The world of online bingo can be a confusing and daunting place when you first enter it, so naturally people have a lot of questions that they want answered before they start funding accounts. We get asked a lot of those questions on an almost daily basis via email and decided that we would compile a list of them, along with their respective answers. So, without further adieu, here are the most frequently asked questions from newcomers to online bingo.
Is online bingo safe?
Generally, yes. As with any industry, we can’t vouch for every operator as there is always a few bad apples. For the most part though, bingo operators are true to their word and payout what you win. The sites we recommend all have proven track records and are extremely trustworthy, if they weren’t then we wouldn’t deal with them.
How do the bonuses work?
The bonuses offered by bingo operators almost never amount to an actual cash sum, they are credited in the form of “bingo bucks”. This means they can only be used to buy-in to games on their website until a wagering requirement and various other criteria are met, purely so the operator can protect themselves from customers who would try to abuse the system for their own profit.
It’s also important to note that you cannot claim a sign up bonus more than once, nor can anyone else in your household claim it after you. Again, this is a measure put in place to protect the operator and the promotion from abuse.
Why are operators never based in the UK?
The UK has quite strict gambling laws and various other financial hurdles for companies to operator within or negotiate, It’s usually easier and more profitable for them to go abroad and obtain a license overseas than trade out of the UK. Rest assured that it does not affect their reliability as everyone from William Hill to Bingo Cafe use the same model.
How can I make a deposit?
Obviously this will vary from site to site, however the most operators will accept all major debit or credit cards and a selection of e-wallets, such as PayPal or MoneyBookers.
How long do withdrawals take?
Again, this will vary from site to site due to different processes and internal financial policies but we are yet to see an operator that take more than five (5) working days to deposit your winnings in your bank account under “normal” circumstances.
Which bingo site should I start with?
This will depend on you, the individual. If you have never played online bingo before then we recommend you read our reviews of the free bingo no deposit operators, as their promotions essentially allow you to “try before you buy”, you cam also take a look at our sister site http://freebingono-deposit.co.uk where we focus only on the no deposit offers, providing in depth analysis of the various sites which feature these offers.
Is it best to move between sites to take all the bonuses?
Yes and no. There is obviously a great number of bonuses for you to take advantage of on the web, which is brilliant for keeping the various sites on their toes, however they are now wising up to that fact. While a lot of operators will lure you in with a mammoth bonus and not much more thereafter, most operators are now offering better bonuses to loyal players. It really depends on the site you’re on and whether it’s the right fit for you.
How much do I need to start playing online bingo?
Absolutely nothing. You can play for free on any of the sites offering free bingo without a deposit and following our methods of extracting cash from them could help you obtain a reasonable bankroll to start yourself off with.
Can I make a living playing online bingo?
Possibly, but we wouldn’t recommend you give up the day job. You have to remember that bingo is a game of chance, there are no guarantees.
But I can win big though, right?
Of course. There are people who have won hundreds of thousands of pounds from a single game of bingo. It only takes one lucky night and your life could change forever.
Does the bingo software contain spyware or viruses?
Again, we cannot vouch for every company who require you to make a download. We can however confirm that all of the companies we recommend are spyware and virus free. Stick with us and we’ll look after you.
The same person keeps winning! Is this rigged?
Highly unlikely. You will probably find that person is buying a lot of cards for each round, which obviously increases their chance of winning. Every bingo operator we recommend has their game logs for the last 3-6 months thoroughly checked by a 3rd party regulator to ensure randomness of winners. Anything untoward would be highlighted instantly, resulting in the operators license being revoked.
I’m worried about using my credit card online. Is it safe?
Yes. All the bingo sites featured on bingosites.me.uk use industry standard, cutting edge encryption methods to protect your information. In most cases the operator themselves will never see your card details as it’s just not necessary. The methods and systems in place with most operators are not far off the levels security used by banks for their online banking services, so as long as you’re not reckless with your information you should be fine.
How old do I have to be to play bingo?
This will vary depending on your local laws, however UK based players must be 18 or over as bingo is considered to be a method of gambling.
I’m not doing anything, the game is playing itself!
You have auto-marking turned on, a feature designed for those players who would like to play 20 cards at once. You can usually turn this off in the settings menu. If you can’t see it then contact the operator who will be able to guide you through the process for their specific system.
My question hasn’t been answered, can you help me?
Of course. Drop us an email and we’ll be happy to help out in any way that we can.