Online Bingo Vs Bingo Halls – Benefits of Online Bingo

Bingo card screenshotWhat are the real differences between online bingo and playing in bingo halls? Although the concept is primarily the same, the experience of online Bingo can be entirely different to that of a physical Bingo hall. Games are played and there are opportunities to socialise throughout both, but that is where the similarity can end.

The decline of land based Bingo halls was partly due to the rise of online Bingo, so what is it that has made online Bingo so popular over the years?

The Benefits Of Playing Online Bingo

Mobile bingo app screenshotThere are so many advantages nowadays to online Bingo:

  • You wont even have to leave the house – Happily play from the comfort of your own home, with no need to get dolled up and dressed to the nines.
  • Gaming on the go – With newer mobile and tablet software updates, you can now also play your games whilst out and about.
  • Games take place 24/7 – New games start every few minutes, and you can choose which ones you’d like to play.
  • Hundreds of sites – With so many sites to choose from these days, you can pick and choose which ones you prefer. There are bigger branded sites as well as smaller more intimate versions, all of which offer different experiences.
  • Free bingo – Yes please! Online Bingo tends to offer lots of free Bingo daily, so you can play away at absolutely no cost.
  • No deposit bingo – Some sites offer a free no deposit bonus when you join, so you can test drive the site and play games and slots for free. You won’t win a great deal with these bonuses, but it’s a great way to trial out a site before you commit to a payment.
  • Pre buy tickets – You can pre buy Bingo tickets online, so you’ll never miss out on your favourite games. A major upside to this is that the site will automatically recognise your ticket too. This means that you will automatically win if you’ve purchased a winning ticket even if you forget to log online for the game.
  • Never miss numbers – The system will always know if you forget to mark off a number, so you’ll always win if you purchased a winning ticket. This also makes gaming a whole lot easier, so you can buy as many tickets as you like without having to worry about not missing a number.
  • New player bonus – Nearly all Bingo sites these days will have a new player bonus on offer. These can vary from site to site, but can include extra bonus credits and free slots spins.
  • More variety of bingo – It’s almost a given that all Bingo sites will offer many variations of 90-ball Bingo, but most will also offer versions of either 30, 50, 75 or 80-ball games too. Some sites also have their own unique games as well, and these won’t be found anywhere else online.
  • Table games and slots – As Bingo sites grew in popularity, most started to add a variety of additional gaming too. Some of the bigger sites will have links to their own specific casino platforms, but nearly all UK Bingo sites will also offer a selection on their site.
  • Community – You will still find the opportunity feel part of a social community, and you can choose whether to opt in to chat games and social media platforms throughout.

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Benefits of Land Based Bingo Halls

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The benefits to visiting your local bingo hall are:

  • Night out with friends – Visiting a bingo hall gets you out of the house and gives you chance to see your pals in the flesh to catch up with all the weekly news.
  • Instant pay outs – When you win in a bingo hall you won’t have to wait for cash to be processed into your account.
  • Have a bit to eat – A lot of bingo halls have snacks on offer to enjoy during the games.
  • Enjoy the physical game – Play classic 90-ball games the good old fashioned way.
  • Make new friends – Meet new people each week and chat away about common interests.
  • Using your dabber – Playing live bingo is the only time to use those dabbers.
  • Extra games – Some bingo halls will also host tombola or raffle competitions throughout the evening too.

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Online Bingo Vs Bingo Halls

Here are a few factors that show the difference between playing online bingo, and visiting a bingo hall:

Online bingo Bingo hall
Games 24/7 – Play as and when you like Games only take place at certain times of the day
Free bingo daily Games will generally always cost money
Deposit games can cost as little as a penny Bingo hall games can cost up to £1 per game
Play from the comfort of your own home with out having to get dressed up Leave the house/driving/ bad weather etc
Payments take a few days to process Instant pay out in cash
Lots of options for deposits and withdrawals Most bingo halls generally only accept cash or card for payments
Meet thousands of players everyday, and perhaps chat away to people you would never usually get the chance to meet Meet up with friends in the flesh and socialise throughout your gaming
Hundreds of sites to choose from, all with varying offers and games Maybe only 1 or 2 clubs local to your home
Sign up bonuses and offers which can range up to £150 bingo bonus funds Small one of sign up bonuses
Huge linked jackpots across hundreds of sites Linked jackpots across each brand
Grab some snacks and drinks throughout your gaming from your own kitchen Pay extra for snacks and drinks
Get involved easier with social media ie. Facebook and Twitter etc  Sign up to social media platforms separately
Play hundreds of additional games alongside bingo such as slots, casino and chat games Play only bingo
Lots of variations of bingo to try including 30, 50, 75, 80 and 90-ball bingo Generally only 90-ball bingo on offer

Disadvantages Of Bingo Halls

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  • Only 90-ball games available
  • You have to mark efficiently and sometimes could miss numbers
  • Some callers are very quick
  • Some callers are very quiet
  • Shout very loud for wins as they can be missed
  • Tickets and games can cost more money
  • Spend more on travel and food/drink

Disadvantages Of Online Bingo

Online bingo screenshotSome people find learning how to play online a bit tricky to start with, however once you’ve grasped the basics then you’re ready to go.

Apart from that and the few days payment processing time, there are little other disadvantages to online bingo. With so many amazing sites, games, offers and styles to try,  what are you waiting for? Jump online today!