If you’ve never tried to play bingo online, you might be surprised at just how fun it is. In fact, when you play bingo online, it’s much faster and easier than playing bingo in a live setting. Plus there are a lot of perks involved in online bingo games that you won’t find in a live bingo hall.
For starters, you get to play bingo online from the comfort of your own home. You can’t smoke in a real bingo hall, or sit around in your tidy-whities, watching television or listening to the radio while you play. You don’t have to worry about the smell of excessive perfume wafting in from the adjacent players. And you don’t have to worry about ever missing or mismarking any numbers.
When you play bingo online, the software does everything for you that you want it to. It will auto-daub all of your numbers, unless you turn this feature off. It will even call “Bingo!” for you so you never miss a win, even if you marked your card wrong. You can pre-purchase tickets for an upcoming game, and if you can’t make it to the computer, the online bingo site will even play out your cards for you and pay you if you win.
There’s not much to learning how to play bingo online. If you are even remotely familiar with the game, you’ll have no trouble at all. Below I’ve laid out the basics of how to play bingo online.
1. Choose an online bingo room.
2. Register a new player account.
3. Go to the cashier and make a deposit.
4. Choose a bingo lounge.
5. Select how many tickets you wish to purchase (note the purchase price per ticket).
6. Wait for the next game to start.
When the game begins, your online bingo cards are all displayed on the screen. Somewhere at the top or on the left side, all called numbers will be highlighted. By default, every time a number appears on one or more of your cards, it will be instantly “daubed” for you. Click “Options” and turn off “Auto-Daub” if you wish to daub your own numbers by clicking on them with your mouse.
The right side of the online bingo screen is normally reserved for a chat window. All of the players in the room can chat amongst each other by typing in the chat box and pressing enter to send the message. In fact, it’s the universal friendliness of the online bingo chat community that draws so many players back, time and again, to play bingo online.
As the online bingo game progresses, your cards will be continuously reordered to show the closest cards to winning at the very top. For example, a card that is two numbers away from winning will be listed before a card that is 3 numbers away.
As soon as a player wins, a message pops up saying “Bingo!” and telling you who has won. If you win, your winnings are instantly deposited into your cash balance.
Most bingo fans who play bingo online simply purchase their tickets and let the software finish out the game for them while they enjoy a pleasant, if not comical, conversation with the other players in the chat. How you play bingo online is up to you. The only guarantee is a whole lot of fun while you’re at it!
By Donna Dorsa
Donna Dorsa has been researching and documenting all facets of the online gambling industry for over four years. Her goal as an online pubblisher is to inform and educate anyone with an interest in online bingo, online casino and online poker gaming markets.