In December 2017, online bingo players must’ve thought that Christmas had come earlier thanks to Tau Gaming launching its festive-themed, wager-free brand, Cracker Bingo.
It operates on the Real Bingo Network alongside Kozmo Bingo and Yay Bingo, and all of its offers come with no wagering requirements, which means all of your winnings are paid in cash.
There are several other incentives to attract and retain players too, including the chance to play 90-ball and 75-ball games cost-free, and claim daily rewards (which depend on your current loyalty level) of up to 50 free spins and 30 free bingo cards.
At the time of writing our Cracker Bingo review, Christmas 2018 is just weeks away. So, if you’re feeling in a festive mood, should you put Cracker Bingo at the top of your Xmas wish list?
The strict regulations that apply to gambling operators mean that their websites’ graphics shouldn’t appeal to children. And, considering that Cracker Bingo uses a Christmas theme, the web designers must’ve found it hard to work within the restrictions as there’s no Santa Claus, no elves, no glittering gift boxes, and not a reindeer in sight.
Instead, there’s simply a red-and-white theme with the word “CRACKER” presented with a dusting of snow, and the image of a woman wearing a Christmas jumper laughing as she pulls a hat over her eyes.
Visually, the website is clean and slick, and we like that the support button is so easy to spot. A mini-registration form is provided in the middle of the page, underneath which there are details of the welcome bonus. There are also featured jackpot games, slots, and promotions.
Help is available via telephone between 10 am and 2 am daily. You can also get in touch using the email contact form or drop by the Help Room (which is listed as one of the chat rooms) where agents are on standby during the hours mentioned above.
Once you signed up with Cracker Bingo and make your first deposit of just £10 using the promo code shown on the Promotions page, you get 60 cards worth £30 for the Street Party room and four cards worth £40 for the Big Bang room which opens on the tenth of the month. You also receive 10 free spins which can be used on Fluffy Favourites.
Cracker Rewards are available as part of the loyalty programme, but other than these, there are no other promotions to speak of which is disappointing.
Dragonfish (which is an 888 Holdings/Cassava Enterprises product) is the software platform that Cracker Bingo runs on. It’s particularly easy-to-use thanks to the tabs that split up the different game types, and the pre-filled amounts that you can pick in the Cashier.
The rooms are all networked, which means they get reasonably busy.
There’s no need for a mobile app as the Cracker Bingo website is optimised for mobile devices. All of the bingo rooms are available, and plenty of side games and slots as well.
Cracker Bingo is dually licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and the Government of Gibraltar. SSL encryption protects your personal and financial information while you’re online, and independently-tested RNG (Random Number Generator) software guarantees that the games provide fair results. The site also holds the eCOGRA sign of approval.
There are 15 bingo rooms to choose from in total, but they’re not unique as they are shared with other sites on the network. You can enjoy 90-ball games in “On the Go” rooms such as Blighty 90, Last Call, and Fun’in 90, plus 75-ball games in Number 10 and Wonky. Hit 52 games use playing cards instead of bingo balls, and they’re exclusively available in the Hit 52 room.
There are daily guaranteed jackpot games like £1,500 Tuesday Rocks, £500 Wednesday Chic, and £10k Sunday Blast. Plus, Gobsmacked games offer a prize pool of one hundred free spins.
There are also three free bingo rooms and Ace Club loyalty rooms.
Slots, jackpot slots, and casino games offer you many other ways to win cash. Popular titles at the site include Sling XXXtreme, French Roulette, Sugar Rush, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jackpot Jockey, Millionaire Genie, Zeus III, and The 100,000 Pyramid.
It’s great to see that Paypal is offered alongside Neteller, Paysafecard, Visa, MasterCard, Wire Transfer, and Entropay, and that no fees are applied to deposits or withdrawals. However, the withdrawal process could be made easier and quicker as currently, you must wait two business days for your request to be approved, and up to eight business days to receive your funds.
Like other sites on Tau Gaming’s Real Bingo Network, Cracker Bingo operates a rewards programme called the Ace Club. It consists of 15 levels, and you begin at level one when you make your first wager.
There are several attractive benefits including daily login treats (e.g. free spins and cashback), access to the Ace Club bingo rooms, VIP gifts, dedicated account managers, and free bingo tickets.
Cracker Bingo offers a good variety of bingo and side games, but it’s its lack of wagering requirements that make it stand out from other Dragonfish sites. It might not rival the likes of Gala and Mecca Bingo as it lacks exclusive games, but if you’re looking for generous welcome and loyalty rewards, and you want to cash-out your bonus winnings without having to play them through, it could well be time to pull yourself a cracker!