The game of bingo derives from a lottery played in Italy during the fifteenth century. Over time it has been developed and modified on both sides of the Atlantic into the 90 and 75 ball games we enjoy playing today. The latest development in this area is the introduction of online bingo which has attracted literally millions of new players to the game.
The aim of most bingo sites is to recreate the excitement, anticipation and fantastic jackpots found in traditional bingo halls; yet at the same time open the game up to new audiences by offering the opportunity to make friends worldwide and to win great bonuses all in the comfort of your own home.
Although most British sites predominantly offer 90 ball bingo, many also incorporate 75 ball games too. The objective of both of these games is the same as if they were played offline, with numbers being called at random and players marking these called numbers off their cards in the hope of being the first to complete the winning pattern.
Online bingo is able to enhance the experience of the game by offering features such as ‘auto daub’ whereby the computer will automatically mark numbers off your card, and ‘best card sorting or highlighting’ which will order your cards so that the tickets nearest to reaching Bingo are predominantly displayed on your screen. If you have pre-purchased cards for a game, the computer will play them regardless of whether you are online, giving you the opportunity to participate in your favourite games even when you are not able to access a computer. Features such as these give you the flexibility to chat with others in the bingo sites online communities during games, enhancing the social experience.
The jackpots offered in games online are often greater than those found in bingo halls. Most sites display a schedule of games so you are able to see the times, prices, jackpots and prizes of future games and purchase strips of tickets accordingly. Some sites offer free games, however these tend to only offer minimal jackpots.
For many the attraction of online bingo is not only the fantastic prizes on offer, but the close community created in the chat rooms of bingo sites. Players tend to be incredibly supportive of one another and CMs (chat monitors) are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Additionally, most sites frequently run chat room games where bonus points and prizes are awarded.
In essence, online bingo is an enhanced version of the traditional game as it is accessible to all and has the added bonus of enabling you to meet people from all over the world.