2016 is now officially the year of the 52 ball game! Earlier in the year we saw the likes of Foxy, Costa and 888 Ladies launch a variant of our favourite game but they replaced numbers with playing cards. This is of course not new as Tombola, for example, have had a similar game - Cinco - for a number of years.
The 52 ball - or playing card - game must be perceived as popular because Mecca Bingo are the latest to join the party. They've launched their Royal 5's game and it's exclusive to them. In Royal 5's you receive five hands of five playing cards in place of the usual bingo tickets - the aim is the same though - to get a full house!
The Royal Jackpot
A nice addition to Mecca Bingo's 52 ball game is their 'Royal Jackpot'. This progressive jackpot is awarded when you call house in five calls. The chances of that happening are quite limited - if we've calculated it correctly then the chances of the first five cards being yours are: 1/52*1/51*1/50*1/49*1/48 which is 3.20641077e-9.
The good news regarding the progressive jackpot is that it's a community one! What this means is that the full house winner collects 50% of the progressive pot whilst the remaining cash will be shared among the players in the room with tickets when the game is being played.
New Game Prize Draw
To celebrate the arrival of their brand new game, Mecca Bingo are running a daily cash prize draw. For the chance to win 1 of 5 x £100 prizes all you have to do is wager £10 in the new Royal 5's room. This promo runs daily until the 18th December 2016. Qualifiers need to be done each day as entries don't carry over.
However, all players who wager £10 during the promotion will receive something. Every player who wagers at least £10 once between the 9th and 18th December, will receive a share of £1000 in bingo bonus funds. Wagering terms apply.
Do We Need More Innovation?
The arrival of a new game is always good news, but we do wonder whether bingo has lost it's innovation qualities this year. As is we now have 52 card bingo at a number of big brands and this means that in many ways bingo sites are all converging into the same entity. Regardless of platform, Virtue Fusion or Dragonfish, we're seeing the same bingo variants and same slots across the spectrum meaning a loss of uniqueness and dumbing down of player choice.
2017 promises to be a pivotal year for bingo. With the no deposit bonus - and indeed any bonus - in potential jeopardy, operators need to stand out from their competitors. Innovation in game variants, unique slots and exclusive promotions may well be the only way to do that!
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