Although previously considered to be only good at creating online casino’s and slots, actually now Microgaming are making big waves in the online bingo pond. Of course being a huge casino operator means that you get all the fun of a good casino’s slots whilst playing bingo. Microgaming are a bit of a halfway house between Dragonfish and Cozy Games in terms of their offerings. You can get lots of free bingo but it will come with terms and conditions for withdrawal. However they also have sites that don’t offer huge bonuses and therefore are less fussy about withdrawals. If you like your slots and casino games whilst playing bingo then Microgaming may well be your preferred choice of software.
This site is an attractive design powered by Microgaming software. It is licenced and registered on the Mediterranean island of Malta. This means that it is covered by the UK Gambling Commission, so it is considered safe to play for players based in the United Kingdom. It is a very purple design (ok ok, you can call it mauve if you want, I’m not getting in to that argument), with lots of juicy sign up offers available at the time of our visit. It is certainly good looking, with lots of smooth running 90 and 75 ball bingo on offer. They do also offer a version of “speed” bingo, but this is just the standard 90 ball game speeded up. It’s a relatively simple design. There is a fair bit of movement on the home page, with some moving features which are enough to catch the eye. But the focus is on the bingo. This is indeed very good, with busy, lively chat rooms, worthwhile prizes and juicy jackpots. There are some interesting promotions, with a different 75 ball special game every day. There are plenty of alternative instant games to choose from too. Slots, scratch cards and more than half a dozen casino style choices are available on this site, so there is always something to do if bingo is just not enough.
Registering and making a deposit is simple too. Once you have filled out the simple form, you can choose from the usual Visa and MasterCard credit cards, and Visa, Maestro and Switch debit cards. There is also a range of e-payment methods to select from too. The minimum deposit is £10. Withdrawing your winnings is easier on this site than many of its rivals too. You can make a withdrawal without penalty, provided that you have made a real money deposit of £10 or more. This is irrespective of any bonuses you may receive. These relatively generous terms apply to bingo only. A wagering requirement of 30 x applies to any bonuses applied to other instant games. Money spent on casino style games do not generally contribute to fulfilling these requirements.
Bingo Diamond runs its own VIP scheme, where the more you play, the more Diamonds you earn. You can redeem them once you’ve earned 500. Every 500 earns you five cash credits, but watch out – they expire if you do not redeem them within three months. There are also free tickets to be won for the monthly Megapot game. You earn one ticket for every £20 you deposit or spend on the site.
Overall, Bingo Diamond provides a smooth, easy to navigate site with plenty of bingo and alternative games to keep you entertained. It is not the most innovative or spectacular site around, but here at Keep Calm we like sites that just get on with the game, without all those flashy distractions you get on some of those more modern sites. So if you just want to concentrate on the bingo and have some fun online chat with like-minded people, this could be the place for you.
Butlers Bingo is operated by Broadway Gaming and powered by Microgaming software. This site can divide opinions but here at Keep Calm, we think it’s the bees knees. It is slightly old fashioned in its looks, with more text than flashy graphics. But what some people call “dated”, we call traditionally stylish. This is a truly classy site. As you would expect from a real life butler, helpful and unobtrusive guidance is provided throughout the site. From its understated royal purple colour scheme through to its smooth running 90 and 75 ball bingo rooms, this site exudes sophistication and high quality service.
If you are new to online bingo, this is truly the best place to start. Every game carries comprehensive instructions in a “How to Play Bingo” guide. This includes a feature on chat room etiquette (how classy); some useful chat phrases (great if you’re new to the online version of the game); a guide to game strategy (unusually helpful and up front for an online gaming site) and a glossary of technical bingo terms. There’s even a complete list of the traditional lingo for all 90 bingo numbers. I don’t think I’ve seen that on any other rival site. The Butler is happy to give you helpful tips throughout the site, and if he can’t help, there’s always his loyal assistant Astrid – you can chat live with her from morning until late evening, or contact her by e-mail with your bingo queries.
But this site is not just good for newbies, more experienced players will enjoy the service too. There are some great alternative instant games for those who want a bit more than just bingo. The prizes and jackpots are very healthy – one lucky player won over £60k just the week before our visit. The classy theme continues throughout – it’s not just a home page re-design: The Butler’s VIP scheme is not just the usual levels of vulgar precious metals or ostentatiously showy diamonds, oh no. You start at Lords and Ladies, before progressing through Duke and Duchess to Prince and Princesses before finally achieving the top tier: Kings and Queens.
Banking facilities unfortunately do not include Coutts, but you can use Visa and MasterCard, Maestro, Solo and Switch. There’s even some of those modern e-payment methods to choose from. The minimum deposit is £10. Wagering Requirements are a simple 5 x your bonus amount. So if you make a deposit of £10 and receive a bonus of £20, you must spend £100 (5 x £20) of your own money before you can make a withdrawal without penalty. This applies to bingo only – further restrictions apply if you are playing other instant games. The minimum withdrawal amount is £20. You can expect your funds to take around a week to reach your account.
This site is licensed and registered on the Mediterranean island of Malta, so it is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. Players based in the United Kingdom can therefore play with confidence that it is not just the Butler that is looking after them. Keep Calm have always been an upholder of traditional values and classy, timeless service, so we are happy to recommend Butlers Bingo.
Gossip Bingo is a Dragonfish designed member of what used to be known as the United Bingo Network (UBN). But all its members now seem to be calling the network after themselves, so perhaps we can call it what we like. Whatever we / they decide, all titles in the Moon / Sugar / Gossip (etc.) Network are licenced and registered on Gibraltar. This territory is covered by the UK Gambling Commission, so all are considered safe to play for players in the United Kingdom.
The bingo provided here is the Dragonfish standard offering of 90 and 75 ball, with a wide range of alternative slot, scratch card and casino style games to choose from too. The Return To Player (RTP) rates for these games are all openly published on the site (via a link within the Terms & Conditions pages). The style and theme of the site is VERY pink and fluffy, so while girly girls will be delighted, any tomboys or male players are going to need to be very much in touch with their feminine side. Colour scheme quibbles aside, it’s a well fashioned effort. Everything is very easy to navigate; new players will find it simple to find their way around, and more experienced players will find that there is plenty to entertain them on this site. It’s all mobile compatible too, so you can play on this site with your handset or tablet as well. The prizes are tasty, with various guaranteed and progressive jackpots available. The Gossip Loyalty Scheme consists of several levels with increasing amounts of cash-back bonuses on offer. There is also a VIP Lounge for loyal players with a daily £500 jackpot.
Making a deposit is a simple process on this site. Once registered, just click on the “Banking” link. You can use Visa or MasterCard credit cards and all the usual debit card choices such as Delta and Maestro. There are several e-payment methods available too, including PayPal. A 24 hour Freephone help line is also provided if you require any further assistance. The minimum deposit is £5. The wagering requirements are that you will need to spend 4 x your deposit + bonus in real money before you can make your first claim. This means that if you were to deposit £10 and receive a bonus of £20, you would need to wager £120 (4 x £30) in real funds before making a withdrawal. The minimum claim is £30, and you can expect it to take up to a week for your winnings to reach your nominated account.
In conclusion, this review of Gossip Bingo finds an efficiently designed, entertaining site with plenty to offer players, both new and more experienced. It’s certainly a lively site, with the chat rooms full of eager players on our visit. I can’t say there was much real gossip on the site – too much chit chat is frowned upon by some of the more serious players, but everything was friendly and well-hosted. Worth a try if you are still in touch with your “little princess” side.