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GTECH (St Minver) Network

The Gtech Network is a small network of sites with quite a complicated corporate history. It used to be known as the St. Minver network, but various ownership changes and membership swaps mean that it is now more generally known as the Gtech network. Its members include Bingo Zino, Butlins and OK Bingo. Gtech design their own software. Gtech is a London based company, so all their sites are licenced and registered with the UK Gambling Commission. This means that United Kingdom based players can play with confidence.

Gtech is certainly not one of the leviathans of the online bingo industry and you could be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the name. Are they worth a try? Well these sites are certainly well designed. They look very professional and everything runs nice and smoothly, as you would expect from a modern day design. They are relatively uncomplicated, but there’s more than enough about them to keep the typical bingo player happy. 90 and 75 ball versions of the game are offered, with some sites providing a 30 ball “speed” bingo room too. There is also a wide variety of alternative games to choose from. Slot, scratch card and other instant games are provided, together with a good range of casino style table games like roulette and blackjack. This may be a relatively small network, but there were plenty of players on the site at the time of our visit, with a friendly, lively atmosphere in the well hosted chat room (OK Bingo).

There are plenty of choices when it comes to funding your bingo. Visa, MasterCard, and Maestro are available on the plastic front. Various e-payment methods are provided too, including PayPal. The wagering requirements on this network are calculated in an unusual way, but the actual amounts required work out much the same. Whatever the bonus you receive, you have to spend thirty times your deposit ONLY, before you can make a withdrawal. So if you deposit £10 and receive a bonus of £20, you will need to wager £300 (30 x £10) in real funds before making a claim. There is also a time limit imposed on reaching this requirement.

So, what’s the conclusion? What’s the point of little independent networks like Gtech? Are they any good? Well we think they are. Think of it like this. Many people are happy to buy their Heinz tomato ketchup to go with their Birds Eye cod fish fingers, probably bought from Tesco. And there’s nothing wrong with that. All top quality, reliable products sold by a good value retailer. But some people like to try something different. Other sauces are available. Cod is not the only fish. Tesco do not have a monopoly (ok, sometimes it might seem like it). That’s all we’re saying. Variety is the spice of life. The ginormous big name software designers and their networks provide an excellent service with top bingo. But other providers are available. So keep the little guys alive. Give ‘em a try.

By Matthew

I have been involved in the Bingo and Casino industry since 2007. I created many of the first Bingo & Casino Portals that had extensive information including software platform, payment options included about each site. I own / have owned my own bingo and casino skins. My websites have been included in the EGR Magazine and I have been nominated for iGB Affiliate awards. Because of this I have a lot of industry knowledge and aim to provide bingo and casino players honest information.