BINGO STRATEGY AND FREEBIES
So, you’re thinking of stepping into the world of online bingo. Maybe you’re already a seasoned land-bingo veteran looking to play from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device. Or maybe you’re new to the game of bingo altogether. Either way, you’re in good company when you decide to play online bingo: 85% of bingo players worldwide prefer to play online as opposed to in a bingo hall. With the myriad of bingo websites and variety of games and jackpots available, getting started with online bingo can feel a bit overwhelming at first. But never fear… we’re here to make the process of getting started as easy as can be. Read on!
Bingo Games & Cards
There are a few basic categories of bingo – differing primarily in the types of bingo cards they use and the numbers that fill them. The two most-widely played varieties are 90-ball bingo (most popular in UK bingo halls) and 75-ball bingo (most popular in the U.S.). The beauty of online bingo is that you can easily choose the game you prefer. Or you can decide play both, so you don’t have to choose at all!
Online Bingo Options & Enhancements
One of the biggest challenges in a game of land-based bingo is keeping up with the numbers as they are called. If you don’t call bingo in time (before the next number is drawn), even if your card’s a winner, you don’t win. Not a happy moment in the life of a bingo player! If you’re new to bingo, you might think that finding and marking numbers is no big deal. But seasoned players tend to play lots of cards all at the same time in an exercise of intense multitasking! So in bingo halls, silence is golden while the game is in progress – this is no time to chat with your neighbour.
Auto-play options allow the system to automatically mark the numbers on your cards as they are called. (In bingo terminology, marking the numbers is called “daubing” or “dabbing”, so you will often see this option referred to as “autodaub.”)
Best Card Sorting instructs the computer to place the cards with the best chance of winning at the top of your screen so you can see them more easily.
Best Card Highlighting tells the system to alert you or to highlight the cards that are close to a win.
On some websites, you don’t even have to call bingo in order to win the game. You win whenever you have a winning card – whether you’re paying attention to the numbers or cooking dinner or running after the kids. (This is a particularly nice feature when you are just getting started; you can relax, socialise, and learn the game without the having the stress of missing your chance to win.)
Show Me The Money!
Generally, the amount of money you can win in a game depends on the cost per card and the number of people playing (called “buying in”). Payouts get higher as card prices increase and as more people play. (On the flipside, more people buying-in also lowers your chances of winning. That’s why some people prefer to play at times and in rooms with less traffic.) In addition to standard payouts, some sites offer minimum jackpots and additional prizes on certain games or tournaments. Some websites also offer progress