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Bingo is thought to have originated in Italy during the 16th century, before its popularity made its way across Europe. The original 16th century version is a far cry from the present day game, although the bingo we know and love in the UK today is thought to be most like an educational game for children from 19th century Germany.

As well as the European influence, the game has also grown from the American version which was developed by Edwin Lowe in 1929 after he discovered the basic concept at a carnival in Atlanta. Amazed by the popularity of the carnival game, he took the idea back to New York and introduced playing cards and beans as markers. US Map - US BingoThis led to Lowe calling the game “Beano”. However this was promptly changed when an enthusiastic player shouted out “Bingo” instead of “Beano” by accident during a game. Lowe decided this was a better name for his game, and so the game has been known as “Bingo” ever since.

How to Play Online BingoIt wasn’t until much later that online bingo first made an appearance in 1996. In spite of this its popularity got off to a slow start due to the limited number of people with computers and knowledge of the internet. However, around 2003 people became more and more enthralled with the online bingo scene, and the number of players began to steadily increase every day. Today, there are millions of players who take part in online bingo on a regular basis.

How do you play online bingo?

Playing online bingo couldn’t be easier. Most of the work is done automatically, so you don’t have the intensity of a live game where you have to concentrate to make sure you don’t miss any numbers. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Choose a site

There are plenty of bingo sites to choose from, and at we list the safest available with the best offers. You will probably have to register your details before playing your first game. But once you have provided your information, you can make the most of any bonuses or promotions on offer.

2. Pick a game

Every bingo site has multiple halls and games, so the next step is choosing a game that suits you. There are usually different themes, prizes and ticket prices for each game, as well as a choice of game type, such as 90 or 75 ball bingo. So browse the games on offer until you find one that takes your fancy.

3. Purchase tickets

Once you have found your preferred game, you need to buy cards to play. There may be a specified minimum and maximum number you can purchase. Otherwise you can choose to play with as few or as many as you like. You can even purchase tickets for future games if it is more convenient.

4. Sit back and relax

When you have bought the tickets that you want, you just need to sit back and wait for the game to start. Once it begins, numbers are chosen randomly by a random number generator and, if they appear on your cards, they are marked off automatically. You don’t need to worry about watching to see if you complete the pattern you need, as the software will also do this for you. This also means you won’t have to be faster than other participants, or call out “bingo” before the other players in the game to ensure you win the prize.

Win Playing Bingo OnlineThere is usually more than one prize on offer per game. For example there is typically a prize for completing a line, two lines and then full house, so the system will continue to draw numbers until the first prize is won. The winner, or winners, will be announced to all players, and the prize on offer will be split equally between all winners. The game then continues in this way until all the prizes on offer are won. If you are one of the lucky winners, your account will be credited automatically.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is playing online different to live bingo?

Although the basic rules of the game are the same, online bingo is slightly different to the games played live in halls. The most obvious difference is that anyone who wants to take part will need to go to the venue in order to play. When players arrive, they will need to purchase tickets from the sales desk at the front of the bingo hall. Once the tickets have been purchased, players take a seat in the hall and wait for the game to begin.


How to Play Live BingoWhen the game begins, the current prize is called out by the bingo caller.  Then balls will be chosen at random by either an electronic machine or by hand. Players must mark off any numbers that appear on their cards themselves, and if they have completed a pattern, they must call out “bingo” so that the bingo caller can check that the claim is valid. If players do not call bingo fast enough, i.e. before the next ball is called, they often lose the chance to claim the prize even if they have completed a sequence.

Playing live bingo requires a level of skill that is not needed for an online game. Players need to be fast enough to keep up with the bingo caller and be on top of whether or not they are close to completing a pattern. They also need to be quicker than other players to ensure they call out bingo first and win the prize if they do complete a sequence.

What are the chances of winning?

Bingo is a game of chance, and every ticket has the same chance of winning a prize. The odds of winning for both online and live games can therefore be calculated by dividing the number of cards that a player has bought by total number of tickets in play across the whole game.


Increase Bingo Cards NumberThe only way to improve your chances is to increase the number of tickets you buy. This can be difficult in a live game because you need to be able to check all your tickets for the number called before the bingo caller moves on. However, online games will tick off numbers on all your tickets automatically, so it is much easier to play with a larger number of cards.

Guaranteed jackpot games are an ideal way to increase your chances of winning larger prizes. Unlike progressive jackpots, where the value of the prizes will depend on the number of players that are taking part. Guaranteed jackpot games offer players the chance to win bigger cash prizes. No matter how many tickets have been purchased.

Is there a difference between the house edge in online bingo and live bingo?

Every bingo company needs to take a profit, so a small amount from the sale of every ticket will not form part of the jackpot money available for the game, but instead will be kept by the site or hall. This is known as the house edge. Halls obviously cost much more to run than online companies because of higher overheads, so it stands to reason that the house edge will be higher for live games.

Bingo is as popular for the social aspect as it is for the jackpots, and online bingo is no different. Although live games give players the chance to meet people in person, there is limited time to socialise due to the intensity of the game and the level of concentration needed in order to keep up with the numbers being called.

Online bingo gives players the chance to socialise, even when games are in progress thanks to the online chatrooms. The automatic nature of the games means you can chat with other players without missing a number or the chance to claim to a prize. You can even play games with chat managers, which give you even MORE CHANCES TO WIN PRIZES.