Online Bingo: A Guide For Beginners

BingoBingo has seen a huge resurgence over the past decade. No longer is it a game that’s solely played down the local church hall or bingo centre. The Web has spawned a new generation of bingo players, all actively pursuing the top prizes. Evidence of this can be seen in the huge array of free bingo operators available online, all offering a slightly different slant to proceedings. And with superb promotional offers, the game is now great value, with deposit bonuses, cashback services, and low buy-ins. Play for fun or for the jackpot – the choice is yours and you’ll most likely win some money along the way!

Bingo games

You’ll find many variations of bingo online, but the two most popular games are 90 ball and 75 ball bingo. 90 ball is the most popular bingo game in the UK, but it is also common in a number of other countries. The American and Canadian market tends to favour 75 ball bingo. Despite this, it’s still popular the world over. The vast majority of bingo providers include both games, and some even have 60 ball and other interesting variations, such as “Deal or No Deal” bingo, or bingo based on other popular games.


Be on the lookout for daily deals (usually accessible via the “Promotions” link on your chosen bingo site). These provide incentives at certain times of the day, including one-off prizes and a chance to win great jackpots. Promotions are also available on a monthly and ad-hoc basis, so be sure to keep an eye out for the latest bingo deals. One way to keep updated is to subscribe to a bingo site’s e-mail newsletter. This way, you’ll get first pick of any offers up for grabs.

Freebies and deals

Visit any bingo website and you’ll find there’s no shortage of bingo promotions available. The types of promotions can vary quite considerably, depending on the provider, but generally speaking, you’ll find offers can be categorised into the following areas: free bingo (no deposit), deposit bonuses, and reload bonuses. Some operators also give you additional perks for referring friends to the site, or for performing other tasks. Here’s a brief overview of the major offer types:

  • Free bingo – A number of sites offer free “no deposit” bingo, so you can play without the need to deposit money. Although the number of bingo sites offering freebies are few and far between (when compared to the huge number of “deposit” sites out there), they are a great way to begin. In some cases it is possible to win real cash prizes without spending any money at all.
  • Deposit bonuses – When you make your first deposit at the vast majority of bingo providers, you will gain a welcome bonus as a “thank you” for registering. The levels of generosity vary, with some sites offering a single bonus and others offering a bonus on your second, and in some cases, third deposit. A typical offer may involve a 100% deposit bonus. For example, if you deposit £10, the bingo site will match that with another £10, taking your total to £20. It is not uncommon to find providers matching deposits by 200% or even 300% in some instances.
  • Reload bonuses – A number of bingo providers will reward you with additional bonuses every time you make a deposit. This will increase the number of bingo plays you can purchase, and it’ll also give you more opportunities to win. As such, it can certainly be worth investing some time seeking out the best reload deals.
  • Referral bonuses – Do you have a friend or family member who might like to play bingo? Refer them to a bingo site that has a referral scheme and you will both benefit. You will receive a free bonus, and your friend will also qualify for new member promotions. It’s a win-win situation.

Additional perks

Aside from the various member promotions available, most bingo providers serve up a range of additional perks, such as free spins on instant-win games or slots, community forums, chat games, regular competitions, loyalty schemes, and VIP programmes. It can be very worthwhile seeking these out to maximise your member benefits.

What to be aware of

It is worth being aware of each provider’s membership rules. You can often find these on the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page, but you should also refer to the site’s Terms and Conditions. These two sections will outline the payment methods you can use to make a deposit, highlight any rules on withdrawing winnings, and showcase information on jackpot amounts. If you require any assistance, you can always contact customer services (see below).

Customer support

Most bingo providers will have a FAQs section, which should answer the vast majority of your questions. However, if you do require additional customer support, you’ll be able to get in touch at the very least by e-mail. That said, many sites operate telephone, e-mail and live chat as standard. In some cases, you can also pitch questions to other members by using a site’s community forums. Most members are helpful and should be more than happy to assist.

Gambling addiction – be careful!

Please be aware that encourages responsible gaming, so play within your means and have fun. We are open to suggestions, so please advise us of any other bingo sites that we can list by contacting us. Similarly, if a provider has changed its offering, please alert us so we can keep our directory up-to-date. Visit Gamble Aware and GamCare for more information on keeping safe while playing bingo online.