Figure 1- Blingo Game
Table of Contents
A- How to play Blingo
B- Buying Hands
C- Current Game Info
D- Next Game Info
E- Table Chat
A- How to play Blingo- (Refer to Fig 1-# 1 & 2)
- Blingo hands consists of random cards dealt from a deck of cards. Each hand contains 5 cards.
- Once the game has begun you can watch as the cards are automatically called from a single deck of cards, the aim for the player being to match all the cards in one hand, in order to win Blingo. If a called card matches one of the cards in a player's hand, that card automatically gets marked with a diamond dauber. See image below.
- Your cards that are displayed on the top left hand of the screen will automatically change from: 4 to go, to 3 to go, 2 to go etc until you get Blingo. Once you have all 5 cards marked, you have won Blingo, and will be credited with the blingo prize. The prize amount won by the player will be determined by the number hands that got blingo. For example if two players get Blingo and the one player has 2 hands that got Blingo and the other player only has one hand that got Blingo, then the prize gets divided by three (the amount of hands that got Blingo). The player with 2 winning hands gets 2/3 of the prize, the other player gets 1/3. Your name will then pop up saying that you were the winner of that game. See figure below.
Potential Payout Problem Scenario:
What happens if the Jackpot cannot be distributed evenly?:
In the event that the prize cannot be evenly distributed, the following example explains what will happen:
The total prize is £28
Player 1 won with 1 Blingo hand and wins £9.33 (1/3 of the total)
Player 2 won with 2 Blingo hands and wins £18.66 (2/3 of the total)
The total prize awarded is £27.99.
The remaining £0.01 of the prize money that could not be divided between the winners does not get paid out.
B- Buying Hands:
- While a game is being played, a player can buy into the next game to be played. If a player sits down at the table in between games, a timer (see Figure below) will indicate the time to the next game. To join a game, a player needs to have enough money to buy hands for the game. The money is first deducted from the player’s real account, and if no real money is available, then the remainder is deducted from the bonus bucks account.
- To purchase blingo hands, select the number of hands you want to play. The number of hands to buy can be adjusted by clicking the 3, 6, 12, 24, 48 and MAX buttons .You can then optionally increase/decrease the amount of hands to buy by clicking the “<” and “>” buttons.See Figure 5 below
- Once you have chosen the hands that you would like to buy, click on the BUY NOW button to buy hands for the next blingo game.
The minimum amount of hands a player can buy is 3, the maximum amount is 240. The minimum and maximum hand price varies between 10p - £1, thus the min bet is 10p and the maximum is £240. In some instances there are free games in which case the minimum price is £0.
Different games are scheduled at different times e.g. The 5p games might be scheduled between 8-9pm, the 10p games between 9-10pm, the 25p games between 10-11pm etc. To find out what the schedule for a specific date is players can look at the schedule on the website. The schedules are changed regularly, so the times are not constant.
- If both “real” and “bonus bucks” accounts have insufficient funds, the player won’t be able to join the game and he/she will be asked if he/she wants to purchase additional credits. Each game has a minimum and maximum allowable number of hands. To qualify for a game the player has to buy at least the minimum, and no more than the maximum allowable number of hands.
- Auto play button- If you want to leave your PC, and still be included in the next game you can tick the auto play box. You will be prompted to enter the number of hands to purchase for each possible hand denomination. Once you have chosen the hands that you would like to buy you click on the ‘Buy Hands’ tab. See Figure 6 below.
- Total purchase amount -The total amount that you purchased for that specific game will be displayed next to “Total Purchase” see diagram below.
C- Current Game Info: (Refer to Fig 1-# 3)
D- Next Game Info- (Refer to Fig 1-# 4)
- Prize : 70% Of the player's total wager gets added to the prize pool, thus if the total purchase is £1 then the amount added to the prize pool would be £0.70. This percentage can vary depending on the number of players participating in the game, the number of hands purchased and also the current promotion running at the time.
For example in a specific game the prize might be a set amount of £2, if there is only one person playing and his bet was £1, the percentage would be %200.
- Jackpot : All games are played for a Jackpot. The Jackpot is won by the first player to achieve Blingo within a certain predefined “number of cards”. If there is no winner of the Jackpot in a certain game, then the jackpot is rolled over to the next game. Jackpots are site specific and can thus only be won by players playing the game within that specific site.
If the jackpot is won by two or more players at the same time it gets shared between the players according to the amount of winning hands each player has. For example if two players won the jackpot and one player has 2 winning hands and the other player has 1 winning hand, the jackpot will be divided by 3 (there are 3 winning hands in total). The player with the 2 winning hands will win 2/3 of the jackpot and the player with 1 winning hand will win 1/3 of the jackpot. If the jackpot is won it will automatically reset back to the minimum jackpot amount that is set for that hour. The reset value is based on whatever the current promotion is at that time. That is money to be given away.
Potential Payout Problem Scenario:
What happens if the Jackpot cannot be distributed evenly?:
In the event that the jackpot cannot be evenly distributed, the following example explains what will happen:
The total jackpot is £100
Player 1 won with 1 Blingo hand and wins £33.33 (1/3 of the total)
Player 2 won with 2 Blingo hands and wins £66.66 (2/3 of the total)
The total jackpot awarded is £99.99.
The remaining £0.01 of the jackpot money that could not be divided between the winners does not get paid out.
- Information on number of Cards to Jackpot - If a player gets blingo within the specified number of cards he will win the jackpot. In the figure below the number of cards to jackpot is 10.
- Hand price - Each game can have a different price per hand set. Price denominations can vary from game to game. Some games may offer free hands on a preset buy-in ratio.
- The total amount of players – This will vary from game to game depending on how many players are participating in that particular blingo game.For example in the figure below, a total of 1 player participated in that game.
- The total hands – These are the total amount of hands that you have bought for a specific Blingo game and will be displayed next to"Total Hands". For example in the figure above, a total of 4 hands were purchased.
- Mini Games- If there is going to be a mini game in the next blingo game, the name and type of Mini game will appear next to the line reading mini game. Mini games vary in type and are all explained by clicking on the small blue “i” on the screen. Mini Game wins are always paid out to Bonus Bucks.
- Bonus hands- The number of bonus hands will be displayed in the next game section only and will vary from Game to Game. Next to bonus hand tab (see figure below) you will see for example 3:1.This simply means that in the next game you can buy 3 hands and get 1 free.
The information for the prize, jackpot, mini game and bonus hands gets displayed in the "Next Game" panel. This information gets transferred to the current game info as soon as the game starts. See figure below
E- Table Chat- (Refer to Fig 1-# 5)
Once you are seated at the blingo table you can chat to the other players that are sitting with you at the table. You can chat to players at your table by entering text in the chat bar located in the bottom of your screen above the menu bar. When you are seated at the table and chatting to the other players, you can see their hands changing colour as they get closer to getting blingo. As can be seen in the figure below. Your cards will change to the following colours:
- Red – when you have three cards to go.
Yellow -when you have two cards to go.
Green -when you have one cards to go.
Purple -when you have 0 cards left to Blingo
- Table chat - Players can also chat to other player within the site using table chat board, this chat is moderated by a chat leaders and is accessible by clicking on the “Chat” button in the menu bar See figure 9 below
- Impact of Disconnection
Once a player has purchased hands for a game, then no further game interaction is required from the player to complete that game. Thus, in the event of a player being disconnected, the game will be completed without a player's presence, and all winnings will be credited to the player's account.
If a player has purchased cards for the subsequent game and that game had not yet started at the time of disconnection, then the player will not be included in the subsequent game and any monies deducted for that game will be refunded.
Please note that if a player is disconnected while playing a currently active bingo game, then the player will only be able to log in again after that game has completed.
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