You’ve just logged into your online bingo account and realized that there’s something wrong with your bankroll. The most recent top-up you made doesn’t reflect.
Or you’re a new player who just made the maiden account deposit, but the welcome bonus funds and free spins can’t seem to activate despite refreshing the cashier page several times. So what do you do?
Your automatic reaction will most likely be a bit of panic and confusion. But don’t fret because that’s what the online bingo site support channels and the customer support team are for.
Your options for contacting support will vary across various online gaming sites, but the process to seek assistance, whether technical or otherwise, is much less the same. For starters, check your favourite site’s customer support operational hours.
A good number of iGaming sites offer support 24/7. However, support might be available only between specific business hours, for example, 8 am and 12 midnight. There’s no use in trying to contact support outside of their operating hours, especially if your issue is urgent, like being unable to launch a particular game despite having real money play funds in your account.
Maybe you just need some information on which 75-ball games patterns are in play in a certain bingo room, or you would love to know how wagering requirements on the welcome offer package and bonus spins work. Regardless of the issue at hand, the contact methods below are the most common support communication channels that you’ll encounter:
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Section and Troubleshooter
The FAQs section is by far the most popular support channel that punters are most conversant with at any given gaming site. Rarely does an online gaming platform lack FAQs, let alone UK bingo sites.
The section consists of a bunch of questions that players have asked in the past or that bettors are likely to ask before joining the gaming site or even after signing up with the site, registering an account, and starting their gameplay. Example questions include:
- Why can’t I log in to my account?
- What are your deposit options?
- Can I withdraw my bonus?
- Will my cash wagering count towards completing the wagering requirement?
- Why Didn’t My Bonus Code Work?
- How do I verify my account?
- When will my withdrawal be in my account?
- I still need help – who do I contact?
The support team does their best to provide the best possible answers to these inquiries and make regular updates accordingly.
Once you click on an FAQ that highlights your issue, you’ll get a step-by-step process for troubleshooting your specific technical issue. If you’re still stuck, seek help through any of the other direct support tools.
The live chat feature is the other immediate method to jump on for players that need a quick turnaround on their queries. It works the same way as instant messaging, and most gambling sites that provide it usually have it up and running 24 hours a day throughout the week.
You’ll have live chat sessions with a bot running on artificial intelligence and ready to answer all your questions. There are also human chat agents that you can chat with and have a conclusive solution to whatever hitch you’re experiencing on the gaming site.
Contact Forms and Email
Very little difference exists between the functioning of support email handles or in-built support contact forms. Gaming sites provide an official support email address that players can use to shoot the customer desk an email and get a reply in, typically, 24 hours to 72 hours on average for a highly responsive support team.
The same logic goes for contact forms. You launch a contact form, outline the details of the issue you’re facing, and by doing so, create a support ticket.
You’ll receive a no-reply email acknowledging the receipt of your support ticket and the customer service timeline of when you should expect to get a viable solution as support agents look into your issue. Of course, it might take a while if the issue is more technical than casual, so try to be patient.
Phone and Contact Center
Though not as widespread as the use of FAQs, emails, and contact forms, some gaming sites provide phone numbers or a direct line to their phone support centre for punters to place calls and detail any technicalities they’re experiencing while playing on the site.
Check in with your bingo site to find out if a support phone number exists. Most sites in the UK offer two phone numbers: one that’s toll-free for UK residents/online gamers and another for players residing outside the UK, where call rates apply as per your phone plan.
And if, for some reason, you can’t locate one on the gaming site, hit the local and online bingo directories and find a working phone number that you can use to reach through to the customer support team.
Chat Rooms and Community Forums
Chat rooms and online bingo site communities are perhaps not the best communication channels to reach support because these mainly entail conversations and discussions between peer-to-peer bingo players.
They’re best known for the social interaction aspect and exchanging views and tricks for playing numbers games. But they can also be great for contacting customer support agents who partake in the discourse from time to time. Some bingo sites even have a dedicated customer agent who runs the site’s community forum.
If you feel like the customer support efforts haven’t been adequate in resolving your issue, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the licensing authority of the particular bingo site. This should be the UK Gambling Commission for UK residents or the Malta Gaming Authority and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission for players in other parts of the world.
Feel free to also talk to game testers like eCOGRA to establish the validity of your claim and proceed to have an alternative dispute resolution. You can also contact the bingo site’s responsible gaming partners, such as GamCare, Be Gamble Aware, GameTalk, etc., on their national problem gambling helplines, which you can find in the bingo site’s responsible gaming terms and conditions.