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Woohoo! I'm a Winner!
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 03/06/11, updated on 10/10/13 (145 review reads)
Advantages: Free to play, can claim prizes including Amazon vouchers, friendly site
Disadvantages: Irritating adverts, large number of stars needed to claim prizes
I must admit I actually enjoy online bingo - a pastime that some liken to watching paint dry! I don't relish losing any of my hard-earned cash, however, so the opportunity to win prizes such as Amazon vouchers from a totally free to play bingo site sounded great.
Woohoo Bingo functions like most paid online bingo sites and features a host of bingo 'rooms' where bingo can be played, in some rooms for up to 24 hours a day! No bank or debit card details are needed, however, as the games are played with points instead of cash. The ony personal information needed to join in the fun is name and email address (which needs to be confirmed by clicking on a link in the confirmation email.) This makes the site ideal for anybody worried about either sharing financial information online or players who are concerned about getting carried away with online bingo and spending too much money. Neither of those are an issue with Woohoo Bingo!
The site is fairly logically laid out with the rooms holding regular games of 90 ball bingo every few minutes. The games are fully automated, so it is simply a matter of 'buying' the cards in advance of each game starting, with the winning numbers being marked off on your behalf, so no need to panic about keeping track of the numbers called! Before each bingo game starts, there is a short advert shown, promoting another paid bingo site. These ads vary in their ability to annoy me, although most are incredibly irritating and tedious, so I tend to play on this site with the sound muted, which does mean that I lose a little of the atmosphere when playing.
Each bingo card 'costs' five points with the maximum purchase for each game of bingo being 120 points. Each player is given a fresh allocation of points each day, if their points had dropped below a certain level. The prizes for one line, two lines and full house are usually a mixture of more points (giving you the means to play more games) and stars. The star system is fairly easy to grasp with three stages: bronze, silver and gold. Bronze stars can be exchanged for a smaller number of Silver stars and Silver stars for Gold. I do think the conversion rates are pretty miserly though and it takes me a while to win enough Bronze stars to exchange for any Silver ones. Only the gold stars can be exchanged for 'real' prizes which include Amazon gift certificates (via email) as well as High Street shopping vouchers and even real goodie baskets from places such as Lush. From a value for money perspective, the Amazon vouchers offer the best deal and are the option that I selected.
I initially signed up to the site in March and had accrued enough Gold stars to earn a £10 Amazon voucher after about six weeks of active membership, which isn't too bad, particularly as it involves no real thought or effort on my part to take part. That was mostly thanks to a very lucky win on the Big One, where I won Full House and earned 100 gold stars in one go!
Despite a fairly comprehensive list of FAQ's on the site, there was no indication anywhere as to how long it takes to receive a prize once ordered. Even the confirmation email I received initially made no mention of expected waiting time. Fortunately the site does have a forum section, albeit fairly quiet, and one of the site's friendly CM's reliably informed me that redemptions can take up to a month at most. I was very pleasantly surprised to receive my Amazon voucher less than 24 hours after redeeming my stars on the site.
I think it will take me a lot longer to redeem for my second voucher however as the site has recently increased the number of stars needed for some of the more popular prizes. The stars needed for an Amazon voucher has almost doubled from 200 gold stars up to 350 stars! With a bit of luck on my side, I tend to accrue one or two gold stars per day so it will take me a hell of a long time to build up my stars, especially as the number of bingo games giving away gold stars (as opposed to just bronze and silver) has also been reduced. I currently have just 74 stars so have a long way to go.
It's not the quickest of ways to win money online, by any means, but I do find it strangely addictive and enjoyable so playing through my daily allowance of points is now part of my daily online routine. I do find the recent changes to the prize 'costs' are a bit of a disappointment. The site was never likely to earn me a fortune but now I do think the novelty may well wear off sooner rather than later, as the chance of redeeming a prize as a reward for the time spent on the site becomes ever more remote.
Much as I enjoy playing online bingo, especially the free variety, I probably wouldn't wholeheartedly endorse this site unless you are a total free bingo addict! The time you would need to dedicate to the site, particularly if you participate actively in the chat and the chat games (which I don't) is not likely to be rewarded in any real financial sense. I wouldn't recommend this site to anybody trying to raise spare cash quickly (which was my original motivation, to be honest.) It is, however, a very friendly site with a strong sense of community, even organising real life get-togethers between some of the more active members of the site.
If you love online bingo, enjoy taking part in chat games and have some spare time online then I'm sure you will enjoy Woohoo Bingo. If you're desperate for fast cash you are likely to find using this site incredibly tedious and frustrating, particularly given the new prize structure. I will continue to use the site whenever I'm online anyway but suspect that my enthusiasm for the site may start to wane before too long.
Summary: One for ardent bingo fans, not fortune hunters!