Long gone are the days when you had to travel to your local bingo hall to enjoy a round or two of bingo. You can now play bingo online, and there are loads of online casinos and dedicated bingo sites that host daily games with hundreds of players and epic cash prizes.
Online bingo is incredibly convenient as you can play on your smartphone, tablet or computer, from the comfort of your home, any time you want! We will admit, though, for new players, trying to get to grips with online bingo can be a little confusing, so we’ve compiled a simple list of seven tips to help ease you into it.
- Check the player count in the bingo lobby
Obviously, the more players there are in a bingo lobby, the lower the chance you have of winning! Therefore, always check the player count, as this should be displayed somewhere in the lobby. You can then pick a suitable lobby that has sufficient players to make the prizes worthwhile, but not so many players that you have a very limited chance of winning.
- Look at the prize details and win criteria
Don’t jump blindly into any of the bingo games at SkyCity! Instead, spend some time reading the game info and checking exactly what each room has to offer. This includes the number of balls, the prize pool and the prizes for the different types of wins.
For example, most bingo games have wins for a line and a full house, but there could be other combinations too. It’s always a good idea to play games with a wide variety of win options to increase your chances of winning.
- Make use of any bonuses and promotions
Most bingo platforms will have a range of bonus and promotions for both new and existing customers. Make sure that you check these out as you can often get some cool features like free games and free bonus cash.
The most common is the welcome offer, where you could get something like a matched deposit bonus, depending on how much you credit your account with. When you claim a bonus, always make sure you read the terms and conditions fully.
There are often restrictions on the bonus fund usage and you may also have to meet wagering requirements before you can withdraw the bonus money.
- Start with smaller ball games to get used to the action
If you have experience in playing bingo games, you know that you can play with a varying number of balls in each game, with the most common being 90.
When you are starting your online bingo venture, I advise playing the games with fewer numbers, such as 30 or 45. This just makes them so much easier to follow and gives you a gentler introduction. As you gain confidence, you can always join in the games with bigger numbers of balls.
- Use the chat feature to make friends!
Obviously, a major draw of physical bingo halls is the social aspect – we’ve been to these venues and the atmosphere is usually fun! Although you will never recreate that experience fully without the physical interactions, online bingo, like social media, has a way of encouraging interactivity.
Most bingo platforms have a chat feature where you can talk with fellow players. They may even give you advice and it makes the social aspect enjoyable.
- Check if the site has an auto-dab feature
If you have never played online bingo before, the gameplay itself can be overwhelming and you may even miss out on some numbers. This is compounded if you choose to play with multiple bingo tickets. This is why we advise that you check to see if the games have an auto-dab feature.
This essentially ensures that you never miss a number, regardless of how many tickets you are playing with. It may seem like it’s defeating the object of the game, but many sites have an auto feature and it just means you don’t miss out if you need a toilet break, for example.
- Compare different bingo sites
Don’t forget that there is more than one online casino and bingo site available. We usually check out several platforms and see what each one has to offer before making a decision. We first look at the design of the site to see if we like the layout and usability.
Next, we look at the bingo rooms available and see which have the best prizes and best chances of winning due to player activity etc. Other aspects such as customer support, payment methods like PayPal and Visa, and promos are also important to check.
Make the most of your bingo sessions with these tips
We hope you have found these tips useful and are now looking forward to playing online bingo. It is a superb experience and the social element with instant messaging makes it even more fun. Don’t forget to make use of any promotions that offer free games or free bonus money, and always check if there is an auto-dab feature to make your gameplay easier!