Bingo is traditionally thought of a soft gambling, often being associated with older people and children as well as fund raising activities. Nevertheless it is experiencing an enormous resurgence online with many sites out there that cater for this ever growing market. The Internet has made it possible to emulate the sense of community to be found in bingo halls, with millions of people logging in each and every evening from the comfort if their own homes to meet their friends an win some prizes.
Bingo's first incarnation was the Italian Lotto game which experienced great popularity in15th century Europe. This basic game was then modified by both the French and the Germans to the point where by the 18th and 19th centuries it had successfully spread not only throughout Europe, but also throughout the United States.
Bingo translates easily to the computer screen, with the tombola machine being replaced by a random number generator, the caller replaced by the computer program, and the bingo card replaced by an on-screen one that may be manually filled as and when the numbers roll in, or automatically marked by the computer program. The bingo call is sometimes automatically made once you have marked five boxes in a row, column, or diagonal line, however with some programs you will need to declare bingo or risk loosing your winnings to another player.
If you are a complete beginner to the game it is worth becoming acquainted with the bingo lingo, which, like all gambling jargon, can be a bit confusing when you're just starting out. To this end we have provided you with a comprehensive bingo glossary in the online bingo articles section. Also keep checking for updated articles as we continue to document all the rule variations of bingo so you always know exactly what you're playing and what you have to do.
Also it is best to make use of the chats and online forums that almost all online bingo sites provide now. This is really an essential part to playing bingo online as it recreates the sense of camaraderie to be found in a real bricks and mortar bingo hall. Not only will you find people ready and willing to answer all your online bingo questions, you may also strike up some friendships in the process.
So what do you say? Ready to play online bingo?
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