Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Great Article from a Price Is Right Fan!

As we all know, gambling has become a huge industry on the internet very quickly with pretty much any game in Vegas available to play online. Some Poker sites offer video play with 3D players and the option to change your player’s appearance – you can even go as far to upload an image of your own face to slap onto your character at the table!

I’m not writing about poker though - it’s Bingo I have a love for. It all started on a Haven Campsite when I was younger, you know the drill, five kids in each caravan, grandparents along for the ride, barbeques outside the awning, all that mullarky! Every night we’d have a go at sinking the balls to win Arabian Nights and depending on how much the adults had drunk the night before, head to the main tent for the cabaret or go sit through a few rounds of Bingo.

Not that my parents may have known at the time, but bingo was my first choice – hands down. I don’t now about you but me and my younger sister weren’t ones for being dragged onto a stage by a sweaty nineteen year old from that afternoons ‘fun club’ - to do the birdie in front of 200 equally sweaty parents boozed up on Budweiser and Vodka Sodas. There was always something magical about blotting the boxes, seeing those numbers line up and losing any kind of childhood shyness, jumping up onto your chair shouting “BINGO BINGO!”. The fact that they didn’t really expect 5 – 8 year olds to be in the bingo hall at 9pm or ever for that matter and consequently the only available choice of prizes ranged from a decaffeinator to a quick-boil kettle didn’t matter. I won and I’d beat the adults. And I was still up at 9pm!

Anyway, that’s where the magic began. Now the question is - now I play online, mostly because my local hall has recently banned smoking and it’s just not very fashionable around here to be playing bingo at 27, do I still want to get up on my seat and rub in into the adults. Well, my answer is yes, but not always. The outcome of this subject is obviously going to be a matter of opinion, but I think half the magic of playing online these days lays in the creativeness and interactivity of the game you are playing.

For me, after having a dabble at the obvious two - &, there is now one clear favourite available at I stumbled across the game after seeing its factual site being talked about on a forum. The game is based upon a game show, The Price Is Right. For those of you who don’t know of or have never seen the show before it’s quite simple. Contestants go on and guess the price of a number of items, if they get the price correct or closer than the other contestants they start bagging the items. Now there are many game show based bingo games out there at the moment, a large potion being based on Deal Or No Deal but none other I have come across captures the spirit of the show so well and offers so much added entertainment as this one.

Obviously, many of you are probably sitting there asking why bingo needs to be integrated into a game show set up. Well, it doesn’t. People love bingo for what it is, a simple game that anyone can play and one of which obviously carries a decent social scene with it. But I’m 27 years old; I have a Nintendo Wii in the front room (mainly because it’s pretty!), drive a Volkswagen Golf GTI and am very well acquainted with my microwave oven. I want it all and a game which offers a little more than the norm, is well related to some already fond memories and offers extra ‘bonus games’ between my rounds of bingo as opposed to a cheeky fag outside the local Mecca is all very finde by me.

These bonus games in The Price Is Right Bingo offer different kinds of opportunities. The games are, for those of you in the know, Way to go Plinko!, Spin The Wheels & Come On Down. These allow you to treble you winnings (or half, up by 75% or lose etc), win some extra cash on top – or a Mini Cooper at the moment or simply be awarded some extra winnings along with two other contestants picked at random. Now winning bingo is good enough, but to take part in these kind of bonus games (or not) is a decent addition in my book. There are of course more ‘usual’ bingo games available at Jackpotjoy but if you want to see them you’ll just have to visit the site.

For me, the answer to my original question is no, Online Bingo has not altogether caused the game to lose its magical appeal – it’s just about finding the right game for you.

I well recommend The Price Is Right game. Enjoy!

Friday, 15 June 2007

Some News from The Price Is Right game I've been playing...

Check this out...!!!

The biggest ever Deal or No Deal Jackpot was won last night by Glasgow’s David E. The 29 year old is now £629,547 richer and understandably, seemed quite spaced out when Sabia spoke to him on the phone this morning.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I didn’t believe it when I won. I had to double check and when I told my parents, they thought I was joking. They thought I had won just £629!”

David works in the Navy and will be off on a patrol mission in the next few days. However, he seemed happy with the offer of a trip to London when he’s back home. We will be getting a photographer sent around with some champagne to get some snaps taken before he sails off, and will get some more quotes once it’s all sunk in.

“I told my wife but she didn’t believe me. I’ll wait until I have the cheque in my hands. I have no idea what I’ll spend the money on yet.”

In other news, another big Jackpot was won last night. Shiela P won £50,784 on Bingo Gold. She’s extremely grateful and in a state of disbelief. Her husband’s recently been made redundant and she’s still in a state of hysteria about her win. Sabia will ring her later as Shiela was crying too many tears of happiness to speak!

£600k on The Price Is Right!!! I can't try hard enough to convince you guys to play this, I won over £70 this weekend, not quite the same but still, its 70 quid!

They match your first deposit, I done te max, £100 and so had £200 to begin with, I still havent deposited anymore and am well up! I intend to get to £00 and withdraw some!

Theres a few good links on the price is right site now for fans out there. I read recently it is to return to our screens very soon, peak time as well! I can't wait!

I'll see if I can dig out that link. Theres quite a following of this game now, I've been speaking to a few people on forums and the like. We're thinking of arranging a meet!

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Bingo Halls / Smoking, is it the end?

I've already spoke of my addiction to the new game at, which obviously doesn't require me to leave the house! But what of those thousands who haven't cottoned on to how good online play is and are still making the daily/weekly effort to see friends at their local hall, are they in danger of losing such a pin on the social calender in favour of having a cigi at home whilst blotting those numbers?!

I myself am a bit of social smoker I must admit, a couple of drinks and I fancy a fag! It won't bother me though due to the fact that I play online but I can obviously understand why some halls may lose a lot of custom as player will soon not be allowed to smoke whilst playing.

As silly as it may sound, bingo is just one of those things that can be much more enjoyable accompanied by some smoke in your lungs!!

Let's be honest though, in the end this must be a good idea. It can only mean those hall goers will get to play or longer as they'll hopefully be that little bit more

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

The Price Is Right - Bingo?

I'm pretty new to all this but I must say, being fairly young and enjoying a flutter, I've found now more enoyable way of doing so than online bingo, courtesy of Jackpotjoy I should add. I cam across them when browsing something to do with the classic television game show, The Price Is Right.

There is an independent website they have set up, Nice site, obviously to gather custom but at least they have gone to some effort to provide some factual information for us fans.

Anyway, thats besides the point, or is it, it worked on me!! Since joining, I've won a few quid, I'm not talking £2 - £3, I'm talking £10 - £80! Its a damn good game. At Jackpotjoy though, there are other gameshow based online games, though they aren't ALL bingo based.

I played Deal or No Deal a couple of times, great, but its just like the tv show, no REAL improvements or extras and to be honest that soundtrack does my head in!

The Strike It Lucky game - brilliant! Just like the show but so much so you didnt need the extras!

Still, nothing compares to my original find and the entire reason for wanting to tell the world about my renewed love for The Price Is Right - Bingo!! I want to know what everyone else thinks really. I used to play on Gala but I dont see how they can compete with such creativity.

I dont think bingo is even that interesting to be honest, theres just something about numbers and getting them in a line that gets my blood pumpin! Im here because im an avid fan of the gameshow more than anything so am in need of some bingo expert opinions...are there any other games out there I've been missing out on?

I'd be very interested in a Family Fortunes version, imagine what they could do with that!