Taken 2 December 2016 09:53.
The bingo and chat client.
The selection of games available to sign-up for.
There can't be a person in the UK who hasn't heard of The Sun newspaper, the often controversial but frequently fun, best selling daily paper in the country. Sun Bingo was launched in 2006 and, partly due to the heavy promotion in the newspaper along with extensive TV advertising, it grew rapidly into one of the biggest sites, with bespoke software giving it a unique look and range of games. The site offers 75, 80 and 90 ball versions, with a number of slots that won't be found elsewhere, while there are always several different promotions ongoing at any time, such as new player welcome offers, free cards, cashback deals and happy hours.
Visitors to Sun Bingo will find a bright looking site with the vivid red that is so familiar from their newspaper heading. Information on how to join up and start playing is clearly displayed, as are the latest promotion details, top slots and quick links to the customer support desk. It is very straightforward to navigate and, once a simple registration form has been completed, the wide range of games can be enjoyed. The site uses smooth running software provided by the Gamesys company and is a standalone bingo site, meaning that its games are only being used by Sun Bingo users rather than combined with players from other sites.
Sun Bingo offers a good selection of the most popular game types, with 90 ball being the most widely played in numerous Clubs. Each Club has a number of chat rooms linked to it so, for example, the Candy Club consists of three chat rooms called Liquorice, Sherbet and Lollipop, while the Fashion Club is made up of rooms named Milan, Paris and New York. There are a total of around sixteen 90 ball chat rooms, each hosted by a friendly Moderator who will help to keep everyone entertained and, of course, assist players who need help with anything.
75 and 80 ball games are less well catered for with two chat rooms for each type, but this is still more than many sites provide and gives customers a good choice for the sort of game they want to play. Due to the popularity of Sun Bingo, many of these rooms can get quite busy at peak times, but the Schedule page lets customers view how many people are online in each room, what the ticket prices and prizes are, plus start times. At certain times of the day, many of the rooms link up to provide even bigger jackpot prizes, but anyone looking for quieter rooms will still be able to find at least one. Once in a room, the layout is similar to most online bingo sites, with called numbers to one side of the screen, tickets in the middle and chat to the right.
Both exclusives are based around The Sun newspaper, with Winning Headlines featuring free spins with multiplier prizes and Mystic Meg rewarding players with up to 10,000 coins when they get 5 wild symbols on a payline. Other slots include hit titles like Zuma, Peggle, Valley of the Kings and Deal or No Deal, all of which can be tried out in Fun Play mode before needing to deposit money at the site. There are a few instant win variants like Whack-a-Moley and Footballers Widow; all that's missing are a couple of table or card games like Roulette and Blackjack.
Sun Bingo tend to modify their bonus offers frequently so it is always worth checking on the website to see what the latest deals are. New users will always get some type of welcome bonus, although they tend not to be huge amounts, while loyal customers will get treated to rewards points in different rooms at different times and even re-deposit bonuses at certain points. Frequent Happy Hour promotions, cashback deals and Super Link offers are provided which can all add up to substantial benefits for Sun Bingo members, although there is no regular re-deposit bonus offered. On-going extras include BOGOF bingo games, guaranteed jackpots in the 100 Club, random prizes rewarded to players in the Breakfast Club each week and a Refer a Friend bonus of £10.
Deposits can be made into a Sun Bingo account using a range of credit and debit cards, plus prepaid vouchers. There is no option to use an e-wallet like PayPal or Skrill, or prepaid cards. The minimum deposit amount is £10 and the maximum £10,000 so all budgets are catered for. Withdrawals are made to agreed cards, bank accounts or by cheque but, to ensure full security of funds, a player may need to provide proof of ID before their first withdrawal is approved. The minimum is again £10 and the maximum single withdrawal request is £1000, so bigger wins will be paid over several transactions.
UK based players can contact Sun Bingo's customer support team via a freephone number, while customers from all territories can use either email or live chat options as well. When logged into a game, the Chat Moderators will always help out where possible. All methods get quick responses from a knowledgeable team who are available all day every day.
Being such a well known brand, which is heavily advertised, Sun Bingo has not surprisingly become a highly popular place to play. Among the many plus points here are the sheer number of rooms, each with its own unique features and tickets priced to suit any budget. Being so popular does, however, mean that most games are quite busy, meaning that the odds of actually winning are reduced, although the prizes are correspondingly big. The promotions are updated frequently and are usually wide ranging in their scope and details, although welcome bonuses can be on the small side. While banking facilities are safe and secure, and payments are processed quickly, it would be nice to have the option to use an e-wallet or two.
|Good looking, easy to use site.|
|Great range of bingo games.|
|Well known, popular brand.|
|A couple of unique slots, and a good range of additional slots.|
|Lots of chat games with some busy rooms and some quieter.|
|No re-deposit bonus.|
|No table or card games.|
|License Number: 38905|
Noel Hayden founded Gamesys (the parent company of Sun Bingo) along with Robin Tombs and Andrew Dixon in 2001. Noel is the current Managing Director of Gamesys.
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