The Story of Mecca Bingo
Mecca Bingo have been operating since 1961, the brand becoming one of the biggest bingo operators in the United Kingdom in the subsequent years of service. Six million people either enter one of Mecca Bingo's high street clubs or log in to their online services. Seventy percent of their customers are female, such a thing being obvious from the prevailing colour pink running through each and every webpage. Mecca are currently under the stewardship of Mark V. Jones managing director.
The brand are a part of the Rank Group, this operation also servicing such bingo sites and clubs as Enracha, Grosvenor and G Casinos. The company was founded back in 1995 and is best known for establishing a chain of much loved cinemas. These cinemas have since folded though Rank's signature Gongman iconography remains. The Rank Group were also known for their establishment of the Blue Square betting brand before its move into the hands of Betfair and its subsequent decline. As well as now running a number of bingo clubs in Great Britain, Rank are also active in Belgium and Spain and are looking into expanding into other parts of mainland Europe.
The Mecca Bingo brand won the 2015 Bingo Operator of the Year award at the 2014 IGA Awards and are currently under nomination in a number of categories at the Which Bingo Awards. Customers can vote for the brand in the six categories that they are nominated in including the big Best Online Bingo Site gong. They also look to win the award for the Best Mobile Bingo Experience as well as a number of less prestigious titles. Voting closes on the 29th May with the company promising to give out £1,000 prizes if they win just one of the six awards.
Navigating Mecca Bingo
Mecca Bingo customers can sign in to their accounts by using the relevant username and password boxes that top the homepage. Beneath these boxes is a link for those looking for help and/ or advice. This help comes in the form of a searchbar and a frequently asked questions list. Unfortunately there is no live chat feature, something that is invaluable in making sure solutions to problems are quickly found. Select the 'Contact Us' link up the left hand side of the page to find an address to which you can email any problems or concerns you may have.
Back on the homepage and beneath the signing in boxes are a series of tabs, these will be useful to successfully navigating around the Mecca Bingo website. This banner precedes a series of large adverts with such things as information regarding big winners and progressive jackpots further beneath. Other such information that can be found on the Mecca Bingo homepage includes that concerning the most popular games of the day as well as those customer testimonials. Remember, should you find a game of interest on the homepage - or anywhere else on the site - select the 'i' icon to access more information or press the 'Play Me' button to open a new window and start playing.
Scroll back to the top of the page to find the link to the bingo homepage in the list of tabs in the aforementioned white banner. On this bingo homepage customers will be able to view, in the form of a list, those games set to start in the next few minutes as well as information regarding some of their themed offerings. The list of games set to start soon includes such information as the entrance fee, the jackpot and the game type as well as when the game is set to start. Again as with those slots and games, the 'Play Me' button is the one you need to start playing bingo.
Should you want to play Mecca Bingo on the go, select the 'Mobile' tab to find out more information about how to install their Android and Apple apps. Otherwise, the 'Promotion' tab will be discussed in the final section of this review.
Offers and Promotions
Access a list of all the offers, promotions and services provided by Mecca Bingo by clicking the 'Promotions' tab in the banner at the top of the website's homepage. The list is a comprehensive one with the length of the promotion clearly stated in the relevant advert. Select the 'Tell Me More' icon to find out more details about the promotion in question. This link will also set out all the terms and conditions applicable to the offer in question. The terms and conditions will be revealed upon selecting the link that opens the drop down menu.
Firstly for those new customer promotions. All new Mecca Bingo users will receive a free £40 bonus should they make a first deposit of £10 and spend this amount on bingo tickets. Be aware, only £30 of this bonus amount will be available spend on bingo games with the other £10 only eligible to spend on selected games as outlined in the terms and conditions of the offer. Spending this initial £50 will then see the customer receive a £10 bonus to spend in Mecca Bingo clubs through the post.
There is also a second deposit bonus available to the new player once they deposit £10 and spend it on slot selected simulators. This £10 can be used on your desktop or on your mobile or table device. Make sure you check out the eligible slot games by clicking on the relevant promotion webpage.
New players can also head over to the 'Newbie Room' for seven days following the opening of their account, this room allowing them to play a series of free games for jackpots of £20 bonuses! These rooms are open daily from noon until 1pm and from 6pm to 8pm. Graduates from the Newbie Room will then be eligible to earn themselves free tickets into big money games. See the relevant promotion webpage for more details.
Should you enjoy the Mecca Bingo experience upon becoming a new player, you can earn yourself up to £200 a month by referring your friends and family members to the service. Players can refer a total of 10 potential new customers per calendar month with the player receiving a £20 bonus every time their friends sign up to Mecca Bingo and spend £10 on bingo tickets. These bonus funds are valid for 20 days.
Another service that is provided by Mecca is that that allows customers to win prizes online and cash them out at their nearest Mecca Bingo club. It is possible to make one collection a day, though the prize should be between £10 and £100 in value. Some sort of identification is also needed with an initial phone call also needing to be made to secure an appointment.
Other than this array of services, Gala also offer recurring promotions that correspond to the day of the week. They go as follows,
- Magic Mondays - Customers receive two free tickets should they buy three for the Turbo 90 room between 7pm and 9pm.
- Twosday Tuesday - A BOGOF deal on games in the Key To The Door room from 6pm to 9pm.
- Winning Wednesday - £17,500 worth of prizes up for grabs in the Gold Rush room from 7pm to 11pm.
- Thursday Thrills - Free bingo in the Lucky For Some room.
- Full House Fridays - More Roll On Bingo games in the Legs Eleven room from 8pm to 10pm.
- Friendsy Saturdays - More opportunities to play bingo with your friends in the Legs Eleven room from 7pm to 11pm.
Further terms and conditions apply to all promotions and services.