Online Bingo Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Although the general aim of the game is the same in both online bingo and bingo played in bingo halls, online bingo differs in many other aspects. There are lots of different styles of the game, a variety of payment options, chat rooms and social media platforms all to consider, so this can bring up a lot of questions and issues along the way.

You will also notice that you won’t need to duab your own numbers in all of the games so you’ll never miss a number, and you can also play several different games at the same time too.

If you are new to the world of online bingo thenyou may want to do a bit of research before you get signed up to a site, but the main thing to remember is that overall online bingo is really simple. Once you’ve played a few games you should fit right in, and soon the online world will become extremely familiar and fun. Here we cover a few questions however that you may encounter along the way.

Do You Mark Your Own Numbers Off In Online Bingo?

When you play online bingo, the system is set to mark your numbers off automatically. This means that whatever happens you will never miss a number, and you will always win regardless as the system already knows all of the winning tickets. This is great for people who want to chat and play side games at the same time, or for those marking lots of tickets or for players who are not so quick at marking their own tickets.

If you want to mark your tickets yourself, you can head into the settings within some bingo rooms and follow the easy to follow on screen instructions to switch to manual daubing. You will still automatically win however on a winning card, so will never have to worry about missing a number. This is a fantastic feature of online bingo, and one that isn’t really possible in bingo halls.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Play Bingo Online?

You must be of legal age to play online and land based bingo which is 18 years old in the United Kingdom. Some online bingo sites will require you to register a card or payment method when you register even if there is no deposit bingo on offer.  They won’t withdraw money from your account however, this is purely taken for age verification purposes only.

If you win and attempt to withdraw and you’re not 18 years old, you will have your money forfeited and your account closed. The vast majority of online bingo sites require you to send in personal documents before a withdrawal is processed like a driver’s license, passport utility bill etc, so you have to make sure you are of legal age to play.

Is Online Bingo Safe?

Playing online bingo is very safe and secure because all online bingo sites use a variety of safety measures and security technology to ensure your details are kept safe at all times. Having anti-virus software on your desktop or laptop is vital too however, as no matter which websites you visit you are at increased risk of getting a virus.

All online bingo sites have encryption technology that encrypts player details such as names, addresses and banking information to stop potential fraudsters getting access to them too, and some online bingo sites will require you to provide proof of your bank card when you attempt a withdrawal.

Every online bingo site is licensed and regulated by a governing body as well and all gambling is followed under a commissioning law.

What Are Wagering Requirements?

A wagering requirement is a term used to describe an amount of times a player must play through their cash in order to withdraw.  Therefore if you sign up to an online bingo site with a 10 x bonus wagering requirement, then you will have to play though that bonus and deposit 10 times before you can make a withdrawal of winnings.

An example of this is:

Deposit £10, Get £10 Free – Giving you £20 funds altogether – Therefore £20 must be played through x 10 so you will have to play through £200 before withdrawing any funds.

Wagering requirements can differ from site to site, so always make sure you read through all the terms and conditions before accepting an offer as sometimes a high wager may mean you end up spending more money than the bonus is worth. Most sites do have very reasonable wagering requirements however.

Can Two People In The Same House Both Have Accounts At The Same Bing Site?

Yes, it doesn’t matter how many adults live in your address, all of them can have an account at the same bingo site. Each person must have separate accounts of their own. You must use your own payment methods to fund your account and never log in under someone else’s details.

If you don’t follow these rules, the bingo site will ban you and you will lose any funds in your account.

Can I Claim A Welcome Bonus Twice?

The initial welcome bonus offered is a one-off bonus designed to reward you on your very first deposit. You can sign up to a bingo site, take a look around and deposit at a much later date and still get that welcome bonus. Some online bingo sites offer more than one welcome bonus, these come as a first deposit bonus, second deposit bonus and so on.

There are secondary reload bonuses, cashback schemes and much more on offer too for exisiting customers, so make sure you head to the promotions page of your chosen bingo site to see exactly what’s available.

Can Bingo Bonuses Be Used For Side Games?

It depends entirely on the bingo site really. Some bingo sites state that the bingo bonus funds are for bingo games only but the vast majority allow you to play your bonus on the side games. You basically chose to play with your bingo bonus – which is a different option to cash, so when you play the games, your bonus funds will decrease.

When you win, the money will be credited to your bonus balance and not your cash balance. If you win on bingo with your bonus funds, you will be credited in cash – but every time you buy a ticket, the funds will be taken from your real cash balance and not your bonus so bear that in mind.

How Much Does It Cost To Play Online Bingo?

Ticket prices vary and the amount you want to spend is entirely up to you. Firstly, set yourself a budget and set a deposit limit based on the amount you can afford to lose. Set that limit in place and stick to it. Bingo ticket prices range from free to £2 a ticket, so you can decide how many you want to buy.

Some online bingo sites offer free bingo tickets with the chance to upgrade, this means you pay a little amount to upgrade your ticket to win increased cash prizes.

How Much Can You Win Playing Online Bingo?

All bingo sites are different, which means different cash prizes up for grabs. In the 90 ball bingo games, you can win a line, 2 line and full house prize based on the amount of players who paid to play – some games even offer roll on prizes that award players who are waiting on 1 or 2 numbers when the house is called.

There are guaranteed jackpot games that dish out big cash prizes no matter how many people in the room and then there’s the big progressive jackpots that roll over and over until some lucky deil wins them.

Can You Play Bingo On Your Mobile?

Yes, you can! Depending on the bingo site you wish to paly at, they may offer a mobile bingo app that can be downloaded from your app store, or you can simply punch in the web address of the site into the browser on your device to get started.

Generally speaking, the selection of bingo games on offer are smaller on your mobile, but that doesn’t affect the bingo prizes or your chances of winning. You can play anywhere and anytime you like, so long as you have a mobile and an internet connection.

Why Do People Play Online Bingo?

People love to play online bingo because it provides a fun, safe and exciting environment with plenty of chances to win. You don’t have to step a single foot outside your front door, because you can play snuggled up in bed, on the sofa or in the bathroom if you like – the choice is yours.

You can play 24hours a day, 7 days a week and get access to customer support and chat with other like-minded bingo players.

Do Men Play Bingo?

Surprisingly enough, yes they do. There are just as many men playing bingo as women. Agreed, that some online bingo sites target a female market with their sickly pink colour schemes, but this doesn’t deter men from playing. It isn’t set in stone that bingo is just for women, because men like to get away from it all too and engage is social gaming.

Can I Play Bingo Whilst Abroad/On Holiday?

Some online bingo sites recognise when you are out of the UK and won’t allow you to log in, but others allow you to. Just the other day I was chatting to someone online and they were playing bingo whilst sat at the poolside in Lanzarote!

When Is The Best time To Play Bingo?

There are no set times when it comes to the best times to play online bingo, but if you want to increase your chances of winning, you can decide to play at off-peak times. These are generally the early hours of the morning, between 2am and 6am – where most players are fast asleep in their beds. The number of players in the room is drastically smaller, and so are the prizes, but your chances of winning are increased.

If you want bigger jackpots, then make sure you log in when the jackpot games are at their peak or being played. Seasonal promotions, such as Christmas offer bigger jackpots and prizes too.