Irish firm Paddy Power are giants in the book making industry and like most of the UK’s sports book sites have an impressive bingo offering too. They’ll welcome you aboard with £20 of free bingo funds when you deposit and play with just £5. Spend £1 of your own cash and you’ll be allowed to play for 10 days in the Newbie Room with free tickets and decent prizes of up to £20.
The site is pink and green, with Paddy’s Lucky Pigeons the latest promotional push – they deposit lucky pink poo on players, which might make some people laugh and some people cringe. There’s a big selection of 90-ball, 80-ball, 75-ball and multi-player games with some big prizes and excellent value tickets on their version of the Virtue Fusion platform.
Paddy Power has been going since 1988, starting with 40 bookies in Ireland. It’s grown aggressively since then. They opened their bingo site in 2007, switching to Virtue Fusion in 2009. They’re a big company and fully licensed with an excellent reputation for responsible gambling policies. They’re controversial too, and their betting operation has been criticised for sometimes tasteless betting markets and for not paying out on very long odds bets. There’s no record of this happening in the bingo game however and there’s no reason not to trust Paddy.
The sign-up form is clean and professional looking. Paddy Power has an excellent reputation for its responsible gaming policies and security. You can set deposit limits as you sign-up and password security and contact opt-outs are very visible. You can deposit straight away or head to the game rooms to take a look around.
Paddy Power offers 90-ball, 80-ball, 75-ball and multi-player bingo. There are big games like Deal or No Deal, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Joker Jackpot and Bingo Linx games. Download the Android app to play real money bingo and slot games. There is a separate download to play Deal or No Deal Bingo. Bingo and slots are also available on iOS in the app store or to download on site. All the other sections of the Paddy Power gaming site are also available to download.
There’s a large array of slots and instants including big jackpot games. You can access these from the lobby or play them within the bingo game. Look for big jackpots in Big Top Tombola, Clover Rollover, X Factor Judges Jackpot and George and the Dragon. The wider site includes massive sports betting and casino operations.
Big games are listed on the promotions page. When we visited that included the £250,000 Paddy’s Pay Day weekends, with individual prizes of up to £2,500. Bingo Linx games pay out £10,000 daily for 50p tickets. Some of the progressive jackpots are enormous, which is very good news for those who win them, but how often does that happen?
The Virtue Fusion format is tried and tested. Game rooms have a large chat window to the left and a game window to the right. Game details are above the play window and instant and slot games above chat. The top strip contains your account details, help, lobby and schedule shortcuts. The lobby divides games by type, telling you when the next game starts, the prize fund, how much tickets will cost, the number of players you’ll be up against, maximum ticket buy and whether there’s a host in the room. A full schedule allows you to buy ahead for your favourite games.
The promotions page is packed with good value offers and specials. Included in January 2015’s offering were BOGOF, 1p and 2p ticket games; all night games; scratch cards for losing bingo players; and all the big jackpot games. Paddy’s Angels hand out free scratch cards to all players spending £5 cash or more on bingo tickets with a prize of up to £500.
There’s a good chat scene at Paddy Power, powered by friendly chat hosts. You can add players as friends to make chat more like social media.
Paddy Power Bingo operates a Star Rewards Scheme to reward loyal players. Every bingo game, side games or casino game played earns Star Points to convert into bonuses. There are four Star levels to move through (White, Silver, Gold and Supernova) and the higher you go, the faster you'll earn bonuses and the better the privileges. And no-one ever moves back down once they have progressed to a new level. There are lots of ways to earn Star Points other than just playing bingo and every 1,000 can be redeemed for a £1 bonus.
Refer a friend
You’ll receive £20 for every friend who signs up and stakes £5 within 48 hours of creating a chat name at the site. You can earn up to £100-a-month.
Ask chat hosts for help or call 0800 028 2497 (+353 1 488 1750 outside the UK; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send an old-fashioned letter to Paddy Power Bingo Customer Service, Paddy Power Gaming Support, Power Tower, Blocks 1-3 Belfield Office Park, Beech Hill Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4. Guides and FAQs are good quality.
Bingo Bonkers Verdict
Paddy Power’s is a slick, fun operation that’s earned its place in the hearts of thousands and thousands of bingo players. The site looks great and works a treat. There’s nothing new or exciting about the game play, but if it ain’t broke… The prizes, promotions and value are a real winner though. If you want to play for pennies there are plenty of opportunities, if your eye is on the really big prize you’ll find just as much to cherish at Paddy’s place. Look out for the pigeon poo though!