Gala Bingo Review - Site Reviews
Gala Bingo have been prolific in the bingo industry for many years, so one thing that you can say about them immediately is they are a trusted brand. They currently operate over 100 clubs throughout the UK and cater for around five million members and their online bingo site means that you can play Gala Bingo from the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Unlike their land based clubs, Gala online just never shuts.
Prior to the 11th July 2012 Gala Bingo was powered by proprietary software but on this date the site completed migration to the Virtue Fusion/Playtech software. With the new software came a completely new design for the home page too and at the launch, Peter Andre became the new face of Gala Bingo.
The home page boasts a scrolling banner that flows through several screens showing Mr Andre, detailing the welcome bonus, a little advertorial on how players changed the face of Gala and then a little about the Buzz Bonus. You can even access a tour video with Peter Andre as your guide to the new site. How long he stays as the Ambassador for Gala Bingo remains to be seen.
If you held an account at the old Gala Bingo then you can use your old login to play at the new site. However as a new player you will have to create an account. This takes just a couple of minutes to do with a handy “Address Finder” available as part of the process. All your details are needed on one simple form, no financial details at this point, and then you are good to go! You are taken straight to the depositing screen when you can choose to fund your account instantly or by clicking “Bingo” from the top navigation you can see some of the rooms available. Click “Play Now” on any of the rooms and you will find yourself ready to play.
The lobby for Gala Bingo looks a lot different from the standard Virtue Fusion site and they even offer you a Club Finder where you can choose the game you wish to play (All, 90 ball, 75/80 ball or Special), the ticket price you wish to pay and the number of players (Low - High, Unsorted, High – Low). Simply choose your settings and then the Club Finder will list the rooms in order of preference – what a superb tool!
The room layout, although quite familiar, has a different look and feel to it than you may have seen at other sites using Virtue Fusion although for the most part, with the exception of colour scheme, the bingo cards, side games and chat boxes are in the same place.
For purchasing tickets you have a number of options; one card, max tickets, one or two strips but there is also the ability to use a slider or simply type in the relevant box the number of tickets you wish to buy. On the purchasing screen it will show you the total cost for the amount of tickets you have chosen to buy.
Gala Bingo has all the familiarity of the standard Virtue Fusion sites but with a few unique features added. There are numerous rooms to choose from at this site, some of which are exclusive to members of Gala Bingo whilst others are networked with the other sites using this software. The site offers 75, 80 and 90 ball bingo as well as the themed games like Deal or No Deal Bingo and Lucky Numbers Bingo. There are also over 70 side games to chose from and a selection of Community Slot games. The Community Slot games have you hoping for a win on the reel spins but also that you will score higher than your room mates in an effort to scoop the community pot.
Gala Bingo comes into it’s own more with the little finishing touches; the Club Finder, ticket purchasing options and the general navigation and we haven’t even touched on the promotions on offer from the brand. Keep an eye on our Bingo News section for a whole plethora of information on the latest deals, new offers and promotions from the all singing, all dancing Gala Bingo!
This brand also offers mobile gaming – Click here for a review of Gala Bingo Mobile
Gala Bingo Pluses
The below pluses are the positive points about Gala Bingo that make it a site worthy of your time and attention.
- Unique features offered like the Club Finder.
- A whole plethora of bingo variants and rooms to choose from.
- A trusted brand and software.
Gala Bingo Minuses
The below minuses are things Gala Bingo need to work on to improve their service to bingo players. If you're not happy with the site's issues, vote with your feet and play elsewhere.
- With over 100 players per room it can be busy at times.
- Chat can move very fast at times, hard to keep up.
- No free bingo offering for new players - deposit required to play at the site.
Gala Bingo Bonuses
Gala Bingo offers a 300% cash match bonus to new players on a first deposit of £10 as standard.
T&C's apply - New players only. Min. deposit £10. Deposit to be wagered on bingo before bonus given. Wagering required of 2x bonus on bingo tickets. Bonus only valid for seven days from the point of credit.
There are no re-load bonuses offered by this brand. New players are also given access to the Newbie Room that offers free bingo for the first five days following your registration.
Gala Bingo Software, Network And Company
Gala Bingo runs on Virtue Fusion software and is on the Virtue Fusion network although there are some rooms available that are standalone and only accessible to Gala Bingo players. The site is owned and operated by Gala Coral Group Limited.
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Gala Bingo Support
If you have any issues with your time at Gala Bingo, you can contact the support department via the following methods:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Live Help
- Telephone: 0800 294 7294 (UK) - 0044 1483 716 540 (Outside of the UK)
- By Post: Customer Care, Gala Coral Remote Gambling, Globe House, Victoria Way, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6DD
Gala Bingo Licensing And Complaints
Gala Bingo is licensed in Gibraltar. Details on the licensing body and how to complain can be found at the licensing body's website - www.gra.gi. Alternatively you can contact the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner on email email@example.com.
UK Gambling Commission: Reference 39069
By: Nickie Shute