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Tombola is a family run business, proud of their roots in Sunderland in the North-East of England, with a history dating back to the 1950s when it printed bingo tickets. It’s a company with the community at its heart – many local charitable organisations are testament to that.
The business has grown to become one of the largest employers of game and web developers in the region. Their commitment to nurture the next generation of hi-tech employees was clearly demonstrated when in 2014 their Talent Academy opened their doors to its first batch of students.
The Tombola we recognise today took its first tentative steps in 2006 with Tombola Arcade launching in July 2016. This venture into the world of arcade games offers players something different – games you won’t find anywhere else. Another important element of the ‘Tombola experience’ is their award winning chat room where players meet to talk bingo and anything else that takes their fancy. Keeping a watchful eye on proceedings are the Chat Room Moderators.
Tombola is Britain’s biggest bingo site and is different in that they use their own unique software platform to power an ever-developing range of exciting and popular bingo games.
With a keen eye on expansion the company, led by Phil Cronin, also has bingo sites in Italy and Spain.
Each game has its own room. Simply choose the game you want to play, enter the lobby and select the room. Some games, like Bingo 90 for example also have clubs with their own wagering requirements and rooms within that club.
Each game offers four prizes:
The Return to Player (RTP) will always be more than 80%. Click the How to Play tab for more detailed instructions.
The Return to Player (RTP) for Cinco will always be more than 80%. Click the How to Play tab for more detailed instructions.
Click the How to Play tab for more detailed instructions.
Unlike many other gaming companies Tombola doesn’t have slots and only three casino games in their portfolio:
However for something a little different, their sister site the Tombola Arcade has a great range of low cost arcade games to enjoy.
Promotions change regularly – the website Current Promotions page is the best place for up-to-date information. The Promotional Rules lay out the Terms and Conditions in more detail.
There are always some exciting promotions on offer. For example it might include:
There are also other smaller but fun bonuses and quirky promotions on offer – some are on Tombola’s social media sites, so check them out too.
Stars is Tombola’s exclusive free to play game where you could win a share of £30,000 each week – with no deposit required. Just reveal your stars for a chance of winning. What do you need to do to join in this unsurprisingly popular game? It’s simple, just register your mobile phone number with Tombola, they promise not to give it to any third parties, and just wait for your weekly text, it comes on a Monday, with the game access code. With Stars you get two chances to share that big money because you can play on both sites – Tombola Bingo and Tombola Arcade.
All the rules are laid out in the Terms and Conditions.
Tombola Bingo has a strong social media presence. The Which Bingo Online annual Report for 2017 says that Tombola continues to excel in social media, particularly important as the same report quite clearly states that the average online player is getting younger.
On Tombola’s fully responsive site it’s a straightforward process to enjoy all the games in the portfolio on both mobile and tablet – so you can easily play on the go. Thoughtfully laid out menus and well sized buttons make it easy to select your game. Just tap and you are in, then choose the room you want to play in, buy your ticket and start playing. If you don’t want others to hear what you’re doing, the Settings tab let’s you turn the sound off.
All the other important stuff is also at your fingertips – account information, promotions, terms and conditions, entry to the chat rooms or if you fancy a job at Tombola the careers button is right there too. If you need a little help along the way, live help, free phone and email support is close at hand.
When you’re done, there’s no need to search for the logout button, the big red button at the bottom lets you do just that.
Download the App
Play all your favourite games in one app is Tombola’s proud boast. The website has clear step by step instructions on how to download and install the app for iPhone and iPad or an Android device. The app allows a quick login and will remember, should you want it to, the details for the next time. It has the same functionality as the website with a scrollable menu giving you access to the games, rooms, prizes with chat rooms also connected.
One of the really good features of the app is that if you need to put your mobile device down to do other things the game will automatically complete with any winnings being credited to your account.
There’s very little not to like about the app and should you be signing up to Tombola as a new customer the same welcome bonuses and offers apply.
Potential problems installing the app
Most users will find the download procedure going without a hitch but there are a number of potential issues to be aware of.
There are another couple of areas of possible concern highlighted by Tombola, however an easy to understand video tutorial takes you through the process. It only takes a few minutes to be up and running.
The Which Bingo Online Bingo Annual Report for 2017 looks at the issue of usability in some depth. In their survey of the Top 10 Most Accessible Online Bingo Sites, Tombola features in second place with 13 known problems. They are described as minimal issues.
Tombola’s registration process only takes a few minutes. You must be at least 18 years old. The Join Now banner is the first thing you see on the site’s home page. One click takes you to a form where you fill in your details. Complete this, choose a user name and go through some security questions and you’re directed to a page, which will guide you through the process of depositing funds in your new account. The Customer Service team is always on hand, should there be any problems.
Tombola Bingo is one the UK’s biggest bingo sites and has remained popular with players of all ages. Its bespoke software offers something different, which in the increasingly crowded world of online bingo is refreshing. Its broad range of games and selection of rooms offers something for everyone. Its increasing advertising budget makes Tombola one of the best-known online bingo brands. Unsurprisingly it is also one of the most searched bingo brands in Google in the UK.
The rules of individual games can be picked up quickly and easily, although the company might consider introducing a ‘newbie’ room just to ease the concerns of first time players. Wagering limits are generally fairly low, which ensures the games are within everybody’s reach but winnings, with progressive jackpots on some games, can be substantial.
There’s a decent welcome bonus and to keep the site fresh, an ever-changing range of promotions. The company make good use of social media for promotional information and company news. For many, the award winning chat rooms are the icing on the cake.
There are some issues which the company need to work on. For example the Which Bingo Online Bingo Annual Report for 2017, highlights some cross platform compatibility issues. On the plus side the report also says that Tombola is one of the fastest sites to load.
Many, particularly if they live in the North East of England, will appreciate and applaud the company’s community involvement. We’d rate this site as 8/10.