In 2016, a major online bingo portal named Bucky Bingo as the Best Boutique Bingo Site of the year. While this is a good indication that Bucky’s considered one of the top UK sites to play at, we wouldn’t class it as boutique because it’s part of a network (Virtue Fusion). Bucky’s got forty years’ of industry experience behind it having originally started out as a land-based bingo hall, and prides itself on offering bags of free, cheap, jackpot, and side games, as well as putting its players’ needs “at the forefront of everything we do”. So, does it offer an enjoyable and comfy ride, or is it likely to throw you off at the first hurdle?
Bucky uses pink and purple colours on a clean white background, and an animated horse and rabbit as its mascots. The menu system allows you to view the current promotions, bingo and games selections, and help page, and if you want to view your account details or visit the lobby, you can do so with a single click.
The lobby is equally well designed as it contains four tabs for the different game products - 90-ball, 75-ball, Multiplayer Slots, and All Rooms – and also lets you sort the prize pool, ticket price, number of players, and start time columns by highest or lowest.
At times, you may need to get in touch with the customer support team, and when you do, you can choose to telephone them between 8am and midnight, send an email, submit an online contact form, or make use of the live chat facility. When we tried to enquire about the hours of the live help service, we received an automated message that no operators were available and to try again later. For a Saturday lunchtime, this is not very reassuring.
Making yourself at home at Bucky Bingo is so much easier when you’ve got free funds to play with. So, when you sign up, don’t forget to take advantage of the £50 welcome bonus when you deposit £10 and spend it on bingo cards. The welcome bonus comes in two parts – a £30 bingo bonus and a £20 games bonus. While the wagering requirement for the former is only x4, the games bonus carries a x50 wagering requirement, which is on the high side.
You can also claim a 100% bonus on your second deposit of £10 or more, and on the first of the month, Bucky will give you 5% of your previous month’s losses back as cash.
There’s a diverse range of other promotions, many of which are common to Virtue Fusion sites, such as Winners Night, The Money Ladder, Friday Fever, and Value Nights. Plus, there are monthly specials like the £1m Slots Prize Draw and Christmas Cash Cubes Giveaway. Bucky also runs exclusive competitions on its Facebook page, including a weekly quiz where you can win a £25 bonus.
The lobby allows you to see what games are due to start within the next few minutes, and you can filter by ticket price, prize amount, number of players, and max number of tickets. The networked rooms such as Lucky Numbers and Rainbow Riches are consistently busy, but the standalone rooms like Big Money and The Buckingham are also popular.
The Virtue Fusion software means that moving between rooms only takes a couple of seconds, and you don’t need to return to the lobby if you want to play casino games, slots, or scratch cards as the games panel at the top of the screen gives you access to more than seventy exciting titles.
Instructions on how to download the Bucky Bingo app from the Google Play and Apple App Store can be found via the Mobile App link at the bottom of any page. Although it’s not mentioned in this information, you can play on any device by visiting Bucky in your mobile web browser where the full range of bingo games and many slots are on offer in the lobby.
As a member of the Virtue Fusion network, Bucky Bingo employs strict security and safety measures to ensure your personal details are protected. You can find out more about these features by clicking through to the site.
As Bucky Bingo uses Virtue Fusion software, you can enjoy many fun bingo variants including Rainbow Riches, Clover Countdown, Multi Balls, and Deal or No Deal, as well as traditional 90-ball and 75-ball games in non-networked rooms such as BB’s Free, The Buckingham, and Big Money. Unfortunately, not all Virtue Fusion games are present. Cash Cubes, for example, can be played at both Mecca and Gala, but not at Bucky.
If you’ve wagered cash or bonus funds at the site in the past thirty days, you can play free bingo games in the BB Free room between 10am and 11am and 10pm and 11pm daily.
Bucky also stocks a great range of slots, casino games, and scratch cards, including progressive jackpot slots like Adventures in Wonderland. Plus, there are progressive jackpots up for grabs in Bucky’s bingo rooms that give you the chance to win significant sums of cash by gaining a full house within a specified number of ball calls.
The banking options are more limited at Bucky than at some other Virtue Fusion sites such as Mecca Bingo, as neither Skrill nor Neteller are offered.
You can choose to deposit using Paysafecard, Paypal, Visa, or MasterCard, and the minimum single deposit and withdrawal amounts are £5 and £10 respectively. Bucky doesn’t mention how long it takes to process withdrawal requests, so we assume it’s inline with Betfred Bingo where requests are processed within 48 hours.
The VIP Club at Bucky Bingo offers birthday bonuses, hospitality packages, VIP-only prize draws, loyalty bonuses, game previews, and more to regular players. While the perks on offer sound appealing, there’s no explanation of how many levels there are in the programme or what’s required to qualify for membership bar a sentence in the terms and conditions that states “Your VIP Club status is dependent on your depositing and wagering history” throughout your lifetime as a member.
Although Bucky Bingo features a myriad of exciting promotions that allow you to grab bonuses, cheap game cards, and big cash prizes every single month, it’s not on a par with other Virtue Fusion sites which offer additional payment methods and the full compliment of Playtech bingo variants. We also think that the VIP programme should be more transparent as the perks sound really good but there’s no way to find out how you can qualify for them.
Overall, we consider Bucky a fun and friendly site that’s better suited to newcomers to the online bingo scene than seasoned players who might demand more game variants, loyalty rewards, and payment methods.