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Basics of Online Bingo

There are lots of people who are interested in trying online bingo, but they are somewhat reluctant to do so.

This can be for any number of reasons, but it’s usually a case of simply not knowing how to get started or not really knowing what it’s all about.

We have put together this collection of articles for those that want to know a little bit more about playing bingo online before giving it a try.

If you have never played bingo before, or have only played it live, then you should find these articles interesting and helpful.

You might already be aware of some of what we cover, but we are sure at least some of the information we provide will be useful to you.

You can go straight to any of the articles that interest you by using the following links, or you can read below for an overview of everything in this section.

Playing Online vs Playing Live

Although the basics of bingo are the same whether you are playing live or over the internet, the two experiences are also very different in some areas.

There are also distinct advantages to each. For example, playing online is considerably more convenient while playing live can be a much more social affair.

If you are used to playing live and want to know just how different it is compared to playing on the web, or if you have never played at all and want some understanding of the two experiences and their benefits, then you should read our article comparing the two.

Choosing Where to Play

As soon as you are ready to play online the first thing you’ll need to do is find a bingo site to join. This is easy enough, because there are hundreds of them on the internet.

What is harder, though, is sorting out the good from the bad. This is something we can help you with, and we can also help you find a site that’s suitable for you if you have any specific requirements.

How to Play

Bingo is a very simple game to play, and it really doesn’t take long to learn. You should be aware of the rules before you start playing of course. We have explained these for you, and some other things you need to be aware of, in our step by step guide to playing online bingo.

Types of Games

Join any bingo site, and you’ll probably find hundreds of different games you can play. This is one of the many great things about playing online; the game variation ensures that you’ll never get bored.

However the choice of games can also be a little overwhelming, particularly if you aren’t familiar with the various different types.

We can’t tell you about every single game, since there are simply too many of them, but we can tell you about each of the main types of games. These are 30 ball, 75 ball, 80 ball, and 90 ball.

Although the rules for these are all roughly the same, there are a few differences between them, and it’s worth taking the time to learn about these.

Free Online Bingo

A great way for beginners to start is to play for free first. There are a few sites where you can do this, and at some of them you even have the chance to win real money without risking any of your own.

If you want to try playing online but have some doubts about whether it’s for you, then we would suggest playing for free is the best way to find out for sure.

Advice for Playing Online

As a game of pure chance, there’s nothing you can do to affect the outcome when playing bingo. You are entirely reliant on luck if you are going to win. Therefore, there are no strategies or tactics we can teach you to help you win.

However, we can offer you some advice that will help you get the best possible experience out of playing online. If you follow this advice, you can maximize your chances of making some money even though you can’t do anything to influence actual game results.

Bonuses & Rewards

One of the best things about playing online is the fact that most bingo sites will give you extra funds, known as sign up bonuses, just for signing up with them and making a deposit.

These bonuses are free money, although they do come with certain terms and conditions, and you can use them to enter more games and give yourself more chances of winning.

Along with sign up bonuses, most sites will also offer additional bonuses and other rewards to existing customers who play regularly.

Chat Rooms

Chat rooms are a key feature to online bingo sites. For one thing they help, in some way at least, recreate the social element of live bingo, because they allow you to interact with other players.

At most sites, there are also additional fun games taking place in the chat rooms, providing even more opportunities to win prizes.

Jackpots, Tournaments & Side Games

Some of the other aspects of online bingo that require a bit of explaining are jackpots, tournaments, and side games. You’ll find these offered at most sites. Jackpots are a big reason for playing on the internet, because some of them can be very large.

Tournaments are basically just an extension of the normal games, with extra prizes, while side games provide an alternative if you like a change from playing bingo.


We have put together a selection of the most frequently asked questions about online bingo and provided detailed answers to them.

If you have any questions that you don’t feel have been answered by any of our other articles, then you should check out our FAQ page.