Bingo may be an easy game to pick up and play, but that doesn’t mean people don’t have questions about this exciting game of chance. Join us as we answer 10 of the most frequently asked questions about online bingo, so you can have a great time playing!
1. What is online bingo?
In traditional offline bingo games, players mark off numbers on a bingo card as they’re called out by a bingo host or bingo caller, who randomly selects each one from a secure cage containing all the numbered balls. If players complete a specific pattern (which changes depending on the type of game you’re playing), they are a winner, and can claim their prize!
The online version of our favourite game of chance simply aims to recreate this experience on the internet, albeit with a few differences. When you play bingo online, you’ll join a game that’s, in most cases, run by RNG (random number generator) software, which randomly chooses the numbers in the game. You can even set the game up to automatically mark numbers off on your bingo cards for you.
Apart from these minor changes, you can still engage with other players via online chat, and you can still play a game with multiple bingo cards if you choose to do so. You also have access to a greater variety of games when you play online.
2. What are the different types of online bingo games?
The two most common types of bingo games are 90- and 75-ball bingo, which are the most popular versions in the UK and US respectively. But you can also enjoy many other kinds of games including 50- and even 36-ball bingo. Each has its own rules, but in the end, the goal is always the same: to complete a winning pattern on your bingo card and win a prize. Then there’s Slingo, a mashup of bingo and online slots that has turned into a gaming genre of its own!
3. Are online bingo sites safe?
While we’d love to say you don’t need to worry about where you play online, the truth is, some sites aren’t as safe as others. To avoid these les secure sites, here’s a list of things you can do:
Look for online reviews of the site on social media and gambling review sites.
Check if the site is legally licensed in your region.
See if it uses trusted payment methods, such as PayPal and Visa.
Find out what security measures it has in place, such as SSL encryption.
Ensure it is audited by independent third parties for fair play.
4. How old do I need to be in order to play online?
How old you have to be will depend on which country you’re from, but residents of the UK must be at least 18 years old to take part in online gambling games including bingo.
5. How do I register on a bingo site?
The registration process at most sites is fairly straightforward. Most will require that you choose a username and password, provide some personal and financial details, and some documentation to verify your identity. Once this process is complete, all you need to do is make a deposit and you’re ready to play!
6. How much does it cost to play bingo online?
The costs associated with internet bingo games will vary from site to site, and from game to game. For example, at Kitty Bingo, we have games that cost as little as 2p, but also games that can cost as much as £1. So before you click that “play” button, check how much it costs to play the game you’re interested in.
7. What are some of the bonuses I can take advantage of?
When you play online bingo, there are many types of offers that you can enjoy. Bingo bonuses can include:
Be sure to take a look at what the site has to offer, as these bonuses can often help differentiate services that are otherwise relatively similar. Also – and this is important – read the small print (terms and conditions, or T&Cs) before taking up a bonus offer. Some of them come with betting requirements attached, so make sure you know what you’re getting at the outset.
8. Can I play bingo on my smartphone or mobile device?