If you’re a bonus hunter then Real Deal Bingo is not going to be for you, but this could well be the future of online bingo. It’s expected that new tax laws will soon apply to bonus money offered by gambling companies plus the powers that be are also looking closely at wagering terms and conditions. Pre-empting this are Dragonfish who have launched a new network – The Real Money Network. Players aren’t offered bonus money but in return no wagering terms apply and all wins are paid in cash.
That’s not to say that players aren’t rewarded for joining or playing at sites like Real Deal Bingo. Newbies who sign up and deposit £10 are offered 64 free bingo cards – these are for selected games including the monthly Big £10K. In addition 10 free spins on Fluffy Favourites are thrown in too. Any wins from these tickets and spins are paid as cash!
Whilst the no wagering aspect of this site is appealing, the design is far from! It’s incredibly minimalist in black and gold plus there’s very little alluding to the fact that wagering terms are absent. We’re not convinced that you can call yourself the “real deal” when visually you’re far from it. Of course the homepage is merely a wrapper for the goodies underneath but first impressions do count.
Inside Real Deal Bingo, which comes from the Mandalay/Ignite group who also run Costa and many others, you’ll find a familiar Dragonfish style layout offering 90 ball and 75 ball bingo rooms. There are free bingo games to enjoy alongside a couple of specials including Sure Win games. Slots are also in the mix but in truth there’s nothing stand out or exclusive to make Real Deal jump above the multitude of other brands using the same software.
Promotions are also sadly limited – most certainly there are no signs of the prize games that you find at Real Deal’s sister sites – mind you, the likes of Costa, Sing and City are much more established. The question is why then would you swap a site like Costa for Real Deal? The former offers free games, bonuses and plenty of promos whilst the latter is hanging it’s hat mainly on no wagering.
Long term we may well see more sites following Real Deal’s path, but at this time (July 2017) we think these fledgling sites on the Real Money Network need to do more to attract players and convince them that no wagering is a good option for the future of online bingo.