What is our initial impression of Virgin Bingo? Well to be honest our first thought was – “is this it?”. There’s no Carry On film stars, talking foxes or river dancing dogs. No vibrant colours or endless supply of bingo rooms with fancy names like “The Mega Dosh Room” or “Party Time”.
So what can you as a bingo player do here? Errrr ……. play bingo. And after the initial surprise you then begin to see the beauty of this. This is very much Bloke’s Bingo – or for anyone who wants to simply play the game. This site is part of the Gamesys collection along with others such as JackpotJoy and Sun Bingo. So for players who want the hype and the colour and the fun they can play there. But for those who just want to play bingo then we have Virgin…….
We do have to remember that Virgin Bingo is simply a part of the larger Virgin Games site. Other sites such as Tombola Bingo or Wink Bingo concentrate on just that but with other games such as slots and scratch cards thrown in too. But Virgin Games is actually a casino games site with bingo as the additional option.
Does this work? Yes – most definitely. Because the game of bingo is now played as a casino game so you can play bingo and still pretend you’re James Bond (or Jill Bond?). Come on guys – admit you all do that! Even the red and black colour scheme constantly reinforces this image.
What games are there to play?
As we said above the bingo games are pretty basic – straight 75 ball and 90 ball bingo and with minimal choice. But when we take away all the rooms with different colours or shapes to play for then this is what we come down to – right?
But as can be expected the casino games are quite special. There’s a great range of slots and table games such as roulette, blackjack, video poker etc and with differing variations of each.
What’s particularly special with these is that you can play them all in demo mode before making the choice to place real money – not an option on most sites.
Is Virgin Bingo any good for newbies?
Yes it is because of the simplicity. Ok so most bingo rooms anywhere will autodab for you and sort the best performing bingo tickets to the top. Most will also have comprehensive instructions regarding how to play bingo. But the sheer choice elsewhere can be overwhelming with numerous variations of names, themes, colours, ticket price, payout level, player numbers etc.
And it’s also a great introduction to the game for anyone who still believes that bingo is for little old ladies and village bingo players at the local community centre.
Not to mention the welcome bonus described below. However – if you really are a newbie then don’t even think about depositing £100 to get the maximum bonus. Make sure you fully understand the game first!
And promos and offers?
There are constant forms of offer available to take advantage of – free bingo, BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free), introduce a friend for £20, cash back offers, promotional giveaways etc. And to keep in with that Red / Black casino theme these are all called Red Hot Offers.
The welcome bonus is 200% which is nothing amazing. BUT while other sites may offer an extra £40 or so at Virgin Bingo you can get up to £200 in bonus money. AND this goes all into one pot so it is not a case of using your bonus only after your real cash is used up like so many other online bingo sites.
There is also a free game every day with some very realistic chances of winning free cash, prizes or slot spins.
The obligatory loyalty points at Virgin Bingo are called V points (what else?). Again these are simple and straightforward – no climbing levels depending upon how many times you’ve deposited in the past month multiplied by your wager levels and divided by the last time you logged in. You are awarded V Points every time you play and occasionally as game rewards or winnings. They can then be exchanged for cash or for Flying Club Miles. Simple.
Can I play on my mobile?
Yes you can play mobile bingo and a whole range of other casino games as well.
Are there any Virgin Bingo chat rooms?
Yes each bingo room has its own chat room but you can still play one room but log in to the chat room of your choice. Each room has it’s own Chat Host as you’d expect to keep order and answer any questions. they will also from time to time award V points or cash prizes and rewards. If you really don’t want to take part in the chat – and possibly many of the player who are attracted by Virgin Bingo won’t want to – then it is a very simple matter of just turning it off.
How do I make a deposit or withdraw my winnings?
Virgin Bingo accepts all the major credit and debit cards and is also a PayPal bingo site. You can also make deposits or withdrawals using Skrill, Neteller or Laser.
Is the customer support good?
Freephone and email are available 24 / 7 while Live Chat is available from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm every day. There’s also a full list of common questions and answers to look through as well.
They also provide help and advice regarding gambling problems through trained staff and their website itself. The usual facilities such as self exclusion and setting deposit limits are also available.