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Carlton Bingo Verdict
The problem with Carlton Bingo is that it offers way more slots than it does bingo games, and it really doesn’t offer anything above its fellow members of the 15 Network. The payment methods are very limited and outdated, and while the VIP scheme appears to be rewarding, there’s no way of knowing how long it takes to climb each level. For an operator which has such an excellent reputation for land-based bingo, it’s all rather disappointing.
Design & Usability
The Carlton Bingo website features almost every colour in the rainbow, which helps to make its offers (including £20 free and Spin the Wheel) look very exciting. The homepage contains a brief introduction to the brand and also allows you to search for your nearest Carlton club. Along the main menu and above it, you can access the games, promotions, winners’ page, help section, and your account. Plus, if you don’t have an account, it’s easy to spot the big, yellow Join Now button.
Software & Gameplay
There are four jackpot rooms, which host networked games like Pay Day and Friday Fortune. Sadly, there are no exclusive games to play.
Like Spice Bingo, the limited bingo rooms at Carlton rarely get busy, and the number of 1p and 2p games are by far outnumbered by 10p, £1, and £2 games. It’s not all bad news, however, as the lobby is quick to load and is laid out so that you can find the 90-ball, 75-ball, jackpot, and free bingo games easily. The choice of slots is also good, and you’ll even find some of the latest game releases to explore.
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Payments & Withdrawals
The payment methods on offer at Carlton Bingo are very disappointing as they only include debit and credit cards (Visa Credit, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Solo, and Maestro). The minimum withdrawal amount is also high (£30) but at least the minimum deposit amount is low (£5). Annoyingly, withdrawal requests pend for 48 hours, during which time you can reverse them back to your account. Once a request starts to be processed, it can take seven to fourteen days to be credited to your debit/credit card. There’s also a sneaky clause in the terms and conditions which state that you must have wagered at least £100 cash before you can make your first withdrawal.
The ‘Help’ page includes FAQ for general, technical, game, account, and banking issues. If you need further assistance, you can telephone or email the customer service team. Unfortunately, the telephone line is only manned between 9.30AM and 6PM. There’s also a WhatsApp number provided on the Contact Us page (with the same opening hours) although it’s not mentioned on the Help page.
Bonuses & Promotions
While Carlton doesn’t offer you a no-deposit bonus when you join, it does give you free access to its Newbies Room between 8PM and PM for seven days after you join. Each game offers a £3 prize pool, so if you make the most of your access, you could soon amass a nice stash of bonus funds.
If you decide you’d like to become a funded player, you can claim 200% extra when you deposit £10 or more. Plus, you get to play the Spin the Wheel game for an extra guaranteed bonus of between £10 and £2,500. The wagering requirements are 4x bingo.
There aren’t many other promotions to get involved with, and those that are advertised are the standard 15 Network offers including Weekend Wad (win a £300 bonus every weekend), Monday Madness (the value of one-line and full house prizes are switched), Friday Night Takeaway (win a takeaway worth up to £50), and a monthly special.
Although Carlton lacks a dedicated mobile page, it’s possible to play games on both mobile phones and tablets using the HTML5 website. All of the bingo rooms are available, although the selection of slots and instants isn’t as extensive as the desktop site.
Variety & Originality
Carlton Bingo lacks variety when it comes to bingo games as there are just five standard rooms (90-ball and 75-ball), five jackpot games, and three free rooms (one for VIPs, one for new players, and one for regular members). Plus, there’s certainly nothing on offer that you can’t find at any other site on the 15 Network, which also applies to the promotions.
Loyalty & Rewards
On first appearance, the VIP scheme looks to be good value for money. There are five levels which offer redeposit bonuses of 25%, 50%, 60%, 65%, and 75% respectively. The second level and above grant you access to pretty stingy amounts of monthly cashback (between 1% and 7%), birthday bonus points, and free games. To work your way up the levels, you must collect stars by making deposits and playing games with real funds. Unfortunately, there’s no explanation of how many stars you must collect for each VIP level.