Gala Bingo Review

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Gala Bingo is one of the biggest names on the Bingo scene, both online and offline. Even if you’ve never played a game of Bingo before in your life, you’ll likely have seen one of the gigantic Bingo Halls that Gala run throughout the UK. In fact, Gala are one of the few companies to successfully manage both offline and online bingo halls.

Running on Virtue Fusion software, Gala Bingo is known for its unique and varied range of features and exclusive games, and the Gala Bingo website is one of the most visited online gambling sites in the world.

Bingo Games

Gala Bingo ScheduleGala Bingo offers one of the largest selection of bingo rooms and games that can be found online, and below, we’ll look at some of the most popular rooms on the site.

Big Banker Bingo

Big Banker Bingo is one of the more unique bingo rooms you will come across. Open from 8AM – 1AM GMT every day, this 90-ball bingo game offers those who are happy to take a risk for an increased reward the chance to do just that. If you’re lucky enough to make a full house during one of the games, you’ll be given the chance to risk your win for an even bigger cash prize. Decisions, decisions.

While it’s not for everyone, the game is great fun; and with over 650 winners every single day, it’s understandably a very popular room.

City Bingo

City Bingo is another favourite at Gala, and that’s thanks to the progressive jackpot game which is played 4 times an hour. Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the City Bingo room is a great place for those on any budget to enjoy 90-ball bingo games, with tickets varying from 5 pence to 50 pence. Plus, with a jackpot that is continually rising, there is always the possibility of winning life changing money in a matter of minutes.

The Chase Bingo

Exclusive to Gala Bingo, The Chase Bingo is based on the hit TV show of the same name, using a 90-ball bingo format. The Chase Bingo offers an interesting post-game feature allowing you to take your winnings and compete head to head with the chaser to win even more cash.

Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Chase Bingo room offers games from as little as 5 pence each.

Coronation Street Bingo

Yep, it’s bingo on the cobbles. Another Gala exclusive, Coronation Street Bingo is one of the most English rooms at Gala – and probably anywhere else too for that matter.

By successfully merging the best of Coronation Street with 90-ball bingo, this unique game-type offers a memorable and even nostalgic experience. Boasting the impressive statistic of paying out over £10,000 to its players every single day, and with an average prize per game of £48, it’s not hard to see why this has become one of the stand out favourites at the site.

Rush

Rush Bingo is Gala’s take on turbo bingo, which is essentially a regular 90-ball bingo game on fast forward. New games begin every two minutes, and the idea is to play as many games as you can in the least amount of time.

To ensure that this doesn’t get too costly, you can purchase tickets for as little as 1 pence, and with an average of £3,600 paid out every day, it’s clear that the Rush room offers decent potential for all players.

Castle

Castle is another of Gala’s more popular bingo rooms, offering players the chance to enjoy low cost 90-ball bingo with tickets starting from just 1 pence, and 24/7 gaming facilities available. A small selection of games inside the Castle room boast two progressive jackpots, and during the Super Spotlight jackpot games – which are played 4 times an hour – the jackpot can be won by calling a full house in 45 balls or less.

A huge number of games are played in the Castle room every hour, making it yet another ideal destination for the avid bingo player.

That’s just a small selection of the rooms and games that Gala Bingo offer their players. For a full list, head to the main ‘Bingo’ page, where you can view a full schedule alongside viewing details of each room.

Side Games

Gala Side GamesGala Bingo have an impressive selection of side games for you to enjoy – at the time of writing there are 257 different options.

Some of these are Gala exclusives, while others you may well recognise from land based casinos or bingo halls. With games available from developers such as Barcrest, Blueprint Gaming and Playtech, there is a lot of choice spanning a few different categories: Slots, Casino Table Games, Arcade Games and Scratchcards.

Head to the Slots, for example, and you are inundated with choice, with titles including: Rainbow Riches, Big Banker Slot, Magpie Mayhem, Fluffy Favourites, Clover Rollover (progressive jackpot of £1,018,864), Monopoly: Bring the House Down, Rainbow Riches Pick ‘n’ Mix and Action Bank.

Prefer playing classic casino table games? Then simply select ‘Card and Table’ from the navigation menu and you’ll be able to choose from games like: Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and 3 Card Poker.

Loyalty Program

Gala LoyaltyGala Bingo’s loyalty points are nicknamed ‘Happy Points’, and from the moment you begin playing at the site you start earning Happy Points automatically by depositing, playing real money bingo games and playing side games. There’s no opt-in required, and once you’ve managed to accumulate a certain number of points, you can exchange them for bonus cash to spend on bingo, slots or other games available at Gala.

The Happy Points are awarded depending on your loyalty level, and you earn a certain number of points for every £1 you wager on the games. A breakdown of how the points are awarded is shown below:

Loyalty Level Bingo Slots Games
Chilled 7.5 1 1.25
Cheery 10 1.25 1.5
Chirpy 12.5 1.5 1.75
Cheeky 15 1.75 2
Chipper 15 1.75 2
Chuffed 17.5 2 2.25

 

There are five loyalty levels in total, and all players automatically begin at Chilled. Earn 3,000 loyalty points to progress to Cheery, and earn 12,000 points to enter the Chirpy tier. If you manage to accumulate 25,000 loyalty points you’ll be entered into the Cheeky tier, but from that point onwards it’s invite only, so be certain to keep an eye on your emails to see if you’re invited. You are sure to be Chipper and Chuffed if you are! (See what we did there?)

Payments and Withdrawals

Gala Bingo LogoOne of the big problems many bingo players face when playing online, is finding a payment method that suits their personal requirements. Not everyone wants to use their day to day Credit or Debit card to make gambling transactions, particularly if you’re a regular player who deposits and/or withdraws frequently.

Thankfully, while few other options were available when online gambling was in its infancy, today there’s a huge range of options available, with EWallets perhaps being the easiest. An EWallet is like a virtual bank account and they are incredibly secure, usually free, and offer the added benefit of instant withdrawals, so it’s well worth signing up for one.

Some examples of popular EWallets (supported by Gala), include PayPal, Skrill and Neteller. The Gala Bingo website displays a full list of its accepted payment methods from its banking pages, and you’ll be able to see which options are available to you under the ‘My Account’ section.

Withdrawals at Gala Bingo take a couple of days, so don’t expect your cash in record time. Remember though, that if you’re using an EWallet like PayPal or Neteller, once Gala has processed your withdrawal you’ll have immediate access to your funds. So even though the sites pending time is a little longer than we’d like, in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter too much.