Bgo Bingo is a bingo site built into an existing casino and slots site, with the unmistakeable mascot Verne Troyer. The fact that it’s part of a large, popular gambling site should mean bgo Bingo has some mighty offerings, but sometimes this just means that the bingo part of the site is an afterthought. Let’s find out where we stand with bgo.
The site greets you with an enormous image of Verne, dressed in his fantastic blinging outfit and clutching bingo balls. There’s an immediate vibe of big bucks combined with a sense of humour. There’s a nice, purple colour scheme and you can see the site’s theme (Verne’s grinning face!) on most pages. This site definitely stands out!
You’ll find a navigation bar about halfway down the page, leading to all the usual sections, plus a useful How to Play. The huge splash graphic can make it a bit harder to find your way around, but it won’t take long to get used to it. You have some floating buttons for the site’s social media accounts and help section, always handy.
When you enter the customer support section of the site, you get a good welcome from the customer support team, with plenty of useful text and a nice, neat layout. You can reach some detailed FAQs from here and a depositing guide.
You can use an email form to contact them, or they offer a snail mail address and live chat. There’s no phone, but live chat does do the same job. Support is not available 24/7 sadly, but it is Monday-Sunday from 8.30am to midnight. A good support system overall.
Update (09/11/17) - bgo has now switched to a 'no wagering' system, which means all bonus wins are paid in real cash and have no wagering requirements. As a result, the welcome bonus structure for the site has been overhauled significantly.
For starters, the no deposit bonus has been scrapped, and the first deposit offer has been replaced with a more personalised offer. For every £10 you spend as part of your first deposit, you'll recieve 100 Candy Club Points (up to a max of 500) which can be redeemed for a variety of tickets and bonuses through the site's VIP programme.
While it is good that the site has shifted to a no wagering scheme, the bingo offer is slightly disappointing, especially when compared to the Casino's free spins offer. As a result, we've kept the score for this section the same.
There’s a good set of promotions at bgo Bingo, all decorated with Verne (no escaping him!). They include some pretty standard things like jackpot events and value games. At the time of writing there’s a £1M cash giveaway in the form of a prize draw, so the site does live up to its big money theme. Otherwise, however, there’s some lack of originality.
New players can claim £5 just for registering a card, and something we liked is that a phone number is not mandatory at sign up, but you can earn 20 free spins on Starburst if you do choose to enter it. The main welcome bonus is £40 for a £10 deposit, which has a low two-times wagering requirement. Though the site lacks some variety, their offers are good fun and fair.
Bgo Bingo uses Virtue Fusion software which powers some of the bigger name brands out there (Gala Bingo, Sun Bingo etc). The lobby is bright and busy, maybe a little cluttered. Nevertheless, it’s easy to use and has some nice extras like a clock and a place to input bonus codes.
They have certainly opted for a distinctive style when it comes to bingo rooms. Chat gets plenty of room, making it easy to read and join in. The rooms seem to be fairly busy and there are always a few hosts around, ready to natter. The games themselves are easy to use and several rooms feature special bonus rounds, though the rules aren’t always obvious.
Mobile and tablet users can access bgo Bingo through their browsers. The site appears to support a broad range of decides and platforms. You’ll find a link to a mobile page at the bottom of the main page, explaining all this. There is an iOS app, but it seems to offer much the same as the mobile site.
The mobile site here is very good. For the main site, you get a simplified, scaled-down version which is easy to navigate. In games, you get Virtue Fusion’s usual software, which is highly specialised. The game experience is good and it’s easy to use, but chat could have a bigger window.
The site has a detailed responsible gaming page and gives you various ways to control spending, such as a cool off period or self-exclusion.
The game variety at bgo Bingo is good. At first glance they only have 90 ball and 75 ball bingo, but there are some extras within those such as a 5-line bingo and Deal or No Deal Bingo which has a special bonus round. There’s also a fun Who Wants to Be a Millionaire room, with extra ways to win based on the famous TV show.
There are over ten rooms and some link games with other sites. Free bingo seems to be limited to Sundays and VIP rooms, but you can find BOGOF and other daily offers. The slots selection is massive as you’d expect, since this is part of a wider site. Overall there’s a few things missing, but plenty of unusual rooms to check out.
Banking is done via a drop-down panel on this site, which is quite nifty and easy to follow. It’s easy to pick your options and should only take a minute. The handy part of this dropdown is that it doesn’t take you off your current page. Withdrawing takes a standard 3-5 working days.
There are plenty of deposit methods here. The site accepts all the major cards like MasterCard, Maestro and Visa. You can also use PayPal, Neteller, Skrill and PaySafeCard. They even accept instant bank transfer, iDebit and various mobile payments. All the major avenues are well covered!
The VIP scheme here is called the Candy Club. Check it out from the main page and you even get treated to a pleasant animation! You can earn Candy Club points as you play your usual games (£10 on bingo for 6 points), which can be redeemed in their shop. They also unlock new membership tiers.
There are five tiers, from the basic Chocolate up to Candy, which requires 600 points. Each new level gives you access to more exclusive free bingo rooms, birthday bonuses, cheaper redemption for your points and more. The top tier gets a personal manager.
This is a good programme which is balanced to let most players have a little taste, not just the highest rollers, while also having some enticing offerings for those who can afford it. A transparent structure is always good to see.
Bgo Bingo is a really strong site. Unlike many of these bingo sites which appear as part of a later gambling site, it doesn’t feel like an afterthought or just tacked on. While the branding with Verne Troyer might not be everyone’s cup of tea, at least the site has a cohesive theme and it does deliver a mix of silly fun and big cash prizes. A good site with a lot to offer and just a few things left to improve.