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Gambling Responsibly Online

Gambling Responsibly Online

Gambling is fun, it is supposed to be and in the UK over 73% of adults would seem to agree with this as they gamble at least once a year. With the rise of the internet and easily accessible bingo and casino websites, online gambling has seen a huge increase in players who like to play regularly, taking advantage of various registration and deposit bonuses. For the vast majority this is all about having some harmless fun, the odd flutter, playing with friends or just whiling away some time, playing responsibly with no negative effects. However, as with any ‘vice’, gambling can be addictive and this can have serious consequences, where having some harmless fun can quickly escalate to having a terrible impact on someone’s life and those involved with them and can include serious financial, health and social issues.

It is always important to be aware of the risks involved with gambling and there are measures players can take in order to avoid falling into gambling addiction. The following guide, by no means a complete solution, will help you stay safe online.

Responsible gambling tips to keep in mind


Try and enjoy yourself

It is important to recognise what gambling is about, it is supposed to be a fun leisure activity, the idea being that it is not the outcome that matters but the playing of the game, sure if you win that is a bonus but it is not the sole reason to be playing, it may be cliché but it is the taking part that counts not the end result.

Gambling is a risk

Although when you place a bet you hope to win the vast majority of us do not, that is the point of gambling, nothing is guaranteed and the odds are always going to be in the house’s favour, so they can make their money and offer their services. Most of us, of course, understand and realise this and as long as you keep this in mind and remember the odds are stacked against you then it will help keep the risks in perspective.

Set a realistic budget

Set yourself a budget and stick to it, always be prepared to lose this money as well. Called a ‘loss limit’ this is the amount of money you can afford to lose and once it has gone do not start placing on more bets in the hope to recover it, this can lead to things spiralling out of control and debt issues. Players should look at gambling as any other form of entertainment, if a night out will cost you £50 would you spend more money to recover this? The same with gambling, play with a realistic budget and once it is gone, it is gone, do not place on more.

Accept you may lose

Do not pin all your hopes on a gambling outcome, gambling is a risk, that is the idea behind it, nothing is guaranteed and yes you may win sometimes but the vast majority of players will lose, otherwise it is not a gamble. When playing it is best to bear this in mind, do not get hooked onto that next big win, accept you may lose and if you are winning know when to quit as ultimately the odds will always play out in the house’s favour.

Know when to stop playing

Reinforcing the ‘loss limit’ and budget control tip is knowing when it is time to stop playing, this can be when you have played through your budget or won a few times, it is always best to quit whilst ahead. If at any point you feel the game is taking over then it is always best to walk away, if it stops being fun or you have other things that need doing or even have other arrangements made, do not let the gambling dictate things for you. Knowing when to stop is crucial and any negative feelings that may occur can be a sign that things are not as they should be and you should stop playing.

Have other hobbies

It is important not to let gambling take over you life, having other interests or hobbies plays an important role providing a balance and time away from playing. Gambling is meant to be fun and played in a controlled, balanced manner it can be an exciting past time but should not be the ONLY source of fun you have, having a range of hobbies can be both beneficial for both body and mind.

Know the gambling laws

Playing online opens up a world of possibilities with hundreds of casinos to choose from, unfortunately not all of them reputable and many even illegal. Be aware of the gambling laws that apply your country and stick to them, only play sites that adhere to these and be wary of any sites that do not ‘feel’ right, gut instinct can be a powerful guide.

Play reputable site

Being so open and with the large sums of money involved, online gambling can attract unsavoury characters and dodgy websites. Only play those which are recognised by your country regulators, in the UK this is the Great Britain Gambling Commission but there are many others throughout the world, sticking with these sites will mean that you are protected from fraud, withholding of money or credit card skimming. There are many household recognisable brands to choose from and these will be safer to play than a site you have never heard of.

Chat sensibly

Live chat is an integral part of online gambling, it can be both entertaining and fun, but like other chat rooms you cannot guarantee who you are talking to is who they say they are. Never, ever give out personal information whilst chatting online, by all means join in the fun but personal details should not be divulged.

Help is available

At UK Bingo Promotions as much as we love nothing more than enjoying our favourite past time and as useful as these tips may be, we are only too aware of the negative impact that gambling can have on individuals and the people around them. If you do suspect or know of anyone who may be affected by a gambling issue there are a number of organisations that can be contacted for help, listed below.

Gamblers Anonymous
Gambling Therapy

Strategy Tips for Bingo Newbies

Strategy Tips for Bingo Newbies

Online bingo is fun, a lot a fun, it also helps that players have the chance to win themselves a share of some, often not to be sniffed at, huge bingo jackpots. So, you have done your research, had a look at all the online bingo sites available to play, closely studied and deciphered the various terms and conditions each of these sites have to offer, taken note of the bingo promotions available and now you are ready to take the plunge into the murky depths of the online bingo pool.

WAIT!! Before you do, we have one last suggestion, strategy, having a plan before you start playing. Okay, yes we know bingo is not exactly like playing Risk but having a bingo strategy in place is definitely recommended, especially for the bingo newbie. Good job we have put together a little guide then eh, a few pointers from our vast experience, some of which we wish we had known about ourselves when we first dipped our toes into the online bingo pool. Some may work better than others for you, but keep in the mind the following tips and hopefully they will come in handy.

Learn the rules of online bingo

It may seem obvious but make sure you know the rules of each and every bingo room you play, many of them have slightly different rules depending on the number of balls in play and, whilst generally universal, sometimes the same game is played differently depending on which bingo site you are playing on.

Keep an eye the Live Chat

It’s good to talk so keep at least one eye on the Live Chat, available on most online bingo sites. Not only is Live Chat a great source of entertainment but often the hosts will throw in extra games and bonuses to be played for, it’s a great way of topping up the bingo funds and having fun to boot.

Claim BOGOF bonus tickets

If someone tells you to BOGOF then you should not be offended, BOGOF or ‘buy one get one free’ is essentially two for one on ticket purchases. Many sites have BOGOF bonuses which is an easy way to double the number of bingo tickets played with.

Play the free bingo games

Check your site of choice to see if there are any free bingo games as many sites have free bingo rooms for members to play, many of which have real cash jackpots to be won. This is both a great and easy way to play your favourite game risk free and potentially win big as well, pretty much a win – win situation, an obvious ‘must do’ then but you’d be surprised how many players miss this trick.

Stick to off-peak bingo

This one may seem less obvious and is harder to stick to, especially if you have a normal day time job as well, but try playing off-peak. Tickets are often cheaper and you will have a better chance of bagging that big jackpot, the downside to all this that it could require playing at unsociable hours so we recommend making a plan of where and when to play, that way you won’t miss out.

Use the Auto Buy function

Why not let the bingo site buy your cards for you, that way you’d never need to miss a game. Most bingo sites have an auto buy function nowadays, simply choose the number of games you want to play, how many cards you want for each game and how much you would like to spend and everything else will be taken care of. One note of caution though, do not leave the room with auto buy turned on or any tickets you have bought will become invalid so always turn the service off and finish any games before exiting.

Pre-purchase bingo cards

Which leads neatly onto our next tip, buy your bingo cards in advance. Most games have an option to purchase bingo tickets up to a week in advance, by doing this not only can you plan your game playing week but also your budget, knowing exactly how much you are spending and when is definitely something we would recommend. If you make purchases for games that you then find you cannot play they can be cancelled and refunded, so even commitment phobes don’t have an excuse.

Stick to a bingo budget

Which, strangely enough, not planned of course, leads onto our next tip, keep tight reign of your budget. It is always best to have a budget and stick to it, hopefully you may win big in which case, happy days! However be prepared to lose the lot, that way any winnings is seen as a bonus, especially since there are no guarantees when it comes to online bingo.

Keep an eye on bingo promotions

Keep an eye out for any promotions, these are usually displayed on the website’s homepage or under a promotions tab, you can even check for your favourite site at UK Bingo Promotions . With promotions changing all the time is it best to check regularly so that you don’t miss out, if a site has social media pages it may be worth following them as well as often any new offers will also be posted on the timeline.

Fully use any bingo bonus

It may seem obvious but don’t forget to make full use of any bingo bonuses. Often cash match deposit bonuses also come with free slot or bonus wheel spins and can be easily missed, having done this several times ourselves you’d be surprised just how often these extras are not claimed.

Play online bingo often

Play the numbers game, the more you play the better your chances of winning. However this one comes with a big warning light, using this method takes some self restraint, it is crucial to stick to your budget, but by playing a combination of cheaper games and at off peak hours it is possible to make things stretch to a far greater number of games, meaning more chances to win.

A few useful tips then and maybe not just for the newbie, keep these bingo strategy tips in mind and they will help increase your chances of winning that big life changing jackpot, at the very least it should mean more gaming fun for your buck, that’s still a win as far as we are concerned. Have fun!

The Lucky World of Online Bingo Superstitions

The Lucky World of Online Bingo Superstitions

Luck, some of us appear to have it, others don’t, whilst there is a whole grey area in between about making your own luck. Online bingo players can be a superstitious crowd, relying on all sorts of inanimate and sometimes animate objects, rituals and gaming mantras to give themselves a winning edge.

Of course not everyone’s idea of a luck is the same and what works for one player may not work for another. At UK Bingo Promotions for example we have a lucky pair of pants, we feel the need to add at this point that the pants are not passed around the office and worn by whoever is playing at the time, least not without washing them first. No, they sit idly on a desk, silently spreading their lucky vibe around the office as we occasionally play between working, of course, ahem. However, we are in a fortunate position and not everyone can own such a stunning pair of lucky pants or indeed have the same sort of luck with them.

Throughout the world luck has always had a part to play and we have taken a look and found a number of ideas and items that may inspire others to take up the online bingo cause and help them to win that life changing jackpot.

Lucky Numbers

1! No, number 7! Wait…13! Lucky numbers can be very subjective, what works for one person may not work for another, it also depends whereabouts in the world you are. The number 7 is considered lucky in western culture, 13 unlucky for some, but head over to the far east and the number 8 is considered favourable and in Chinese culture the number 13 is also lucky. Picking a number for yourself can be tricky, maybe a date something fortunate happened to you or even just one you have always liked, whatever the method if it brings you luck then bingo on!

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko Maneki Neko also know as the Beckoning Cat is commonly found throughout Japan. In western culture cats, especially black, are often regarded as omens of bad luck, not so in the far east where Maneki Neko cats can often be found from trinkets to shop entrances, even mobile phone covers which, come to think of it, isn’t a bad idea as we often play bingo on our phone. Oh and a top tip, go for a gold cat if you can, apparently they are even luckier.

Lucky Penny

It’s a oldie but a good one, “See a penny, pick it up – all day long you’ll have good luck!”. Most of us would have heard this growing up, although it’s open to debate at what age picking up pennies from the pavement is considered a career rather than childhood good fortune. Apparently lucky pennies can bring you luck then and different kinds of pennies are luckier than others, for example, we find it is best to avoid face down coins as these are considered to bring bad luck whilst those with holes in the middle are doubly lucky and, no, it doesn’t count if you drill one through yourself.

A Ship’s Figurehead

Now, we understand that this one may not be practical for everyone but it does have it’s uses. Traditionally used to identify ships and strike fear into the enemy, think pirate ships, the ship’s figurehead was also often seen as a source of luck by the crew. Obviously getting hold of one of these when playing bingo may not be the easiest thing, but maybe having an image of one on the screen or mobile phone may help bring some of that figurehead charm to your bingo endeavours?

Lucky Clothing

We have our lucky underpants, what about you? Lucky clothing isn’t a new thing, many sports stars, for example, have lucky socks they like to wear when competing or how about a lucky top on a night out, doing the lottery…or playing online bingo. It may be one garment, in may be several but if you have had some luck when wearing a certain item of clothing, why not try it again, you never know it may just work.

Lucky Rabbit’s Foot

Surprisingly seen as a world wide lucky charm, apparently the way forward across many continents and countries including Africa, China, Europe and North America, it seems that the rabbit’s foot is pretty much the luckiest thing ever, except for the rabbit of course. Dating back to it’s origins, believed to be Celtic from around 600BC, the rabbit’s foot has been used as a lucky charm for thousands of years. Whilst we don’t suggest eyeing up someone’s beloved pet, should you happen to have one lying around (don’t we all)…

Wooden Jewellery

Wood? For luck? Surely not? Well, think about it, have you or do you know someone in the past who has said something and then followed it up with “touch wood”, usually placing the hand on a part of their anatomy, the part in question depending on who they are and who they are speaking to, not always appropriately we add. Many believe that wearing a wooden piece of custom jewellery, such as a bracelet or pendant will bring them the luck they are looking for, no one knows for sure where this custom came from but if it works, who are we to argue.

Lucky Horseshoe

Don’t touch the horses! Something we imagine you would hear should you start searching for the elusive lucky horseshoe in the wrong places. A traditional lucky charm dating from way back, made of iron with seven nails, so super lucky and a great way to ward off evil spirits, that’s a lot of luck in one chunk of metal. Horseshoes tend to be quite easy to come by without the need to take one directly off a horse, so why not ask your local stable if they have any spare, it could be the luckiest request you ever make.

Jin Chan

Jin Chan Rather than being a relation to Jackie Chan, the famous martial arts actor, Jin Chan is actually a lucky toad, obviously. Also known as Chan Chu or Money Toad, it is considered a lucky charm in Chinese culture, where it will have a Chinese coin placed in it’s mouth and positioned in the corner of room. Doesn’t sound very much fun for the toad we have to say, but apparently lucky for everyone else. The lucky toad charm must be effective though as other cultures have also embraced the amphibian including the Native Americans, Romans, Ancient Egyptians and Indigenous Australians.

Lucky Food

Yes, food can be lucky as well, some people insist on certain meals before competing in sports, much like any ritual a certain food can adjust the mindset to produce that lucky win, whether it’s something as simple as chocolate bar to a full three course meal, whichever you find works best for you. We’ve always felt an Indian takeaway radiates luck but that could be just us, certainly radiates something anyway.

So there you have it, some useful pointers as to how to possibly ramp up the luck and good fortune in preparation for the superstitious online bingo gaming session. In no way comprehensive, people find their luck in all sorts of objects and situations, our top tip is to try a few of these together at the same time for a multiple charm offensive, that way surely something has got to rub off! You can thank us later (20% of all winnings should just about cover it).

How to Play Bingo on a Budget

How to Play Bingo on a Budget

At UK Bingo Promotions you could say we like our online bingo and regularly play, mainly for research purposes of course, ahem…

As many others have discovered, especially with it being a growing market, online bingo offers a unique, accessible world that was previously only available behind the doors of the bricks and mortar bingo hall and has opened the market up to anyone who has an internet connection and a compatible device. With hundreds of sites to choose from, many with their own unique games, some massive life changing jackpots waiting to be won and expertly designed themes to draw players in it is easy to see why the world of online bingo had grown so rapidly.

One of the downsides of all this is that it can be all too easy to overspend which can lead to the slippery slope of gambling addiction, something we do not condone, online bingo should be about having fun, the moment this changes is the time to stop playing.

With this is mind, to help keep costs down and stay in budget we have put together five useful bingo tips that we recommend players follow, this way you can still enjoy playing the game you love without having to rob the bank.

Bingo Tip 1 – The Deposit Bonus

Many online bingo sites offer a first deposit promotion to entice new players, many of these are very generous with the likes of 500% cash match bonuses and extra spins on bonus wheels. To keep players coming back you will often find that they also have regular deposit bonuses as well including second and third deposits, happy hours and buy one get one free (BOGOF) ticket offers.

Before depositing we recommend players should always check the small print in the terms and conditions for the following:

1. Deposit limits, there will usually be a minimum and maximum deposit limit for a bonus, so make sure you are aware of this so you do not deposit too little or too much and miss out.

2. Wagering limits, once you have the bonus when can you draw on your winnings (if any)? Most bingo promotions have minimum wagering limits before any money can then be taken back out.

3. Any required Promotional codes, some offers need a code added when making a deposit in order to trigger the bonus.

4. If in doubt, ask. Live Help is available on most sites and they will be happy to answer any questions and maybe even offer an extra special bonus just for you!

Bingo Tip 2 – Free Bingo Games

Nowadays most online bingo sites offer members the chance to join in and play free bingo games, many with real cash jackpots to be won.

Free bingo games can range from timed daily bingo rooms, to those reserved for new members and whilst the jackpots may not always match those of the paid games, free bingo is not to be sniffed at and especially welcome for those players looking to keep costs down.

Bingo Tip 3 – Budget Bingo Games

With so many games available to play many of them can be overlooked, but often tucked away on an online bingo site there will be one or two budget bingo rooms. These rooms typically charge as little as 1p or 2p per strip, so a full book can be bought for a minimal outlay.

As with any form of gambling, the more you tickets you buy the better your odds of winning and this is a great way of getting more bang for your buck. The other option is to purchase just one strip and use any winnings to buy more and so on, this way the initial outlay is reduced and players can cut and take their winnings whenever they like.

Bingo Tip 4 – High Value Bingo Games

High value bingo games, how does that work then!? Well, think about it, a player may have a set budget for a gaming session, they can either play the budget rooms, as previously mentioned, meaning lots of games but smaller jackpots or they can play higher value bingo rooms with the potential to win much bigger prizes.

The crucial point to note with this is to have a budget and stick to it, never spend more than you planned to, if you win great, maybe use the winnings to play another game or withdraw, never, ever exceed your budget though. If that means one game and done, stick to that, should you feel the draw of the bigger jackpot and are tempted to spend more then this tip may not be for you.

Bingo Tip 5 – Chat Games

Often ignored, we recommend keeping an eye out for any Chat Games whilst in a bingo room. Hosted by the Chat Host these can be anything from calling out a lucky number to fast claim bonuses. Often spontaneous, these games can provide an extra boost to any member’s budget and are often overlooked by players who only have eyes on the main prize.

Although it can be a lot of fun, online bingo is no different to any other form of gambling and therefore does require a sense of self control. At UK Bingo Promotions we recommend always having a fixed, realistic budget for your gaming sessions and never going beyond this. The tips above should help to stretch your gaming fun and spend less, a double win in our books, happy bingoing!

Bingo Balls! Bingo Lingo Numbers explained

Bingo Balls! Bingo Lingo Numbers explained

UK Bingo, a game usually played with ninety balls, drawn and called randomly until someone wins, shouting ‘House’ or ‘Bingo’ to claim their prize.

A large number of the bingo balls have over the years been given nicknames, known as ‘Bingo Lingo’, the balls have rhymes attached to them, this helps to add a bit more character to the game as players chant as they are drawn and called out. In 2003, Butlins holiday camps introduced some more modern calls devised by a Professor of Popular Culture, Charlie Blake, to freshen up and modernise the bingo game.

Below is a full list of which each of these are and the meaning behind them, how many do you know?

1. Kelly’s Eye – Possibly a reference to Ned Kelly, a character from the Valiant comic strip “Kelly’s Eye”, where the hero KELLY possessed a magic amulet

2. One little duck – The number 2 looks a lot like a single duck

3. Cup of tea – Rhymes with “Three”

4. Knock at the door – Rhymes with “Four”

5. Man alive – Rhymes with “Five”

6. Tom Mix – Rhymes with “Six”. Tom Mix was a star of silent-era Westerns

7. Lucky – The number 7 is considered lucky in a number of cultures

8. Garden gate – Rhymes with “Eight”

9. Doctor’s Orders – A laxative pill given out by army doctors in WWII was known as number 9

10. (Theresa’s) Den – The name refers to whoever currently resides at Number 10 Downing Street

11. Legs eleven – The number 11 resembles a pair of (chicken) legs, often chicken legs specifically with players often wolf whistling in response

12. One dozen – One dozen is 12 units

13. Unlucky for some – The number 13 is considered unlucky in some cultures

14. The Lawnmower – The original lawnmower had a 14-inch blade

15. Young and Keen/Rugby Team – There are fifteen players in a team of rugby

16. Never been kissed – 16 is the age of sexual consent in the UK

17. Dancing Queen – ABBA’s song Dancing Queen has the number mentioned in the lyrics

18. Coming of Age – Eighteen is the age of majority in the UK

19. Goodbye Teens – Nineteen is the age after which people stop being teenagers

20. One Score – A score consists of 20 units

21. Key of the Door – The traditional age of majority

22. Two little ducks – The number 22 looks like two ducks together, players often respond with “quack, quack, quack”

23. The Lord is My Shepherd – The first words of Psalm 23 of the Old Testament

24. Knock at the door – Rhymes with “(Twenty) Four”

25. Duck and dive – Rhymes with “(Twenty) Five”

26. Two and six, half a crown – Half a crown was a pre-decimalised currency in the UK

27. Duck and a crutch – The number 2 looks like a duck and the number 7 looks like a crutch

28. Two and eight, in a state – Rhyming slang for “state”

29. Rise and Shine – Rhymes with “(Twenty) Nine”

30. Burlington Bertie – This refers to a music hall song of the same name composed in 1900, and a more famous parody (Burlington Bertie from Bow) written in 1915. Burlington Bertie is also 100 to 30 on the race track

31. Get Up and Run – Rhymes with “(Thirty) One”

32. Buckle My Shoe – Rhymes with “(Thirty) Two”

33. All the threes/Fish, chips and peas – Rhymes with

34. Ask for More – Rhymes with “(Thirty) Four”

35. Jump and Jive – A popular dance step

36. Three dozen – Three times number 12

39. Steps – A reference to the book and film The 39 Steps

44. Droopy drawers – A reference to sagging trousers

45. Halfway there – The halfway, of 90, numbers

48. Four Dozen – 4 x 12 = 48 (12 being a dozen)

50. It’s a Bullseye! – Referring to a dart board centre score

52. Danny La Rue/Chicken Vindaloo – Danny La Rue is a famous Australian drag queen entertainer

53. Here comes Herbie – 53 is the racing number of Herbie the VW Beetle, players often reply “beep beep”!

54. Man at the door – Rhymes with “(Fifty) Four”

55. Musty Hive – Rhymes with “(Fifty) Five”

56. Shotts Bus – The bus from Glasgow to Shotts in Scotland also had this number

57. Heinz Varieties – The “57 Varieties” slogan of the H. J. Heinz Company

59. The Brighton Line – The original Brighton telephone numbers all started with the number 2

60. Grandma’s getting frisky – Sounds a lot like ‘sixty’

62. Tickety-boo – Rhymes with “(Sixty) Two”

64. Almost retired – In the UK official retirement age is 65

65. Stop work – The British age of mandatory retirement

66. Clickety click – Rhymes with “(Sixty) Six”

69. Anyway up/Meal for Two/A Favourite of mine – A possibly risqué reference

71. Bang on the Drum – Rhymes with “(Seventy) One”

72. Danny La Rue (again) – Rhymes with “(Seventy) Two”

73. Queen Bee/Under The Tree/Lucky 3 – Rhymes with “(Seventy) Three”

76. Trombones/Was she worth it? – “Seventy-Six Trombones” is a popular marching song, from the musical The Music Man. Was she worth refers to the pre-decimal price of a marriage licence in Britain. Players often shout back “Every Penny”

77. Two little crutches/Sunset Strip – Looks like two crutches. Sunset Strip was a 1960s TV series called “77 Sunset Strip” which players usually sing

78. 39 more steps – 39 + 39 = 78. Refers to 39 being “The 39 steps”

80. Gandhi’s Breakfast – Looks like Mahatma Gandhi sitting cross-legged in front of a plate, sometimes known as “(8)ate (0)nothing”

81. Fat Lady with a walking stick – The number 8 represents a curvy lady, the number 1, a walking stick

83. Stop Farting! – The 8 is supposed to be a bottom and the 3 is the fart. When this is called, a single player responds with “Who? Me?”

84. Seven dozen – 7 x 12 = 84. Refers to the number 12 being “a dozen”

85. Staying alive – Rhymes with “(Eighty) Five”

86. Between the sticks – Rhymes with “(Eighty) Six”

87. Torquay in Devon – Rhymes with “(Eighty) Seven”. Refers to Torquay in the county of Devon

88. Two Fat Ladies – The number 88 represents to curvy ladies next to eachother

89. Nearly there – 89 is the last number but one of the 90

90. Top of the shop – 90 is the highest possible number in bingo, with the shop being a reference to the bingo game

Some callers may not reference all of the nicknames listed for every game. Why not see how many you can spot next time you play.

A Beginners Guide on how to Play Bingo

A Beginners Guide on how to Play Bingo

Looking to dip your toes into the world of online bingo or simply need a refresher on how things work? Read on for an easy to follow guide on how to play UK bingo.

The essentials of bingo are easy to pick up even for someone who has never played before. Players simply mark their numbers off a bingo card as they are drawn randomly from a pot (or randomly generated in the case of online bingo).

Bingo cards are divided up into lines and columns and usually have numbers between one and ninety printed on them, as the balls are drawn and players mark them off there are several ways in which they can claim a win – straight full house, corners, line only games and so on, each game will have a variation but are all played the same way. Players win by marking off the numbers on their card as they are drawn until someone has the required configuration, shouting ‘House’ or ‘Bingo’ to win, easy eh?

Usually players purchase bingo books, with each page representing a single game which is split into six tickets. Players can choose to use between one and six tickets per game, with all ninety numbers split between all the tickets, so the more tickets they choose to play with the better the odds of a number they have being called. All bingo numbers are represented in columns, with column one representing numbers one to nine, column two numbers ten to nineteen and so on and normally there are also three rows per ticket, each with five numbers. As players mark off the numbers wins can occur for marking off a row (called a line), marking off two rows, called two lines, or if they manage to mark off all the numbers, then it is called a Full House.

As soon as a player has a winning ticket, in order to claim they must call straight away (House/Bingo), before the next number is drawn. If the host has already begun to draw the next ball the winning ticket becomes null and void, part of the fun of bingo is shouting your claim to win before you miss out.

With online bingo much of this is automated for members but it is always best to keep your eye on the game as you never know when your luck will be in. There are several variations of the game including seventy five and fifty ball bingo and multiple ways in which prizes can be won, for example some games allow wins once corner numbers are drawn, but they are all essentially played the same way.

With the advent of online bingo the choice and variety of games on offer has never been larger and with many featuring big cash jackpots and generous bingo deposit bonuses as well, now is a great time to get involved and see what all the fuss is about.