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Jackpot Joy didn't bring me much joy!
Member Name: jeffjen
Date: 21/03/09, updated on 21/03/09 (635 review reads)
Advantages: Friendly chat and fun to play
Disadvantages: Addictive and £10 doesn't last long
I signed up to Jackpot Joy a few months back via a cashback site offer which was giving me £25 cashback for sigining up and depositing £10.
What have I got to lose I thought? So filled in the registration form, deposited £10 from my bank card and off I went to explore the site. The site accepts all major cards and you can withdraw winnings back to your card. I believe they ask you to send proof of ID if you withdraw a large amount, but small amounts are transferred to your card within a few days of requesting it.
Apart from playing bingo, you can also play slots and scratchcards. I have tried the slots and scratchcards but if you don't have a win, your £10 is gone in seconds! I prefer to hang on to my money a little longer than that, so decided to stick to playing bingo.
There are quite a few bingo rooms to choose from, and you can play 75 or 90 ball bingo. I chose a 75 ball bingo room, the price of the cards were 25p each, though they had offers at certain times of the day such as buy 2 get 1 free etc. I bought some cards and sat back to watch the game, as you don't actually have to do anything, the site is programmed to automatically mark your cards and claim for you if you win.
I realised that a lot of people were chatting in the chat box, and as your name appears in the list of people playing, you can see exactly who is in the room. I found people to be very friendly on the whole and enjoyed the chat. I did have a couple of small wins and found myself returning to the site now and then, and playing in the same room again, and actually struck up friendships with a couple of members.
There were often some free bonus games which are random and can pop up at anytime, where you can win anything from 50p to £100. Also each bingo room has a progressive jackpot which is added to every game until someone wins it by winning the game within a certain amount of numbers. These jackpots can amount to thousands of pounds, and you can see the happy winners on the winners page. Someone I chatted to, actually won a jackpot of £3000 whilst I was playing, and it gave me an incentive to think 'maybe that might be me, one day' . However, though I had a couple of small wins and did cashout around £40 from my initial deposit, I did not have any more wins for a while. I deposited more money and won a few pounds, but am not in a position to be able to afford to do this very often, and have other things to spend my spare cash on.
You can play some games on this site for free where you earn points which you can use to buy tickets for prize draws. I did enter some draws but haven't been lucky enough to win.
The downside of the site is you see a lot of folk playing all day on there and they spend hundreds of pounds! They often buy the maximum amount of cards( known as 'maxing') and seem to win a lot, but when asked , they will say they are still 'down' on what they have spent that day, which i think is frightening! Yes the option is there for you to place a limit on your account, but some people have not got the willpower to do this.
The other downside to folk 'maxing' is that they will often win a few games in a row, and then you find players will complain that the same names win all the time, or state that it is 'fixed'. Whilst I don't think it is a fix, this does spoil the games for people who only buy 1 or 2 cards, as although it only takes one card to win, when you see the same person win 11 games in a row (as I did) it is a bit disheartening. It's much more enjoyable when different people are winning.
All in all it is a good site and very friendly, however, it is not very often I can afford to have a flutter, as £10 really doesn't last very long if you don't win! It's easy to see how you could become addicted and get into debt playing online bingo. A scary thought, and one which I bear in mind, and so I have actually found a free bingo site which I prefer to use, where you can win points and convert them to Amazon vouchers, or money to play on a pay site with. This way I'm not spending any money and can still have a small win.
Summary: A good online bingo site if you know your limits