Bingo is a very popular game worldwide and can be played to win cash and other prizes. A player wins the game when the player matches the numbers on his / her card with the numbers that are randomly called by a caller. The winning pattern is usually announced before the game begins. The first person to complete the winning pattern yells “Bingo”. Their numbers are checked and verified and a prize or cash is awarded.
Online bingo has been the most popular leisurely game for people in UK but lately, it has been gaining popularity worldwide too. It is a super fun game that is easy to learn and play that gets a lot of people addicted to playing it. Here is a short guide about playing online bingo in UK.
What is Bingo?
Bingo is a form of lottery that is a descendant of a lottery game in Italy called “Lo Giuoco del del Lotto D’Italia” and was introduced to Italy in 1530. This game was held almost every week and is still being played in Italy every Saturday up to this date.
The game made its way to France as it captured the fancy of the intelligentsia and it was called “Le Lotto”. It was played by rich Frenchmen.
In the 1800s, Germany had its versions of the game called “Tombola” to teach children learn math, history, and spelling.
Bingo was first called “Beano” when it reached the US in 1929. It was a country fair game first played at a carnival near Atlanta, Georgia wherein a dealer would select the number from a cigar box and the players would use beans to mark the numbers on their cards and this was popularized by Hugh J. Ward. They would yell “beano” when they won. Edwin S. Lowe , a toy salesman from New York, renamed the game to “bingo” when he invited some friends to play the game at his apartment in New York and a girl accidentally yelled “bingo” instead of “beano” when she won the game.
Lowe hired Carl Leffler, Columbia University math professor, to help him expand the number of combinations in bingo cards. Leffler was able to invent 6,000 different bingo cards in 1930.
A priest from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania contacted Lowe about using bingo to raise church funds. Bingo increased its popularity when it started being played in churches. In 1934, there were about 10,000 Bingo games per week.
Bingo has become a popular game at casinos.
UK Bingo is different from Bingo in the US because of the ticket and the patterns. The UK Bingo ticket consists of boxes of nine columns and three rows. Each box has random numbers from 1 to 90. The first column has numbers between 1 to 10, the second has numbers between 11 to 20 until the ninth which has numbers between 81 to 90.
How to Find Your Bingo Site?
Make sure that you are registering and playing with a reputable online bingo site. You can verify a bingo site’s reputation by checking the different reviews and comments given by customers for a particular bingo site on the internet. There are a number of websites that do reviews on the different bingo sites and they give out all relevant information to convince you to sign up with them.
Check if the bingo site is licenced in a physical location. You can verify this by checking the bingo site. The information about the licence is usually given in the homepage of the website.
Check the website’s security. You should be able to see a padlock sign beside the website address on the website address bar when you enter personal information. This is to ensure that the personal information you are entering should be encrypted using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
Always check the terms and conditions of a bingo site such as the wagering requirements or when and how you can collect your winnings. This will let you know what you are getting yourself into.
How to Play Online Bingo?
Look for a trusted bingo site . Sign up and create an account using an alias or a nickname and a valid email address. Bingo sites usually require an initial deposit upon signing up but there are those bingo sites that don’t require one. Check the various bingo games and their corresponding schedules offered by that bingo site. Choose the game that you want to join and click on it. You will be given the option to pre-buy tickets for the game. You can start playing the bingo games once you have your bingo tickets and get the chance to win prizes.
How to Register and Fund Your Account?
Look for a reliable bingo site. Sign up with a user name and an email address. Some bingo sites have sign-up bonuses to let you play bingo for free. Other bingo sites require an initial deposit to be able to play bingo games but they usually reward your initial deposit with corresponding bonuses depending on the amount that you deposit.
How to Set a Limit When You Play Online Bingo?
Player Protection Limits - Players can set the limits to the amount of money that they can deposit, lose, or wager on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
- Deposit Limit - This allows you to set the limit on the amount of money you deposit into your account and you can change your limit whenever you wish to.
- Wagering Limit - This allows you to control how much money you are willing to spend and it will not allow you to spend more than what you have set.
- Loss Limit - This allows you to restrict the amount of real money that you can lose from the deposits you make. You will not be able to play beyond your set loss limit.
Time Out or Cool Off - This can be implemented through ‘My Account’ or by contacting the customer support. The duration varies depending on the T&Cs of the bingo site. Some bingo sites offer this feature from 1 to 42 days, some up to six months. This will not allow you to place any bet in your account and all the bingo site will stop sending you promotional and marketing emails during this time. Your account will be automatically reactivated once your ‘Time Out’ expires.
Self Exclusion Policy - This feature can be implemented through ‘My Account’ or by contacting the customer support. This feature lets you take a break from gambling for six months, one year, three years, and/or five years. With this one, you will not be able to place any bet in your account and you will stop receiving promotional and marketing emails. Your account will remain closed when your self exclusion period expires and you will need to contact customer support to reactivate it. The bingo site’s management will decide whether to reactivate your account and if they decide to do so, there will be a 7 day cooling off period to be implemented before reactivation.
You also have the option of permanent self-exclusion where you will not be able to reopen your account and if you attempt to create new accounts, they will be blocked automatically.
Types of Games You Can Play on Bingo Sites:
There are different varieties of Bingo across UK but the most common games are the 90 ball bingo, 80 ball bingo and 75 ball bingo.
90 ball bingo - The ticket is composed of a 9 x 3 grid with random numbers from 1 to 90 written on only five squares per row. Prizes are for 1 line, 2 lines, and Full House
80 ball bingo - The ticket is composed of a 4 x 4 grid with random numbers from 1 to 80. Prizes are for 1 line, 2 lines, four corners, single diagonal, X pattern, frame, and coverall.
75 ball bingo - This ticket is composed of a 5 x 5 grid with random numbers from 1 to 75 except for the one in the centre that contains a star. Prizes depend on the pre-determined patterns set before the start of the game.
Buying Bingo Tickets
Open the bingo site that you wish to play. Make sure that you have enough funds in your account. If you don’t have enough funds in your account, make a deposit to top up your balance. Some bingo sites offer deposit bonuses that match your deposit amount. Use this bonus to score tickets for the bingo games. Check the bingo schedule and choose the bingo game that you wish to play. The ticket prices for every bingo game may vary. You will be given an option to pre-buy tickets for that game. There is usually a limit in the number of bingo tickets that you can buy for each game. Simply select the number of tickets that you wish to buy based on the limit set by the organizers and once the request has been processed, the price for the bingo cards and tickets will be deducted from your bingo account balance.
A bingo lobby is usually the homepage of a bingo site. This is where the different information on the bingo games are laid out such as the gameplay, rules, banking details, offers, promotions, prizes, and more.
A bingo room is where each bingo game takes place. Players choose a game among the list of bingo games available per site and once they click on the bingo game, they will automatically enter the bingo room.
Chatting at Bingo Sites
Most bingo sites have chat rooms and games to make online bingo more fun and to allow the players to socialize. Players can chat in general and they can even exchange strategies with others. All chats are moderated to maintain the peace and order in the chatroom. Chat moderators ban players who make inappropriate comments or use foul language. Some bingo sites offer chat games to let the players earn extra bonus points by winning the chat games.
Other Online Games
Aside from bingo games, bingo sites usually offer other games such as slots, table games, scratch cards, and other free games for players to enjoy and for additional entertainment.
Slots games are any form of casino games that let players spin wheels to match combinations of symbols. Players wager on a number of win lines across the reels and target to get matching symbols on one or any of those win lines.
Online slots games feature special bonus rounds where players are given the chance to earn free spins or an opportunity to enter mini-games and potentially draw a jackpot prize.
Some bingo sites offer free slots upon registration or upon making a deposit.
Table games refer to games such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, poker, and craps that are played on a table and are operated by one or more live dealers.
Online scratch cards are played just like regular paper scratch cards. Simply scratch off all the squares on your card to expose the hidden symbols beneath. Matching three of the same symbols will guarantee a prize for you. The scratch cards are usually given as a bonus for buying bingo tickets.
Free games are those bingo games or other kinds of online games that lets a player play without having to pay for anything.
Bingo Promotions and What to Expect
Bingo sites usually offer promotions to attract players to sign up at their website. The promotions and offers vary. Players usually get bingo cash bonuses, free spins, and free games and they may win prizes. Some of cash or bingo prizes need to be used within a certain period of time only. Wagering requirements apply to most of these bonuses so always check each bingo site’s terms and conditions.
This is the bonus given to a new player who signs up at a bingo site. The promotions vary depending on the bingo site.
No Deposit Bonus
This promotion gives new players bonus cash prizes upon signing up and without requiring any deposit on their new account. Most bingo sites require a deposit before allowing players to withdraw their winnings. Check terms and conditions of the bingo site.
Aside from bonus cash prizes, some bingo sites offer free spins too upon sign-up. Free spins may also be given upon making a deposit or upon purchasing bingo tickets. The terms vary per bingo site.
Deposit bonus is the bonus given to the player upon making his/her first deposit after signing up. Some bingo sites also offer bonuses for the second or third bonus while others offer a deposit bonus for old players who haven’t played for a long time and are coming back to play again.