There are often tales of woe that come from the bingo halls around the world. Tales of pensioners fighting over a lucky seat or someone making too much noise during a game aren’t exactly unusual. There was even a case of a woman trying to sell her Avon products during a game and the reaction by another player was so extreme it meant that the police had to be called to calm the situation down.
And just last week in the UK, a bingo winner missed out on a £10,000 jackpot simply because the caller did not hear him shout ‘bingo’. Ronald Price from Fens in Cambridgeshire was playing a national link-up game at his local bingo hall in Wisbech and shouted bingo when he had completed his card. However, as the caller didn’t hear him, play continued and the game was won moments later by another player in another bingo hall somewhere else in the country. With stories like that, it’s not surprising that so many people choose to play bingo online these days at sites like Gala, 32Red, Mirror Bingo and Tidy Bingo, where the whole experience is stress-free.
Not only that, you also get plenty of incentives to sign up to a bingo site. For a start, there’s the welcome bonus, which varies depending on which site you join. At Mirror Bingo new players who put in £10 will receive a 300% bonus so that they have a total of £40 to play with. All the major bingo sites offer similar deals, but it’s always worth checking the terms and conditions so that you understand fully how the money can be used.
So why is that online bingo should be less stressful than bingo hall bingo? For a start, there’s no need to concentrate on the number calls and hurriedly mark off matching numbers on your cards. The auto-daub feature that you can choose to use will mark the numbers off for you. This means that no matter how many cards you are playing, you can relax and just watch your cards’ progress, or do something else entirely while the game plays through.
And if you’re lucky enough to have a winning card, you don’t need to break into a cold sweat in order to be first to notify the site of your win. The software logs any wins automatically, so had Ronald Price been playing online bingo, his win would have definitely been taken into account. Not only that, but any win funds will be credited to your account automatically too.
At bingo halls, there’s a traditional requirement on players to be quiet during the games, and this doesn’t always create the most convivial of atmospheres. People like to play bingo, but also want to have a bit of a chat and a laugh at the same time. Sometimes the atmosphere in a bingo hall is a bit sterile when everyone has their ‘eyes down’. Playing online bingo, you can chat to your heart’s content, albeit that the chatting people do in the bingo chat rooms is done through typing messages to one another. One of the UK’s biggest bingo hall operators, Rank, has taken this idea on board in recent weeks by introducing electronic bingo rooms at their new facility in Reading.
While traditional bingo hall with a bingo caller will still take place, there will be a separate area for people who want to use the bingo tablets that have been installed for people who prefer to play electronic version on the game. They will have the option of marking the numbers off for themselves, or allowing the tablets to do that for them. The hope is that more people will come to bingo halls to socialise and play, rather than just play or see bingo machines in action. It’s an indication of how the popularity of online bingo is having an effect on the traditional game. However, you’d still have the inconvenience of having to get to a bingo hall, and that’s another example of how online bingo is more relaxing than playing at a bingo hall.