If you’re a bingo person, but have yet to try online bingo, then you are missing out. Playing online bingo is more convenient, offers more action, smaller stakes and huge prizes. Even if you’re a diehard brick and mortar bingo hall player, you should still have an account at an online bingo hall or two.
On this page you’ll find our recommendations for the best bingo sites online. You can read our reviews, or just visit the bingo hall and check them out for yourself. Go now — you could be playing your first online bingo game in less than 10-20 minutes.
Alternatively, you can read on to learn more about online bingo, including what the process looks like, whether or not you can play for real money and how to find the best bingo sites.
How Online Bingo Works
Online bingo is easy to get into. In fact, you don’t even have to know how to play bingo to get started. You can learn the rules, lingo and other basics later on, using the information on our site and/or playing for fake money.
With that in mind, the first step you’ll need to take is to find a bingo site to play at. I go into more detail on how to find the best bingo sites below. So once you have a site in mind, go there and download the software, then create an account. Then, if you want to play bingo online for real money, you’ll need to make a deposit. With most banking methods your funds should be available in your account within minutes.
From here you’ll want to pick the bingo game you want to play. Most bingo halls that you’ll sign up to allow you to play for both real or fake money. So if you’re new to the game, or just want to test the software, then playing for fun might be the best choice. However, for the utmost excitement and possibility to win money and prizes you’ll want to play a real money bingo game.
Most bingo sites will have several options to choose from, too, such as 90, 80, 75 and 30 ball variations. The majority of bingo halls offer a small assortment of casino games, too.
Once you decide on a bingo game a card will be generated for you. You can (usually) play as many as 50 cards per game. The automatic daubers (pens that mark the numbers for you) makes that much easier, as well as give you the opportunity to chat with the other players and just enjoy the experience. From here you just play the game like you would in a brick and mortar bingo hall.
That’s all there is to playing online bingo. Simple, right?
Can You Play Bingo for Real Money?
Yes. You can play online bingo for real money.
That said, if you’re from the US you should be prepared for the challenge of finding a bingo site that accepts Americans as customers. Many bingo halls just don’t bother with US players because of the various laws, gray areas, banking and other headaches. So if you’re from the US you’ll want to visit our US specific bingo site page and choose a site from that list. That should all but guarantee you’ll find a bingo site to join.
Another challenge US players will face is making real money deposits. Because of the UIGEA, deposit options like Visa, MasterCard and American Express have lower approval rates. That’s not to say it’s not possible to make a deposit using one of the methods. It is. But you may have to try multiple times, contact support for them to run your card manually or use a different banking method altogether.
Fortunately, bingo players from other countries should have an easier time finding a site to play at and make deposits to.
How to Find the Best Bingo Sites
The biggest challenge to finding the best bingo sites is weeding through all the garbage. There are so many bingo sites out there and so few of them truly worth your time.
The fastest way to find the best bingo sites is to read our reviews. However, there is a possibility that you already have an account at the sites we recommend, or for one reason or another they don’t appeal to you. In that case you’ll want to do your own research. I suggest keeping the following in mind when you do:
- Stick to bingo sites that are licensed and regulated.
- Bingo sites with the biggest promotions aren’t always the best. Always look for safety, honesty and a variety of deposit options first.
- If you’re an American you should make sure the site accepts players from the USA.
- Find a bingo site that has more than one deposit option you can use. This is especially important for US bingo players.
- Read bingo and casino forums. Look for patterns of complaints/compliments. Don’t pay too much attention to people whining about losing, but instead focus on the complaints about delayed (or non) payments, horrible support and/or cheating. Things like this should be a clear sign to avoid a site.
Ultimately, finding the best bingo site doesn’t have to be hard. It’s just time consuming. But with a little bit of searching, the help of our site and some common sense, you should have no problem finding a bingo site you enjoy spending time at.