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How to Play Bingo – Beginner’s Guide

by Paul Marion on September 20, 2011

How to Play bingoYou probably seen an advert on the tele from a bingo site introducing you to the world of online bingo. Maybe, a friend keeps on raving about how much blast they’ve been having playing bingo online and winning huge bingo game pots. Maybe you’re tired of playing bingo 1.0 (that would be bingo at your local club) and want to step into the comfort and ease of playing on the web for bigger prizes and a chance to meet and mingle with other bingo enthusiasts.

What ever your journey or goal, if you want to start playing bingo online, this helpful guide will introduce you the beauty and thrill of internet bingo.

How to Play Bingo – Your Guide Overview

Here’s a breakdown of what we cover on this guide for you:

  1. Is online bingo safe?
  2. What should I look for in a bingo site?
  3. What are no deposit bingo and free bonuses about?
  4. How do I fund my bingo account and how do I receive my winnings?
  5. How can I improve my odds playing online bingo?
  6. Which are the top bingo sites and why?

Is Online Bingo Safe?

Absolutely – if you reside in the UK, you can rest assure 99% of the bingo sites available to UK residence are licensed and regulated by several recognisable gaming commissions. The main purpose of these whitelisted jurisdictions are to regularly audit bingo operators to ensure their games are fair. Today, you’ll find several well known jurisdictions regulating the top names in online bingo:

gaming license

Other jurisdictions that also have a well know reputation are: Antigua, Curaçao, Cyprus and Kahnawake. These jurisdiction usually host and regulate US and North America facing bingo sites.

Be cautious of bingo sites that claim they have a license in Costa Rica, Belize or Panama as these nations do not yet have a proper auditing system in place to ensure fair play.

T!P: To see whether the site you plan to play bingo on is regulated by a recognised gaming commission, scroll down to the bottom of the websites which is known as the footer, and here you’ll be able find a seal of approval or an icon from the jurisdiction the bingo site has their license. 

So, playing online bingo is safe specially when you opt to play on a site that holds a license regulated by one of the top leading gaming jurisdictions.

What to look for in an Online Bingo Website?

With so many UK bingo sites to choose from, what separates one site from another and what should you look for?

  1. Community  – here at Bingo HQ we believe bingo sites that have a vibrant community tend to be more open and transparent and make it easy for their members to connect with them. Bingo is a social game, so when a bingo operator has a strong and exciting Facebook page and/or a bingo blog with very engaged members, it’s a good sign that this site believes in transparency and giving their members the opportunity to speak up (good or bad).
  2. Bingo Reviews – do check reputable bingo review sites for critic reviews and user reviews of a few bingo site. But be wary of reviews that thumb down a site because the player didn’t bingo, as this is not a good review whether you won or not. You should be looking for reviews that highlight ease of depositing, cashing out and fun promos.
  3. Free Bonus – in online bingo, due to fierce competition amongst operators, you’ll find most bingo sites offer you two types of bonuses. New bingo sites tend to offer what is known as no deposit bingo which is simply free money to test try a bingo site before making a purchase. But warned, winnings derived from no deposit bingo cannot be cashed out. Then you have free bingo bonuses which is a welcome bonus that is applied to your first deposit. This bonus helps you beef up your balance and extend your playtime. You will find all welcome bonuses ranging from 100% to as high as 400% free. Check out our free bingo bonus page for a list of some of the best in bonus offers.
  4. Promotions –  another sure sign of a high quality website is the type of promos they offer you. Poke around the bingo promotions page for a glimpse of the promos they offer. Great sites, offer a variety of guaranteed bingo games as well as fun themed events.

What are No Deposit Bingo and Free Bingo Bonuses

Our no deposit bingo and free bingo bonus page clearly outlines the difference between the two as well as this previous post about the top 7 no deposit bingo offers.

How Do I Add Money to My Bingo Account and Receive My Winningsbingo payment options

UK Online bingos tend to make it super easy for their members to deposit money into their account safely. Today’s leading bingo websites offer the following options:

  • Traditional Credit cards like Visa and MasterCard (very few except American Express)
  • Alternative options such as Paypal, Ukash, Neteller and Moneybookers

The advantage of using an alternative option such as Paypal or Ukash is that you don’t have to supply your credit card details to a bingo site and most importantly you can better manage your online bingo budget.

Winnings are usually paid direct to your bank account, wire transfer and slowly some UK bingo sites offer your winnings back on the credit card you used to make your deposit.

How can I Improve My Odds Playing Bingo

 Check out our tips on how to improve your odds at playing bingo.

To have any shot at winning a bingo online, you need to be aware of the following:

  1. Be mindful of having fun instead of chasing a bingo pot. When you put all of your focus on winning a bingo game, you will certainly lose the experience and excitement of 1 TGs, 2 TGs and the adrenaline of getting close to a bingo, which is ultimately one of the factors that make winning a bingo more rewarding.
  2. Look for reload bonuses –  due to competition between bingo sites, you’ll find new bingo sites that offer more rewarding free bonuses on your on going deposits. When you receive a reload bonus on your deposit, you get to extend your play time and increase your wager per game (meaning you get to purchase more cards for a particular game).

What are some of the Top UK Bingo Sites

It’s hard to define what makes a top site since each player is different and values different things from a bingo site. For example, we recommend the following:

For Huge Free Bonuses

  1. xBingo – £5 free no deposit bingo, 300% free welcome bonus and 50% reload bonuses
  2. iBingo and various mobile bingo games – £15 free no deposit bingo, 200% free welcome bonus and up to 400% reload bonuses

For Huge Cash Prizes

  1. Gala Bingo for life changing prizes and Jackpots
  2. Tombola Bingo 
  3. Paddy Power Bingo

For Fun Promos

  1. Wink Bingo always has something new every month
  2. Tasty Bingo
  3. William Hill Bingo
This is the first part of our how to play bingo guide – in part 2 we will cover a few more tips such as:
  • Available bingo games such as 75, 80 ball and 90 ball bingo games
  • Chat games and chat terminology
  • Your first 5 bingo sites to test try
  • and more
If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment box below.

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