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Tips for playing online bingo

If you are a bingo fan but have only ever played in the bingo halls, you may be wondering how to play online. Whilst all bingo is a game of chance and doesn’t rely on skill or strategy, there are many things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable.

Here, in our handy tips for playing online bingo guide, we hope to answer some of the questions you may have on getting started. From finding where to play bingo online to tips on how to get the most out of the experience, we have you covered.

1. Play safely/control your budget

The most important thing when playing bingo, online or in the halls, is playing safely and controlling your budget. You should never spend more money than you can afford to lose and never chase your losses. Here at tombola, we have a whole host of safeplay tools to help keep you safe whilst playing and we always recommend checking them out before trying our bingo games.

The first thing we’d advise you to do is to set a deposit limit. Having a deposit limit helps you stay in control and removes all temptation to spend more than you had initially wanted. You can also lock your deposit limit in place for anywhere up to 12 months, giving you greater control over your budget, which is another reason to play with us.

2. Join the community

When considering the differences between online bingo and bingo halls, many will point to the social aspect and how it’s an opportunity to socialise with friends and even make new ones. However, we’ve tried to recreate that social element online and our tombola bingo community is one of the reasons why we are so popular. 

Our Chat Rooms, of which we have at least one for every game, are buzzing with conversation and are a great place to chat to friends new and old. There’s rooms open 24/7 and, with over 220 Chat Moderators to keep the rooms safe and fun, there’s always someone to chat to. As an added bonus, you don’t even have to be playing the games to join in with the chat, and many of our players just pop on to catch up with their friends or ask advice. Our Chat Moderators, or CMs for short, host Chat Room games and quizzes throughout the day to give our players the opportunity to win £1 in bonus money. They also regularly host themed nights in chat, where prizes such as goody bags can be won, so make sure to keep an eye out for those.

3. Pick the right game

When choosing where to play bingo online, finding a site with a good variety of games is essential. We now have more than 20 exclusive bingo games.

For anyone new to the online bingo world, we’d always recommend using the lowest stake possible when trying out the games for the first time. This means you can try as many as possible without spending your entire budget. If you like the more traditional variations of bingo, such as 90 ball, bingoLite is always a good place to begin with games starting from just 2p. If you like bingo with a twist, however, we have the likes of Blocks and Cinco which are a unique take on classic bingo.

All of our games, which are designed and created in house, are exclusive to tombola so you won’t find them anywhere else.

4. Pick your time

Whilst choosing where to play is the most important thing, finding the best time to play is a close second. Although the time you play will be largely dictated by when you’re available, we’d always recommend choosing when to play wisely.

There’s never any guarantees of a win during whichever time you choose to play, but the mathematical odds are more in your favour when there’s less people playing. Many of our games also have a set Jackpot, which means it remains the same at all times, so there’s always a chance to win big no matter what time of day you play. If you do wish to play for the bigger prizes, it’s always worth checking out our bingo promotions where prizes are boosted during peak and off-peak times.

5. Use auto dabbers

One of the main advantages online bingo has over playing in the bingo halls is that a momentary lapse of concentration won’t result in you missing out on a win. You might be wondering how to play bingo online without a dabber, but we have a virtual one that you can use to manually mark your tickets. Even if you choose to manually mark your numbers and forget to dab a number, you will still win the game should you have the winning ticket.

You can sit back, relax and enjoy the social aspect of our chat rooms while watching your game play out. You'll even get to know the bingo lingo, such as the bingo calling numbers, along the way too!