Bingo has always been an extremely popular game and is probably the only gambling game that is used at official fundraisers, giving it some sort of legal sanction. The advent of the Internet resulted in the gaming opening up an online presence as well, like most other gambling games, and the result has been a soaring increase in the popularity of online bingo.
Today, online bingo is one of the most popular forms of online gambling. While the initial portfolio of bingo players was that of elderly women with time to spare, the game going online has changed that stereotype completely. Now, more and more you find young women playing online bingo and there is a sizeable number of men playing the game as well.
The game of bingo is simple and fun, and so are the rules governing it. In this article we will discuss some basic online bingo rules and also some tips to make winning easier.
There are two types of online bingo: American bingo and European bingo. American bingo has a series of 75 numbers while European or British bingo has a series of 90 numbers. Whatever the version, a player first needs to buy bingo cards.
Bingo cards come in varying prices and usually consist of a 5×5 grid that has different patterns on it. The patterns range from the really simple to the complex. The numbers are called out and each time a player finds a number that is called out on their bingo card, they need to scratch that number. The moment all the numbers marked on the card form the required pattern, the player needs to shout ‘Bingo!’
One thing players must keep in mind is how crucial it is for them to be able to inform the others that they have completed a pattern on their sheet. Only shouting it out guarantees a win for the player; they may have completed the pattern, but if they do not shout bingo, the next person to have completed the pattern that shouted out ‘bingo’ wins.
Here are a few tips to help players win at bingo. The first tip is, of course, to go through the rules thoroughly. There is a good reason for suggesting this: online bingo rules may vary from one website to another. Players basically need to know the rules governing the game at the website they decide to play in.
The next important thing a player should do is shout out bingo once he completes a pattern on his online bingo sheet. Another thing a player can do to ensure wins in online bingo is survey the site he wants to play at thoroughly. Doing so will give him an idea about the traffic volumes and the kind of players. He can then pick and choose times when the traffic is not too hectic or when there are newer players on the block.