We Know: Tips for Playing Online Bingo

What is online bingo?

Online bingo is similar to traditional bingo in terms of how the game is played; numbers are called out and players try to match the numbers to the numbers on their card. If enough match up, the player wins. The main difference between bingo halls and online bingo is that in the latter, bingo players use their computer and download software from each gaming site at which they play. Advantages include the convenience of playing bingo from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Gamers can play online bingo at any time.

Are there risks to playing online bingo?

There are three main risks with online bingo. The first risk is that you can lose a lot of money quickly. The second risk is that an online bingo site may not be legitimate, and you can lose money without the possibility of winning anything. The third risk is that even some legitimate gaming sites are sometimes exposed to hackers which puts your personal information, including passwords and credit card numbers, at risk.

Online Bingo Playing Tips

When playing online bingo, keep these things in mind:

  • Never play more cards than you can keep track of. Play one less card than you think you can handle, then gradually work your way to playing multiple cards if you so desire. Though you increase your chances of winning when playing more than one card, it's no advantage if you're not able to keep up.
  • Only sign up for bingo sites that you know are legitimate. Don't be tempted by sites that sound too good to be true, as they may not be what they appear. Before signing up with any site, do your research. Use an online search engine such as Yahoo and/or Google to get users' opinions on their experiences with any particular gaming site. Independent gaming information sites can also be good sources for gaming site reviews and keeping you up on which sites to avoid.
  • Set a win/lose playing budget for yourself. If you win or lose a certain amount of dollars, you'll immediately stop playing. Stick to your plan and if you walk away a loser, it won't be by much. If you're a winner, you'll walk away before losing your winnings.
  • As with any game of chance when you're competing against other players, your best chances of winning are when you have less competition, such as very late at night or early in the morning. Gauge the traffic patterns of the sites you visit to determine the best times to play. If no one or very few are playing, that may be a sign to avoid that site.
  • Auto-daubing is when the numbers on your card are automatically marked once the number is called. There doesn't seem to be any evidence that it affects a player's chances of winning.
  • Take the time to read the fine print of any gaming agreement you enter into. Don't assume that their rules and terms are reasonable.

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