Bingo is a game that relies purely on chance. No need to learn how to bluff your way around a table or memorize card strategies in your head. In bingo, you don’t have to possess any special knowledge or skill for you to start playing- and this is one of the many reasons why the game is so insanely popular.
And now, bingo halls have already made their way into cyberspace. People can enjoy a round or two of bingo right from their computers or mobile devices.
Though online bingo is very similar to its real-life counterpart, there are still a few things that people need to know about cyber bingo halls before they start playing. Here are a few of them:
1. Be an active participant in the online bingo community.
The online bingo experience is a pretty solitary one; but unlike in brick-and-mortar bingo halls where talking with other players is severely discouraged, chatting with fellow players in online bingo is perfectly allowed. It is tradition for online bingo players to greet players with winning cards with a “WTG” (Way to Go!) and even encourage one another during losing streaks. The chat rooms in these sites are also great places for newbies to learn helpful tips and tricks.
2. Use the auto-daub feature.
One of the best things in playing bingo on the computer is that you can have your cards automatically daubed for you. You will never need to worry about marking the wrong numbers again.
While some players might still opt to manually daub their own cards (to somehow recreate the feeling of a real-life bingo game), turning on the bingo software’s auto-daub feature for your games can give you two distinct advantages- 1) you can play more cards than what is humanly possible, and 2) you can still remain in the game even after you’ve disconnected.
Players who manually daub their cards can, at the most, keep track of and play a maximum of six cards. Those who let the software do the marking for them can have whatever number of cards they want to play! Some sites even allow players to disconnect from the game in mid-play and let the software do the rest of the marking for them. He or she can return back to the site later on and see if the cards have won anything.
3. Know the rules of the site.
While most bingo websites often work together under large networks (i.e. they use the same software, moderators, etc.), how the individual sites are run can make a big difference in the way you play. For example, play through rules vary from site to site. One site may require you to bet as much as eight times your initial deposit for you to cash out your winnings. Other sites enforce timed deposits, not allowing players to cash out if they haven’t deposited within the last seven days. There are also differing rules on bonus money and chat etiquette. If you really want to make the most out of your online bingo experience, it pays to read the fine print first.