Bingo in the UK
Bingo has long been a popular game in the UK. Although its popularity diminished for a while and it was considered a pastime for the elderly, it has experienced a revival with the advent of the internet. There are now innumerable bingo sites online which are based in the UK. Below is a brief account of bingo in the UK.
Bingo became popular in Europe in the early 19th century. The game then was played with a caller picking wooden chips containing numbers from 1 to 90. The game around this time spread to Australia where it was called Housie. Until the mid 20th century, bingo was a popular household game, before it was commercialized in the UK and bingo halls came into existence.
The first free online bingo site was launched in the late 1990s and since then, over a hundred online halls have been launched in the UK. With over 2.5 million people playing bingo in the UK regularly, both online and traditionally, the country ranks third in terms of the game’s popularity, Japan coming second and USA at the number one spot. The 90-ball version of bingo is the most popular among the players in the UK. The 75-ball version is more popular among the Americans.
Online bingo halls are mainly of two types - one that lets you play for free and those that require a deposit. Most of the online gaming halls in the UK let you play bingo for free. The prizes they offer are substantially smaller, but you get to know how the game works and perhaps this can give you the confidence of playing with real money. Many of the online bingo halls from the UK offer a free bonus for no deposit. This is used largely as a promotional tactic to attract new players to the site.
Prize money on the UK bingo sites are calculated in percentage. For instance if a bingo site offers a cash prize of 300%, you are going to get thrice the amount deposited if you win.
While the rules of the game are similar in both traditional and online bingo, there are other differences. In a traditional bingo hall, it is not permissible to talk in between the game. In the online version, however, socializing is not a problem at all. Most bingo sites have chat rooms where you can interact with other players and exchange tips on playing the game better and make new friends.
Even for chatting, many bingo sites have a set of rules regarding etiquette. For instance, it is customary that a player who wins is congratulated by the others. There is also a chat game, which is initiated by the chat monitor to introduce each player to the other and create a friendly atmosphere between them.
One of the reasons for the popularity of online bingo in the UK is its convenience. You have the liberty of choosing when you want to play. The future shows interesting prospects for growth of online bingo in the UK.
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