Blocks – Tombola
What is Blocks Bingo? In 2018, a new online bingo phenomenon was born – Blocks, a colourful 60-ball bingo variant available exclusively to Tombola. As the game is created in-house you will not find this variation anywhere online. At the time of launch, there were initially four rooms to play in but due to the volume of players attempting to enter the rooms, Tombola introduced two more.
The number of players in the rooms steadily declined to lead to a reduction to just three rooms. Unlike other bingo games, there are two chances to win every couple of minutes with real money prizes going to the full house winner and the highest point-scoring winner. Yes, points really do mean prizes here. Being an equal chance bingo game means every player has the same number of tickets and the same chance to win, whether you play the minimum of 10p or the maximum of £2 per game.
How Do You Play Blocks?
Blocks has three rooms: Mountain, Ocean and Island and of the three, Island is the most popular with more players and bigger prize money. Ocean offers the best chance to win with fewer players per game, but it also means smaller prize pots. There are no restrictions to the number of players per room.
Entering a room will automatically bring up the ticket options for the next game. You have until 5-seconds before the game begins before ticket sales close. The stakes available in this game are 10p, 25p, 50p, £1 or £2, the higher the ticket price, the bigger the jackpot. All players receive one ‘ticket’ into the next game with two chances to win.
A full house prize and a score prize are featured in each game. The full house prize (larger of the two prize pots) is won by eliminating all 6 numbered blocks in one colour category. The points prize is won by gathering the highest number of points. There can be multiple winners from each prize tier.
The points prize is based on points. When matching coloured blocks fall onto the same row or column, points are added to your overall tally. Based on the image below, should yellow 16 be called, purple 15 will drop into its place to make a row of four purple blocks, which is the equivalent of 10 points per block (40 points). Green 43 and green 56 generate 20 points (two blocks), the same value accumulated for blue 44 and blue 57 plus pink 45 and 58. It’s not uncommon to see a points balance of over 700. Two blocks of the same colour (regardless of number) awards 20 points, three awards 30, four awards 40 and so on.
The full house is won by matching all six numbers in one colour before anyone else. Numbers 1 to 9 occupy column one, numbers 10 to 19 in column two, numbers 20 to 29 in column three, numbers 30 to 39 in column four, numbers 40 to 49 in column five and numbers 50 to 60 in column six. Colours in every game are purple, pink, green, blue, red and yellow and they can appear anywhere across the 6x6 grid.
Blocks Stakes and Jackpot Prize Tiers:
- A stake of 10p delivers jackpots of £100 and £1K.
- Stakes of 25p offers jackpots of £250 and £2,500.
- A wager of 50p offers jackpots of £500 and £5K.
- Stakes of £1 per play has jackpots of £1K and £10K.
- The max stake of £2 per play has jackpots of £2K and £20K.
How Do You Win a Blocks Jackpot?
There are two-tier jackpots with each stake, a jackpot multiplier of 1,000x (stake value) if a blocks prize (full house) is won in 9 or 10 calls. The second jackpot of 10,000x is awarded if a full house is won in 8 calls or less, that’s all six numbers within eight calls. Should more than one person with the jackpot, the full house will be split equally but the jackpots will be credited in full.