Online Bingo Vs 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?

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The Benefits Of Playing Online Bingo

Kitty Bingo 75 ballThere are so many advantages nowadays to online Bingo:

  • YOU WON'T 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 & 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

There are few benefits that visiting your local bingo hall can give you and one of which is the instant payout facility. When you win online bingo, you have to wait for the cash to be processed before it reaches your account, but in a bingo hall, the cash is given to your instantly when you win. This means you don’t have to wait between 2 and 10 days to get your hands on your winnings.

Another benefit of the bingo hall is socialising. It’s a great way to get out and meet new people or just get out of the house. I love playing online bingo, but a few times every month I will go to my local bingo hall, which is over an hour away – just to get away from things.

Bingo Hall Disadvantages

When you play at a bingo hall, you only get to play the traditional 90 ball bingo. You’ll have to be alert when playing too. Firstly, you have to decide how many bingo tickets you’ll be able to mark efficiently – because if you buy 2 lots of books and are slow at marking, you will inevitably miss numbers and miss a potential win. Some callers are quick callers, so only mark the books you feel comfortable marking.

Another thing is to listen up. If you have poor hearing, you should sit as close to bingo caller as you possibly can, so you can see the numbers that are called on the board or TV.

Finally shout loud! If you have a win, then make sure you shout as loud as you can because some bingo halls are rather large and when these are filled with people, bingo shouts can easily be missed.

Young and Old

The vast majority of online players are young, this is because the older generation may not have a grasp of the internet and latest technology. I tried to teach my mum how to use an iPad and she just doesn’t get it and she’s only 60.

In the bingo halls, you’ll notice that the majority of players are older – this is because they have grown up with land based bingo, know how it’s played and play it as a way of getting out of the house.