Online bingo – Do’s and Don’t’s

The game of bingo has experienced a renaissance ever since it was introduced to the web approximately 15 years ago.  The introduction of online bingo has completely revolutionised the game as it is now far more accessible to players who can play 24 hours a day 7 days a week but also, thanks to the evolution of technology as players cite the social aspect of the game as the biggest reason for playing.  This is due to the introduction of social networking concepts like chat rooms where members can instant message each other, Facebook-like features where members can upload pictures, update statuses and create groups and the latest feature which is a ‘bingo-cam’ which allows members to see each other, similar to the concept of Skype.  Therefore we have written a quick overview of online bingo do’s and don’ts to help you start the game.

Do’s

Have fun – This is a light-hearted game where people go to relax and unwind and escape from everyday pressures of work and family life.

Set a limit – When you sign up to a game, agree the total amount which you will allow yourself to spend on the game so that you don’t run the risk of over spending and getting into debt.  Be realistic about this and stick to your decision.

Research different websites for the best sign up bonuses – The online bingo market is very competitive therefore there are lots of different companies offering different incentives to sign up to their sites be it cash deposits or prizes.  Choose the site which is offering you the most tempting incentive.

Read and understand the rules of the game – If you have never played the game before, make sure that you familiarise yourself with the rules so that you give yourself the best chance of winning something and also so that you understand the etiquette behind playing the game and interacting with fellow game players.

Don’t

Be ashamed to ask if you are unsure – There are so many different games that it can take a while to completely understand how to play them all, therefore if you are unsure, use your instant messaging device to ask a fellow member or the chat master.  The etiquette is to be friendly and accommodating to fellow members therefore help is at hand.

Be ungracious towards fellow members – Always congratulate other members on their wins as this promotes a friendly environment.

Play in overcrowded games – Competing in overcrowded environments means you will have less chance at winning something.

Persevere if you are on a losing streak – Bare in mind the budget that you set yourself at the start and do not exceed this, especially if you find yourself on a losing streak.  In fact if you find yourself loosing consecutively, walk away from the game and revisit another time.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

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