Struggling to find a decent place to play bingo? Do you spend hours of your life crawling through the dark depths of the internet trying to find something more interesting than your friends latest holiday snaps on Facebook?
You might think the new bingo sites we have seen launch would be the answer, but they’re mixed bunch. Imagine being shown all the X-Factor contestants in one night and being told to choose one – a flood of websites that you’ll have to check and cross examine to find the right one, creating unnecessary stress.
Never fear, because using our resident expert Beth, we’ve created a basic guide for all you budding bingo gamblers.
Who is Beth?
“But wait, who is this Beth?” we hear you cry.
Beth’s origins remain steeped in myth and mystery. Some say she was forged by the online bingo gods themselves from half a chat host and a dog-eared scratch card. Others say that she was involved in an accident with a radioactive slot machine.
Some even say that she may be completely fictional and purely made up but that would just be ridiculous.
Beth is here to help you find your dream bingo site. So heed her wisdom and you’ll soon find yourself enjoying the high life on a fun website, you may even get yourself a small fortune on some great games. Start by answering the question below.
What do you enjoy?
The first stop in our journey is a personal question you have to sit and ask yourself: what do you want from your gaming experience, and what would you like a website to do for you?
It all boils down to what kind of games you enjoy, whether it be slots, tables or instant games like Keno or digital scratch cards.
Because the games are what’s going to keep you coming back to a website: they’re the proverbial baited hook that keeps you interested enough to continue coming back.
In the same way that we log onto Facebook every five minutes to check updates, you want a website that regularly updates itself with new games and promotions.
If you’re the type who prefers a more social aspect to your gaming, then consider chat aspect of the bingo site’s software. All new bingo sites’ special chat rooms should create a friendly and fun atmosphere for all involved from the word go.
The important factor when it comes to chat rooms is how safe an relaxed do you feel, can you happily chat to other people without fear of everyone jumping on you because you’re a ‘newb’ at these things.
What Makes a Good Website?
Our next stop is deciding what separates the good websites from the bad.
This basically boils down to what sort of incentives the websites offer, how often they update them and how big is the game library.
The majority of websites have some sort of ‘Welcome Bonus’ for new players. Quite a lot of these require some sort of initial deposit, although they tend to have a minimum requirement of at least £5, so it won’t break the bank.
Some places offer a bonus with no deposit required – all you have to do is sign up. There are quite a few sites offering a free fiver as soon as you join, but there are also some gems that offer £15 or £20 free for just creating an account!! This is pretty handy for letting you try out a website first before you actually sink any proper money into it and there are many similar offers out there.
The Free Trials
Speaking of trying things out, another thing to look out for is the chance to try out games for free, most normally have a demo mode that lets you practice a game first.
Although you don’t get a lot of these options for some of the more recent games, there are a lot of older games that will happily provide a demo mode for you to get to grips with the mechanics first before actually playing for real money.
This is just one example of several different ways you can play bingo for free.
Next up is the most important deciding feature: a website’s reputation. As yourself these two questions:
- How happy are you putting your card details into it?
- Do you feel that your information is going to be safe and not stolen?
Plus it’s important to know how helpful the staff are - do they help out straight away or do they stamp their feet every step of the way?
A prime example of all of these factors is Wink and Sun Bingo. Sites like Sun Bingo and Wink Bingo are great because they combine a great list of games with demo options in their games and they’re a widely recognised brand (we’ve all seen the TV adverts) so everyone trusts them.
How to Get Started
Now comes the important part, you’ve picked your site and you’re ready to game, but you may be struggling to actually get started. Here's a few pointers:
- Don’t worry because this is incredibly easy, the majority of sites provide easy to follow registration pages, that take a mere matter of minutes for you to sign yourself up. Then you’ll usually receive an email confirmation and you’re good to go.
- From here you follow onscreen instructions to claim a ‘Welcome Bonus’, normally this involves making a deposit or entering a code.
- Depositing in your account is easy, you can use a Visa or Debit card, PayPal account or a Paysafecard voucher.
All that’s left is to pick your game of choice and enjoy yourself on your new website.
Hopefully this guide has helped you find your new favourite website, if you want to read any user reviews or want to leave some recommendations of your own then feel free to get in touch.