Bingo has been a popular game for hundreds of years since it was first played in Italy in 1530. It was known as ‘Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia’ and was the game of choice among the Italian aristocracy who shared their passion with the French who then brought the game to Great Britain. 

It has always been a fun game enjoyed by people at home in many different formats, but it became a public sensation when the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960 legalized large cash prizes for games such as bingo. With bingo being introduced in dance halls all over the country, thousands of people played regularly and the bingo boom began.

Although traditional bingo gradually lost momentum, the enthusiasm that had made it one of the most popular pastimes in the UK wasn’t diminished. One of the most appealing things about bingo is its simplicity and element of randomness, both of which lent themselves perfectly to being digitized.

Online bingo games took over where physical bingo halls left off and the games on offer have proved hugely popular in the UK with around 4 million people playing regularly. For those that appreciate the fun and excitement of bingo, playing online means a much wider choice of games to play and a wide range of other benefits. 

Maximize your playing budget

One of the things that people like about playing online is the fact there are plenty of special bingo promotions online allowing players to enjoy a choice of games without breaking the bank. Offers are a great way to test out new bingo websites and have a go at a choice of different games to find out which games suit your playing style.

There are several different types of promotion that are relatively common, such as:

Sign up or welcome bonuses – new players can usually take advantage of offers open to those registering with a site for the first time. Sometimes a site will match their first deposit, offer free cards, cheap games, free spins on slot games on the same site, and other offers.

No deposit bonuses – these are an ideal way to try out a new site without risking any cash as they allow players to play without having to deposit any money or even enter their card details. Usually, all you have to do is sign up and confirm your registration to access any no-deposit bonuses available.

Deposit matching – keeping your account topped up is a good way to access bonuses as many sites will match players’ deposits at certain times and up to certain amounts, but some sites will offer bonuses of up to five times the amount deposited. 

Loyalty bonuses – players that log on regularly and top up their accounts with a certain frequency can often enjoy additional perks to encourage them to keep playing on the same site. These are often triggered by a player reaching certain milestones such as the number of games played, completing certain challenges or games, reaching certain levels, or earning points as part of a loyalty programme.

Referral bonus – Players that share their tips for favourite games with their friends can earn bonuses when their friends sign up to play. It’s worth checking for referral codes and links to share with friends so that if you encourage someone else to start playing on your favourite site you can both benefit with discounts and free games.

High roller bonuses – players that make regular deposits and play frequently can earn ‘high roller’ bonuses that are tied to the amount they spend on a particular site. These are often referred to as VIP clubs and may include exclusive games and special events that are usually accessed by depositing a certain amount.

The benefits of bonuses

Online gamers are spoilt for choice when it comes to where they should spend their time and money, so it is in the best interests of sites to try and attract new players with offers and deals. These allow bingo fans to find the games that they like playing most, test out different themes and formats, and familiarise themselves with the interface without spending too much money. 

As with any offers, players should check the terms and conditions to ensure that they meet the qualifying criteria for any bonuses that they want to make the most of. Some offers can only be used on their own, but others can be used together to really maximize their value.

Many websites have their own social media channels and mailing lists that they use to share information about special events, time-sensitive offers, and limited deals. Gaming fans can sign up to be the first to hear about the best ways to save money, try out new games, and take advantage of the latest offers and this is a great way to get all the latest bonuses delivered directly to your inbox. 

Whether you are a long-term fan or completely new to the world of bingo, making the most of the special offers available is a cost-effective way to earn some free gaming time and find out everything you need to know about a bingo site. Make the most of the discounts available to play for free and you could be in with a chance of winning big on a free game. 

Published by HOLR Magazine.