Online since: 2013
Welcome Bonus: 12 free bingo tickets
Cozy Games, the operators of this label, have created many interesting websites in their time, but we don’t think there’s been any as ‘interesting’ as Bingo Hotpot. From the name alone we were cautious, but after seeing the ugly green interface, we can assure you that the aesthetics are far from pleasing. This interface looks dated, even in spite of it being a brand that’s part of the renowned Live Bingo Network. Given the level of prestige attached to this site, we can’t help but feel that once we get past the overwhelming green, something wonderful will be revealed. And so we launch into our review, with our hope waning slightly, but nevertheless still in place.
In regards to promotional materials, Bingo Hotspot takes the same approach that all other Cozy Games sites do: there’s an ample range of offers, but they’re the same across all the brands. As a result, you may have already seen the welcome deal before and/or played one of the other deals elsewhere.
Should you still be here and willing to get past the generic use of bonuses, we learn that the first seven days after registration are the sweetness for those of you looking to score extras. This is because of the Newbie Room deal, which consists of 12 bingo tickets made absolutely free, no matter the time of day. What is more, the bonus amount you get back is worth between £1 and £2, with the sum you’re given dependent on the time of day you play. It’s a bog standard deal, but it eases you into the action nice and gently, making it ideal for all novice gamers. We can see this particularly, in the wagering requirements, which are x8 for bingo and x2 for online pokies.
- Welcome offer: 12 free bingo tickets
- The Guaranteed Bingo Bash
- Jackpot up to £1,125
Now that you’re a fully fledged member and are eager to mingle, there’s many of room based options that you can active, like The Guaranteed Bingo Bash that takes place in the Victoria 90 Room. Between the hours of 2pm and midnight, 45 seeded pots worth £25 will be randomly activated, with all users playing during that time capable of winning. This amount can equal up to £1,125 of jackpot money, thus making this a bonus not be missed.
On top of all these deals, there’s also a scheme in place that rewards users from the moment they become members, with customers collecting points each time they deposit and/or wager on a game. These points are then added up, with at least 100 needed before you can convert the points into cold hard cash.
Software and Games
Softwares: Cozy Games, NetEnt and Eyecon
Seeing as how we’ve only recently talked about some of the bingo rooms, we’re going to start off there when talking about the software. After all, Bingo Hotpot is mainly about the bingo when all is said and done, and so it makes sense that you want to learn about this section before all others. Once you’re there, you’ll notice that there’s different types of bingo games being played, which include 90, 80 and 75 ball bingo, inside rooms like the City Hall, Penny Bingo and Hump Day Room. The cost of each room varies, but most of the time tickets are priced at 10p or under.
As for the pokies of Bingo Hotspot, these come from NetEnt, Eyecon and Cozy Games, with them providing a full coverage of themes for all types of users. The only issue we suspect could arise from these titles is that the range isn’t great in regards to how many activities are available. Not forgetting that there’s no freeplays to test out first. And yet, there’s more variance from the slot machines than the bingo games, which seems to counteract what this brand is all about.
Banking options: UKash, PayPal and Visa
Users who intend to play with money, which is pretty much anyone who decides to join Bingo Hotpot, must use the services of either UKash, PayPal and Visa, as well as couple of others. In reality, the collection of payment methods given are on the low side, but they at least come with easy to read instructions, making it easy for us to move around our GBP and EUR.
Seeing as how deposits are instant, there’s little that needs to be said about them however, when it comes to withdrawals, a lot of details are available due to how long the process can take. This label boasts a faster turnaround time than other brands out there, with it said to take no longer than four business days.
As we’re coming to the end of this review, we’re now going to look at other aspects of the brand that may not always been considered by potential customers, starting with licensing. Bingo Hotpot is licensed by the Isle of Man Gambling Commission and the UK Gambling Commission. These two are well known for regulating Cozy Games websites, so for regular users their presence will be a comfort.
Support and Contact Details
If you should ever be stuck and in need of help, there’s always the website’s FAQs, a staple part of any games brand, designed to answer simple questions that dog virtually all gamers. Of course, should what you’re facing be a lot more urgent/serious, then we suggest you make use of the 24/7 support methods that Bingo Hotpot has in place. These are live chat, email, onsite tickets, and telephone, with all of them accessible no matter the time, day or night.
You can blow us down with a feather right now, as both of the social channels of Bingo Hotpot, found on Facebook and Twitter, not only work but have recently be used by the team. We’ve seen a lot of Cozy Games social media accounts turn to dust, as they’ve failed to stay on top of posts and the demand of their followers, but this isn’t the case here. As a result, we’d say that you could arguably class these as forms of support as well, though they’re likely less reliable than what we’ve mentioned already.