Bingo is a game which was created almost 100 years ago, inspired by a lottery game played in Italy during early 1500’s. Clearly it’s still hugely popular and you can today find numerous online Bingo sites hosting large and enthusiastic players’ communities. South Beach Bingo is one of them, but is it different to many others out there? The Casino boasts over 300 Bingo patterns, weekly tournaments and a variety of related promotions. It additionally offers some of the other typical online casino games such as slots and Video Pokers, but also less often seen Pull Tabs. Bingo is huge in the USA and American game fans will be happy to know they can enter and play in this inviting tropical environment.
First Impressions: Looks Kind of Familiar
First look at South Beach Bingo makes me go “wow“. Why? Well, to start with, I’m facing a Caribbean beach scene with blue skies and an inviting ocean (where I’m currently at, temperature is bellow 0oC). Secondly, the beach bar is filled with a variety of yummy-looking cocktails. And finally, a bare-chested hunk is standing behind the bar and asking: “Are you coming to play?“ Well, yes, I think I will. Joking aside, it’s not your usual casino welcome scene and it fits the name perfectly. Skipping the intro scene, I see a familiar layout and content, looking almost identical to another Bingo site I recently reviewed. True enough, it’s managed by the same company, Digital Entertainment Services, and also holds the license issued by the Government of Curacao. I won’t lie, this makes me feel a bit disappointed because it seems to be the same product only dressed in a different (though attractive) outfit. Let’s see if that’s really the case.
standard lobby – make sure you use our link to claim the exclusive $55 bonus
Welcome Bonus: Hook, Line and Sinker
The moment you sign up, $55 free bonus will be credited to your account (or $25 if you don’t use our link!). We all love no-deposit bonuses, right? As soon as free money is made available, it’s pretty sure you’ll use it to play. However, this bonus is not cashable and you won’t to be able to collect the resulting winnings (if any). That’s a shame, but still, it gives you an opportunity to assess this bingo brand without risking your own cash.
free cash on sign-up
Now that the Casino got me to play, another hook comes in a form of a 3-tier deposit bonus. My first deposit gets me 500% match, the following one 700% and the third 815%, no max limits mentioned. In fact, finding bonus-related terms is not an easy task, which usually frustrates the heck out of me. Finally, I discover wagering requirements buried deep in T&C section. At least it’s good news since you only have to wager bonus plus deposit amount 3 times before you can make a withdrawal request. It’s no surprise only Bingo games contribute 100% towards play-through requirements. Contribution rate for Pull Tabs is 50% and all other games only 12%.
What Else is There to Collect?
Promotional section is so full of treats there is no way I can give you details on all – sorry, guys. I will tell you that you can pick up daily bonuses every single day of the week, ranging from 250% to 800% match. Percentage is dependent on the size of your deposit, so each day you can select one that suits your bankroll best. I like this; not only are bonuses huge and always available, but they’re also tailored to individual player’s preferences.
Promotions page further displays numerous offers specific to certain Bingo Rooms. Morning Madness is one that applies to 3 of them and provides prizes on every 5th call, plus buy-12-get-12-free package. On top, you can benefit from various raffles, happy hours and cashback deals.
numerous room-specific promotions
South Beach Bingo uses something they call BBs, which stands for Bingo Bonus or Bingo Buck. You’ll be receiving these as a reward for playing, the amount also dependent on the value of your deposits and VIP status. Loyalty program features 11 different levels which, apart from BBs collection, affect your payout limits and frequency, award additional bonuses and grant access to VIP tournaments.
special benefits offered via VIP program
Refer-a-Friend program allows you to collect a 25% bonus after your friend has created an account and made the initial deposit. There are no limits as to how many friends you can refer, so open up your address book and fire away! After all, what are friends for??
Deposits & Withdrawals: Conditions, Conditions
The list of available banking options is hardly the longest one I’ve seen but I guess it’s pretty decent. Apart from the usual Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, deposits can also be made using E-wallets (Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz). In each case, minimum deposit limit is $25. When it comes to withdrawals, transaction limits depend on method used and VIP level you’ve achieved. E-wallets will allow you to collect a minimum of $50, which is still a bit high for my taste. However, it guarantees fastest withdrawals and no fees are charged. If you opt for Check, you won’t be able to withdraw less than $300 (!) plus there is a $20 delivery fee. Bank Wire is even worse, comes with a $28.75 fee and a minimum $500 (!!) withdrawal limit. Depending on your VIP level, you’ll get to cash out as little as $500 per month or as much as $5,000 per week.
Bingo and What Else?
If you decide to visit South Beach Bingo, I imagine your primary motivation will be to play Bingo games. Which, obviously, you can. However, if at some point you get fed up with listening to numbers being called out, or simply want to take a break, there are a few more games to choose from. You will have to register in order to play but don’t necessarily need to invest cash right away. Either use your free sign-up bonus or access the Free Room. The latter will allow entry to all players, old and new, provided they have less than $5 in their accounts.
As far as I can count, there are 12 different Bingo Rooms, open during different times of day (and night). Each hosts 75 Ball Bingo game and between them there are more than 300 patterns to play. Jet Set Room is not available to everybody, you’ll have to climb half way up the VIP ladder in order to get in.
Bingo has been called!
Gaming experience is quite realistic and user-friendly. Cards can be selected manually or with the help of the system. As numbers are called out, cards you’ve picked will show how many numbers you still need to hit in order to win. It gets quite exciting when you’re down to 3 and your card starts changing colours. It can also be a bit frustrating when you’ve got only 1 number left and some other lucky bugger hits Bingo. But no worries, new game starts in under 2 minutes and you get another chance to get lucky yourself. Apart from the prize to be won for matching the current pattern, some of the rooms also feature a jackpot.
Classic and Video Slots
Slots are your option number 2 and, for a Bingo site, there is a quite good collection to choose from. Unlike Bingo, they come with a Practice button which lets you play for free before registering. More than 100 classic and video slots are provided courtesy of BetSoft, Pragmatic Play and Parlay Games. BetSoft games are a real treat, always delivered with amazing visuals and animations which sometimes make me pay more attention to “the movie” than symbols on the reels. Game features and the way they’re incorporated into the story are, in my view, one of the best around.
Pragmatic Play will grant you 3 Genie Wishes, awarding free spins with either raining or sticky Wilds and a big award of up to 500x your total bet. If you prefer simple classic slots, spin the 3 reels of Fire and Ice by Parlay and go after the 1,000 coin jackpot.
I’m used to seeing a tab leading me straight to jackpot games, which in this case is missing. It seems South Beach Bingo is more interested in enticing you to play Bingo than slots (ok, fine, it’s a Bingo site) and advertises primarily Bingo jackpots. They currently display values ranging from less than $1,000 to over $800,000, depending on which room you choose. Supernova is the one offering highest amount, but if you want to give it a shot, you’ll have to play between 6pm to midnight EST.
This is not to say there aren’t any progressive slots. Progressive Play provides one of their most generous, Bingo Slots. Many of BetSoft games come with a jackpot included, but they are normally less generous. Parlay Games offer quite a few 3-reel progressives but, while winning them will undoubtedly make you happy, they’ll hardly be life-changing.
bingo or slot? Both!
When we talk about classic casino live games, there’s none of that here. The only live action you’ll experience is Bingo.
Bingo by name and Bingo by nature, meaning no classic table games.
Bet you though I’ll skip this section too. There are actually several Video Pokers to play, including the popular Deuces Wild, Five Draw Poker, Joker Poker and a few more.
Don’t know if 1 (one) Keno game is even worth mentioning, but if you’re into peeling back the tabs to discover what is hidden underneath, you’re in luck. South Beach Bingo has provided 30 Pull Tabs in multiple denominations, from $0.25 to $1. More popular ones are Alleycat, Bank Heist and Pirate’s Cove. You can reveal hidden treasures with only one click or (far more exciting) opt to go through each tab manually.
Customer Service Easily Reachable
If the featured FAQ list and other webpage sections don’t answer all your question (and trust me, they won’t), help is easily obtainable. The Casino can be reached via phone, email and live chat, whenever you have the need to do so. You might also want to chat with other players, those who’ve been around for a while. They will surely know the ropes and provide credible information. It’s not that I don’t trust this establishment, but it’s always good to be able to verify what they tell you.
Desktop or Mobile
Enter the Casino’s web address into your mobile browser and Bingo will keep you company wherever you go. The site is perfectly optimised to fit smaller screens and gives access to exactly the same Bingo and slots offering as described above. And don’t worry about missing on any of the promotional offers, every single one from the never-ending list is accounted for.
South Beach Bingo Review Conclusion
If your favourite words (and most feared at the same time) are „Bingo has been called!“, you will surely have loads of fun playing at South Beach Bingo. Gaming community is closely knit and it kind of feels as if sitting at a “real” Bingo table and playing the game surrounded by friends. I love the quantity of promotions on offer but DO NOT like having to search for terms all over the place. Really, would it be too much trouble to add a few lines of explanation to each of the offers? I think not. Still, there are many goodies in store, starting with welcome offers and many, many more to follow. Lowering minimum withdrawal limits would be highly appreciated, as well as minimising the differences between VIP levels in terms of maximum withdrawals allowed. But if your priority is to be able to play the games you love in a friendly and safe environment, and at the same time collect generous gifts, let the bare-chested hunk welcome you into this tropical Bingo heaven.
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