Entain Add Bingo Packages & Session Bingo Games
Published On 26th January 2022
Bingo operators are always looking for new ways to make their games more attractive to players. These include variations on a theme such as Fluffy Favourites Bingo and variations on the game itself by changing the number of balls in play. Session Bingo is also another way operators hope to encourage game play. By offering an hour of games at a selected price Session Bingo allows players just to sit back and enjoy play perhaps to stick to a regular budget or not worry about purchasing tickets.
Gala Bingo Sessions
Bingo Sessions are now a feature of both Gala Bingo and it's sister site at Foxy. As far as we're aware sessions haven't yet been introduced to Ladbrokes, Coral or Cheeky. Under the sessions section at Gala and Foxy there are four sessions indicated - morning, afternoon, evening and twilight. However at the moment it seems that you can only purchase tickets for an evening session. This session features 10 x 90 ball games running between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Players can choose to buy 2, 4, 6 or Max tickets for each game with costs ranging from £10 to £40. Although expensive these pre-buy sessions actually come with a discount of between 30% and 40% (based on current sessions available). Tickets can only be purchased prior or during the Session. Only players that have purchased tickets can enter the session bingo room to watch the games play. We expect that in the future there will be more sessions available featuring a mix of 30, 75, 80 and 90 ball games. Hopefully the prices will also be a lot more favourable.
New Bingo Packages
Joining the Bingo Sessions are Bingo Packages. These are available at Gala, Foxy, Ladbrokes, Coral and Cheeky! From what we can tell Packages are the same as Sessions in that they feature an hour of bingo games at a discounted price. According to the information on Gala "A 'Package' is a pre-determined number of bingo games which only players that have bought tickets for can play the games". The only difference therefore seems to be that Packages are for Deal Or No Deal Bingo games only although these 'Package' games appear to be different to those being run in the main DOND Room. Anyway, at time of writing there are two sessions available: one at 8pm and one at 9pm. By pre-buying tickets for the 10 games that are scheduled you'll save between 5% and 10% on the actual price. However you will have to fork out £22.80 for 8 tickets per game or £32.80 for 12 tickets per game. On a more positive note you will be playing for between £75 and £150 depending on the game.
Comparing Bingo Sessions
Anything that saves players money on bingo tickets is a good thing as after all we love a discount. However we do wonder whether Entain have missed a trick with their Sessions and Packages. The lowest price you'll currently pay for a Session is £10 and that doesn't get you maximum tickets for the hour of play. Compare that to Buzz's Sessions where you can play their Lunch Club, Afternoon and Big Bite sessions for £3 and just £8 for the Evening Main Event. In these sessions all players get 12 tickets so they're also Even Steven Games. This means that everyone has the same chance of winning. There's a similar story at Jackpotjoy who run four hourly sessions daily with each session costing £5 to play. These sessions feature a mix of games too so you're not just playing 90 ball bingo. Again during those hours all players involved receive the same number of tickets. It's the same story at Sun Bingo too although their session prices vary from £3 up to £10 depending on the time you play.
Work In Progress?
It's safe to say Entain have been working hard to improve their bingo offering since the early days of Foxy making the move to the platform. They've added variations like Friends and innovated with Cash Out. The network has been beefed up with the addition of Cheeky, Ladbrokes and Coral whilst the arrival of Gala meant that the platform was able to add Coronation Street, Deal Or No Deal, Fluffy Favourites and Bingo Beats to the roster too. The addition of Session Bingo and Bingo Packages is just another step in the right direction for Entain. However we hope that these Sessions and Packages are still a work in progress because the prices just aren't that attractive at least when compared to similar products. In our view the idea of Session games is to enjoy bingo at a reasonable price. Perhaps Entain will implement these in the future.
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