The great thing about bingo is that the rules are very simple and most of us have probably played it for fun at some point in our lives (probably when we were children). So slipping into a game of online bingo is one of the easiest ways to gamble – especially if you’ve got little to no experience with internet casinos.
However, bingo is not without its pitfalls so it is important for the uninitiated player to find out about these avoidable risks before they start to play. All players, no matter how long they have been playing bingo, must remain vigilant to remember the basic dos and don’ts of online bingo:
Do: Check Your Email
As soon as you sign up with an online bingo website, you’ll be sent a verification email to confirm your registration. One of the best tips we can give you is to do more than simply click on the verification link in this email – actually read the whole thing.
Your first email from the casino will generally explain everything you need to know as a first-time player. This will include items such as site terms and conditions, game schedules, and wagering rules, among others. Even if the email doesn’t go into full detail about these various matters, it will make you aware of them and point you in the direction of where you can find more information.
Continue to read all emails and text messages from the site very carefully as they will contain vital updates about the site in general, your personal account, upcoming jackpots, and, most importantly, any bonuses going begging.
This brings us to our next point.
Don’t: Lose out on Bonuses
The easiest bonus to miss is also potentially the most lucrative one that the casino will ever offer you – your welcome or deposit bonus. This is, as the name suggests, the bonus with which the casino rewards you for signing up and/or making your first deposit.
Unfortunately, many players fail to get the memo about these bonuses and so only find out about them when it is too late to take advantage. The same also applies to other bonuses that will come along from time to time after you become a regular player. Again, remember to check your email! You should also follow your chosen site’s various social media channels and keep an eye out for pop-ups on the website itself to make sure you don’t miss any updates about bonuses and other promotions.
If you have lost out on your deposit bonus, don’t be too dismayed because there’s a fairly good chance that your casino offers a bonus for your second deposit, provided it is more than a set amount and made within a certain period of time. Don’t lose out on this one too!
Do: Check Ticket Prices
There is not one single price for all tickets/cards at all times at any particular bingo site. The prices of tickets change depending on the time of day and the game variant, among other things, and can change rather abruptly at times. Ticket price changes are particularly frequent in mixed-variation rooms.
Don’t take the risk of selecting the maximum number of cards and clicking on “buy now” (or whatever your website’s equivalent command is) before you are 100% sure that you are comfortable with the ticket price. Once the money has been deducted from your account, you can’t take back your decision.
Don’t: Play with a Dodgy Internet Connection
If you play online bingo with a dodgy internet connection, you’ll likely have bigger problems than just buffering on your hands. Imagine if you’ve finally made it to 1tg and your connection drops! You could lose out on a major win just because technology let you down.
So make sure you have a solid connection before you get started. While you’re at it, make sure your line is completely secure because you don’t want cyber criminals to spy on any financial transactions between you and the bingo site.
Do: Check the Game Schedule
All bingo sites upload schedules of all the games that are going to be played over the coming day or sometimes even longer. These schedules will also provide you with details about ticket prices, jackpot sizes, and so forth.
Instead of simply logging in at random, plan your bingo sessions so that you can find the games, jackpots and card prices that work best for you.
Don’t: Place Beverages next to your Computer
If messing coffee on your keyboard while you’re surfing the web is inconvenient, doing so in the middle of a bingo game could be disastrous (much like the aforementioned scenario with the dropped internet connection). Be sure to keep your computer or mobile device out of harm’s way.
Do: Consult the Site’s Terms and Conditions
Each bingo site has a different way of doing things. This applies to how their games are administered, and the times and processes for deposits and withdrawals, among many other things.
Don’t do anything at a new online bingo site without first familiarizing yourself with its terms and conditions.