Fancy playing some bingo with a sharp-dressed bear? Slots are also an option. Ted Bingo comes to us from Daub Alderney Limited, a subsidiary of the massive 888 Holdings. 888 has expanded to include a portfolio of similar bingo sites, like Wink Bingo and Posh Bingo. Ted is comparable to those other sites, but does have a few things to set it apart.
We'll look it all over in detail in today's post.
Available Games and Software
Ted's bingo selection features a regular rotation of several live games that are paced so that there are usually at least two or three available. These include 90-ball, 75-ball and 52-ball options.
There is also quite an assortment of scheduled games that take place anywhere from once to several times per day. Six free "Penny Saver" games give thrifty players a chance to win £50 prizes each day - these run once every two hours from 10 AM to 8 PM. There is also an assortment of regularly scheduled jackpot games, the largest of which is the £1,000,000 "Self Made Millionaire" game held every third Saturday of the month.
Though the focus is very much on bingo, there is a small assortment of slots for those who are inclined to indulge. A collection of about 60 slots is available, and even though this section is something of an afterthought there is a surprising diversity of game developers powering it. We spotted NetEnt (Jack Hammer 2), Nightmare on Elm Street (Random Logic) and Titanic (Bally) among others while browsing around. There is also a small handful of progressive jackpot games, though none that rise above a grand prize in the low tens of thousands of pounds.
While perusing the slots we also discovered a tiny handful of table games mixed in with them - blackjack, baccarat, roulette and three card poker.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
The deposit option lineup is pretty standard: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, EntroPay and by wire transfer. Ted also accepts Apple Pay, something that's only just beginning to happen among UK online casinos. Deposit minimums are about as low as it gets at £5 for each method, and there does not appear to be any fees.
You can also withdraw to each of these methods. Withdrawals range from four to 10 days to complete depending on the payment methods used; not stupendous, but pretty standard for the industry and not egregiously long. The withdrawal minimum is only £5, which is lower than usual.
Safety and Security
888 is one of the world's biggest names in online gaming, and very unlikely to fold up shop anytime soon. Additionally, Ted Bingo is overseen by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission and the Gibraltar Gambling Commission, two excellent government regulatory bodies. Ted Bingo is a newer site, having just got underway in mid-2016, but so far the reputation for player treatment and payouts is quite good.
Bonuses and Player's Club
Ted Bingo's welcome offer is £40 in bingo tickets plus 10 bonus spins at Beat the Bobbies. The wagering requirement on those spins is a monstrous 85x, however, so they are probably best ignored unless you plan on playing that particular slot heavily. The bingo tickets are distributed between several different games, but in all cases have a wagering requirement of a much more reasonable 4x whatever winnings you might accrue from them. Do note that there is also a winnings cap of £400 on all of these welcome items.
For those with a sizable bingo budget, Ted has an invitation-only VIP scheme that offers some pretty nice perks. VIPs get cash back for the previous week's activity each Thursday, which ranges from 5% capped at £50 to 15% capped at £200 depending on your level in the program. VIPs also have exclusive access to a special bingo game that runs every night at midnight, with £500 as the top prize. Though VIP membership is generally by invitation only, Ted does status-match VIP status with certain other programs; fire off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your present status qualifies.
There is a loyalty points scheme as well that is available to all players, even if you are not in the VIP program. Points are awarded for each 0.35p (or greater) bingo card or £5 wager at other games. 1,000 of these points can be cashed in for £1 at the bingo games.
Is Ted Bingo Worth It?
Ted Bingo is a pleasant-looking and easy-to-navigate site, which really covers a great deal of what bingo players are looking for. It also has a very solid lineup of games. The bonus offers are middling, but at least do add some legitimate value if you plan on playing regularly and with a decent budget. Factor in the fairly player-friendly account funding policies and it being backed by one of the biggest names in the business, and it's really not a bad choice for those primarily interested in bingo.
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