Gala Bingo is part of the Gala Coral group which is one of a select few companies which dominate the gaming industry in the UK.
The already large bookmaker Coral Eurobet, itself having over 1700 UK betting shops merged with Gala in 2005 creating the UK’s biggest bingo operator.
Prior to the merger both companies were already household names with Gala being established in 1991 and bookmaker Coral established in 1926.
The new single organization, which still operates approximately 144 bingo clubs around the UK and represents almost a quarter of the market, employs over 19,000 people and has around 1.2 million players.
It naturally follows that such large bingo company would want to move in to the online market and in 2006 they did just that when they launched the Gala Bingo site.
The site proved popular with both new players and ones that had moved from attending the Gala clubs every week to playing bingo on their computers.
In 2006 Gala completely re-invented their site when they decided to change both the software it was based on and the general look.
They chose to base the new site on Virtue Fusion which is a well known and trusted bingo platform that is always popular with players.
The reason they chose this particular software was almost certainly due to the fact that the Gala Coral group is linked via acquisition to the both the owners and the original creators of the Virtue Fusion platform.
The main page of the site is cleanly presented and has a definite feeling of quality and friendliness about it as soon as it appears on your screen.
Players who have attended the company’s bingo clubs will immediately recognize the distinctive yellow and blue colour scheme of the brand.
The usual navigation menu can be seen near the top of the page which gives access to the other types of games on offer as well as promotions info, mobile features and the social side of the site.
The majority of the page is dominated by details of Gala’s bingo and slots and other game offerings but there is a nice prominent schedule table further down.
The bingo tab takes you to a page which shows you the rooms that you can play in and you can see a full description of each one by clicking on the ‘i’ button.
One of the major plus points of the design is the absence of annoying flashing banner adverts and although there are two sliding panels at the top, they are not moving quickly enough to be distracting.
Players can glance at the scrolling bar of breaking news to catch up with all the latest stories and offers relating to the site and its community.
There are plenty of bingo rooms to choose from at Gala and there is a good mix of 90, 75 and 80 ball types for you to play in.
The rooms all have different random themes like Area 75 (think aliens), seaside, amazon, royal, castle, city, mountain and even a 1980’s style one.
Players will find big names here too with an Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 90 ball room where you can play on team Ant or team Dec and the winner of the most rounds in the game wins the feature pot prize.
Deal or No Deal also makes an appearance in three of the rooms and the famous boxes are used to represent balls on the games prize board.
One of the best features of the site is the Gala Live room which offers a quality live caller bingo experience running mainly in the evenings.
Not only is there a live running the game but you can also view the action live on you screen too which really makes the game much more exciting.
Players at Gala Bingo will have no shortage of alternative games to try as there is a monster selection of 143 slots on offer.
There’s a whole heap of fun slots to spin including Monopoly, Britain’s Got Talent, Cluedo, Little Britain, Ghostbusters, Viz, X-Factor, DOND, Batman, Millionaire and Madness.
You’ll also find some names that appear on other sites such as Bejeweled and Cleopatra so you’ve always got something familiar to fall back on.
In addition to the slots there are also scratchcards, virtual dogs, blackjack, keno, roulette, hilo and play your cards right games if you fancy something different.
The site has a great line-up of bingo games and if you go for the Linx games there are some serious jackpots to be won.
The site runs tie-ins with popular shows like Saturday Night Takeaway where there’s all kinds of household prizes on offer and Britain’s Got Talent where players can win a share of a ten grand jackpot.
New players a welcomed in with a bonus of £15 when they deposit just a fiver and there’s a free room to allow new players to get used to the game and is open for 5 days from when they first join.
There’s also a £10 bonus that new players can grab when they make their second deposit and spend on some of the site’s slots although there is a list of sidegames that are excluded from this offer so make sure you check the terms first.
When it comes to choosing a room, they provide a nifty slider which allows the player to select the best one based on what they’re looking for.
There are plenty of customization options too which include custom dauber selection, sound effects and colour scheme.
The Other Stuff
There is a loyalty scheme in operation on Gala Bingo where players can earn ‘Buzz Points’ every time they buy bingo tickets.
There are 5 different levels of status within the loyalty scheme and you either achieve them by earning a certain number of points, or in the case of the highest one, by being invited by the powers that be.
Being such a large bingo brand, Gala have been known to be pretty generous with their prizes in the past and have previously given away things like cars and holidays.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on our blog to see what the next big prize will be so you don’t miss out.
The highest standards of security are maintained on the site so you can be sure you’re details and payment info will be kept safe and they do of course allow payment using all the most popular methods.
Players in need of assistance can get it by using the sites live help, telephone or email and the company promises to be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help out with any problems they have.