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There have been a lot more closures of online bingo sites lately than new sites launching, a sign of the ongoing consolidation and troubles in the online bingo world. While it’s not strictly speaking a new site, Lovehearts Bingo has now relaunched on the Real Money Network from its previous incarnation on the Dragonfish Bingo Network.
The Real Money Network has been making inroads recently, being responsible for the majority of new site launches the last couple of months. It’s also still very much a part of the Dragonfish empire and as such carries a number of the issues that Dragonfish sites are yet to overcome. The user interface still feels very dated, the ongoing promotions are not that exciting, and there is a reluctance to give players anything more in the shape of bonuses than it can get away with.
For instance, the newly relaunched Lovehearts Bingo is currently offering £50 in free tickets and 50 free spins on Fluffy Favourites. On the face of it, this is a great headline offer and sure to encourage people to try them out. Players need to keep their heads about them though and check the small print. The most you can win from your 50 spins is £5 in total. Yes, that’s paid as cash which we applaud, but £5 from 50 spins feel stingier than the competition.
And then there are the £50 of bingo tickets you get. Don’t think you can jump into any old room and max out and play as you used to on DF sites. Checking the small print will alert you to the fact there are 4 x £10 tickets for one game in one room, played monthly and although it’s a big prize pot, that’s a lot of bonus that could be spent elsewhere. You also get 1000 tickets worth 1p that you can use in the Royal Room, but again that’s only played twice a week. As good as the Real Money Networks intentions may be, these ticket restrictions are disappointing if like me, you like to jump in and spend your bonus as and where you see fit.
Lovehearts Bingo is not the first site to make this change. I can see several older, also-ran network skins opting for this approach in an attempt to stay relevant and attractive to players and buck the trend of site closures. If they want to get ahead though, the Real Money Network still needs to look to its biggest competition, the likes of Gala and Tombola and get a bit less restrictive on their free tickets and free spins. Lovehearts Bingo is worth checking out if you want your money to go far, but be prepared to wait for the free games to come around and be capped on your free spin wins.