Internet and Live Bingo Similarities

Gaming experts estimate that the number of bingo players worldwide is around sixty million people. This should come as no surprise since bingo has had over six hundred years to attract a following. Even better bingo is very easy to play and is affordable to just about everyone. Statistics show that most bingo players are women and the average player age is somewhere around 37. In Great Britain live bingo is extremely popular and after a setback caused by the national smoking ban the industry has made a recovery. In the United States most bingo games are operated by churches and charities. Many tribal gaming facilities have bingo halls and in fact it was a bingo hall operated by Florida’s Seminole tribe that laid the foundation for today‚Äôs tribal gaming operations.

In the late 90’s bingo went on the internet. At first the games were free and did not attract many players due to limited software and graphic capabilities. During the first decade of the 21st century online bingo experienced astounding growth. In 2004 there were only about 20 internet bingo sites and today there are between 250 and 300. Most diehard internet bingo players say they enjoy the convenience of online bingo and the ability to socialize during games. As most bingo players know, talking during a game can result in ejection from some bingo halls. Players in bingo halls must mark their cards manually and the slightest distraction is frowned upon. Since online bingo players can use the auto daub feature to mark their cards they can talk during games without having to worry about making a mistake.

Live and Internet Bingo SimilaritiesIn fact online bingo players can walk away from the game and come back later to see if they won. In most cases any winnings will be deposited directly into a player’s account. For those in rural areas with no access to live bingo online bingo has been a Godsend. In Canada’s far north radio bingo is popular and in areas with broadband access online bingo is the game of choice. In Australia’s outback people with satellite broadband access play 90 ball bingo otherwise known as ‘housie housie.’ Bingo cards are incredibly inexpensive and may be purchased using a variety of currencies. Cards can cost as little as a penny and as much as $5 dollars.

When the weather gets dicey players really appreciate the ability to play from the comfort of a warm home. In fact, in 2011 a series of severe storms hit the UK and the end result was record first quarter profits for most internet bingo operators. In recent years many internet bingo sites have held games to benefit several charities. Players can choose games that benefit a wide variety of good causes. Internet bingo has lured a new generation of players ensuring the game’s survival for years to come.