It seems that there is no limit to the games you can play online now and millions of people are captivated with the whole phenomenon. These millions of people are not just teenagers playing the fastest, loudest and most violent new games either!
There are more and more people of all ages finding online versions of games they love to play too. One of the most popular of these online games is Bingo.
Bingo was one of the most popular games long before the internet got us all perpetually glued to our screens at all hours of the day and night. Not so surprising then that bingo has now become one of the most sought online too. People of all ages are happy to be able to find a bingo game going on any time of the day or night right in the comfort of their own home.
You can play in your pajamas and fuzzy slippers - which means this old game has conquered the final frontier.
How it Works
Playing bingo online is somewhat different than playing it the old fashioned way, but not significantly. One of the reasons for its amazing popularity online is that very fact. We already KNOW how to play it and we already like it.
Online, you will select your bingo cards and purchase them. You can play as many cards as you like, just like at the bingo hall. You will pay for the cards out of your account you have set up on the bingo site. This is exceptionally easy to do and does not require you to dress in a suit and make a trip to your downtown bank - pajamas and fuzzy slippers are fine for this transaction.
After you have selected your cards, you can generally select some optional tools like the 'auto dauber' and the 'best first'. The auto dauber will mark your cards as numbers are called without you having to keep track and comes in very handy when you need to run away from your computer for a minute during a game.
The 'best first' tool will automatically move your best card to the top of your screen as you play. If you don't like the tools, just turn them off and continue the old way.
In online bingo the numbers are called out the same as the old bingo game, but the numbers are generated differently. There are no balls but rather random number generating software that chooses the numbers for play. If it makes you feel warm and cozy though, feel free to imagine the old ball machine going in the background.
Winning, Losing and Having Fun
When you play online bingo, you will have some good information displayed on your screen during the game. You will generally see how many people are playing this game with you, what the amount to be won is and a chat option.
Many people quite enjoy the chat section as they can comment on the game or discuss anything with new and old friends who are playing with them. This is an important part of online bingo as it really provides the old-fashioned visiting atmosphere that has been a part of this game for as long as we can all remember. When you are comfortable with the basics of playing, test yourself a little and try out the chatting.
Depending on which particular bingo game you are playing, there may be more than one winner. If a player wins something before you do, you will hear the caller announce it and generally a screen will come up display the winner's name and their payout.
If there is more than one prize, play will then continue until all the prizes have been awarded. Here is one of the great benefits of online bingo. You can call the other winners horrible names out loud - you wouldn't get away with that at the bingo hall.
When you win, your prize money will be deposited into the same account you set up to purchase your tickets. You can then use that for more play or you can withdraw funds as you like.
No Lines for Getting Online
There is always a bingo game going on in your computer. When you want to play is when the games on, so if you haven't done it already, give it a go. Chances are you'll find your old game has a whole new set of perks that you will love.
Shaun Parker has been an avid bingo player for many years. He recently moved into playing online bingo and he writes to share his experiences with other people that share an interest in bingo.