Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 odd years, you will no doubt already be humming that fun little Gala bingo theme tune from the telly – “Ga la laa la…” The company are one of the biggest bingo brands out there, and their advertising campaigns are memorable due to featuring celebs like the Coronation Street cast and Boyzone.
The Gala company originated back in 1991 as a land based establishment as part of the popular Coral Group brand, and eventually became one of the largest bingo hall chains in the UK with 174 clubs in operation by 2011. It was in 2005 that Gala then ventured into online bingo, and the site has since gone from strength to strength. The brand now operates with over 5 million members throughout the globe, and they currently pay out prizes of over £42 million a week.
At the heart of its brand has always been its players, and Gala boasts to work tirelessly to keep their players happy. They operate under the motto ‘Play Happy’, and put a huge focus on the community, safety, entertainment and value of the brand. You will find a great community hub on the site with endless fun chat games and social media activities available every day, all of which are run by warm and welcoming hosts offering help and support, plus some lovely friendly banter along the way.
What we notice about Gala is there isn’t constant chat room games as lead by the hosts, this leaves players at times to be able to just have a chat amongst themselves and not feel pressure from organised fun. Rest assured, even if there isn’t a host present in a chat room, the safety of the room is still being monitored.
Gala bingo is a registered trademark of Coral Group Trading Limited, and the site is operated by Gala Interactive and powered by the popular Playtech software. The company are licensed by the Government of Gibraltar, and are regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner and also the Gambling Commission of Great Britain.
Bingo Games & Software
There are loads of online bingo rooms available at Gala, offering a huge variety of fun bingo games in 40, 50, 75, 80 and 90-ball formats, so it’s a much richer selection of bingo varieties than at most other sites.
The chat room games are frequent here and they offer little prizes of their own with no cost to enter, so they are always worth having a go at.
One of the best things about running on Playtech’s Virtue Fusion network is the access to brilliant branded games like Coronation Street bingo and Emmerdale bingo, not to mention Deal or No Deal. Away from TV shows and there are games linked to famous slots like Rainbow Riches that have mouth watering jackpots attached.
There are many rooms that stick to the tried and tested way of playing bingo too of course, but if you like to try new things there are loads of options here with ticket prices as low as 1p, 2p, 5p, going up to around 30p per ticket for games with the biggest prizes.
It’s a great game interface too which you can filter by start time, prize, players in the game, and jackpot, so it’s a doddle to log in and find just the sort of game you are looking for.
They have a useful quick check Jackpot menu which provides the last date the jackpot was won and illustrates using a circle time diagram to show an approximation of when the jackpot could be won. Players obviously monitor this and you notice a surge of players when there is more of a chance of winning the jackpot.
Dates for your diary can be found in this area of the site, with such attractions as live bingo hosted by Boyzone, Stephen Mulhern, and The Chase Pub Quiz.
These sorts of ‘special feature’ bingo events really draw in the crowds and can create a crackling atmosphere on the day, and it’s only because the Gala brand is as big as it is that they are possible to organise.
This is what you get for choosing a big name bingo brand with cash in the bank, the smaller sites just can’t compete.
As well as their huge variety of bingo games, Gala also offer a pretty fantastic selection of slots, side games, and casino games too.
They actually have their own online casino which is powered by Playtech, so you can find all the superhero slots in there along with their stonking progressive jackpot prizes. This in itself is a pretty impressive product that includes scratch card games and a few table/card games too, but if you go to the Slots and Games area you will find a whole lot more.
This is where games by all other providers live and there are hundreds and hundreds of them, including some exclusives that you won’t find at other bingo sites not even those on the same network.
Gala have branched out to such a degree that the site could actually serve as an online casino first and foremost if the person using it wanted it to be. There is simply so much to choose from. The ITV section is one of our favourites though, as this is where you can play all the games based on popular TV shows like In For a Penny.
Slingo is fast becoming something of a niche favourite with a lot of bingo players. It’s a mash up of the bingo game we know and love and online slots; slingo!
Gala is one of the best places to go for this sort of game, boasting around 15 different titles. That may not sound like a lot compared to the shed load of slots but finding that many options anywhere else is a tough ask.
What’s more, a good chunk of these games are branded too; X Factor, Monopoly, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, there are some really exciting titles here.
|Banking Method||Max/Min Deposit||Max/Min Withdrawal||Notes|
|Debit Card||£5||£0.00||1-3 Days|
|PayPal||£10||£0.00||Up to 24 hours|
|Neteller||£5||£0.00||Up to 24 hours|
|Skrill||£5||£0.00||Up to 24 hours|
|Paysafecard||£10||£0.00||Up to 24 hours|
|Apple Pay||£5||n/a||Withdraw Via Other Method|
|Bank Transfer||£5||£0.00||2-4 Days|
The Gala bingo support team can be contacted via the following:
- Live Chat – Available via Help section
- Email – Submission form available on website
- Phone – 0800 294 7294
- Twitter – Direct message option available
Overall the Gala bingo brand is a fantastic online bingo choice for almost any sort of player. There is a reason they have been at the top of the tree for such a long time.
There is a massive selection of not only bingo variants, but also a brilliant choice of side games and slots too. The promotions are updated constantly throughout the year, plus there is a very strong focus on the community and social side of bingo with a great chance to meet new people and make new Gala pals.
The only downside to the Gala bingo site is that because it has so many offerings, it can sometimes seem a little bit overwhelming for those players perhaps seeking something a little more simple. If you enjoy branded gaming however with lots of choice, then Gala is definitely an expert choice.