Gala Bingo Review
Gala are one of the biggest brands in bingo! They've had quite a journey online having started off with St Minver (who created Chit Chat), moving to a standalone site before jumping on board to become one of the biggest stars on the Virtue Fusion platform. Having been happy makers to the nation, introducing Gala-la-la on to the world and churning out variants on the bingo game, Gala continue to thrive. As of July 2022 they now invite you to accept that bingo's calling at their new home on the Entain platform. This move in July 2021, which partnered Gala with Foxy, Cheeky, Ladbrokes and Coral, caused a few ructions amongst diehard players and diminished much of the brand's exclusivity. However there's still plenty to enjoy including fun promotions, Coronation Street Bingo and Gala Rewards.
Introducing Gala Bingo
In February 2020 Gala launched a new look and TV campaign. Bingo like a boss gives the brand more edgey feel. The new look site is responsive to mobile and tablet devices so there's no need to download an app to play your favourite games. Across the top of Gala Bingo you'll find the latest promotions highlighted in a huge slideshow. Below featured bingo rooms are shown whilst the bulk of the site is given over to slots. That's a shame as Gala has a lot of bingo to offer. The biggest change - and one that hasn't come as that much of a surprise - occurred in July 2021 when the brand left Virtue Fusion for the Entain platform. Entain own the Gala brand so it makes sense for their own brand to join the likes of Foxy and Coral.
Gala Bingo Welcome Bonus
New players are welcomed to Gala Bingo with a 600% bonus. Register, login, deposit and wager £10 in order to qualify for a £60 bonus. This is a special offer available to Loquax users as the base offer is a £50 bonus. Note that wagering terms and conditions do apply and this is usually x4 the bingo bonus. A newbie room is also available for 3 days of bingo. Terms include: New players only (first 3 days from sign-up). Daily sessions: 12:00-14:00, 18:00-20:00 (UK time). Winnings paid as bonus (valid for 30 days). 2x wagering reqs; non-withdrawable.
Gala Bingo Rooms
One thing that really sets Gala Bingo apart from the rest are it's many exclusives. In addition to the usual Entain networked rooms - including new Deal Or No Deal and Fluffy Favourites - you'll find exclusives which remarkably made the switch from Virtue Fusion to the new platform. These include Coronation Street Bingo although original content from the popular soap sadly no longer plays between games. One big soap brand would be more than enough for anyone but Gala also host Emmerdale Bingo. In addition you can relish the thrill of the chase with The Chase Bingo. The 50 ball rooms, Coconut Island and Bingo Beats also survived the platform change.
Gala Bingo Slots
As mentioned in the introduction slots have become a lot more dominant at Gala Bingo. It's a shame this has happened but then it's pretty much the same for all brands. Popular slots like Rainbow Riches, Fluffy Favourites and Starburst are naturally in the mix. However they are joined by many versions of Slingo, Live Game Shows like Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw and must win jackpots. Gala do boast that they have some exclusive slots such as Emmerdale Fun Drops and Big Banker Wildcard but these are also "exclusive" to Foxy as well. So just be aware that exclusive tends to network exclusive rather than specific to the brand. Overall though Gala do have an excellent selection of games to choose from.
Gala Bingo Promotion
We've always been impressed with the range of promotions from Gala Bingo. They've offered everything from free bingo to tangible prizes like holidays. Like many other brands they're also on the free to play game bandwagon. Qualifying players can login daily to pick a prize or spin a wheel for the chance to win bonuses, spins or cash. Live bingo sessions have recently become an important part of the Gala roster and these have included Drag Queen Tuesdays! Since the platform switch the live sessions have been suspended but we're hopeful they'll be back soon. Other promotions include Sass Pots, which are daily drop jackpots, and Gala Rewards. Gala also do their bit for charity with their the 52 Lives Bingo games!
Player welfare is paramount at a brand like Gala and they offer plenty of responsible gambling tools. The tools include things like curfew where you can block yourself from depositing, setting deposit limits, setting maximum stake limits, time-outs and exclusion. Self-exclusion periods have a minimum duration of 6 months. We believe that if you self-exclude from Gala then you'll be excluded from Coral, Ladbrokes, Cheeky and Foxy. We like the fact that Gala place a link to their Responsible Gambling section right at the top of the site and not hide it away like some other brands tend to do.
We've been huge fans of Gala Bingo and can even forgive them for those Galalala adverts. The site offers players a huge selection of bingo rooms, bingo variations, slots and promotions. The move to the Entain platform was always going to happen and Gala will be hoping this change is a good one. However platform changes are a big risk. If the players don't like what they see then they'll take their money to the likes of Mecca and Buzz who remain part of the Virtue Fusion set-up. Hopefully Gala will continue to occupy the bingo space like a boss, but we think they're going to find it difficult to convince players that the platform switch is a good decision.
Important Details About Gala Bingo
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