show to offer players old and new a free £10 no deposit bonus that can be used in The XFactor room. It is worth noting, however, that this is a standard bingo bonus and can be used in any room of your choice.
Join Mecca Bingo or log in if you are already a member between now and 30th September. Enter bonus code 10FREE in the bonus codes section of the bingo lobby and you will receive a £1 bingo bonus immediately. After that the remaining bonus will be released at £1 per day for the next nine working days (i.e., not Saturday and Sunday).
Even though this is a no deposit bingo bonus the wagering is only set at 2x the bonus.
So all hail the mighty XFactor and that it has triggered a £10 freebie from Mecca Bingo.Discover more about Mecca Bingo
Whether you are someone who has never visited Jackpotjoy or even if you have taken a look in the past and not been back for a while, you will be pleasantly surprised if you take a look at it right now.
There has been a lot going on behind the scenes and the site has now been relaunched in all its revamped glory. The lines are much cleaner, the main menu us hidden behind a pop out menu and the navigation is very straightforward - modelled very much to mirror how they have developed their mobile app.
We are very excited to see the theming behind the new TV adverts that are due to hit our screens any day now, but in the meantime we have news of a brand new Jackpotjoy feature and a competition with literally thousands of prizes to be won in daily and weekly prize draws.
All you have to do to win in the Up For Grabs promo is access the special ball popping game on the Jackpotjoy promotions page, pop one of the three balls displayed and see how many prize draw entries you have won for the chance to pick up a prize ranging from £2 to £50. Each ball contains either one, five or ten draw entries.
Those same entries are valid for the weekly Monday draw for even bigger prizes.
There is no wagering requirement for this competition and no deposit required.
If you are already a member of Jackpotjoy and never signed up for their email alerts you may have missed the details of this and other great giveaways. Right now, though, if you visit the site you could find a special promo offer of a £4 instant bonus if you opt in to the mailings. Win/win right?
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Congratulations to Kate from Derby for winning the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine from last month's competition.
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It's been quite some time since we saw an online bingo site commit to giving away a massive prize such as a car, but this month bet365 Bingo has broken away from the pack once again and is doing just that.
The prize exclusively available to be won at bet265 Bingo is a Citroën C1 Touch. In the same game there are also cash prizes or a share of the £1,000 Community Jackpot to be won.
For a chance to win play in the exclusive Show Room until 30th September and look out for the Accelerator games 11am until midday, 3.30pm until 5.30pm and 8.30 until 10.30pm to earn tickets to the All-Winners Finale Game on 1st October. Each win in an Accelerator game is worth one ticket to the Finale game as well as the game prize. Up to ten tickets can be won each week from Monday to Sunday. Tickets are also available from the standard schedule at £1 each.
In addition there will be a special Party Hour from 8pm on 1st October running up to the Finale game and every £10 staked in the Show Room during the month is worth six tickets (up to 36 tickets) to each of the 10 Party Hour games. In these games you can win Love2shop Vouchers or cash prizes.
The Citroën C1 Touch has got loads of great features and it looks good too. This month choose to play your online bingo at bet365 and you could drive away this super prize.
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Dragonfish introduce bonus option and withdrawal improvements
888, owner of mega online bingo brand Dragonfish, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, the most recent being the move into pre-tax loss from a strong profit position the 12 months previously.
Now, however, there is some good news from the operator that will be welcomed by all online bingo players.
Dragonfish withdrawal policy has been rewritten:
- The minimum withdrawal amount has gone down from £30 to £5 on bingo brands and £10 on slots brands.
- The cap on how much can be withdrawn per day/week/month has been removed.
- There is no limit to how many times you can withdraw in any period.
On top of this we would have liked to have seen the time frame between requesting a withdrawal and it hitting the bank being reduced, but these are huge improvements.
In addition it would appear that Dragonfish are deliberating on a 'no bonus please' option being made available in the cashier that would remove all tie ins and wagering requirements. You would be playing with your own money alone and therefore anything you win would be yours to withdraw immediately.
This option is currently being trialled across a number of different brands and is worth looking out for when you join a site or they offer subsequent deposit bonuses. You will find the small tick box for 'No Bonuses Please' at the foot of the deposit box, underneath where you add your card CVC code.
This is probably just the start of ways in which operators look to ensure that they can still attract players in and keep them happy enough to ensure they return in an era when they are going to have to phase out huge welcome bonuses due to new tax implications.
The Gala Bingo brand on the high street could be set for a makeover and a change of name according to reports in The Telegraph.
Caledonia Investments, the private equity owners of the high street locations of Gala Bingo since 2015 are said to be looking to offload a number of poorer performing locations or offering excess space on-site to other compatible businesses to share the overheads. Possible options are selling sites to supermarkets like Co-op or Nisa or to gym operators.
The fact that more and more bingo players and gamblers in general are moving online to play has impacted on the Gala Bingo financials with pre-tax profits dropping from £40.9m in 2014 to £1.9m in 2015 - the last available accounting period.
Buzz Bingo is the word on the street as the new name for the high street locations. This would be necessary as both galabingo.com and galacasino.com are owned by Ladbrokes Coral and operate as totally separate entities to the high street operation. If Caledonia want to move into the online bingo market they would not be able to use the Gala Bingo name.
A Gala Bingo spokesman was guarded in response to the news, saying:
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"We regularly review opportunities to invest in our estate and create added value services for our customers.
“There may be occasions where clubs are considered for disposal but this will be on a case-by-case basis."
Over the years there have been many reviews for various bingo sites lamenting that players have had accounts closed as they have self excluded at other sites in the past. This week the reason why this happens has been made very clear.
Following a UK Gambling Commission investigation 888 Holdings, owner of Dragonfish, has been fined £7.8m following 'serious failings in its handling of vulnerable customers'.
The company was fined by the UKGC following two major incidences which highlighted failings relating to social responsibility in gambling:
- 7,000 customers who had voluntarily excluded themselves from various 888 poker, casino and sports betting sites were still able to access gambling activities via the Dragonfish online bingo platform. These customers went on to spend in the region of £3.5m in the following 13 months.
- One individual player was able to gamble £1.3 million on the site without being challenged or questioned and it turned out £55,000 of this had been stolen from his employer. The player was on site three to four times a day over a 13 month period.
The UKGC expressed concern that 888 were not able to spot the warnings signs of this customers gambling, saying: "The lack of interaction with the customer, given the frequency, duration and sums of money involved in the gambling, raised serious concerns about 888’s safeguarding of customers at-risk of gambling harm."
In a statement issued by the UKGC, chief executive Sarah Harrison said:
"Safeguarding consumers is not optional. This penalty package of just under £8million reflects the seriousness of 888’s failings to protect vulnerable customers.
"The 888 sanction package will ensure those affected don’t lose out, that the operator pays the price for its failings via a sum that will go to tackling gambling-related harm, and that independent assurance will be given to see that lessons are learnt."
888 have to repay the full £3.5 million of deposits made by the self-excluded customers and a compensation sum of £62,000 to the employer of the defrauding customer.
A further £4.25million is to be paid to socially responsible causes which tackle gambling-related harm. In addition the UKGC has ordered an independent review of 888’s processes surrounding consumer protection.
A statement for 888 says: "888 has fully cooperated with the UKGC throughout this process and has concluded a voluntary regulatory settlement with the UKGC.
"888 regrets the historic failings highlighted by the review and accepts the conclusion of the review which recognises the significant lengths that 888 has gone to in order to address the concerns raised and prevent the issues highlighted from reoccurring.”Discover more here
Gala Bingo really is becoming the bonzer name for sponsorship of popular TV shows. It has just been announced that this top online bingo site is to be the new sponsor of not just one popular Channel 5 daytime soap, but two.
Top Australian dramas Neighbours and Home and Away are both to be surrounded by Gala Bingo idents. You will see them around Neighbours every weekday until 31st October and on Home and Away until the end of 2017.
These idents will be pretty distinctive as they feature the Gala Bingo Play Happy theme with a strong Australian influence. There is a voiceover in an Australian accent and you will hear the bingo number calls given an Aussie makeover too, including Koala in a tree for number 3 and two sausages on a barbie for number 11.
The ads were designed by the Cravens agency and brokered by Sky Media on behalf of Channel 5. These sponsorships cement a long tradition of Gala Bingo being the main face of popular daytime shows which have included Emmerdale, Coronation Street and The Chase.
Gala Bingo brand director Angus Nisbet said of the deal,
"We are very excited to announce our latest sponsorship deal with Channel 5, Neighbours and Home & Away. These shows are practically UK institutions, and we love following the trials and tribulations of the characters in Summer Bay and Ramsey Street, and we know our customers do, too."
He went on,
"By aligning our brand with specific TV programmes, we’re able to give GalaBingo.com a significant level of awareness, connecting with our existing audience, as well as reaching new customers."
Look out for them and let us know what you think at our Gala Bingo review page.See all the fun stuff Gala Bingo has to offer