What goes around comes around in the game of bingo
Bingo is a game that we’re all familiar with, even if we’ve only heard of it, but never actually played it. It’s been played in different formats for hundreds of years; the earliest game linked to the version we know and enjoy today is the Gioco del Lotto del’Italia, which was played in the 1500s in Italy.
Today, the game of bingo is really popular online, with a wide range of different bingo sites such as 32Red Bingo, Lucky Bingo and Tidy Bingo all offering their players a great selection of bingo games that can be played at any time of the day, thanks to the 24 hour schedules most bingo sites run.
And as there are so many different sites offering broadly the same thing, there’s a lot of competition between sites for our custom – hence the fact that there are such great welcome bonuses available when you sign up to play on a site for the first time. For instance, if you join www.32redbingo.com and deposit £10, the site adds another £32 to your account. When you’re playing bingo games that cost 1p, 5p or 10p, that amount of bonus money will last you a good long while. Other sites have similar welcome deals that incentivise players to join.
You’d think that with the convenience of being able to play online, and the fact that the majority of us now have broadband access at home, as well as mobile internet on our phones, that land-based bingo would have fallen out of favour. While it’s true that there are now more people playing online bingo than have ever played at a bingo hall, the bingo hall games still draw in plenty of players.
Yet bingo hall games are changing – already you can choose to use electronic bingo players where you play the same game as everyone else but instead of marking the numbers on paper tickets, you tap them off using a digital pen on a touch-screen terminal. Playing this way, it’s easy to play multiple tickets – increasing your chance of winning as you’ve got more entries in one game.
And one Rank Group bingo hall is now only electronic. The bingo hall games at Rank’s Reading branch are played using portable tablets that are similar to iPads and the idea is that younger players will be attracted to come and play this way. It means that players can drink, eat and chat while they play as they won’t have to concentrate on the number calls – very much like when you play online.
From the other side of the fence, there is the possibility that some bingo sites will re-introduce the fun of the bingo caller soon by offering streamed live games of bingo that connect online players up to bingo hall games, where they’ll be able to see the caller making the calls via the video stream, thus making the online game more like the original bingo hall version.
It’s clear that there are advantages and disadvantages to playing bingo both online and off, and both the land-based bingo halls and the online bingo sites are borrowing ideas from each other in order to give their players the ultimate bingo-playing experience.