One of the UK’s favourite pastimes is a game of bingo. The game which originated in Italy has been around since 1530, in one form or another. In the 1920’s the game was played at carnivals and fairs and by 1942 the bingo card was invented by Hugh J Ward and the game as we know it today was founded.
Since this time bingo halls have been erected and online bingo has increased in popularity. In the UK we play with 90 balls labelled with numbers. These are marked off on a bingo card, the winner being the one to mark of all their numbers first. Balls are picked at random and winning comes down to the luck of the draw. However, you can play the game smarter! Here we list some simple pointers to how you can make the most out of your bingo game and still play on a budget.
- Play at quieter times
If you want to heighten your chances of winning then play at times when attendance is not at full capacity. Why? Because the odds depends on the number of cards being played. It results in a bigger jackpot.
- Claim your welcome bonus
Search the web for sign up offers and take advantage of the best ones. These usually take the form of a signup fee and you are rewarded with double or triple your fee in free credit to play games. Some sites do not even take a deposit. Take a look at the sign up offers and the jackpots they have for each game to see which deal works best for your budget.
- Join in higher priced games
It goes without saying that the higher priced games dish out bigger rewards. Ensure you have the budget to play in these games and limit yourself to how many you partake in on the basis that you want to continue to play all month.
- Play chat games
Hundreds of bingo sites offer ‘chat games’ where players can make friends, get to know the games better, learn about upcoming offers and be part of the bingo community! Most chat games are free to partake with some paying out in loyalty points if a player wins. These then equate to actual monetary funds. Check out the chat rooms on bingo sites and see what they are offering.
- Play more than one type of bingo
Most bingo sites have a range of games. They include the most popular formats of bingo such as 90 ball, 80 ball, 75 ball (popular in the USA) and 5 line bingo. Rather than go to your usual game try looking at the news and offers pages to see what the latest games are and the jackpots available. You may find a new game of bingo with far greater rewards.
- Take part in bingo games with progressive jackpots
Progressive jackpots keep on growing in value. Every time a player buys a ticket the jackpot increases until the game is won. You can buy into these games from the start, or join when the jackpot is getting higher, usually over the £500 mark. Remember that the length of time playing does not always determine who wins, someone can enter the game at any point and claim the prize.