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Online bingo vs bingo halls

What is a bingo hall and is it different to playing online?

Since the invention of the internet, many of our hobbies and leisure activities have moved online – bingo is no different. Technology has significantly advanced over the years, making it possible to experience all the thrills of a live bingo hall atmosphere from the comfort of our own homes.

If you enjoy playing with us and want to know more about the difference between online bingo and bingo halls, we've created a guide to help you.

How is online bingo different to bingo halls?

Bingo has been a social mainstay for years. In fact, Brits have enjoyed the game for centuries. The version we know dates back to the 1500s.

It’s easy to see why it's stood the test of time. It’s fast-paced, enjoyable, and has evolved over the years. One major way that it's progressed is by seamlessly moving online.

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What is a bingo hall?

Bingo halls started springing up around the UK in the 1960s when the introduction of the Betting and Gaming Act meant that big prizes could be played for. These halls created excellent social opportunities and a lively atmosphere, which was enhanced by the bingo caller shouting out the classic rhymes and phrases for the numbers.

With the chance to win big prizes and catch up with new and old friends in the process, bingo grew in popularity and became a sustainable business in the UK.

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 in a virtual room from a desktop computer or download a bingo app so you can play on the go.

However, online bingo sites still have the fast-paced vibe to them that you get with an in-person game, along with the thrill of seeing who in the ‘room’ will win.

How is online bingo different?

There are lots of similarities between in-person bingo and online bingo. They're both a game of chance, with the outcome dependent on your ticket's numbers being called first, and a great way to socialise with friends.

There are, however, also several differences:

Why play online bingo at tombola?

Now you know the difference between online bingo and bingo halls, here's a look at why you might want to try playing online at tombola: ·

A well-known bingo brand: We're Britain's biggest online bingo site.

Seasonal promotions and prizes: There are plenty of games to play throughout the year.

Award-winning: We've received awards that showcase our user experience, gambling safety initiatives and more

Play on the go: We have a mobile app that makes it easy to play wherever you are

Safe gambling: We were the first online bingo company to achieve the highest accreditation to help our players gamble responsibly, the Gold Advanced Level 3 Safer Gambling Standard accreditation.

Knowledgeable: We offer plenty of online bingo tips and tricks, so both you and your friends can get the most out of your experience when you sign up.

Join the community: The tombola community is the heart of our online bingo experience. There are moderated chat rooms available 24/7, where you and the friends you've referred can play the regular quizzes and games. This is designed to elevate your online bingo experience.

Online bingo FAQs

Want to know more about playing online bingo with tombola? If you're thinking of swapping the bingo hall for playing from the comfort of your own home, read on. We've answered our most frequently asked questions below…

Play online bingo at tombola today

Ready to try online bingo? Join Britain's biggest online bingo community and discover the opportunities available when you swap the bingo hall for digital gameplay.

Register with tombola today. Click the link below and create your unique username. Once we've checked your details and you've been accepted, you'll be free to have fun in our chat rooms and play your very first game of online bingo! Remember, you don't need to stake money or play games to use our chat rooms or play our awesome Chat Games.