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published on 12/18/2015 at 4:59 PM

The Bingo is About to Begin

Casino game and Slots players may find it hard to believe but Bingo has gained quite a following, especially online. The UK was and still is the home of 90-ball bingo while the US made 75-ball variations popular but now various innovations in the game are available with online operators.

While ARJEL, France’s gambling authority, does license online gambling operators, there are no regulations prohibiting players from playing at unlicensed operator sites. Although most don’t offer the sort of player protection you’d find with an ARJEL licensed gambling operator, it all comes down to the reputation when deciding where to play.

 

Where to start

As someone new to the online bingo world, it can be difficult to know where to start. Feedback from other players, like what you’d find on an online bingo forum, is extremely valuable information when considering where to play. The experiences of players can make or break the operation.

Look for licensed operations, trustworthy software and comments regarding payment processing. There’s no point in winning if you are pulling your hair out waiting weeks or months to be paid, if ever.

 

Software

Software is key when playing online bingo and it’s definitely a matter of preference. The vast selection of Slots available on bingo sites has contributed to their success. Many players spin on the Slots in between bingo games or even while the game is in progress. The two make a powerful combination.

Cozy Games, licensed in the Isle of Man, has been around since 2005 and powers a large number of sites with its bingo software. The company has several software partners that contribute to its product such as OpenBet, IGT and Electracade. Live Bingo Network (LBN) is a collection of Cozy Games powered brands, which enables them to offer pooled jackpots, network bingo rooms and linked up bingo games. In terms of its product offering, Cozy has developed 30-ball, 75-ball, 80-ball and 90-ball bingo variations. One of the company’s latest innovations is ‘The Wizard of Bingo’. The product offers players a themed room based on the story of The Wizard of Oz. Although the software is widely known, it’s not at the top of the list based on its variety of games and overall quality of graphics.

Dragonfish is owned by 888, its B2B division established in 2007, and powers online bingo, casino, poker and sports brands. It is much more popular in the bingo industry than it is in any other sector. Operators utilizing this platform offer players 75-ball and 90-ball bingo games. As part of its platform, you can expect a variety of promotions, multiple currencies and languages, larger jackpots and a loyalty program. The software often integrates Slots from various providers to appeal to players.

Jumpman Gaming, once known as Bingo Vision, launched in 2011 and its sites are part of one growing network known as the 15 Network with nearly 30 sites currently live. The software covers the basics with standard bingo variations available. While the company does develop its own bingo software it does not do the same for other games, which are products from third providers that have been integrated into the platform.

Virtue Fusion is powered by Playtech and has to be among the most popular. Over the years there have been a number of sites that have made the switch simply because of the ease of use for both players and operators. The variety of games is also second to none with many themed rooms. Among the most popular themed bingo rooms are Lucky Numbers, Deal or No Deal, Rainbow Riches Bingo and many more. Bingo variations include 75-ball, 80-ball and 90-ball games. Speed bingo has also gained popularity with games completed with 30 seconds or so.

Vista Gaming is yet another online bingo software provider that has its own bingo and casino products. Its promotions tend to cater to the American market but it’s known for big money games and a long history with his flagship brand, CyberBingo.

 

Is it worth taking a bonus?

One of the most common questions that players ask is whether or not they should accept a bonus. Again, this is a matter of preference but there are some things to consider.

No matter what type of bonus you are interested in you must make sure that you are allowed to cashout your winnings. For example, it isn’t unusual for an online bingo brand to advertise a free trial or no deposit bonus but all winnings derived from the bonus are noncashable, meaning that the bonus and your winnings are strictly fun money and may not be withdrawn. With that said, don’t totally avoid free money bonuses because there are offers out there that permit the withdrawal of winnings. Reading the terms associated with any bonus is a must and eliminates disappointment in the end.

Other bonus types include free spins and deposit bonuses, which can be lucrative to bingo players. Upon making your first deposit with an online bingo site you’ll often find a Welcome Bonus comprised of a deposit match or a series of deposit matches, which may include free spins.

While bonuses are attractive as they boost your wagering power or extend your playtime, whether or not to claim them is a personal choice. While a bonus can increase your bankroll, it is subject to meeting wagering requirements. Make sure the wagering requirements are ones that you can live with, meaning that they are attainable. A playthrough of 30x is much more reasonable and within reach than one of 99x. For example, if the wagering requirement is 99x for a €100 bonus, you must make €9900 in bets before being allowed to withdraw your winnings. Not only is it meant to be impossible but it’s a red flag to avoid that operator. Making straight deposits without the use of a bonus eliminates any wagering requirements and you’re not restricted by wagering requirements.

The most valuable piece of advice any player can follow is to take the time to read the terms and conditions. Now it’s time to get started. Eyes down, the bingo is about to begin. 

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