Playing Online Bingo
Getting started is easy as 1-2-3. There aren’t any major differences between traditional bingo and the online scene. Just like in any bingo hall, in this case you’ll go head to head with other (virtual) players. The most important difference you’ll have to keep in mind there are no bingo balls in online bingo. In this case, the random number generator is used to select all the numbers that are called out to the players. With every number chosen, players will be able to cover their bingo card with the selected numbers. Additionally, you’ll also be able to outline the winning line. Overall, all you need to do is cover the grid or playing card, just as you would do in a traditional bingo hall. The first player who completes the winning line will win the cash goodies that are up for grabs.
Basic Bingo Functions
Naturally, expect to find a couple of functions you wouldn’t normally find in the traditional version. Some of these include:
- Auto-dab: This is generated when the chosen number is called out and automatically daubs it.
- Best Card Sorting: The player’s cards are sorted by the closest bingo.
Variations of the Game
There’s a multitude of online bingo games to choose from. You’ll be spoilt for choice and if you’re new to the game, then you might wonder from where to begin.
Here’s a list of the most popular online bingo rooms to help you get the ball moving:
This game centres around a grid of three lines that have five numbers each. The good news is that this version offers up to three prizes, namely:
- First player with one line of numbers
- Players with two lines of numbers
- First player with three lines of numbers
The biggest cash prize will go to the first player who manages to mark the three lines of numbers.
As opposed to the 90-ball version, the American variant of 75-ball bingo is laid out on a 5×5 grid, with each square containing a number except for the central one. The latter is normally marked out and is referred to as a free square.
This version is known for its B-I-N-G-O that runs either at the top of a card or down one of the sides. Numbers are called out by both the letter and the number; e.g. B4, N40 and so on.
75-ball bingo only offers one prize, to the player who manages to daub out a specific pattern on the grid.
Just like any other casino game, you should begin by familiarising yourself with the bingo lingo. We’ll get into more detail about this in the guide, but here are some of the ones that will definitely come in handy, to help you understand the game better.
- Any way: A phrase used to describe a particular bingo pattern.
- Bingo Ticket: A series of bingo cards which contain the respective numbers for each variant — 75 numbers for 75-ball bingo, 90 numbers for 90-ball bingo, 80 numbers for 80-ball bingo and 30 numbers for 30-ball bingo.
- Booklet: If you’re looking to raise the stakes, a bingo booklet comes in handy. It offers a group of cards that you can purchase at a lower cost, as opposed to buying single ones.
- Blackout/Coverall: A winning bingo pattern that require players to mark off all the numbers on their card.
- Face: A single 5×5 bingo card that comes with 24 numbers and a free space in the middle of the square.
- House: The online bingo site.
- On the Way: When a card is used for a preliminary game on the same sheet as the following coverall game.
- Split Pot: When a winner splits winnings with the house.
Devising an Online Bingo Strategy
It goes without saying that it’s the chance factor that keeps captivating players to try their hand at bingo. Anyone could win! While online bingo is as straightforward as the traditional version, familiarising yourself with a couple of strategies that can help you enhance your game. We’ll be delving into more detail about this in the section of our guide about advanced rules and strategy.
Online Bingo FAQ
We’ve listed some of our most popular bingo FAQs to help clear any questions you might have before playing online bingo. Casinos Amigos is here to help you with any difficulties you may encounter while playing bingo games online..
How do I start playing bingo games?
Firstly, you will need to create a valid account at your casino of choice and log in. As soon as you deposit sufficient funds on your account, you can go ahead and start playing. Once you’re logged in, head to the bingo lobby and choose from our vast range of 90-ball and 75-ball bingo games. You can buy bingo tickets for the next game or navigate to the Current Game. Alternatively, you can view any upcoming games in the Pre-Buy section, to purchase tickets in advance.
What is the age requirement to start playing online bingo?
To create an account on online bingo sites, you must be at least 18 years of age or older than the legal gambling age requirement of your country.
Do I have to download your bingo software?
All our online bingo and casino games can also be played directly on your Internet browser.
How do I call ‘Bingo’?
You don’t have to when playing online! Even if you’re not currently in the bingo room at the time, ‘Bingo’ is called out automatically. If you’re close to winning, you’ll notice that your ticket will change its colour and the ticket closest to winning is displayed at the top.
You don’t have to worry about calling ‘Bingo’, as soon as you’re close to calling it. The game will call it automatically and your winnings will be calculated and transferred into your account directly.
How many winners does a game of bingo have?
It all depends on the type of bingo game you’re playing. If you’re playing 90-ball bingo, there can be one or more winners. On the other hand, there can only be a single winner in 75-ball Bingo.
Why does bingo sometimes have the same winners?
In some cases, bingo rounds can have the same winner, however this doesn’t mean that one has control over winning and how many times that happens. Our online bingo games are designed to pick numbers at random via a Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG is tested and fully audited by a third-party to ensure all players have equal chances of winning.
What happens if two or more players win at the same time?
If two or more players win at the same time, the prize will be equally divided between the multiple winning tickets and your share will be credited to your account.
What happens if I have purchased my cards and get disconnected from the game?
If you’re inactive for 20 minutes, we will log you out of the bingo room due to security reasons. However, your tickets are safe with us regardless of your connection status. Our servers generate the outcome of the game and if one of the cards you purchased is the winning card, then you still win.
Are there any strategies to help me win?
As every game is random, there is no way the outcome of a game can be directly influenced by any method.
However there are a couple of tips that can help you improve your odds:
- The best time to play is usually between 8pm and 11pm every Friday and Saturday when you have a better chance of winning bigger cash prizes.
- The more cards you can afford to play, the more chances you have to win the jackpot.
Can I chat to other players that are playing online bingo?
Playing bingo is all about a community that allows players to engage with one another while playing. This is why bingo sites are known for their chat rooms, because they provide you with a place where you can integrate with other players in English. Through chat games, you can also make friends and try your luck at winning prizes, including giveaways, raffles, bonuses and more.
What is a chat game?
Chat games are something you can enjoy on the side, while you’re still playing bingo. Prizes vary, since you can win cash, bingo bonus and casino free spins and more. The Chat Host will explain each game and the prizes that each one offers within the chat window.
I don’t want people to know who I am. How secure is my identity?
Other players can only see your username. Although it might have a specific meaning to you, you will not be personally identified outside of this context. If you want to ensure privacy, make sure you do not use your real name as your username. Instead, come up with something different that will allow other players to identify you.