Online Bingo – The Same Good ‘Ol Fun!

Just about every person in the world has played bingo at one time or another. I remember playing at birthday parties when I was a kid (I think I even bought a bingo set as a birthday present a couple of times to encourage the activity). When I got older, I played bingo at charity events and I even worked a bingo room a couple of times; that was probably the most fun. Watching the players – usually older women – was a riot. They all took it so seriously and every single one had her own style and her own set of superstitions.

Online Bingo Brings Bingo home

Nowadays, however, you don’t have to go any further than your computer to play bingo. Online bingo is hugely popular on the Internet – it’s fast, it’s easy, it’s fun and it’s potentially lucrative. Playing online bingo is like coming home again; the old, familiar game is just as exciting on your computer as it was at Johnny’s birthday party.

With Online Bingo Your Lucky Card Could be Worth Real Money

To refresh your memory, bingo is played on a bingo card, which is essentially a 5-by-5 grid (five squares in each direction, horizontally and vertically). The columns are lined up under the letters that spell out bingo – B-I-N-G-O - and in the middle of the card, there is a free space. In online bingo, you buy into a round and you’re given a number of cards (depending on the site you’re playing in). After you’ve received your card, numbers are drawn – for instance, B-15 or I-25 – and you “mark” down on your card the numbers that have been called that also appear on your card (in online bingo, the computer sometimes does it for you, but I greatly prefer the online games that let you mark your card yourself). The numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45, in the G column between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75.

How Does Online Bingo Work?

In most online bingo sites, each player gets three cards per game and the card appears in a special pop-up window. Each game comes with a pattern that has to be completed – one horizontal row, for instance, or a diagonal row, etc. When a player's card matches the pattern, he or she hits the "Bingo" button (which is a somewhat subdued substitute for yelling the word, like you used to do in live bingo games). Online bingo is usually played against other players and the person who gets the pattern first is the winner. The games usually come with a chat feature so that players can feel like they’re in a real bingo hall and playing against real players. Online bingo is a low-pressure, high-entertainment game that’s a great way to fill your leisure time.