Online Bingo for Money

Sporting events aren’t the only way to bet money online. There are also games of chance like casino games and bingo or games of skill like poker. In this post, I will go over the process of playing bingo online.

The most popular places where you can play real money bingo online are the UK online bingo halls. This is because the youth demographic that is more apt to playing these games online. The bingo halls that advertise to the Americans are not as popular because most bingo players in the US still play at bingo halls as opposed to websites.

Therefore, the majority of these bingo sites are targeting bingo players from England as well as the rest of the United Kingdom and some other countries in Europe. There are certain features that you will find at most of these online bingo rooms:

Common Features of Bingo Websites

Bingo Games – Most of these sites will offer two main types of bingo games: 90 ball (UK) and 75 ball (US). Some bingo sites will also offer 80 ball and 30 ball bingo. These games will be explained below.

Bingo Stakes – Any bingo website will offer these games at different stakes for people with different budgets. The jackpot bingo games with large cash prizes will usually cost up to £1 per ticket. However, there are also penny bingo games that offer fairly small prizes. Sometimes you will find offers for players such as BOGOF (Buy-One-Get-One-Free) and free bingo tickets.

Bingo Promotions – Most bingo halls will offer some kind of daily promotion. This may include a special bingo room, lunch specials or a large evening bingo game. There may also be weekly or monthly promotions as well. This will usually involve a contest with prizes or special games to play.

Bingo Bonus – Most online bingo sites will offer some kind of bonus for players to allow them to have a better chance of winning. Some offer a small No Deposit bonus (between £5 and £10) that do not require the person to make a deposit in order to try the real money bingo rooms. Other bonuses are for depositing players; the average bonus will be between 100% and 300% of the amount you deposited. The typical maximum value of a bingo bonus is between £30 and £200.

Side Games – You will often find betting games other than bingo at most of these sites. This will include slots, scratch cards, video poker and table games such as roulette, blackjack and baccarat. Many times, you will not be able to use the bonus money to play these side games.

Bingo Games

Bingo is one of the most popular forms of gambling in many English-speaking countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, so it should come as no surprise that online bingo sites tend to attract plenty of visitors from all over the world. Most of the major gambling networks that offer online bingo allow you to play multiple variations of the game. And if that wasn’t enough, free to play bingo, on sites like Facebook, allows you to practice before going for the real deal. All in all, the global online bingo market is exceptionally competitive and is worth more than $1 billion, which means that most bingo sites adhere to the highest standards when it comes to bonuses, promotions, banking, and customer service.

Basic Online Bingo Rules

Basic bingo rules are very simple and easy to understand. Every time you join one of the online bingo rooms, you have to buy a number of tickets or cards in order to join the action. Once the round begins, the caller will inform you which balls to mark on your card. The goal is to reach a winning combination before the remaining players, but keep in mind that the specific combinations differ between the most popular bingo variants. Furthermore, it’s worth remembering that online bingo is slightly easier to play than the live version of the game, as most sites allow you to automate things like marking off the numbers on your cards as well as ticket purchases.

Betting on 90 Ball Bingo

90 ball bingo is the classic, most popular variant of the game and is readily available on virtually every Europe-facing bingo site. The game of 90 ball bingo is played using 27-square tickets, which are composed of three rows and nine columns. Each row is made of five numbers and four empty squares, so every ticket gives you a total of 15 numbers to work with. Most sites sell those tickets in strips of six, but keep in mind that the maximum number of tickets you’ll be able to buy will be usually restricted in order to prevent individual players from dominating the game and spoiling the fun for the others. Every game gives you a chance to win three prizes, which are claimed by players who are first to meet the appropriate criteria. A one-line win is scored by the first player to marks off all the numbers on one of the horizontal lines on his tickets, a two-line win is pretty much just a combination of two one-line wins, while a full house requires you to mark off all the numbers on your ticket.

Betting on 75 Ball Bingo

75 ball bingo is the American variant of the game offered by most bingo sites that cater to US-based players. 75 ball bingo is played using a 5×5 ticket. Each of the 25 square contains a random number – the only exception to this rule is the central square, which is marked with a star and which is considered free when it comes to completing the winning combination. As you’ve probably already guessed, each round of 75-bingo allows you to win up to five prizes: one line, two lines, three lines, four lines and five lines. Please note that some bingo rooms replace these common combinations with more advanced patterns. Every site that hosts 75 ball pattern bingo games uses a different set of these patterns, but most offer the highest payout for completing the full house while simultaneously allowing players to cash in on marking off a single line.

Betting on 80 Ball Bingo

80 ball bingo is a relatively new variant of the game and uses 16-square tickets that are composed of four rows and four color-coded columns. Every square contains a number – as you’d expect, marking them off when they’re called increases your chance of winning. 80-ball bingo games usually have four prizes. Scoring the any-line win requires you to mark four numbers in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line, but keep in mind that unlike in the case of American bingo marking off the four corners or four center squares is also enough to receive your prize. Two and three line wins can be achieved only by marking the vertical, color-coded lines. As usual, the full house requires you to mark all the numbers that you’ve received on your ticket and results in the highest payout. 80 ball bingo tickets are usually offered in five card strips. However, much like in the case of 90 ball bingo, some websites prefer to limit the number of tickets that you can buy for a single round in order to limit the impact that individual high-rollers have on the overall experience.

Making a Deposit and Cashing Out

Most major network bingo sites support more than one way of funding your account. As usual, credit card payments and e-wallet transactions tend to be the most popular method of making a deposit, but some sites also allow you to use Western Union or MoneyGram. The most popular credit card brands include Visa, MasterCard and Amex, but you should keep in mind that your card has to be cleared for international transactions due to the fact that domestic-only cards are very likely to be refused by most gambling sites. Furthermore, you should keep in mind that most e-wallet services like PayPal or Neteller will be unavailable for US-based bingo enthusiasts, as the companies that operate due to ambiguous federal and state regulations when it comes to online gambling. Most sites prefer to handle withdrawals using e-wallet payments, bank wire transfers or even via a check by courier. Unfortunately, the latter options are rather slow and expensive, which might prove to be slightly annoying for American players. Western Union/MoneyGram-friendly sites usually tend to allow their customers to request a money order cash out as long as they used this method to fund their account in the past. Finally, it is worth pointing out that while most sites process deposits instantly, withdrawals usually take a few days as the site’s support staff has to verify each request in order to ensure the safety of your funds.