UK Online Bingo Habits

Online Bingo is a growing thing in the UK at the moment. Decades ago women would flock to bingo halls to have an evening out and a flutter but these days many towns have no bingo hall and people are turning to online bingo instead. There are many companies that offer bingo online and it means that there is a fun choice. In 2004 there were less than 20 sites but now there are hundreds of them. This just shows how the demand for online bingo has grown. The sites include the big bingo companies such as Gala and Mecca but also less well-known companies and newspapers.

Bingo is not seen as gambling by many people who play it or even if it is, they never call it that. It is a softer form of gambling as only small amounts of money are spent, with some cards being free or just a few pence, with others being dearer. Prizes are not huge either, although they can get up to several thousand pounds.

Back in 2010 it was estimated that 12% of women in the UK played online bingo regularly and 6% of men. Bingo is very much aimed towards women, with many of the sites being in pink and purple colours. It has always been something aimed at women though, although with some men playing, it would seem that there is some sense in bingo sites also appealing to men.

The growth of online games has been put down to several factors. The smoking ban has meant that people can no longer play in a bingo hall and smoke at the same time, whereas they can do this if they are playing at home on their computer. There is also the social aspect with bingo halls being silent while the numbers are being called and chatter only happening between games. Online there is constant chat while numbers are being called, which can make it more appealing to some and those that do not like it can ignore or block the chat. The numbers tend to be filled in on the cards automatically as well, so there is no need for a high level of concentration.

Bingo is totally down to chance. There is no skill as cards are allocated randomly, as are the numbers that are called. This can be more appealing to players as they feel they have the same chance of winning as everyone else and there is no skill that they need to have in order to win.

UK Bingo Jackpot Wins

Playing bingo is attractive to some people because of the large potential prize money available. Every few years or so the newspapers break with a story of a huge bingo win and this entices many people to either take up playing or to continue with it.

In December 2012 a 60 year old jobcentre worker won 5.9 million pounds playing bingo with a 30p bet. He had been using the website for just a few days when he scooped the massive jackpot. Then back in 2010 a 24 year old man won £18,000 playing bingo just minutes after starting his very first game.

This big wins are rare though. It is only once every few years that you hear a story about a huge jackpot being won in bingo. However, if you are interested in winning a big sum of money, there are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of doing so.

Bingo JackpotSome bingo games have big prizes and some do not. Obviously you want to play those games with the higher prizes. Often you will find that on a website you may have to wager a certain amount of money or play a certain amount of games before you are allowed entry in to the bigger prize games. Some may have limited cards, that you have to buy in advance. It is wise to take a careful look at the terms and conditions to make sure that you are aware of the rules of that particular game. It can also be worth comparing different bingo sites as some will be more likely to have bigger prizes than others. Keep an eye on as many as you can to find out when they are having promotional games with big prizes so that you can see if you want to be a part of it.

The big wins are rare though. Many bingo games just have very small prizes. These can still be fun and it can be cheaper to play this sort of game as well. The odds of winning may even be in your favour if you decide to play a game with a smaller prize because there is likely to be fewer players as a result. You will have to decide whether you feel it is worth player for a small prize or whether you are only interested in a really big win. It is a very personal decision and will partly depend on your attitude towards risk taking as well as whether you are playing for fun or only because you want to win.