If you’ve never played online bingo before then the idea of trying to figure out something brand new can be quite daunting. But don’t worry, learning how to play bingo online is very easy. It all starts with picking a bingo site to play on.
You can choose from independent bingo sites such as Tombola, Jackpotjoy or Mecca Bingo. Or you can choose to go with a bingo section on a much bigger site such as Paddy Power, Ladbrokes or Betfair. There are pros and cons to both. But if you just love bingo, and maybe the odd slot game on the side, then I recommend an independent site.
Reasons To Choose A Bingo Only Site
Even though they may seem small compared to bigger companies like Paddy Power, sites like Tombola and Jackpotjoy are actually massive in terms of the number of happy customers they have. They have millions of bingo players and thousands can be playing at any one time in the day.
Because they really only offer bingo, they tend to put in more effort when it comes to promotions and offers. And don’t forget they also have an incredible range of themed and unique bingo games. So if it’s online bingo you want, you will definitely get it there.
Getting Started With Online Bingo
Once you have picked the online site you want to play on, it’s time to sign up. This is an easy process that involves you filling out a registration form.
You will need to input some personal details like your name, address etc… as well as create a username and password. Once that form is completed, you will get an activation email. Simply click on the link and you are good to go.
Next, you will have to deposit funds into your online bingo account. There are many ways to do this including using a debit card or PayPal. However, you cannot use a credit card.
This is also the point at which you check for any bonuses that you can get with your first deposit. This will help you maximise the amount of money you can play bingo with.
Once your money is in your account, you are free to start playing online bingo.
Finding Games You Want To play
Bingo has come a long way since offering just 90 ball bingo. Of course, that is still available but there are other options too. For example, Tombola offers traditional bingo but with 50, 60, 75, 80 or 90 balls.
There will also be completely new and unique games that have been created to add a twist to the game. Tombola has Blocks, Hex, Paper, Potion and Cinco. These are all bingo games but with a difference. And Jackpotjoy is the master of Slingo – a really cool hybrid of bingo and slots.
So whether you want to go traditional or something a little bit different, there is a huge range of games to choose from. The schedule for the bigger bingo games can be found on the homepage. Each game will have a countdown to the next game along with details on how many players have already bought tickets and how much the prizes are.
How Much Will You Pay?
This will depend entirely on where you are playing and which game you choose. Tombola is very good for offering four or five different prices per game. So you can usually play for 10p, 25p, 50p, £1 or £2. The choice is yours so it works well if you’re on a budget. Just note that the prizes will be lower for the cheaper tickets.
Games can start for as little as 1p per bingo card. There are also deals on most sites. Jackpotjoy offers ‘Session Bingo’ and this is where you pay £5 for 15 games which works out at 33p per game.
You will also find ‘free bingo’ at certain times of the day so make sure you stick the times in your diary! Once you decide which tickets to buy, simply click ‘buy tickets’. The money you pay will automatically be deducted from the funds in your online bingo account. Then all you have to do is wait for the game to start!
Benefits Of Online Bingo
Firstly you don’t have to go out in the cold to play your favourite game! You can sit in the comfort of your own home and play from your sofa.
Secondly, the dabbing of the numbers is automated. So once you buy a ticket you can sit back and relax. the computer will do all the hard work for you. This also means you don’t have to keep track of multiple bingo cards. You can see the cards getting marked off so as you get closer to bingo, the cards will change order. That way you can see when you have 3TG, 2TG or even 1TG!
You can also buy your bingo cards in advance. So if you think you might forget about a big jackpot game it’s no problem. Simply logon to your online bingo account and buy them in advance.
Once the games are underway, you are free to have a chat with the other players in the chat room. The players are friendly and encouraging and the chat facility is moderated so that everybody plays nicely.
All that’s left is for you to win!
And that’s basically how you play online bingo. Find a site, sign-up, grab your new customer welcome offer, pick a game, buy tickets, and play. Easy peasy!