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Newbies Bingo Verdict
Overall, we feel that a lot more could’ve been done to make Newbies Bingo more newbie-friendly and unique as, after all, everyone could use a helping hand when they first start playing. But at the end of the day, all you get are the standard LBN/Cozy games, rewards scheme, and promotions, which might be enough to satisfy the needs of some, but probably not the more experienced players.
Design & Usability
While it’s nice to see that Newbies Bingo has chosen not to use the standard Cozy Bingo homepage layout, the result is a little underwhelming as if the designer only had a small budget to play with. There’s a bright yellow banner advertising the current welcome offer, followed by a brief introduction to the Newbies brand, and the navigation menu appears down the left-hand side along with a list of latest winners.
Software & Gameplay
Cozy Games is the software that’s used to run Newbies Bingo and other sites on the LBN network. It’s by no means flashy, but it does a good job of offering a stable, secure, and easy-to-use platform on which you can enjoy five online bingo variants, a selection of slots and scratch cards, and make easy deposits and withdrawals.
Safety & Security
The site is regulated and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, so if you’re a UK resident, you can play with confidence. The Trustwave SSL certificate indicates that your personal and credit card information are kept secure during transmission, and a random number generator ensures fairness.
Payments & Withdrawals
The payment methods you can use include Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Skrill, Neteller, Boku (Pay by Mobile), Paypal, and Paysafecard, which is a pretty impressive choice. However, there are some downsides which lower Newbies’ rating in this category such as the £30 minimum withdrawal requirement and the fact that you can only request one withdrawal in any five-day period.
The customer service team are happy to help you 24/7 via live chat, support ticket, email, or live chat.
Bonuses & Promotions
Newbies only publishes the standard LBN offers, which means that there are no unique promotions to make the site stand out. However, the offers that exist are reasonable enough. In particular, the £15 no-deposit bonus is well worth claiming. You can get your hands on it by adding valid card details as part of the registration process. You have 30 days in which to use it, and before you can cash out any associated winnings, you must meet the 8x bingo or 20x slots wagering requirements.
There’s also a 500% bonus to enjoy with your first deposit of £5 or more, up to a maximum of £500. The wagering requirements for the welcome bonus are lower than that of the no-deposit bonus – 4x bingo or 10x slots.
When you deposit at least £25 per week, you become eligible to claim between 5% and 20% casino cash back.All funded members can enjoy playing in the site’s Free Bingo Room where £4 fixed pot games run 24/7.
Update (16/10/17) – Newbies Bingo has restructured their welcome offer, and removed the No Deposit bonus. Now, your first deposit comes with a 300% bonus (up to £120), while your second and third bonuses are boosted by 150% and 100% respectively.
The dedicated Mobile page includes tabs for a range of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Nokia, although these aren’t strictly necessary as there’s no app to download. Simply visit newbiesbingo.com and play via your device’s web browser.
Variety & Originality
Newbies’ rooms and jackpot games are almost all networked, which means you have fewer chances to win but bigger prize pots to play for. One of the best features of Newbies (and other LBN sites) is that it boasts five online bingo variants (90-ball, 80-ball, 75-ball, 50-ball, and 30-ball). Plus, there are about eighty slots, casino games, video poker games, and scratch cards to choose from, including Treasures of King Arthur, Classic Blackjack, Deuces Wild, Keno, French Roulette, and Arabian Nights.
Loyalty & Rewards
Newbies Bingo uses the standard LBN loyalty scheme which consists of four tiers. You can progress through the scheme by earning loyalty points as you play eligible games with real money. The higher your tier, the bigger the deposit bonuses you become eligible for. While Newbies’ VIP programme is better than nothing, but there simply aren’t enough VIP perks for our liking.