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Hippo Bingo joined the world of online bingo in 2011 and was one of the original sites from Silverspin. At this time, Hetti the hippo was the ‘face’ of the brand but following changes to the regulations from the UK’s Gambling Commission in late 2017, she was retired. Where the design of the homepage was once quite cute, it’s now quite dull and uninteresting.
However, like many sites online today, it’s not the homepage that creates the gaming experience, it’s the selection of games on offer, the chat hosts, and the playability and this brand has it all in abundance. There’s plenty of choices when it comes to both bingo and slots and you can wallow to your heart’s content.
The site is powered by the popular 888 software and this means that not only do they offer you a great choice of games, but you are also guaranteed a safe and secure environment to play at.
|Welcome Offer||With a £10 initial deposit, you will receive a £20 bingo bonus and 20 free spins on Starburst|
|Minimum Deposit||£5 (£10 for the initial welcome bonus)|
|Best Deposit Method||Debit Cards, PayPal, Wire Transfer, By Phone, Paysafecard, Apple Pay|
Even before you make a deposit with Hippo Bingo you can try out the bingo that is on offer. New players who have registered an account can play in the Freemium room. Sadly, there is only one game a week but it is free to play and does boast a £150 jackpot.
As a new player funding their account for the first time with a minimum deposit of £10, you will receive a welcome offer that includes a £20 bingo bonus and 20 slot spins on the NetEnt game Starburst.
It is worth noting that this is the maximum bonus that will be awarded when you make a first deposit. This means that even if you find your account with more than the £10 minimum, you will not receive anything extra.
There are wagering requirements and some restrictions around the new player welcome bonus but these are standard to sites on the same network and software as Hippo Bingo.
For the bingo bonus that you are given, the wagering required is x the amount of the bonus awarded. Wagering on winnings derived from the 20 free spins on the Starburst slots are set at 80x the amount won.
Free spins will only remain in your account for seven days and then they are removed.
Deposits and Withdrawals
All of the usual banking options found at the 888/Dragonfish brands are available to you at Hippo Bingo for deposits and withdrawals.
The funding options are:
- Telephone: call 0800 901 2510 from the UK, +44 800 901 2510 from any other country
- Debit cards
- Wire Transfer
- Apple Pay (only for use from an Apple device)
The minimum that you can deposit is £5 and the minimum withdrawal amount, the same. You should note though that some of the bonuses offered by the site do require you to fund your account with a higher amount than the minimum deposit.
There are several promotions listed on a dedicated page that is accessible from the main page of Hippo Bingo. The deals listed were all ongoing; the only thing that changes is the prize in the Monthly Draw.
Here are just a couple of examples taken from the page at the time of the review:
- Hippo Wheel – Meet qualifying criteria to earn a spin on the Hippo Wheel. Qualifying can be achieved by taking part in a promotion, using a deposit code, discretionary award by the site, etc.
- WOW –Play a penny bingo game on Thursdays at 21:00 for free spins as prizes rather than cash.
- Free Bingo Games – There are a selection of no-cost bingo games playing every day at the site.
As well as the above, the site is also home to quite a few big money jackpot games, details of which can be found under the jackpots tab from the main bingo lobby.
Listed on the promotions page at Hippo Bingo is a promo codes section and here you will find a bonus code a day for use at the site. At the time of the review (May 2021) the codes listed were:
- Monday use code MON35 with a minimum deposit of £10 for a 35% Bingo bonus
- Tuesday use code 25TUE with a minimum deposit of £20 for 25 Fluffy Spins
- Wednesday use code WED10 with a minimum deposit of £20 for a £10 Bingo
- Thursday use code WACKYTHUR with a minimum deposit of £10 for 12 Wacky Specials Tix
- Friday use code FRIDAYSPINS with a minimum deposit of £10 for 10 Fruit Blast Spins
- Saturday use code SATLIST with a minimum deposit of £10 for 12 Guest List Tickets
- Sunday use code HIPPO15 with a minimum deposit of £30 for a £15 Bingo bonus
Please note that these may have changed since the review was compiled so we suggest checking directly at the site to ensure that all are still valid.
Bingo and Slots Games
The bingo offering available at Hippo Bingo can be accessed using various devices; you can play on a laptop, desktop, and your phone or any other mobile device. The gaming experience is only slightly different on each.
When it comes to the choice of bingo games, there are several available. Most popular with UK players was 90 ball bingo, but with the introduction of five-line 75 ball games that offered not three but FIVE chances to win per game, there’s nothing to tell the two apart in popularity. 75 ball as pattern games are also available or you could opt for 52-5 games too. There are candy and card versions of the latter.
Across the site, there are bingo games available to suit all budgets. It doesn’t matter whether you are a high-roller or someone whose bingo purse strings are a little tighter. You can play free games and there’s also an array of penny games and low-cost tickets.
The rooms are set out in a way that makes it easy to purchase your tickets, play the game and interact with other players in the chat rooms.
This site has over 600 different slots and casino games available to its players and you can take your pick from a wide selection of leading developers who have chosen to partner with 888.
Among the titles that are listed are some of the best-known video slots. You can spin the reels of games like Starburst from NetEnt, Fluffy Favourites from Eyecon, and many more besides. Slingo titles are available here too.
If you’re looking for casino-style games or table games, then you can access blackjack, roulette, and video poker.
There are different ways in which to contact support at Hippo Bingo and your starting point should be the FAQ section. This can be found from the help button on the home page. Here you will also find details of the games available, how to play them, and chat guidelines. Ignore the screenshots on the page, they are a little outdated.
Other support options listed are:
- Live Chat via the help room from the bingo client
- Telephone: 0800 901 2510 from the UK or +44 800 901 2510 from outside of the UK
The following similar websites operate using the same Dragonfish gaming software:
- Robin Hood Bingo
- Costa Bingo
- Bingo Storm
- Sailor Bingo
- Candy Shop Bingo
- Butterfly Bingo
- Dino Bingo
- Monkey Bingo
Whilst sister sisters of Hippo Bingo have taken to the small screen with TV adverts, we have not yet seen one for this brand. It’s unlikely that they will use television commercials to promote their product in the future but if they choose to do so, details of the TV advert will be found in this area of our review.
We’ve scored Hippo Bingo a 4-star rating because many features of the site caught our attention. We loved the fact that they offer a bonus code a day with a variety of different rewards, and we were also impressed with the selection of free games available, starting with the Freemium game that you can access without a deposit. Of course, like many brands online today, they don’t have anything unique to offer but we did like what we saw.