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Long before other brands started offering alternatives to 75 and 90 ball bingo, Tombola were already busy developing variations on a theme. Back in 2011 they launched even more rooms so players could enjoy Cinco, a playing card based version of bingo. They weren't the only brand at the time with this kind of game. Jackpotjoy offered their players a similar product called Snap. However only one has survived the test of time - and that one is Cinco.

Cinco at Tombola

Cinco is an exclusive game to Tombola. It's a 52 ball bingo game that uses playing cards instead of numbered balls. The object of the game is to match your 5 cards with those being turned over by the dealer. A poker chip is placed over a card to indicate it's been called. The first person to do so wins the full house prize.

Three Jackpots

As well as a full house prize, Cinco offers three jackpots. Cinco in 5 calls to win 2500, 6 calls for 250 or 7 calls for 125 - based on a 5p room. The prizes increase depending on your wager. Wagering on Cinco starts at just 5p a ticket but you can play up to 40p a ticket. Each game allows a purchase of a maximum of 5 tickets and each room hosts up to 75 players.

At time of writing Tombola had 8 x 5p Cinco Rooms, 6 x 10p Cinco Rooms, 3 x 20p Cinco Rooms and 5 x 40p Cinco Rooms. Amongst the room names you'll find Capri, Cannes, Shanghai, Naples, Miami, Manhatten, Monte Carlo and the odd one out - Five A Side. Some of the rooms don't open until 4pm or 8pm but there's usually always a handful open 24/7. And they tend to be quite popular too.

The Verdict

The full house prize is usually over a tenner for the 5p rooms. However, the prize will vary depending on where you play and the number of players. Whilst we like the cheap games and the limited number of cards, actually winning a game of Cinco does seem to be quite a tough call. Still there's always the chat rooms to discuss how close you came to winning to make you feel better.

Tombola's Cinco does look and feel a little bit dated when compared to more modern bingo rooms. However the game has survived the test of time. Whilst some variants of the bingo game quickly go stale, the popularity of Cinco remains high. The fact that Dragonfish added their own 52 ball playing card game to their brands is testament to how rivals have viewed Tombola's success with respect to their version.

We quite enjoy playing Cinco when dropping into Tombola. The downside is that it's popularity does mean lots of players and limited chances to actually win. Room restrictions and max cards of 5 are helpful but you're doing well if you can win a game over a course of an hour.

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