The popular game, Bingo, was begun by Italians in the 16th century. Since then, it has grown in popularity and variation by huge numbers. Online Bingo, which got its start in 2004, now has more than 100 million players with 85% of this number originated in the United States. Free online Bingo games were launched in 1996 called Bingo Zone. Players had to reveal personal information so that they could be targeted with specific advertising. Online Bingo today has changed much from that format.

What has caused this online game to surge? Here are some of the basics for online Bingo: 

 

How to Play

 

  • This game can be played entirely online
  • Compatible with desktop or laptop computers as well as cell phones
  • You can play for free or deposit money
  • There are several kinds of online Bingo- 90 balls, 75 balls, 80 ball
  • Match numbers that are computer generated
  • Sites offer incentives such as matching or doubling your money

 

Unique features

 

  • Unlike land Bingo, players are encouraged to chat with each other
  • CM - Chat Moderator who guides conversation
  • Auto-daub- automatically blots numbers that are called which leaves players more time to chat
  • Best Card sorting and Best Card Highlighting
  • Can pay with Epay or traditional payments
  • Facebook Bingo - features power bonuses and allows online players to collect virtual items

 

Players who are active online point to the social aspect of Bingo. This has drawn in younger fans than the old type game. In fact, 29% of online players are between the ages of 18 and 34. Players are given the opportunity to chat with all sorts of other players from many different countries. This social aspect has contributed to the popularity of online bingo. Sites have responded to new players by developing sites to cater to particular categories of people. Bingo sites for men, women, moms, athletes, etc. hope to attract new people to the game with their bonuses such as can be seen on this site catering specifically to the Irish online bingo market. 

 

Some bingo players are also attracted to money that is available as prizes for the match. An individual may choose to spend pennies on games or become a high roller. Perks and rewards are made available to players as they deposit more and more money. Fans of the game claim to have won enough money to pay off houses, buy cars or take luxury vacations. This would certainly attract players. Online Bingo has been able to get around online gambling laws mainly because it is seen as a game of chance with all players having the same opportunity of winning. 

 

The convenience of online play is hard to argue with. You can play bingo at any time from any device. You can play while you are waiting in a doctor's office or you can play in the comfort of your home. No driving or lines…no worries about babysitters-this online version make play convenient for everyone. 

 

Where might the future take online Bingo? Some have planned to try live Bingo games with the presence of a "caller" to bring back memories of the land locked game. This live action may draw even more participants to try the centuries old game. In any case, online Bingo is here to stay, much to the delight of fans around the world.

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