When you’re having a full-on day with the kids or at work, it’s great if you can find a way of winding down for a few minutes without necessarily having to book a chunk of time out of your day and / or finding someone else to look after the kids while you take five.
Fortunately, the internet is the gateway to a myriad of different entertainment options, all only a couple of clicks away. And one of those options that has really taken the globe by storm in the last few years is online bingo. Yes, the humble game of bingo that used to only be associated with OAPs and funny rhyming bingo calls has moved into the internet age, with a huge choice of sites to choose to play at.
So why is bingo better than other games you can find online? For a start, it’s so easy to play. Even if you’ve never played bingo in your life, all you need to do when you play online is choose which game to play and how many tickets to buy. You don’t even have to concentrate on what’s happening during the game as any numbers on your ticket that match the numbers called are marked off automatically by the software. So it really is a game where you can just sit back and watch what happens. And this in itself can be quite relaxing – unless, that is, it suddenly looks like you might win, and then you’ll be on the edge of your seat!
There is the possibility, of course, of winning a large amount of cash while you’re playing. No-one really imagines that they will win the jackpot when they’re playing an online game, but it does happen, and if you look at the winners’ pages on the bingo sites, more often than you might think. But even if you don’t win a significant amount, bingo still represents great value entertainment, not least because many of the sites offer free playing credit when you first sign up to play. If you play at Winner Bingo, for example, and put in a minimum deposit of £10, the site credits your account with an extra £30 – to use on bingo and other games on the site. Online bingo industry invests heavily to keep the game affordable and fun. Big names like Playtech’s Winner Bingo and Sky Vegas provide impressive bonus schemes and promotions. When bingo games start from just 1p, that’s plenty of games you’ll get to play for free! Winner’s just one example, of course, you’ll find similar welcome bonus deals at other sites like Gala and tastybingo.com.
But for many people, playing online bingo isn’t about the simplicity of the game or the possibility of winning big prizes for such low stakes. No, it’s really about the social side of the game. This is where online bingo really differs from the bingo hall version, where players have traditionally always had to be quiet so that everyone could concentrate on the number calls. With online bingo, as there’s no need to concentrate, it means every player is free to chat, so that’s what many of them do in the online bingo chat rooms. Once you have a bingo card in play, you can access the chat room linked to it, and meet other players there to do the same thing as you. It’s not just bingo talk – many topics are covered and there’s a chat moderator always present to make sure that everyone feels included and that the topics remain wholesome!
Really it’s this social element to bingo that makes it so popular. There are loads of other online real money games where you can play in the hope of winning cash prizes, but none of the others are quite so friendly and fun as bingo!
A guest post from Sarah; Having never visited a real bingo hall in her life, mum-of-one and marketing consultant Sarah is an online bingo convert who likes to play whenever she has a quiet moment.