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How is online bingo different to bingo halls?

Since the invention of the internet, many of our hobbies and leisure activities have moved online and bingo is no different. As we’ve moved into a more digitised era, technology has significantly advanced over the years to the point where all forms of traditional games are now widely available online.

What is online bingo?

Like traditional bingo, online bingo is a game of chance. It's the same game that many know and love, but without the need to be physically present at a certain location. You can play from a desktop computer and many sites, like tombola, even have a bingo app to download too.  

What is a bingo hall?

Bingo halls started springing up around the UK in the 1960s and offered players an affordable, sociable and fun experience. With the chance to win big prizes, and catch up with new and old friends in the process, bingo grew in popularity over the years and became a sustainable business in the UK.

How is online bingo different?

There are lots of similarities between land-based bingo and online bingo. They are both a game of chance, with the outcome dependant on your ticket's numbers being called first, and they are both a great way to socialise with friends. There are, however, also many differences.

Variety of games

Whilst land-based bingo is primarily focused on the 90-ball and 75-ball format, the options are endless when it comes to online bingo. Here at tombola, we have more than 20 bingo games, ranging from bingo90 which is our own version of 90-ball bingo to Cinco which is a card based game.  You’ll never be short on variety. Not only are there many different games in terms of gameplay, we’ve also got a wide variety of options when it comes to stake too, with games starting from just 1p per game.

High Jackpots

Online bingo is more accessible than land-based bingo and, whilst the bingo hall can still offer some very impressive prizes, the volume of players online means higher Jackpots are often available.

We’re open 24/7 and have thousands of players playing at any given time. This means we can offer higher prizes, and even higher Jackpots, for our players to enjoy.

We’ve got several games with a set Jackpot, which means it doesn’t fluctuate, such as Pulse and Cinco, where you can win up to £20,000 at any time in the day. We’ve also got progressive Jackpots, where the Jackpot increases until it’s eventually won. In bingo90, the highest Jackpot ever won was £39,341!

Chat Rooms and Moderators

One of the main reasons why land-based bingo is so popular is due to the social aspect which comes with it. The bingo hall has always been a great place to meet up with friends and even make new ones. However, that social aspect is also a key reason why bingo online is so popular.

At tombola, we have at least one Chat Room for each one of our bingo games and many of our players frequent the same rooms to catch up with friends new and old. We also have over 220 Chat Moderators who are on hand 24/7 should you need any assistance or simply want someone to chat to. Our CMs, which is short for Chat Moderators, host fun Chat Room games to give our players the opportunity to win £1 in bonus money, of which you can win a maximum of £2 per day. They also host in-chat activity, such as giveaways and themed nights, for our bingo community to enjoy.  

Never miss a number

One of the major advantages playing online has over the bingo hall is the fact that you can’t miss a number. If you have a momentary lapse of concentration, you may spend time worrying that you have missed marking off one of your key bingo numbers. With online however, this isn’t the case. Due to the advancement in technology, you will still be crowned the winner should you hold the winning ticket. There’s also the auto-marking function, using an auto dabber, which is a really handy feature enabling you to sit back, relax and enjoy the chat whilst we mark your tickets for you.

Bonuses and promotions

Online bingo also gives us the opportunity to run regular promotions where we boost our prizes for a short period of time. It’s always worth keeping an eye on our bingo promotions page where we have all of the details of any upcoming promotions. If you’re new to playing online, many sites have welcome offers for new customers.

We offer new players 100% bonus money on their first deposit up to a maximum of £50. That means you will receive a free £20 bonus on a £20 deposit, or a free £50 bonus on a £50 deposit. Start playing bingo online today to take advantage of our fantastic welcome offer.

You don’t have to leave the house

Although it’s always good to get out of the house, online bingo is much more accessible than playing in the bingo hall. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home! You can pop online to have a quick game of bingo whenever you feel like it. The fact that it’s more accessible does present its own challenges, particularly in the form of responsible gambling. However, keeping you safe whilst playing our games is our number one priority and we have many safeplay tools to help you to stay in control.