Play Coronation Street Bingo - 90 Ball Bingo
Article Updated On 13th January 2021
In 2013, Gala Bingo announced a partnership with the popular TV Soap Coronation Street. This partnership saw the launch of a dedicated themed bingo room, slots and other Corrie games. The bingo room gives players the opportunity to enjoy 90 ball games with calls made from former charcters. Initially these included Fred Eliot and Reg Holdsworth but today feature Jim McDonald (Charles Lawson) and Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay).
- Type Of Game: 90 Ball Bingo
- Cost: From 5p A Ticket
- Open: 8am to midnight
- Jackpots: Golden Cobbles Jackpot
- Extras: Bingo Calls Made By Ex-Stars
- Special Features: Watch Classic Corrie clips Between Games
Coronation Street has been linked to online bingo for many years. When ITV Bingo first launched for example there was an unofficial Corrie room. We expected that this relationship would develop with ITV seizing the opportunity to generate revenue from their own brands. However the Corrie Room was closed at ITV when Gala unveiled it's themed site. The latter has gone on to add further TV themed brands to their roster including Emmerdale, The Chase and In For A Penny. In contrast ITV Bingo and it's sister brand Telly Talk both closed down.
How To Play Coronation Street Bingo
When you login to Gala's Coronation Street Bingo room you're greeted with a typical looking 90 ball game. The chimney tops of The Street feature in the background whilst a big green street sign can be seen where the chatroom resides. This area is important because it's where you'll get to see some classic clips in between games. To play the game you simply need to purchase your tickets and wait for the numbers to be called. Bingo cards start from 5p each and you can buy between 1 and 48 per game. There are also a variety of games, all named after Corrie locations, such as The Kabin, Underworld and Streetcars. As ever the aim of the game is to get one line, two lines and a full house before your fellow roomies.
To make the game more exciting Coronation Street Bingo includes a Golden Cobbles Jackpot. This is a community bingo card that remains in play every game. If the number called to complete a full house in the base game matches a number on the Golden Cobbles card then it is marked off. The winner receives a £5 prize. However if the number completes a line, two lines or a full house then a jackpot is won. This is worth up to £500 for the full house. Once the Golden Cobbles card has been completed then a new card is launched and the process begins again. Further jackpots can be won hourly, daily, weekly and monthly as part of Gala's must drop promotions.
One of the things that makes this game a little bit more interesting is that after every game players are rewarded with classic Corrie clips. The classic clips though are brilliant and it's great to see Hilda Ogden, Ivy Tisley, Deirdre Barlow and Alec Gilroy back in action. Not only does it give you a wonderful sense of nostalgia but it makes you realise just how good the show was back in the day. Since the game has launched we've noticed that the clips are a little more recent and include Keith Duffy, Maxine & Ashley Peacock and Andy Macdonald. The original callers have also been changed which is a shame because Fred Elliot was a perfect foil for the game.
In fairness Coronation Street Bingo can be described as just a 90 ball game with a TV theme. The twist of the Golden Cobbles community card is good but no longer a unique feature. It's been adopted by Friends Bingo at Foxy for example. However perhaps Corrie Bingo doesn't need to be any more than this - short of using characters as the bingo numbers (actually that would be quite fun). Whilst we're disappointed Fred has been dropped as a number called, we do suggest choosing Jim Macdonald over Shelley Unwin. The games are fun, reasonably priced and offer good variety plus they're topped off with the classic clips.
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