Tips to make the most out of your online bingo gaming experience

Bingo has been a favourite of the nation since the 60s. Although it saw a slight dip when the internet became more commonplace, the popularity of online bingo then went on the rise with this gaming version now being the most popular. 

But the history of bingo goes back a lot further than just the 1960s. Let’s take a journey back in time and see where this magnificent game began.  

History of bingo 

Bingo has actually been around for a lot longer than you might first expect. It originated in Italy way back in the 16th century. Back then, it was known under a different name and is in fact where the Italian lottery comes from. It was called Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia and since its fruition, it’s barely seen a week where it hasn’t played.

The Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia plays a huge role in public funding. It brings in so much money that the Italian government would barely be able to run without it. 

From Italy, it then moved onto France in the late 18th century where the rows and columns were added making it almost identical to the game we play today. 

And then from France, it made its way on over to the UK. In England, it was renamed ‘Housey Housey’ – probably down to the aim of the game being to get a full house. 

But bingo really came into its own in the 1960s when the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960 was passed. This saw a boom in popularity for bingo and we saw an influx of bingo halls being erected around the country. 

Benefits of online bingo

As previously mentioned, online bingo has boomed in the UK, with players being able to access online bingo sites such as 888 Ladies who offer a variety of bingo games to suit every player.

Below, we’ll take a look at the main reasons for the popularity of online bingo.

  • Easy to access

Having an online bingo mobile app or site means that you don’t have to leave the house to play your favourite game of bingo. There is no need to think about travel or have to suffer the added cost of travelling anywhere. Simply log in to your site of choice and get playing! You can play in the comfort of your own home or even on your daily commute. As long as there’s internet access, you can play online bingo. 

  • Easy to play

One of the best parts about playing online bingo is that it’s so easy to play. The rules are simple to follow, and the competition is more friendly than fierce. Plus, it’s all a game of chance so there’s no going over what you could have done differently to bag a win. It’s all the luck of the drawer!

  • Bonuses and deals

There are so many great bingo sites out there, it creates some stiff competition between them. This means they’re always looking for ways to entice you in through bonuses and deals. Make sure you take advantage to get the most out of your game! 

  • Play with friends

Even though the days of the physical bingo halls are rapidly declining, this doesn’t mean you can’t still play with friends. Thanks to the online bingo chatroom features, you can still have a natter with your friends while you play. You just have to make sure you’re on the same site! 

How to get the most out of online bingo

  • Shop around for bonuses

One of the best things about playing bingo online is the number of deals and bonuses flying about. There are always bonuses to be found but don’t stop at the first one! There could always be a better deal around the corner so make sure you’re shopping around for the best one. 

  • Try different types of bingo games

Did you know there are a few different types of bingo games? The rules don’t change but the number of balls in play does. There’s 75 ball bingo, 80 ball bingo and 90 ball bingo. 90 ball bingo is the standard and then it gets trickier as the number of balls decreases. 75 ball bingo can also be played in different patterns so make sure you read the rules beforehand!

  • Get involved in the bingo chatrooms

One of the best things about being at a real life bingo hall was that you could visit with all your pals. You could get the drinks in and make it into a real social event. That’s the only downside to bingo moving online, the social aspect is a little bit lacking. But not when you’re in the online bingo chatrooms!

  • Have a bingo party

The best part about playing bingo at a bingo hall was the fact that it was a night out with friends. Thanks to bingo chatrooms, that hasn’t been entirely lost but why not take it a step further? Invite everyone round, have them bring their tablets or laptops that they play on and set up a little online bingo evening at home? Get a bottle (or two) of wine in and you’ve got a fun and inexpensive evening ahead. 

  • Team up with friends

Make sure your friends sign up to different bingo sites to you so that you can all take advantage of the referral bonuses up for grabs. Swapping referrals between you all will prolong the deals that are on offer so you can play more, for less! 

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself online and play a great game of bingo.

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