How To Play Bingo

If you haven’t played online bingo before, what are you waiting for? There’s a whole world of fun and excitement waiting at your fingertips! Don’t worry if you don’t know your two fat ladies from your legs eleven because we’re here to answer all your questions. Online bingo is fairly easy to play once you know how. Luckily for you, we’re here to help so it won’t take you long to get the hang of it.

Before you set off on your bingo journey the first thing you need to do is read this guide which covers everything you need to know to get started. Once you’ve done that the fun really begins…

Getting Started

Choosing a Bingo Site

To get started the first thing you need to do before you even set foot in a bingo room is decide where to play. The worldwide web is your oyster.

As a newbie, you don’t want to jump in at the deep end and risk losing all your hard-earned cash. Look out for a site that offers plenty of free bingo and a generous welcome package especially one with a no deposit bonus. This way you have nothing to lose.

So, where do you find such as site? Well, that’s easy – at of course! The web is flooded with online bingo sites which can be quite overwhelming but don’t worry we’re here to help. We’ve scoured the web to find you the best places to play online bingo and not only have we rounded them up but we’ve reviewed them for you too.

Sign up Process

Once you’ve decided where to play all you have to do is register for an account. This is generally quite straightforward and usually only requires a few details such as email address. That’s right you don’t even need to supply any card details straight away. Like any type of account, you need to set up a username and password. Not only does the username give you access to the site but it appears on chat room conversations and winning announcements so make sure you pick something that you’re really happy with.

Choosing a Bingo Game

The next thing you need to do is choose a bingo game. Simply, click the ‘PLAY NOW’ button and you should enter the lobby. This is where all the games are listed as well as other information such as jackpot prizes, when the next game starts, how many people are playing and ticket prices.

On top of that, there are different types of games to choose from such as 90 ball bingo which is standard for the UK. Some sites also offer the US 75 ball variation as well as the likes of 30 ball speed bingo and much more.

These are all things you might want to consider when deciding what bingo game to play. Since you’re new to all this you’re probably better off starting with some free bingo so you can get a feel for the site before playing for higher stakes. Don’t worry there’s still usually cash to be won in the free games so you won’t miss out on any of the fun.

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Different Types of Bingo

90 Ball Bingo

90 ball bingo is the most widely played type of game so you’re guaranteed to find it at any site. The card is divided into 27 squares which are made up of nine columns and three rows. Each row on the card has five numbered squares and four blank squares so there are 15 numbers in total on each card.

The cards come individually or as part of a strip of six. There are 90 numbers on each strip which means every call is a step closer to the full house. It’s up to you how many cards you purchase but the more you play with the more chances you have of winning.

90 ball bingo offers players plenty of ways to win with three rounds – one line, two lines and full house. A one line prize is when a player completes one horizontal line, the 2 line prize is given when a bingo player completes two horizontal lines, and the full house prize is rewarded when a player marks off all the numbers on their card. The person who wins the full house prize usually bags the one line and two line prizes as well so you never know you could be taking away three prizes if you’re really lucky.

75 Ball Bingo

While you probably won’t come across 75 ball bingo at your local bingo hall it’s just as popular online as 90 ball bingo. 75 ball bingo uses a different style of card with a 5×5 grid split into 25 squares. 24 of the squares are filled with numbers or even letters of the alphabet and in the middle of the grid is a free square.

In a 75 ball game, there’s only one prize up for grabs so you get the full whack if you win. All you have to do is be the first to complete a pre-determined pattern and the prize is all yours.

30 Ball Bingo

30 ball bingo is also known as speed bingo. It’s a newer version of the game but the key principles of classic bingo remain the same.

In this variation there are significantly less calls (only 30) and the card is made up of a 3×3 grid so there are only nine squares to cover. The game is much quicker so it’s over in just a matter of minutes which means you could win multiple times within half an hour. There’s only one way to win in this game and that’s by getting a full house. The simplicity of 30 ball bingo makes it really easy for newbies to quickly pick up the rules so it’s a great place to start.

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Fixed Jackpots

Jackpots come in all shapes and sizes and here’s an explanation of each of the main ones starting with fixed jackpots. When you play for a fixed jackpot you win the same amount even if there are multiple winners – so you don’t need to share with anyone.

Community Jackpots

We all love to win but it’s even better when everyone celebrates with you. Community jackpot games are awesome because everyone gets a share of the jackpot whether you win or lose so it’s celebrations all round.

Progressive Jackpots

Progressive jackpot games are usually where the big bucks can be won. The jackpot starts off at a set amount and it rolls over each time it’s not claimed so it gets bigger and bigger. As soon as the jackpot is won it’s reset and the fun starts all over again.

Sliding Jackpots

You could say sliding jackpot games are the opposite of progressive jackpot games because the jackpot gets smaller instead of bigger – but don’t worry it’s still just as thrilling. The jackpot starts off at a set amount which is usually quite high and you need to bingo in a certain number of calls in order to win the full amount. The jackpot keeps decreasing until someone wins it so the quicker you bingo the more cash you win.

1TG and 2TG Jackpots

When bingo operators are feeling generous they might add 1TG and 2TG prizes to the game which means, even more, chances to win. If you are just short of a full house by one or two numbers then you can still get a share of the 1TG or 2TG jackpot so all is not lost.

Buying Cards

Before you buy any bingo cards or tickets as some sites refer to them, you need to put some money into your account. To make a deposit you need to register your credit or debit card and some bingo sites offer other payment options such as Neteller, Paysafecard and PayPal. The minimum deposit amount varies but in most cases, it’s £10.

Once you know what game you want to play all you have to do is head to the bingo room where you can buy auto-generated bingo cards. The minimum and maximum number of cards you can play with vary but usually you can start off with just one or two cards.

Ticket prices also vary with bingo sites usually catering for all budgets. If you’re really lucky they might start from as little as 1p or 2p which is an absolute bargain. The ticket price usually reflects the size of the prize on offer. You can buy cheap tickets and play for modest jackpots or you can splash out on more expensive bingo cards for the chance to scoop up a big win. Don’t forget that even it’s a free game you still need to ‘buy’ cards – they just won’t cost you any money.

You can buy bingo cards automatically or if you have a lucky number you might prefer to buy them manually by clicking on them individually or in strips. Just make sure you buy your cards in plenty of time for the game starting.

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How to Play

The great thing about playing online is that the computer does it all for you so all you have to do is sit back and wait for your numbers to come up. A virtual caller announces the numbers as they appear on the screen and the corresponding number is automatically marked off your card. If you like being more hands on you can switch the ‘auto dab’ feature off and mark the numbers off like you would in a traditional bingo hall. However, you won’t have the same risk of losing track of numbers because the numbers are counted automatically so you won’t miss out on a prize. As well as that some games are pre-buy so you don’t even need to be in the bingo room at the time and your cards still payout.

Winning a Prize

Playing online bingo is tonnes of fun but let’s not lie – we’re in it to win it. If you’re lucky enough to win the game is paused and a message with your name is flashed on the screen so even if you lose track of what’s happening, you won’t miss out on that win. Your account is automatically credited with your winnings so you don’t need to do anything other than enjoy it!

It’s entirely up to you what you do with the winnings. You can either reinvest your winnings for the chance to win an even bigger slice of the pie or you can withdraw them and treat yourself to something nice. You can request a withdrawal whenever you want to by going to the banking section of the site and it normally takes about a week to process. Bingo sites usually have a minimum and maximum withdrawal limit and you must have funds in your account before you request a withdrawal.

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No Deposit Bonus

Whoever said money doesn’t grow on trees had obviously never played online bingo. Most bingo sites are pretty generous when it comes to bonuses so you get plenty of bang for your buck. Virtually every bingo site offers bonuses these days and one of our favourites is the no deposit bonus because it’s literally free cash – no catch. As we’ve already mentioned bingo sites usually offer a no deposit bonus as part of the welcome package and some sites might even feel generous and give you one as a little treat. No deposit bonuses can usually be spent on any game but sometimes restrictions apply so it’s worth checking before you sign up.

Reload Bonus

A no deposit bonus is a one-time offer whereas a reload bonus can be claimed over and over again. To claim a reload bonus all you have to do is make a deposit and sometimes a special code is required. It’s as easy as that.

Bingo Bonus

Bingo bonuses or BBZ are the most popular type of bonuses but you can only use them on bingo and not any of the other games. You might get a bingo bonus or even multiple bonuses as part of the welcome package or it might come in the form of a reload bonus. As well as that you might get a bingo bonus as part of some reward scheme, promotion or even as a prize.

Slots Bonus

It’s not all about bingo. Nowadays bingo sites have recognised that players enjoy playing slots and many of them now offer slots bonuses. These work pretty much the same as a bingo bonus but you can only use it on slots games. There are also several sites that provide a free slots balance with no deposit required, these work in the same way as no deposit bingo sites, however, they give you the option to play slots as well.

Free Spins

Sometimes you might be rewarded with free spins instead of a slots bonus which allow you to spin the reels for free and the best part is that you get to keep all your winnings and continuing play bingo and slots with them.

All Games Bonus

If you manage to bag an all games bonus then count your lucky stars. An all games bonus can be used on any game at all whether it’s bingo, slots, casino games or instant games.

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Wagering Requirements

When it comes to bonuses the only thing getting in the way of you and your winnings are wagering requirements. These specify the amount of cash you need to wager before you can withdraw your winnings. Some bingo sites have better wagering requirements than others so this is something that you should check out before signing up.

To calculate the wagering requirement all you have to do is add your bonus to your deposit amount then multiply it by the stated multiplier. For example, if your favourite bingo site is giving away a 100% bonus with a 2x wagering requirement and you make an initial deposit of £100 you need to wager £600 before you can withdraw your winnings.

The only way to meet the wagering requirements is to keep playing until you’ve spent the required amount. You never know you might even win more cash. There’s usually two sets of wagering requirements – one for bingo bonuses and another for instant games bonuses. For bingo bonuses, the wagering requirements are only met by wagering on bingo games. If you play instant games this only helps to meet the wagering requirements for an instant games bonus.

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Mobile Bingo

The big question is – can you play bingo on your mobile phone? Yes, you can. These days most bingo sites are mobile optimised so you can play wherever you go on our mobile phone or tablet as long as your device is compatible. Whether you sign up via a mobile device or desktop you are usually entitled to the same welcome deals. Sometimes mobile users also get additional perks which you should look out for if you plan to play on the go.

One of the shortfalls of playing on your mobile phone or tablet is that sometimes you don’t get access to all the games which is something else worth considering before signing up to a site.

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Who Can Play Online Bingo?

Anyone can play online bingo as long as you are 18 years old or over which is a legal requirement in the UK. If you’re playing outside the UK you also need to check if online bingo is allowed because some countries have completely banned it.

Now you understand how to play bingo it’s time to party! You can refer back to this guide at any time but we doubt you will because after just a few games you’ll be playing bingo like a pro.

You’re a bingo star in the making! Good luck! And always remember, please gamble safely!