Celebrating Easter at Cyberbingo

Almost there now.  Just a few more hours for Easter and guess what?  At Cyberbingo we are just getting ready for a full fun packed weekend filled with great fun, excitement and bingo with fantastic bingo cash prizes waiting to be won in our Easter Weekend Eggstravaganza.

Our top of the charts Easter Weekend Eggstravaganza kicks off this Friday March 25th opening its’ doors at 11pm GBT and runs till Sunday March 27th.  Each night at 11 pm GBT we will play an Easter Eggstravaganza bingo game for a coverall prizes of up to £9,000 cash.  All this great Easter fun will take place in the Spring bingo guaranteeing the very best to celebrate this Easter in style.eggstravaganza-easter-fb

You can get more bingo fun and more chances to win this weekend with an incredible Buy 6 Get 3 free offer on all bingo cards.  If you think you cannot make the weekend, no problem.  Pre buy your Easter Weekend Eggstravaganza bingo cards for a chance to win a share of up to £9,000 in cash prizes during the Easter weekend.

At Cyberbingo we always seem to get extra excited at the end of the month and excitement levels always seem to go above the norm.  This is because The Big Bingo Event is just round the corner with guaranteed bingo fun to finish off the month on a great high.aff-march-50k-coverall-FB

We guarantee incredible bingo fun and excitement on Saturday March 26th as you get a chance to win a fantastic cash prizes of up to $25,000 Coverall Minimum £5,000 Event.  The Big Bingo event will be kicking off at 12am GBT in the Bingo tourney room with three top of the hour £500 guaranteed games and at 12 am GBT, you could be the one to walk away with the big prize of up to £25,000 in cash.

Happy Easter and Have a blast playing with Cyberbingo!

International Women’s day on Tuesday March 8th

International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world, every year on March 8th. On this day the world celebrates womanhood and pays tribute to influential role models, mothers, sisters, powerful politicians and history makers that have been women. Values and achievements made by women across the globe.

Every country in the world celebrates this day differently. In certain countries for instance, the day is celebrated as a national holiday where women get the day off work! In other countries, it is a day where men get a chance to honour the women in their lives by giving flowers and nice gifts.

This day is all about recognising and appreciating the presence of women in our lives; whoever it might be. This is why here at Cyberbingo we want to join the celebration on International Women’s Day in recognition of the great women around us.international-womens-day-700x700-fb

Join your bingo roomies from 11pm GMT in the Spring Bingo room on March 8th room to enjoy a day full of excitement playing your favourite bingo games.

With fantastic cash prizes to be won every game and an incredible Buy 6 Get 3 Free offer on all cards, let’s make this day a day to remember with super bingo fun and excitement at Cyberbingo!

A Trip down memory lane in the history of Bingo!

While Bingoblog header CB as we know it today is regarded as a very easy game to play, one cannot say the same on the origins and development of the game. One cannot expect and clear and concise description of the history of Bingo, as vague accounts and inconsistencies continued through its’ development. In fact, questions on who came up with the concept of Bingo and where it all began are still asked to this day.

The roots of the modern game as we know it today, go back to the 16th century Italy, where the first ever chance game was introduced as a lottery game with the name of ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia’.  After almost two centuries, the game made it’s way to France where it enjoyed particular success; with the game even referred to as Le Lotto among the French society who played the game.  The way Le Lotto was played was quite simple to grasp.  Special cards were divided into three rows and nine columns.  Each of the three columns consist of 10 numbers, while each column had five random numbers and four blank spaces in it.  Each player had a different lotto card used to mark the number announced by the caller.  The winner would be determined on who would cover one row first.5

By the end of the 19th century, the Lotto game continued to spread around Europe, even starting to being introduced as an educational Children’s game in Germany.  A very similar game to the Lotto Game made it’s way to the United States, and it’s exactly there where the name of ‘Bingo’ originated from…and quite by chance really.  I say by chance because the initial name of the game we know as Bingo today; was originally called ‘Beano’, where players placed beans on their cards to mark the called number.  ‘Beano’ was the word players yelled when completing a full row FIRST.  Incidentally in one game, one player shouted ‘Bingo’ instead.  It was then when a New Yorker salesman by the name of Edwin S. Lone decided to develop a new game and giving it the name BINGO.

By the 1940’s all of the United States seemed to be enjoying Bingo.  Being relatively easy going and fun, it was accessible at home, charity events and similar social events.  Today Bingo and online Bingo is one of the most popular chance games in the world being played throughout the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world.

And as technology is becoming more and more sophisticated, so is Bingo which as a result of it’s friendly and interactive nature; is able to to lend itself easily to the web which has without a shred of doubt been a huge contributing factor in it’s continued growth and development in today’s digital age.

Investing in Bingo

Bingo, like many other games, has moved online. We often think of Bingo as a homey game played in community centers across the world. But it also has a more serious side as a betting and jackpot game. In traditional Bingo halls, the rules for winning and collecting winnings are different from place to place, but they are usually stated at the Bingo hall itself. If players get confused, there is an attendant who can help explain the policy.



When playing online Bingo, players can be at a bit of a disadvantage. Like in traditional Bingo halls, online Bingo sites clearly state their financial policies in a special section on their website. However, if they are unclear to you it is rare that someone can explain them. This article will seek to explain some of the common practices found among online Bingo sites so that you can make smart decisions about your betting.

The first thing to be aware of is that not all sites are reputable. Online Bingo attracts as many as 3 million players per day, and it is no surprise to anyone that there are scam artists on the internet hoping to cash in on this type of trade. A scammer will set up a real looking site that allows you to deposit money, but will never pay you if you win. The best way to spot them is to check out their discussion boards. Healthy online Bingo sites tend to attract a community of repeated players. If the players have stuck around, then the site is clearly operating a legitimate business. You can also try checking independent online Bingo sites and forums. They will be populated by players who frequent many sites and, most likely, have discovered the ones that are scams. If you don’t have much time, try typing in the name of your Bingo site and see if any posts have been made about it.

The second consideration is the withdrawal limits. Once you’ve found a reputable site you’ll want to look closely at their financial policies to determine just when and how much money you can withdraw at a time. Sites will often have a minimum amount that you must meet to withdraw your funds, and most will also have a maximum. This is to protect the site. First, the site wants you to stay invested. Having a short waiting period or barrier to withdrawing ensures that the players make some sort of commitment before sitting down. Second, the sites operate like a bank in that if everyone withdrew at the same time, or if they suffered a large withdrawal, they might shut down or be unable to meet the amount. By spreading large withdrawals over a set amount of time, the site has the ability to make money to meet its obligations.

So remember, before investing in any site, do your research. You’ll want to know if the site is reputable and that your financial information will be safe. You’ll also want to understand what its withdrawal policies are before you go to withdraw and find that you can’t. If you arm yourself with knowledge, you’ll enjoy the bingo game much more.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

How Bingo Promotions affect the game of Bingo

Among all this talk of Bingo Game let us talk about a new bingo promotions from Cyberbingo and VistaGaming.

CyberBingo & VistaGaming Promotion: Buy 6 Cards and Get 3 FREE!

Bingo Promotions

Bingo Promotions

You already know the game of bingo originated in Italy and how it spread from Italy to France and Germany and the United Kingdom and finally America. You have also heard how internet has helped to reach this popular online game to people all over the world which is not the end of the story. This ever growing popularity of bingo is not only because of the ease and excitement of the game, but has been possible due to the bonuses and promotions offered by the online bingo sites to a great extent.

The month of February has been a very hectic period for these online bingo sites like CyberBingo & VistaGaming. The promotional games offered by these online sites have been quite a few with large amounts of prize money and bonuses being offered. One of the best promotions which the reputed online sites had come up with for the first time in the history of bingo can be considered a very novel idea. The promotion on offer to the players was 3 free cards for every 6 cards you buy, or 6 free cards for every 12 cards bought or 9 free cards for every 18 cards bought and so on. The games were held in a special bingo room called the Valentine’s Day Bingo room every evening from 6 pm Eastern Time until midnight of the same evening. The games were held on a pari-mutuel basis meaning that the prize money was not declared at the beginning but depended on the total cash inflow due to sales before the game actually started. You can imagine the amount of interest this promotion generated.

There were other promotions offered during the month of February which made the month so special to both online bingo sites and bingo players alike. The reputed online bingo sites like CyberBingo & VistaGaming were offering the games of President’s Max called $150 maximum $500 games which were held every hour starting from 6 pm onwards up to midnight on the evening of Monday, 18th February. The games were held in the Valentine’s Day bingo room on top of the normal bingo games.

The type of promotion you should keep yourself aware of and participate in whenever they are offered are the Guaranteed Games. They had guaranteed prize money of $10,000 and were held in the month of February. In this huge bingo event there were three warm-up games which were held before the commencement of the actual game. The games started at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm respectively with cash prizes of $1000 in each game. The actual Guaranteed Game of $10,000 cash prize started at 11 pm with the Coverall pattern being declared as the winning pattern. One of the regular players who participated in the game saw the color of his card change from the earlier color to red showing that he had won the bingo. At first the player could not believe in her luck and thought that the red color meant that she had to share the winning amount with other winners. But when her name was displayed beside the winning amount of $10,200, she just could not believe her eyes and vented her excitement in a scream of ecstasy as she lobbed her laptop towards her brother.

This confirms the fact that if you play on the reputed online bingo sites like CyberBingo & VistaGaming, which offer you absolute privacy for your personal information, you always have a chance to win big. So, start playing online bingo at these sites without any hesitation and get rich in the process.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Resolutions taken by Bingo players for the New Year 2013

2012 was bid goodbye and the New Year 2013 was welcomed all over the world over cork-popping bottles of champagne and good humour. As fire crackers burst all over the sky, everybody hugged each other and their loved ones with sky-high expectations of the good things to come in 2013. People were having incredible visions and even more incredible dreams of good health and prosperity which they would be able to achieve in the coming months of this New Year. Resolutions to discard old habits and beliefs and to take up new strategies to go forward were taken. New decisions and resolutions became the order of the day and bingo players across the world also came up with some of their own.

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bingo players

Though bingo provides a lot of thrill an excitement, discipline is a very vital factor for winning in any game of luck. All bingo players should exercise restraint to remain in control of the game and make smart decisions while playing bingo. Once you start on a game of bingo the circumstances prevailing at the moment can make you get carried away. It is absolutely essential for you to decide on your strategy before you proceed any further. You should spend your money judiciously by setting limits to your expenses and by remaining within those limits you have created for yourself whatever happens.

Stop yourself from chasing your losses with the idea of regaining some of it. It is a common mistake which is made by all inexperienced bingo players which results in a bigger loss than if they had stopped their game in time when the loss was small. Going after a big win when you are having a losing streak is usually very foolhardy and normally does not work.

Avoid drinking too much while you are placing your bets. Too much alcohol deprives you of a clear mind and straight thinking and makes you take rash decisions and unnecessary risks. Limit your intake of alcohol to small amounts when you are playing bingo so that you can remain completely sober throughout the game.

Do not consider your winnings to be money belonging to the bingo house and not to you and do not return it because you think so. The actual game is not only to have fun and enjoy the game but also to win some money as you play bingo against the house. So whenever you are lucky enough to win some cash, try to get it out from the house for which you will be thanking your stars at a later date.

Retain your style of playing bingo even if you are on a winning streak. If you are a habitual low bettor, then you should try to retain the way you bet even if it is tough when you are having a winning streak and thinking that you may win more if you bet more. There is always chance that your winning streak may end suddenly and you will lose much more because your wager was big.

A lot of fun and excitement can be derived out of the games of slots, bingo and scratch cards. But you should remember to disengage yourself from the game and rethink a different strategy if the present strategy is forcing you to draw upon your funds for household uses. Take a resolution that you will use your wisdom to play smart bingo this New Year 2013 and if Lady Luck smiles on you then you might come out a winner after all.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Rules and Etiquettes in a Bingo Game

What if you get the full bingo card pattern? A simple, loud “Bingo!” is the customary way to make caller notice you. Once you notify the caller, an assistant, who is sometimes called a floor walker, will verify your win. Once your bingo game numbers are verified by the computer, your winning bingo card will be posted all throughout the night for other players to check. This is needed to keep the things transparent.

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bingo game

If two players win a bingo game on the same declared number, the jackpot is equally divided into two. Same thing when three people win together. The prize is also divided into three.

Common Rules

  • Bingo halls may vary when it comes to rules. What you have to do is just read and observe the rules carefully before you start the game.
  • Never, ever cheat. Alteration of a card is worthless and you can’t fool anybody. Be a good example to every player. Play safe by being honest. Below are some common rules you may encounter:
  • In most halls, players must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Not every bingo hall permits alcoholic beverages although there are some who sells them and even soda drinks. Certain establishments may expect you to buy foods only within their area.
  • During special high-stakes games, players should not frequently enter and leave the room.
  • Reservation of specific cards is not allowed.
  • While playing, other people who are not part of the game should not stay inside to watch. Seats are exclusive only for people who have their buy-in. Some halls even require attendance tickets for the players.
  • If a player wins, he or she should notify the caller by shouting a loud “bingo!” to temporarily stop the game before the next number is announced. Bingo should be claimed right after most-recent number is called. If the caller already announced the next ball, then it’s too late to call for you to call “bingo”. When a caller closes the game and drops the balls for the next game, any missed bingos becomes invalid.
  • One practical reminder: Bring a photo ID in case you hit the big one. For large jackpots, players should produce a Social Security card which they would fill out to state their earnings and tax.
  • In addition, the hall has the right to announce the identity of the winners and the winning numbers.

Bingo Etiquettes

  • Most bingo players are cordial and they are more than happy to converse with you should you have any bingo problem. Always observe friendly manners to them.
  • Avoid stepping on any toes as you make your way through the bingo hall.
  • Pipe down instantly as soon as the caller gets down to business.
  • Choose a lucky seat.
  • Don’t serve as a parrot. Never announce numbers in repetition as you are just be distracting other players.
  • If you bring your kids along with you, make sure to involve them in certain activities to keep them quiet. This is to avoid distracting other players.
  • Whatever the game leads you, never ever let your frustrations annoy anybody around the hall. If you have any concern, the bingo manager is always there to listen and assist you.
  • Double check your numbers before you call bingo.
  • If you smoke, you can do it in a designated area.
  • For the first-timers and seasonal players, just follow the playing tips the players mention in the next section.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

A message for Bingo Community to Shoot for the Moon

We often hear about a certain phrase saying “Shoot for the moon”. In the world of playing cards, the hidden message behind this line is that you have to resort to all the possible tricks in the trade to win. But in the bingo community, “Shoot for the moon” means getting all the bingo numbers in the right place and attain the one goal—to win.

bingo community

bingo community

Yes. Whether it’s a full moon, half moon or crescent moon, your only concern is just about one thing. It’s about winning—or is it?

Another famous quote says, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” It answers everything. Claiming your success in a bingo game is your one big, supreme reason why you are playing. But here’s another thing. Let us not forget the social essence of the game. You may either win or lose, but one thing that shall greatly take part in your success or failure is the atmosphere of the bingo room where you are playing. The atmosphere of certain bingo rooms is something that will excite you.

Bingo, like any other game, is a game of chance and anticipating possibilities is the real key to success. But unlike other games of chance, where you are left out in the corner licking your own wound, in bingo you will certainly find bingo roomies which are constantly on your side whether you lose or draw.

It’s an ultimate goal for every bingo player to hit a Progressive Jackpot and that is when shooting the moon really comes into play. For instance, a player needs a Coverall in 54 numbers or less to win a Progressive Jackpot. And oh by the way, your chances of winning are 1 in 18,738 for a card. Say, if there are 600 total cards in play in a bingo room, chances of one of those cards to win is only 3.21%

For that reason, simply depending on a lot of luck, to actually win a shining Progressive Jackpot makes a player ride over the moon and right off the swing! Chances of winning the Jackpots in any game are pretty slim and if you are going to hit the Progressive Jackpot, well—that’s what makes your game really momentous.

Bingo Progressive Jackpots stands out among the other games such as Slots, Poker and other Casino Jackpots because the odds are much better in bingo compared to them. Each day, the number of required bingo calls increases and instead of waiting for months or even a year in some casino games, bingo games tend to give the result much faster.

It’s also not at all a great risk to shoot for the moon and reach for the stars through bingo game. Bingo games take much longer for a player per game. The cost of cards are also lesser than what one might expect in case of other gambling options.

Do you ever dream of winning a jackpot? So your answer is yes than a good game to start chasing the stars and shooting for the moon to win big is a bingo game. And if you think winning a major Jackpot is way too impossible—think again. The odds might be in your favor.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Bingo Halls for learning Bingo and its Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments of bingo were not brought down from the mountains on stone tablets. They had no single author but evolved over time with the increasing popularity of bingo. They are the basic rules laid down when playing bingo during good old days in bingo halls. A few of these rules are valid for online bingo also.

Bingo Halls

Bingo Halls

The etiquettes you need to observe when play0ing against experienced bingo players have been described in the first five commandments. If you do not follow them then you may find yourself in trouble. For example, if you attend a real poker game after gaining some experience in playing some free online poker games, you may not be aware that the cards in your hand are to be held in such a way so that the back of all the cards are visible to the other players. You may get reprimanded for your inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the rules of the game.

Following are the ten commandments of bingo:

1. You cannot sit in the favorite seat of another player. All regular persons frequenting a particular bar have their own favorite sitting arrangements. Similarly in bingo the regular players have their favorite or lucky seats which they occupy while playing. But as they are not marked and being new to the bingo hall, you cannot make them out as being reserved for some regular person. Before being sorry for getting rebuked, it is better for you to ask the staff about vacant seats available which you can occupy safely.

2. You cannot steal or borrow cards, dauber for marking the cards or the dabbers from some other player.

3. You cannot call for a replacement of the caller even if you think that he is responsible for your loss or your run of bad luck.

4. You cannot wish bad luck to the other players or speak badly of them.

5. You cannot call out bingo if you have not actually won the game.

6. You cannot harm the caller in any way because you were not able to win the game or lost too much money.

7. You cannot steal from your spouse and use the money to play bingo.

8. You cannot lie to others when asked about the amount you have won. If you do not want to disclose the amount you have to tell them that you prefer not to mention the amount or just say that you have won a modest amount.

9. You cannot usurp or steal the money won by another player.

10. You have to be quiet during a game of bingo and refrain yourself from irritating, disturbing or distracting the other players participating in the game.

The commandments numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 out of the Ten Commandments given above can also easily apply to a game of online bingo. The commandments ensure that the exchange of information, views and news which goes on in the chat rooms between games, remain courteous.

All callers and ex-callers feel happy about the implementation of the commandments number 3 and 6 even if they are unable to match the required speed in responding to the players demands, are inaudible while calling out the numbers or are unable to control the game. The commandments save the callers from players who seem very menacing and try to disrupt the game.

Remember the Ten Commandments of bingo when you log into an online bingo site next time or go to a land based bingo hall to play bingo.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

How to become a bingo chat room moderator

Are you really in love with the game of online bingo so much that you are thinking of joining the online bingo industry by becoming a part of it? Do you have the financial means to set up your own online bingo site and looking forward to it? If you do not have the financial means or are not interested in setting up your own online bingo site, then the next best thing you can do is to join the online bingo industry by taking on the job of Bingo Chat Room Moderator .

bingo chat room moderator

bingo chat room moderator

Some of the requirements for becoming a chat room Manager are:

· How much do you love playing online bingo?

· Do you possess a warm and friendly nature with which you can welcome your guests?

· Do you want to earn while working from the comforts of your home?

The above basic requirements are absolutely necessary and have to apply to you for helping people enjoy a game of online bingo. You have to be helpful, patient, tolerant by nature, and firm about dealing with customers on occasions, to be totally focused on how the customers are faring in the online bingo game. Since you are going to be the first point of contact to the customers, the first impression you carry about the online bingo site should be good and attractive.

For people who want to work from home, the Chat Room Manager’s job is the ideal online job to be taken up. Are you busy with a part time job, or are you tied up with commitments to the family like taking care of the elders, dropping and picking up children to and from school and other such jobs? Do you have enough spare time on your hand to do other jobs? This on-call job may be suitable for you to do in your spare time but while on the job you should always be alert of all that is taking place.

You get to know a large number of new people, befriend them, have a chance to gossip and chat with them and on top of it, you get paid for your efforts, which comes as a real bonus.

You can look up the available vacancies, the working hours and the pay offered for a Bingo Chat Room Manager through online search engines and web sites or you can contact the moderator of the chat room of your favourite online bingo site for the required information. Keep a CV handy for this purpose or be ready to fill out an online form. You may be called for an interview over the telephone also.

There are sites where you have to work without any pay during the training period for a minimum of two weeks or more so that you gain the requisite experience. You can use this training period to decide whether you like the job and want to continue with it or not. The regular exchange of information with the customers and their likes and dislikes can also help you to decide whether you are suitable for the job or not.

You should take up the job of a Chat Room Manager if it really suits you and you love it, as that can be the best move you have made in your life.

Wish you all the best in the online bingo site Chat Room Manager’s job!

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Bingo Halls and Cinemas

When I was a nipper (as all smart stories begin) I remember vaguely, that native cinemas near American state were not doing well on movies, however some were turning into one thing else that I didn’t quite perceive. As a Saturday morning photos fan, I favoured getting to the cinema and was ravaged to seek out that on a Saturday trip to our native in Catford, South East London, in 1966, there appeared to be just one film. That film was referred to as “bingo”, didn’t enable kids in, and ne’er modified for following fifteen years! What was that blockbuster board game moving picture that recurrent every week?



Aaah i used to be so innocent in those days!

In fact there was an invention that had a dramatic result on individuals hard bent on Cinema from 1955 forager, a minimum of alb initio, the TV. Unimaginable to assume that the shrunken black and white indistinct set of beam pictures designed into a walnut wardrobe would have such a sway. If you could afford a TV, or going spherical to someone’s place that had one, it absolutely was low cost amusement.

Moreover until the 1960 there was a UK based “entertainment tax” to supply funds for the govt (originally for the primary World War) once you went bent on the cinema or theatre. This was scrapped in 1960, however the mix of the TV and reduced post-war incomes meant that the death knell for several cinemas had plumbed.

A lot of ad hoc cinemas within the Great Britain at the time reacted in numerous ways. So that some people dismantled a number of their cinemas and sold the land. Some re-opened to faucet into the new artefact wave of youth entertainment- the Bowling Alley (and the Lewisham one remains going sturdy today!). Others unfit, back to the past and have become dance/concert halls (with the appearance of rock n roll these were not getting to last long!). Whereas others embraced the new phenomenon… board game!

Some qualified their bets by keeping the venue as a twin purpose one- Bingo weekday and weekday, cinema alternative days, except diversion Saturday. Except for a short while board game was the salvation of the many of the venues.

Changing a cinema to a board game Hall was not that complicated:

1. Taking away the moving picture screen and make a stage.

2. Install necessary board game equipment and a couple of armed bandits (now referred to as slot machines!).

3. Improve the lighting in order that players might see their board game cards well.

4. Commutation with the stalls with tables and chairs.

5. If one wasn’t already gift, adding a bar or place for food/refreshments.

With the appearance of home computers, on-line board game, and plenty of alternative leisure and pleasures competitive for our time and cash, several bingo game Halls also eventually fell into decline and neglect.

However the sport of bingo game continues to grow in quality along with huge popularity and most of the people currently like the convenience of enjoying on-line. Simply don’t be tempted to yell “Bingo” once you next in your native cinema as a blast back to the past!

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

How many Balls for game Bingo

As we are aware of the most loved game of our time as the enchanting game bingo .It still hides some facts from us .There is a problem of defining the exact number of balls which are used in the game. As some people believe, they use 75 balls to play their standard bingo in the North America, while the standard players of the European countries state that the number is 90.So what is the correct figure?

game bingo

game bingo

To find the answer we have to go back in to the history of the Bingo game.

As we all know the base of the bingo is a game which is related to the game Lotto. That evolved in to the most cherished game of our time. Since a long time ago people were used to lotteries. At the beginning they were not like the things that we have now. In those days the players matched the numbers and become winners. About 2 centuries of the birth of the lottery, the game bingo did start to take place in the European countries. If I mention preciously first in UK and then spread to other countries.

In the lotteries you have to pick your winning numbers but in the system of bingo you were given a card with a printed set of selected numbers on it. If we look in to some more difference the lottery will be held in selected days and times, while bingo can be played anywhere and anytime. And you can try your luck in online, live or at the Bingo halls. Not only one system appears in the lottery system, you can enjoy many types to play in the bingo.

Let’s go back to the 19th century; they played a game with 90 balls in countries like Germany as a result of the influence of the games in the UK. The British Army and Navy did a great service to spread the game in many places of the world. At that time in the UK they played another game which has got similar rules and regulations to 90 balls Bingo. Until 1960 the game had not a proper name .It was widely known as Bingo after1966.

On the same time there were some activities in the USA and some other European countries. They have adapted this game with the number of 75 balls and they called the game as Beano. It was very popular event in the carnivals thosedays. That game was the ancestor of the modern Bingo with 75 balls. So that is the story of the bingo game of 75 balls.

There was a toy seller called Edwin Lowe in the city of New York in 1929. He used to travel long distances for his commercial purposes. He saw some people were playing and went near, suddenly a winner cried out “Bingo “instead of “beano”. At once he saw the chance and try to market the new game and later become a very successful businessman. So he was the creator of the modern game of 75 balls.

At the end of the day, we can’t be sure where the missing 15 balls went when the game crossed to North America. Online, you can usually take your choice and play 90, 75 or even 80 balls Bingo. Just remember that if you’re playing 75 ball Bingo and you get a card with a number between 76 and 90 on it, you will go Bingo!

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Bingo: The Old vs. the Young

Southampton University’s Psychology Department has recently concluded a study on the benefits of Bingo. They’ve found that Bingo helps improve hand-eye coordination, cognitive ability and social skills. It was also shown to have particularly good effects on the older players of the game. Those who regularly played the game maintained sharper minds and social skills by enjoying many an afternoon around a Bingo table.



The study found that Bingo players outperformed non-Bingo players in tests of memory, mental speed and information processing. The key, they found, was the time constraint built into the rules of Bingo. Players are required to process the number called and accurately mark off the correct square on their own sheets. The subjects who played developed and maintained their mental agility through repetition of this task. This was also the key to improved hand-eye coordination as the players had to mark their sheets correctly. The desire to win and beat any possibly competitors to calling, “BINGO,” gave the players the motivation to perform this task as quickly and so improved the speed of players across all tests.

Southampton’s test group consisted of 112 individuals. 56 of the test subjects were between the ages of 18 and 40. The other 56 were between the ages of 60 and 82. Half of each age bracket was asked to play Bingo on a regular basis. Tests were given to all participants before the start of the study. They were tested again at the end. As stated, the Bingo players outperformed the non-players across all tests. But what was especially interesting was that the older players often outperformed the younger players. The younger players were faster, but the older players were far more accurate. That data further supports the theory that games and Bingo in particular, are beneficial to aging populations.

Bingo fans have used the results found by the researchers at Southampton to help promote the playing of Bingo in retirement homes, community centers and other social areas frequented by seniors. The research has also been a boon to the online Bingo community. Online Bingo sites are growing in popularity, but they can now claim to help seniors across many different areas while also improving their computer skills.

Part of the benefit of Bingo comes from the fact that Bingo has a strong social aspect to it. Live Bingo is often played in community centers and common rooms with large groups of people, and online Bingo sites, understanding how important the social aspect of the game was, have incorporated chat rooms into their software. The social aspect of Bingo helps build and maintain important social skills, and the community centers and chat rooms have also become a marketplace for ideas and a killing ground for negative stereotypes.

All in all, the study is sure to be a boon to Bingo fans everywhere. Bingo, a time honored American pastime, was beginning to slip into obscurity as a game only fit for the baby-boomer population. Well, while it has shown that it is beneficial to seniors, it’s also shown that younger generations have something to prove. The test results seem to prove that the kids of this age “just aren’t what they used to be.” Well, are you going to let your grandma whip you in a game?

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Mobile Bingo

Fans of the time-tested game of BINGO now have a new way to enjoy their favorite pastime. BINGO went digital in the 1990’s, moving into our homes and onto our PCs and Laptops. Now, like many other of our favorite games, it’s available on your Smartphone. With a simple download, BINGO fans can take their game anywhere they can take their phone. It can be enjoyed on a bus, in the park, or at a party. Players can enjoy not only the mobile bingo game, but the chat rooms. Androids, Blackberry’s, Nokia’s and iPhone’s are all supported. The new tech has taken BINGO out of the community centre gymnasium and put it back into the mainstream.

mobile bingo

mobile bingo

Programmers have worked hard to make this game accessible to everyone. Chat rooms and slots have been added to help capture the community feel that has made BINGO so successful in the past. Work has also gone into ensuring PC and laptop users don’t struggle with the transition to the Smartphone. The interface is easy to use. It’s familiar to the BINGO veterans and easy to pick up for BINGO beginners. Handheld devices have also allowed programmers to set up proximity games. If two or more players are in the same area they have the option of playing with each other, making this a game that can be enjoyed at parties as well as on the commute.

Some BINGO sites are also allowing their players to put money on their games. The paid sites request a phone number when you sign up. Once you choose a game and enter your phone number, the site texts you a link leading to your round. All bets can then be placed on your phone bill, though debit and credit are also accepted. The game makers are excited to get BINGO back on the market and have tried to provide as many paths as possible to their players.

Many of the mobile companies are also offering their customers a sign-up credit. New players can browse the site and the rounds, play a few and really get a feel for the game before committing any of their own money. Each site is different so check with your moderators before signing up.

When money is involved players are less willing to risk their game on a bad connection. This is why fall backs have been included in the phone technology. They allow games to go into stasis when a connection is lost. The game can then be picked back up when connection is re-established, and wins during the downtime are still credited to the player. Players don’t have to fear going into tunnels or dead zones.

BINGO has been an American pastime for generations and now it will continue to be so. Check out the sites for yourself and get started today.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

How Bingo became a Booming business

The game of bingo was first played in Italy under the name of Lo Giuoco del Lotto or the Italian National Lottery in the year 1530. The game is still played on Saturdays and has helped the Italian treasury collect revenues up to a billion Euros every year. The highest win ever recorded was about 150 million Euros or 128,000,000 Pounds Sterling on 22nd August, 2009, by a person from Tuscany.



The game of bingo has different names in different countries. It is called Lotto or Tombola in European countries, Housey in the UK and Beano in the USA.

The game of Lotto would be played in Italy at all family gatherings on weekends and occasions like Christmas. Even the children were allowed to play this game. Cost of each card would be kept low and small prizes would be given to winners. A caller would draw the numbers ranging from 1 to 90 from a sack at random and call them out. The wooden discs containing the called number would be laid down on a table having a matrix of 90 squares.

In France, upper classes adopted this Italian game and made it very popular among the gentry. Later on, the French Revolution changed matters and the game took a back seat.

The Germans adopted this bingo game as a tool for teaching mathematics to their children. The game spread slowly in other countries too, and was brought to UK in 1918 by the British troops returning home after the First World War. The bingo game reached immense popularity and was successful commercially only when it reached America in 1929.

A toy salesman named Edwin Lowe, on his way to Georgia from New York, chanced upon the bingo game in a county fair. He saw the owner calling out numbers and the players covering the same number on their cards with beans. Whenever anybody completed covering a line on the card, he would shout out “Beano”, and would be given a Kewpie doll as a prize.

Edwin Lowe was so impressed with the addictive nature of the game, that on his return, he called his friends in New York to join him in a game of bingo. One day, while the game was in progress in his house, a lady friend, unable to hold back her excitement, called out “Bingo” instead of Beano, on winning a line. Edwin Lowe liked the new name and the name stuck. Edwin Lowe started a thriving business by selling 12 bingo cards for 1 dollar and 24 bingo cards for 2 dollars.

A Catholic priest from Pennsylvania saw the game and asked Lowe to use the game to raise funds to build his church. This caused a new problem to appear as the prize money had to be shared by more winners holding cards with the same numbers.

Edwin Lowe appointed Carl Leffler, a mathematics professor from Columbia University, to solve this problem. By the end of 1930, Leffler could design 6000 bingo cards, each with its own set of random numbers, but the pressure made him go insane. From 1934 onwards, more than 10,000 bingo games are played every day. Today almost 90 million dollars change hands daily due to this game of bingo.

A change in the gambling laws in UK enacted by the Macmillan government, gave a huge boost to the game of bingo. The owner of MECCA, Eric Morley, converted all cinema halls which had closed down due to the onslaught of television, into Mecca Bingo halls all over UK. Soon other entrepreneurs followed suit, and more and more people flocked to Mecca Bingo halls instead watching football matches.

Today, all the major companies holding bingo games have gone online. The online bingo games can be played from home without any restrictions about smoking and with no restrictions on dress codes. It is the greatest attraction with huge prize monies to be won sitting in the comfort of your homes. The business generated by online bingo sites seems to be going straight up with no downturn visible in the near future.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Ten best hints on how to win a game of bingo

The fun and excitement derived from all gambling games, except poker, is the main attraction while making some money by winning the game is just an extra on the side. It does not mean that a player would have a good time by losing a game of bingo. A player should always try to win when he plays. Following are ten best hints which can be useful to win in a online game of bingo:



1. Sometimes there may be 10 players or even less playing on an online bingo site. At other times there may be more than 300 players. A player should choose those games which have less number of players as the possibility of winning becomes remote with a large number of players. Though the prize money lessens with less number of players, the possibility of winning at regular intervals is more in these rooms.

2. All new players should become familiar with the different aspects of the bingo game before expecting to win big amounts. The new players should play in tournaments and free games on online bingo sites, discuss the game with others, let others know what they had learnt and follow hints on playing methods acquired from friends in the chat rooms.

3. Out of the total number of balls used during a bingo game, sometimes a few balls are used to give bonus points or extra tickets to the player. Unfortunately, these bonuses are specially offered only by some online bingo sites and not all.

4. A player should buy tickets in the range of $0.25 to $0.50 to win more money. But care should be taken regarding which tickets to buy because losing in the bingo game after buying costlier ticket means more money lost.

5. Playing on new online bingo sites is risky because a player may lose more money than what he is able to win. To avoid this happening, an online bingo player should go through the reviews about the site and choose only those online bingo sites which have good reputations.

6. Normally the chances of winning frequently become more with larger number of cards bought for a single bingo game. Since a player needs to keep track of all the cards he has bought and to prevent spending too much too quickly, it is advisable to buy approximately half the number of tickets being offered or whatever number is affordable for a single game of bingo.

7. While playing a game of bingo, players sometimes go through both winning and losing streaks. If a player finds himself in a losing streak, then it is advisable that the player cuts his losses and leaves the game to come back later and join the game again.

8. All online bingo sites offer the auto-dab facility which automatically marks the card even if the player is away or the connection is lost. If this feature is switched off to give the game a real-life feeling for fun, then a player would have to manually keep track of the numbers being called, and to do this, quiet surroundings is a must.

9. By keeping himself updated through reviews and e-mails, a player can have fun and win extra cash by playing in free games offered by online bingo sites during certain time frames.

10. Some online bingo sites offer promotional offers by allowing the player to take part midway in a bingo game which is already in progress. This is advantageous to those players who do not have a ticket comprising the numbers being called. But this offer is not available on most of the online bingo sites.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Glimmer of hope for American Bingo lovers

Different groups called the Alabama New South Coalition and the Alabama Democratic Conference held rallies at in Washington, in order to try to convince the administration to remove the ban on playing online bingo and to support the bingo industry. Another group called the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and most of the people, who had lost their jobs due to the ban on gambling, took part in the rally also. Ross and Bobby Singleton and, two known Democrat Senators, who were part of the activity for government Committee, led the rallies and asked the people to vote in favor of the American bingo machines.

american bingo

american bingo

In the Alabama state all earlier legislations to allow, had been turned down by the State House, the object of the demonstration was to ask for votes to alter this legislation to legalize gambling in the state by marching through Washington and ending the march at the State House.

Governor and the Alabama High Court were mainly responsible for imposing the ban in the state and the rally was organized to protest against this ban.

A special team had been made earlier by Governor Riley to close down all casinos in the state of Alabama, except the Indian casinos which were governed by the federal court, as slot machines and electronic bingo machines had been declared illegal by the Alabama state high court,

The Democratic Party senators claimed that the ban against gambling had created thousands of jobless people. These people had dedicated all their years operating the gambling machines thus building lifelong careers in this industry and had no exposure to any other profession. With gambling being declared illegal, they were rendered jobless.

But the press secretary working for Governor Riley was of the view that if gambling was declared legal, then instead of boosting the prosperity of local community, it would only cause the economy to collapse. In his opinion, the owners of the casinos were trying to bring in more and more Democrats into their fold with the hope that a government led by Democrats would be voted into power in the coming month of November who would make gambling legal. The casino owners would then be able to earn millions of dollars at the expense of the Alabamians.

The press secretary said that the casino owners had been sending the money earned from the Alabamians, to their bosses who lived outside the state and huge economic, social and political price had been paid by states that had made gambling legal. The downturn of the local economy due to the exit of dollars to other states had cost the people their jobs. The loss of jobs had affected the society adversely, and criminal activities had increased. The political situation, where the gambling houses would dictate terms to the government was totally unacceptable to the Governor.

The argument given by the Chairwoman of the government Committee, Val Goodson, was that the ban on any kind of gambling was in effect causing the people to lose their jobs. Those who had lost their jobs in the state of Alabama, had gone to find employment. As the number of working people decreased in the state, so would the government’s earning from taxes.

It has been argued by Singleton, as well as Goodson and also by Ross that they had no other option but to use voting as an instrument to fight the task force made by Governor Riley which had impinged on the democratic rights of the masses.

The view held by certain sections of people was that the ban on gambling, especially the bingo gaming, was being used by the Democrats as an issue to garner more votes without any regard for the problem itself. It was denied by a committee member who said the issue was benefiting neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It was more to do with the conditions relating to work and the gambling industry the people would have to decide whether to vote for or against the issue.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Play Online Game of Bingo and make New Friends

The game of bingo has been around for the last 500 years. The Italian people should get a vote of thanks for inventing this wonderful and hugely popular game which is played by hundreds of people throughout the world today. The bingo game today has a number of different versions which the people play for their enjoyment. By playing the online version of the bingo game, people are able to make new friends and money at the same time.



The popularity of the online bingo game has increased because more and more people start talking to each other, sharing their personal views and other experiences thus creating a bond between themselves. As they play the online bingo game together, they communicate with each other through the chat rooms and other such facilities provided by the online bingo sites. New players are able to clear their doubts about the game by chatting to older players who explain the rules and strategies needed to win money from playing online bingo. The game is so much fun and easy to play that people from all age groups, from very young to very old, can all participate in it. As two people chat and play online bingo together, a strong bond of friendship develops between them. People living far away from their families can talk to them on online bingo chat rooms. Thus bingo helps society as a whole by bringing people together.

Age is no bar for people to play a game of bingo. Adults as well as children can play this game. Children specially find this bingo game very attractive as they enjoy playing the game while talking between them. Just like the Germans did in the sixteenth century, the game of bingo can be used to teach mathematics to children to boost their mental skills. Thus the game of bingo has an educational side to it too. Both the young and the old can make new friends with the help of online bingo. Old people, who are lonely, can make friends and chat with them while engaged in a game of online bingo, or they can visit bingo halls where they can meet people of their age and befriend them while taking part in the same bingo game.

The real-life bingo halls which have been catering to the people for such a long time are starting to have stiff competition from the online bingo sites which have come up with the help of the Internet. Just like the old fashioned bingo halls where you can meet and talk to friends, the online bingo sites offer chat rooms where friends can talk with each other while enjoying the game of bingo. The chat rooms of the online bingo sites allow people to talk to friends and relatives about everything on earth. The greatest experience for anybody would be to befriend someone in the chat rooms of an online bingo site and then meet the person face to face on the street.

It is very easy to prolong friendships by playing bingo on online bingo sites. Some of the other pastimes or hobbies are so individual oriented that you cannot make friends easily by sharing them with other people. But playing bingo gives a different kind of entertainment. A visit to a bingo hall or an online bingo site will expose the player to people they have never met before, who will become friends, give advise, share their experiences and help the player enjoy the visit. So if anyone feels lonely and sad, then the person should immediately pay a visit to a real-life bingo hall or an online bingo site in search of friends with whom the person can liven up his life and spirit.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

The reason why online bingo is so popular

A sense of belonging to a large group of people that is created by the chat room of an online bingo site is the greatest reason for the popularity of playing bingo on an online bingo site. People, who are fond of keeping in touch with their family and friends, find the online bingo chat rooms very attractive and useful.



People from different age groups and backgrounds find a game of bingo very interesting to play. Each group has its very own reasons for playing bingo on an online bingo site. The young people are more interested in chatting with one another. They feel that the chat features of online bingo sites and the chance to win prizes at the same time, most lucrative. Older people who do not feel like visiting real-life bingo halls filled with the smoke from the cigars and cigarettes of other players, find that the online bingo sites to be easily accessible while sitting at home and having all the comforts around. The online bingo sites have various chat rooms where different kinds of games are conducted in each chat room. These games offer a variety that is very entertaining to the players using the chat rooms. The online bingo sites offer games where a player can win prizes worth 5 to 8 times of the cost of the entry tickets bought by the player.

The option of choosing the number of cards to play with, are available to a player as soon as the player logs into the favorite online bingo site. The choice to play with a minimum number of three cards is always allowed to a player by the online bingo site. The auto-dab or automatic marker feature makes a game of bingo very easy to play for people of all age groups. When this feature is used, any number which may have been missed due to distractions do not affect the game as the marking is done automatically by the software running the game on that online bingo site. Hands do not get stained by daubers used for marking the numbers. While the bingo game is going on, phones can be attended to, when this feature is used. Even breaks can be taken by players who want to temporarily leave the game while using this feature.

It has been found that most of the online bingo players come from age groups less than 50 and these groups comprise mostly of women players.

The biggest advantage of the chat rooms offered by the online bingo sites is that a person can easily keep in touch with family and friends even though being separated by large distances, while enjoying the fun and excitement provided by an online bingo game at the same time. Private chat rooms offer the choice of friends a player wants to make, or to converse with family and friends in complete privacy. All these features allow anyone to pick the time, the place and the person for communicating with.

Most of the online bingo players are likely to be more than 45 years of age. The online bingo sites conduct surveys to target the players of this age group. There is no alternative to conducting surveys as it is the best way to find out the type of people who mostly play bingo. These surveys indicate that most of the online bingo sites are situated in the United Kingdom though the United States has an 85% share of the bingo market, followed by the United Kingdom.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

Chat with friends while playing Online Bingo

Society benefits from Chat rooms offered by online bingo sites. Let’s see how?



An introduction to Bingo Chat rooms

People derive a lot of excitement from gambling. Unlike other games in the gambling industry, online bingo benefits the society when players chat with their friends whom they get to know in the chat rooms. The players are also able to meet new people and befriend them with the help of these chat rooms.

Despite the ban clamped on bingo by the laws of the United States government, online bingo has become very popular with the gambling industry in America.

About five years ago, people used the internet only for activities which did not have any relation with others. As web technologies became more efficient, people started using the internet for socializing as well as other activities. As a matter of fact, some people nowadays use the internet extensively for communicating with friends and near and dear ones.

Today, in the 21st century, sitting at home, it is wonderful to be able to connect with millions of people throughout the entire world with the help of internet.

The recent trend of people to use internet for socializing has increased internet traffic manifold. All websites, including those concerned with gambling, are trying to increase their usage by taking advantage of this situation. Online bingo sites are no exceptions in this matter.

In order not to lose dedicated customers, all online companies engaged in gambling, especially the online bingo sites have to make the facility of socializing available to the players by default.

The chat facility offered by online bingo sites

In the earlier days, players communicated with each other with the help of facilities like MSN. Unlike the online bingo sites of today, surprisingly, the earlier online bingo sites did not have the option for the players to chat with one another.

The online bingo sites soon realized that, while playing, the players were chatting amongst themselves with the help of other sites. This prompted these sites to start their own chatting facilities to increase their popularity and to rope in more new players.

Two kinds of chat rooms are available to the players in the latest online bingo sites. Open chat rooms are there for everyone to use, while private chat rooms are used by a group of players for themselves only.

The online bingo sites have Chat Hosts or Chat Moderators who introduce people to others and help the conversations to flow evenly. They prevent anyone player from dominating the conversation and also help the players in having fun and excitement. They also supervise the chat room games which are played in the intermission between two bingo games.

Nowadays, players avoid those online bingo sites which do not have Chat Hosts or Chat Moderators as the player does not get the same fun and excitement.

The recent trend of Chat rooms with webcams

The advent of larger internet bandwidths, new generation broadband and the latest video technologies, chat rooms are using webcams in increasing numbers. Needless to say, to keep up with modern requirements, the online bingo sites have to set up video communications starting with their small private chat rooms and then later on including the main chat rooms also.

The introduction of webcams in the chat rooms will enable players to see each other while playing a game of online bingo. Players would now have to hide their feelings so as not to give themselves away. As a futuristic trend, some players who would like to be seen by others as an iconic figure, may be required to upload a thumbnail picture onto the online bingo site. This may not be compulsory for other players.

The future of Bingo chat rooms

The revolution to the internet brought about by Web 2.0 has made its presence felt in the online bingo rooms also. It may happen in the near future, that players, who have been iconic stature, are asked to call out the numbers just like that in the real-life bingo hall scenarios.

As in real-life bingo games, as an alternate arrangement, callers visible through webcams, may be deputed in online bingo sites to give an aura of realism to the bingo game.

It is very difficult to predict with any kind of authority what the future holds for online bingo sites as far as social benefits are concerned. Some changes that may possibly occur are given below.

· Using webcams the players will be able see and talk to each other.

· Over the internet, players will be able to order drinks, foodstuff and gifts for themselves and their fellow players just as it happens in the real-life bingo halls.

· Online bingo sites will be able to tie up with restaurants and gift shops so that the orders placed by the players for themselves and their fellow players will be delivered directly to their homes.

The opportunities that are going to be presented by the development of technology and the internet in the coming days are quite mind boggling. Though it sounds a bit far-fetched, it may happen that while playing a game of online bingo, waiting for the delivery boy will no more be required and computers themselves will be sufficient to deliver the items ordered over the internet. It may be possible to transport people over the internet as the character called Scotty was done in Star Trek.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal