When you play bingo the aim of the game is to get the full house. For many players this is like hitting the jackpot as in the majority of games the full house prize is the biggest. However, when playing online bingo you can win even bigger money with progressive jackpots and sliding jackpots. These are special jackpots that are awarded when a full house is called within a selected number of calls.
For example Deal Or No Deal 75 has a progressive jackpot. If a player calls house in 43 calls or less then the progressive jackpot is won. In some progressive jackpot cases the full cash prize is won by the winning player. However there are, as in the case of DOND 75, community jackpots. These jackpots when won are shared by the winner and the fellow roomies who were playing at the time of the win.
Odds Of Winning
The chances of winning a progressive jackpot is related to the number of calls required. The fewer the number of calls the longer the odds. Our 90 ball bingo odds page not only shows you the odds of winning a bingo game with fixed calls but also some of the progressive jackpots that are available to play.
The amount that you can win varies from game to game, site to site and network to network. The really big money tends to be on networked progressives such as DOND 75 that's available on Virtue Fusion. At time of writing it was at an impressive £23,000. The Big Banker progressive at Gala was at £37,000 whilst the All Sorts Session Bingo jackpot (also at Gala) was over £74,000. Meanwhile Jackpotjoy's Sapphire Room progressive was at £13,000.
What Happens When It's Won
When a progressive jackpot is won the amount on offer to roomies is reset. The reset is usually called the seed amount and it's value is determined by how often it falls plus number of calls. For example a jackpot that regular falls below £250 may be seeded at £50 whilst a bigger jackpot may start at £1000. It just really depends on the game.
Just because a progressive bingo jackpot has been won shouldn't stop you playing. Our advice is to see progressives as a bonus and not a prize to chase. Now that we're no longer able to run our bingo trackpots it's much harder to predict when it is worth playing though.
Million Pound Bingo
if you're hoping that playing bingo will make you a millionaire - think again. Whilst there have been million pound bingo games offered in the past with a bumper cash prize no one ever won them. Well no one ever won a million quid playing them. This was because the games were sliding jackpots. A sliding jackpot is when a number of prizes are offered. The eventual prize is determined by the number of calls when house is called.
Sliding jackpot games still run, especially on Moon Bingo and it's sister sites. These games tend to have two features to note: the headline jackpot and the guaranteed jackpot. The latter is the amount that will definitely be awarded regardless of calls. So for example £1000 may be awarded for calling house in 43 calls or less, but £50 may be guaranteed if calls are >60. Other prizes will fill in the gaps.
Fixed Jackpot: The amount that can be won on winning a line or full house. The amount is set at the start of the game and doesn't change.
Progressive Jackpot: A jackpot that increases game to game. It's won when a player calls house in a certain number of calls.
Sliding Jackpot: A jackpot that can be won in a particular game provided house is called in a certain number of calls. The jackpot decreases as the number of calls increases.
Guaranteed Jackpot: The opposite end to a sliding jackpot. This is the amount a game will giveaway to the full house winner of a sliding jackpot game at the very minimum.