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Betfair Bingo Review

Opened in 2013, Betfair Bingo is the latest part of the huge site operated by this unique and innovative brand who also feature the largest betting exchange in the world: a sportsbook, casino, poker and mobile games.

The bingo is run on the Virtue Fusion network which is one of the biggest in Europe, and there are regularly 10,000s of players online at peak times playing a good range of 90 ball, 75 ball and special games with some big progressive jackpots.

Betfair has yet to add mobile support, but fortunately there are many alternative operators who have.

New and existing customers can all claim bonuses that will allow them to play without using their own funds, and there is a loyalty points scheme to give your balance a further boost.

The homepage is well designed featuring details of the new player welcome bonuses, the bingo rooms and some of the side games. The bingo schedule is handily displayed so anyone looking to join up can see straight away what is being played, when, how many players are online and what prizes are offered.

Bonuses

As soon as a new customer has registered their details and played through a small amount on bingo, they are able to claim extra bonus funds. Although the exact details can alter now and then, a new player can expect to get a bonus for buying bingo tickets, plus a bonus for playing casino games. As is standard practice across most bingo operators, the bonuses are paid as credits that can be used to play and win real money, but not actually withdrawn as cash. Players will also need to wager several times the combined deposit and bonus amounts before requesting any cash withdrawals, and Betfair's wagering requirements are about average for the industry at 4x for bingo and 25x for the casino.

The Betfair Bingo Club is open to all players from the moment they make their first real money wager. At the entry level, 10 points are awarded for every £10 staked on the games and, once 1000 points have been accumulated, they can be exchanged for a £1 credit. As more points are earned, the levels are increased so that more points are gained for each £10 wagered and, at the High Roller level, the points can be exchanged for withdraw-able cash.

Other promotions include free bingo nights, prize draws, quizzes with bonus prizes and extra rewards handed out by Chat Moderators in several of the games. Other offers that can usually be found include: random prize drops, guaranteed jackpot games and a Slot of the Week, which awards players with a bonus each time they play it.

Games

Both 90 ball and 75 ball bingo are available here, while several special games takes the total number of rooms to nine. The bingo schedule lets users decide on a game and time to suit them and, because Betfair Bingo is part of a big network, they can offer more frequent rooms with more players online than would be possible for even a big operation like this to provide if they were a standalone site.

Specials include Deal or No Deal bingo, The Bingo Games, Britain's Got Talent, Joker Jackpot and Lucky Numbers bingo. Deal or No Deal is based on the popular TV show; the full house winner gets to face the Banker and the other players vote on whether to accept the Banker's offer or not. 'The Bingo Games' is themed around an athletics track and, before the game starts, customers choose an athlete who moves further down the track the closer a player gets to a full house, while Britain's Got Talent has six cash prizes ranging from the £1 Buzzer Bonus to the £250 Judges' Jackpot.

Joker Jackpot uses a deck of cards instead of a bingo ticket, and users win by completing a J pattern or getting a full house of 16 cards, with a big jackpot for a full house in 14 cards or less. Lucky Numbers bingo gets players to pick three numbers before the game, and allows them to win prizes if the one line, two line and full house winning numbers match their choices.

Chat contests are some of the most popular choices and there are always several running. A particular feature of Betfair's chat rooms is the ability of players to add friends to their preferences and even have conversations away from the main chat screen.

There are lots of slots and casino games including titles popular at many online casinos such as:

  • Leprechauns' Luck
  • Wild Gambler
  • Adventures in Wonderland slots
  • Blackjack
  • Scratchcards

The Playtech software offers good graphics, lots of bonus features and some big progressive jackpots.

Banking

Players can deposit funds into their Betfair accounts using a range of methods including the most commonly used credit and debit cards, bank transfer, cheque or some of the popular money transfer providers. Due to Betfair's policy of only returning withdrawn funds to the same card or system used to make deposits, prepaid vouchers and cards cannot be used.

Withdrawal requests are processed within 24 hours with funds back in players' bank accounts in 2-3 days, which is a quick turnaround.

Conclusion

Betfair Bingo is a busy site with lots of choice in what to play, where generous bonuses can help players to enjoy more games. By using the Virtue Fusion network, customers have access to the most popular bingo types and a good range of side games; however, the other side to using Virtue Fusion is that anyone who has played online bingo before has probably seen these on numerous other sites. This shouldn't distract players from trying Betfair though as many of their joining promotions and offers are unique to them.

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