Sun Bingo Review
Sun Bingo has had a very interesting online history. It started life in 2006 as a standalone site. Two years later they they moved to the Gamesys platform and became a sister site to Jackpotjoy. The idea was to become a big name in online bingo. Ironically the old Sun Bingo changed it's name and that site became Tombola - the UK's Biggest Bingo Site! Isn't it funny how things work out? After a few successful years with Gamesys, Sun Bingo decided to switch platforms again. They are currently now on the Virtue Fusion set-up powered by Playech.
Introducing Sun Bingo
Like many industry observers, we were surprised to see Sun Bingo switch from Gamesys to Virtue Fusion. Even more so when they painstakingly made efforts to make the transition seamless. Initially we thought that the platform change wouldn't be that successful for Sun Bingo. However the brand continues to flourish. Whilst fun features such as Having A Ball have long gone, The Sun still has plenty of fun. The Are You Gonna Bingo adverts featuring Jayde Adams have been a highlight. So are you gonna bingo?
Sun Bingo Welcome Bonus
New players to Sun Bingo are currently offering a 500% welcome bonus. Deposit and spend £10 and receive a £50 bonus plus 50 spins on Age Of The Gods. Wagering terms apply and these are x4 for bingo and x30 for wins generated from the spins. Do be aware that only bingo play will give a 100% contribution to clearing the term. If you play slots or roulette then the contribution is lower. Blackjack and Snap wagering will not help clear the wagering term at all. That said this is one of the better ts&cs and it makes getting your winnings out a lot easier.
Although there's not a no deposit bonus as such, newbies can access the Learner Room for 7 days to play free games. This newbie room is open from 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm. If you've never used the software before it's a good way to find out about how things work, the chat hosts etc. If you like free bingo then you can play daily too. Sun Bingo opens a Free Room between 12p, to 12.30pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm. All players must have made a deposit of a minimum of £5 in the last 30 days to play. Wins from all these free games are paid as cash so no wagering terms apply.
Exclusive Bingo Rooms
Sun Bingo boasts a number of regular and exclusive rooms - mainly 90 ball but you can play 75 ball, 80 ball, 40 ball and 50 ball versions. Ticket prices tend to range from 1p to 10p and there's also a Session Bingo room where you pay a fixed fee for one hour of games. That's a good way to manage your funds/time - the cheapest time to play is in the morning! Specialist rooms include Bouncy Balls, Rainbow Riches and Deal Or No Deal Bingo. In addition you can enjoy Brit 50, a 50 ball game, and Winning Headlines, a 36 ball game. These latter two are exclusive to Sun Bingo. Look out too for the All Winners daily game which offers a £150 full house prize. Get tickets via qualifying games.
The move from Virtue Fusion did improve the slots offering at Sun Bingo. Ironically, Gamesys have added to their roster since the split. Top slots include The Monkey Prince, Cleopatra, Winning Headlines, Ted, El Jackpotto, Mystic Meg and King Kong Cash. A new games channel has increased the number of slot options at Sun Bingo and they now even boast casino games. If you prefer slots, roulette and blackjack then you might want to investigate The Sun Vegas. This is a recently launched sister brand that has it's own offers and promotions although occasionally there are crossovers with Sun Bingo and Fabulous Bingo.
Sun Bingo Promotions
Sun Bingo have been pretty decent when it comes to promotions. Over the years they've dished out prizes such as holidays and cars. They even have had their own TV show - Having A Ball - that was hosted by the likes of Brian Dowling and Rustie Lee! Not many brands can compete with that kind of thing. Sadly Having A Ball has been retired but Sun Bingo still offers plenty to their players. Everyone's A Winner promotions are a regular event plus there's plenty of free games and bargain bingo.
You can still find Sun Bingo running on Facebook. They don't have the biggest following when compared with Tombola and Jackpotjoy which is a surprise. Our own page has slightly more followers. But it is worth following them as there are regular giveaways. For example for a Freebie Friday Sun Bingo are giving away 8 x £5 bingo bonus prizes. These giveaways tend to attract a couple of hundred entries so it's worth a try.
Whilst The Sun may not be a brand that appeals to everyone, their bingo offering is amongst one of the best in The UK. We thought they'd struggle after moving to Virtue Fusion, but the brand continues to develop. We like the newbies room as well as the many bingo variations. Mystic Meg Bingo could be better but you can't have everything. One area that Sun Bingo excels is on the promos front and there's something new pretty much every week.
It's safe to say that Sun Bingo is head and shoulders over it's main newspaper rival, The Mirror. When was the last time you saw Mirror Bingo advertise on TV? The actual two sites however are quite similar it's just that you'll find more exclusives with respect to games and promotions at Sun Bingo. They do work hard for their players. Sun Bingo have been trying to be the best UK bingo brand for years. We're not sure that they're there yet but it's definitely one of the better sites to choose.