Wink Bingo is a well-established name in online bingo. They have been around since 2008, and claim in their introduction to have been one of the first. They have close to 1 million players signed up, so you know these guys and girls must be doing something right. Ratebingo is here to let you know exactly what it is that drags so many online bingo lovers into the Wink Bingo fold.
The site is bright and looks fun right from the get go. They have a big advert advertising their latest bonus, as well as a figure of exactly how much was won on their site yesterday alone! When we looked it was £509815.88, and that was on a Thursday! Now who wouldn’t want to win a share of over half a million quid on a school night? It also advertises its various awards, including a “which bingo” top three, and the winner of the EGR operator award. You also have the usual lists of latest winners and customer testimonies. The great thing all this positive praise gives you is just how official it looks. The awards, yesterday’s prize total, and knowing that close to 1 million play here really let you feel like you’re in the perfect place, and that you can trust Wink Bingo. You can also easily navigate through the page with tabs at the top of the screen. This lets you see the promotions and bonuses that they have on offer, and information on their VIP club. We will talk more about that later on in the review.
Once you have been lured in by Wink and their trustworthy outlook, we can start talking about what else they offer to bring you on board. The first deposit bonus is a simple one. Deposit £10 and you get £50 to play with – More than enough to play plenty of games, and win prizes. You also get to play in plenty of free rooms on wink bingo. The newbies room is especially good. You get to play free for 7 days without depositing a penny. These rooms let you play for real cash prizes up to £300, and give you the chance to see what the site is like beyond the bright homepage. A nice touch, which once again ticks a big box for me. Wink are so confident in the quality of their service, that they will let you play for free, before you use your own money to buy your cards. The deposit bonus is not all that is on offer however. You also get asked to “spin the wheel”, which will boost your bonus. It will increase by a guaranteed £15-£1000. On top of all this there are lots of other fantastic offers, which you can find out about on the “promotions” tab on the Wink Bingo homepage.
Wink offer 90 ball and 75 ball games, and have plenty of rooms running during all hours of the day. The trade tends to pick up in the early afternoon and evening as you would expect, so this is when jackpots tend to be higher. The real big money can usually be found on the weekends, where most of the players are online. Tickets cost between 10p and £1, but as we said earlier, you can also have some risk free fun in the free bingo rooms. Payouts are high, and you also get regular specialist prize draws, and seasonal events. EG Easter, Christmas, New Year etc. You can win anything from big cash, to holidays even a car! So be sure to be on the lookout for those.
As we mentioned earlier they also offer a VIP club, which I think, is one of the best offered from any bingo site. The Joy Jewel VIP club can be found under the promotions tab and offers many benefits.
It has three levels; diamond, ruby and Sapphire. The higher the level you purchase, the bigger the benefits. These include exclusive offers, redeposit bonuses and much more. Also because wink are part of the Joy Of Bingo network, you become a VIP member on all their sites. These include 888ladies bingo, Red Bus Bingo, Tasty Bingo and many more. This will give you access to all the exclusive joy gem VIP rooms, across all their sites.
Socially, wink are friendly and lively like most online bingo sites, but do nothing to really leap out at me. Their chat hosts do a great job, but a couple of them where to worried about promoting offers, as opposed to giving help and building the atmosphere. However you have so many players online at wink, that you can usually by pass the hosts and get the room bouncing all by yourselves. They also give you 24/7 customer support over the phone, and also a live chat service. These are quickly answered and get to the bottom of any problem very quickly. You will seldom have to use them though as Wink Bingo really is a well-oiled machine.
Overall, Wink is a really nice site, and you can see form the get go why it is very popular. I found the offers and bonuses where more than worth signing up for and you can regularly win good money with them. Being part of such a big network of sites, and having the support of 888 let you know that you can trust Wink Bingo. You do feel though, that this site could do more to enhance the customers’ experience. You will play here and have lots of fun, but there is always the sense of just falling a little short of being a truly outstanding bingo company like Foxy or Bet365. It does seem a little like it is just one of many on the Joy of Bingo network, and lacks true individuality. A really good site, just lacking a little. Well worth a good 7.5/10