Gala Bingo Review

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Reviewed By Hannah Swales

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One of the UK’s leading bingo names, Gala Bingo is as popular online as it is in clubs.

The Gala company started all the way back in 1926, when they became the most popular bookmaker of the time. Though they’re nearly a century old, they’re at the head of the curve when it comes to new innovations. They brought their bingo online in 2006 and made their name as a top place to play.

With the mantra ‘Play Happiness’ set at its very core, the site promises to keep its members smiling through its variety in games, strong site performance and impressive promotions. Features such as high-profile gaming partners, Emmerdale and Coronation St, help to make Gala one of kind, giving it the edge over many of its bingo rivals.

So, does the site live up to its shining reputation?

Welcome bonus package

The welcome offer here changes quite regularly to include extras and merchandise. At the time of writing, you can sign up and deposit £10 at Gala Bingo right now and Play Happy with £30. But the warm welcome doesn’t stop there —Gala offers new players the chance to win their share of over £10,000!

You get access to the Newbie Room for a whole week after signing-up. Open 4 hours a day (12pm–2pm and 6pm–8pm), and with 12 games an hour, there are plenty of chance to win any of the £125 bingo bonuses available in each game.

Then there’s the Allsorts Room, where you can choose from over £2500 worth of free games. Again, this is available for the first 7 days of membership, between 12pm and 8pm.

And, finally, if you like bingo halls, you’ll love this! There are also 6 free tickets available for every Newbie within the Live Caller Bingo room (open 6pm–midnight). Spend £5 cash on tickets in the room and you’ll get a further 6 for free, for a Live game that will commence the following Monday.

Pros

  • Award-winning mobile apps
  • Great extra features, such as the Cashback scheme
  • Comprehensive Help Centre

Cons

  • Deposit bonus not as generous as some sites

Bottom Line

Gala Bingo rivals some of the most popular bingo sites in terms of player count and promotions. With lots of jackpot games and bonuses to claim, they really do spoiling their members. The only downside is that lobbies can get a little busy, and when that's the case, they don’t have the same community feel. The bingo is well worth trying out though, especially if you enjoy variant games and jackpots.

And it’s true —we’re still playing very happily! So it’s an impressive 5 stars, from BingoPort to Gala with love.

 

In depth

Banking

Placing Deposits

Deposit through any of the following payment options:

  • Debit Card (Visa or Maestro)
  • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Eco
  • paysafecard

Making Withdrawals

Withdraw a minimum of £5 to any method that has been activated on Gala’s system and is in your name. E-wallets provide the quickest means of withdrawal —almost instantaneous— whereas debit or credit cards, or bank transfer can take up to 5 working days.

 

Games   

In addition to an impressive selection of 75, 80 and 90-ball Bingo, the site also features table games, such as roulette and blackjack, and a multitude of scratch cards to keep every player happy. Over 150 slots fill the rest of the Gala Bingo site, with firm favourites like Shaman’s Dream and Deal or No Deal, alongside other, more exclusive slots, such as Money Multiplier and Cash Bonanza. Play slots and other games in the bottom right hand corner of your screen, while participating in a bingo room, for the ultimate gaming experience!

Cash Cubes Bingo

screenshot of cash cubes bingo room

With fewer balls, there’s more tension in this all-new bingo game. Choose your price to determine how big the prize-pot will be this time round!

There are 4 squares to a ticket; when each of the 4 numbers around a square on your ticket have been called, cubes will be released. And as we all know, cubes mean prizes! Indeed, the first person to collect all 4 cubes from their ticket wins the 4 Cube prize.

Emmerdale Bingo

screenshot of emmerdale bingo

Exclusive to Gala Bingo, this is a twist on the classic 90-ball bingo. Match your tickets with the calls to  drive your way through Emmerdale and onto victory!

Blackjack

screenshot of jackjack room

Beat the banker in this game to 21. Most cards equal their face value, Jacks, Queens and Kings worth 10, and Aces counted as either 1 or 11 (whichever is better for your hand): it’s time to calculate the odds for your chance to win.

Bouncy Balls

screenshot of bouncy balls

This game is as fun as it sounds. Join GoodBall, OddBall and FurBall in your quest to match the balls and win prizes; the more matching characters align, the more you’ll win!

Love this game? Love your soaps? Opt for the Coronation Street of Bouncy Balls instead, featuring all your favourite Corrie characters!

 

Promotions

See which deals are best suited to you by opting between the Bingo, Slots & Games and Live Caller tabs at the top of the promotions page.

Refer a Friend

Many sites offer a referral reward, and Gala Bingo is no exception. It offers plenty of ways to share the page with your nearest and dearest; the rest is up to you! When your friend signs up and spends £10 on bingo tickets, you’ll be eligible to receive £25 in bonus money straight into your account.

Screenshot of gala bingo's refer a friend promotion

Free Scratchcards

Win free scratch cards, with up to £500 Bingo bonuses up for grabs on each, every single day with Gala!

To qualify, all you need to do is spend at least £5 on bingo tickets on any one day, and you’ll receive a Roy’s Rolls scratchcard and Buzzy Bear scratchcard absolutely free.

Locate your free scratch cards within the Bingo Lobby, where you can find ‘Scratchcards’ within the ‘Mini Games’ tab.

52 Lives

Play Bingo and improve lives. That’s what we think is a winning combination.

Gala Bingo’s charity partnership with 52 lives helps to change the life of 1 person every single week.

To get involved, simply play one of the linked games each week (Sunday at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm) in the City, Castle, Country, Mountain and Royal games. 100% of the profits go to the charity, and there’s still the chance for you to win the £150 prize pay-out!

Know someone who could do with a helping hand? Gala members can nominate anyone they feel may benefit from this scheme by filling in the form here.

Screenshot of Gala Bingo and 52 Lives' partnership

Team Bingo

The maxim that many heads are better than one has never been truer: join up to 5 of your friends in Team Bingo, the game where if one of you wins, you all do!

If you win, you’ll receive the full house prize, and half the Team Bingo pot (your teammates share the other half).

To play, simply choose a bingo room and select the Team Bingo tab. Create your team name and invite your friends. Then buy your tickets and you’re all set!

The Dazzled

Check out this blinder of a Jackpot, where there is an extra £200 up for grabs by calling a full house in 48 calls or less. Exclusive to Live Caller Bingo, you’ll be in with a chance anytime between 6pm and midnight each day.

 

Performance

The site itself provides a great user experience, with clear, logical links and a professionalism that is the joy of bingo lovers everywhere.

Mobile

Check out Gala Bingo’s award-winning apps and play on-the-go.

There are 2 apps for Apple that can be played on iPad or iPhone: the Gala Bingo app and the new Slots and Games app, which features over 80 of Gala’s non-bingo games. Alternatively, head to Gala Bingo to download the Android app.

More convenient than ever with ‘one tap’ quick deposits: simply confirm the amount and your CVV number. Preference Filters help to improve user experience all the more, allowing you to search for games with the biggest payout, specific features, or type of game.

Gala Bingo look after their on-the-go players just as much as those who play on a desktop. In fact, there are 23 bingo rooms available on mobile or tablet (one more than you can get access on desktop)! These include exclusive games, fully optimised for a great mobile experience, such as Bingo Lotto.

 

Support

Gala are always ready to offer a helping hand, with a dedicated Help Centre, with its comprehensive Help & Support page. This features the answers to almost any query you could think of, which you can search for by category, as well as typing keywords into the search bar.

There are also ways to contact Gala directly:

Internal Messaging: Once you’re logged in, send a message directly from your account (by clicking the ‘messages’ link at the top of the page)

Phone:

From the UK: 0800 294 7 294

Outside the UK: +44  2032887905

Email: help@galabingo.com

Live Chat

 

Extra features

Clubs

With over 143 Gala Bingo Clubs, there’s bound to be one near you. Visit your local to enjoy great atmosphere and make your bingo more social. And with jackpots of up to £20 000, it may be that your trip will be well worthwhile!

Screenshot of Gala Bingo club locations

Safety

The recently announced partnership between Gala Bingo and the Senet group highlights the dedication Gala Bingo feel towards protecting their players. There is clear information on the website under the ‘Responsible Gambling’ tab, which brings up a clear and helpful charter for players. It also outlines Gala’s commitment towards ensuring responsible bingo on their site —which we at BingoPort feel is highly commendable.

Community

Gala offers a great community feel, with chat games hugely popular amongst members.

Don’t worry if you’re struggling to understand the jargon either —check out the handy bingo lingo page and you’ll become a chat pro in no time!

You can also get to know the chat hosts through their profiles —a friendly bunch, who are always on hand to answer questions, provide support and offer encouragement.

Social Media

Join Gala on all your favourite social media sites. Gala’s Facebook and Twitter pages are a brilliant way to keep informed of new games and special events —and there are always more chances to win with exclusive offers and mini-games. Alternatively, check out Gala’s Instagram for some daily inspiration.

Screenshot of Gala Bingo Instagram page

VIP

The Gala scheme offers a personalised service from dedicated account managers, and aims at getting players to reach their potential in the realms of ‘play happiness’. Work you way up from Bronze to Platinum with exclusive bonuses and benefits, such as enjoying double Happy Points every Saturday!

All VIPs can join The Accumulator, which is a fantastic way to boost your deposit bonus each week, as well as gaining entry to the exclusive Champagne Room: more chances to win than ever before.

Cashback

Quidco and Gala have joined forces to let you earn bonus money back on your shopping!

Shop at over 4300 retailers through the Gala Bingo Cashback tab, and you’ll get a percentage of your spend back in bingo bonuses! With both bingo and shopping in the equation, what’s not to love?!

Screenshot of Gala Bingo and Quidco's cashback partnership

Final comments

Gala truly are playing in the big league. There’s a professionalism about the site that reassures members of their commitment to providing the best service possible —and the games, promotions and features all back this up.

Play at Gala, and you really will Play Happy.

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