If you have never played Bingo before then it is definitely worth a try. Not only can you win prizes, but it is a great fun social activity, and surprisingly easy to get the hang of. Bingo Houses in the real world may be on the decline, but online bingo is currently enjoying a bit of a boom. The world is in the midst of a massive recession, and when money is tight and even the most secure jobs are threatened; it is hardly surprising that people turn to quick fixes like bingo or the lottery to try and turn their fortunes around. With numbers of online gaming sites rising all the time it is now easier than ever to take up one of the nation’s favourite games right in the comfort of your living room, and there are many variations of the game available to try.
First things first
The first thing you will need to do is find a Bingo website. Go for the bigger and more trustworthy sites as they are more likely to keep your financial transactions secure. If in doubt read some reviews or forum discussions first to find out which websites are best. Some of the bigger sites have special introductory offers if you sign up – so you could try the game out without spending a penny. But remember to unsubscribe if you decide the game is not for you. Some websites will require a joining fee, whilst others are free ? as long as you don’t mind full on advertising and continual pop-ups that is!
Tip: always remember to read the terms and conditions BEFORE you subscribe.
The Game itself
Once you have registered then you are ready to tackle the game itself. If you are a novice I would recommend starting with a basic game rather than any fancy deviations. Decide whether you want to play a version with or without being able to chat with other players. It is easier not to chat when you are starting out – chat can be distracting and it is easy to miss numbers.
The game is actually very simple – you start with a card that usually has three faces (the grids with the numbers on). The computer calls out the numbers and you have to click your mouse on the number to cross it out. When the pattern of the crossed out numbers matches the pattern at the top of your screen then you have a full house which usually wins the highest prize, and you need to hit the bingo button or shout “House” (you also win for one line and two lines completed).
Hint: it is important to click the button quickly or you might lose your prize!
Chat can be fun and you get to know other players, but Bingo chat like other online chat rooms tends to have its own unique words and phrases. It might help to look up some of the “Bingo Lingo” so that you know what people are talking about.
Hint: sites such as ButlersBingo have sections where you can look up common Bingo phrases.
Jason Falls is a Bingo fanatic.
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