Bingo In The UK: Beginner Tips, Free Spins And More

Bingo essentially is a game of chance, but that is not the only reason why it’s still booming in popularity to this day. The main goal of the game, whether online or physical, is to tick the numbers on the bingo card and complete a line or score a full house to win the prize. Aside from being a fun and simple game that everyone can play, the game of bingo is good value for money because you get high returns at a low cost! 

However, playing online bingo can be slightly trickier because of the wide variety of bingo sites, multiple side games, and all the other technical aspects of bingo. Thus this article will guide you through the different aspects of online bingo in the UK for you to get the bingo wheel rolling.

Choosing your online bingo site

We believe that picking an online bingo site is just a matter of personal preference. Nowadays, a quick search on the web will land you with millions of options to choose from. Hence, simply look through the websites and register for the bingo site that draws your attention the most to begin your online bingo journey. Some bingos sites even let you grab free spins on registration!

Prior to this, you might have encountered advertisements by the bigger bingo brands but do note that there are other alternatives if you prefer a smaller and more intimate website. Since there are many options available, you can always search around to find one that suits you best. Additionally, you can also read reviews about the bingo sites to find out what others say.

When looking through the sites, we encourage you to keep a mental note of the following aspects of an online bingo site: 

  1. Brand: For bingo sites that belong to a bigger gaming brand, they tend to have separate web platforms for other games such as casinos, lotto and football that fall under the same parent company. 
  2. Size: Similarly, bingo sites associated with a bigger betting platform or bingo hall chain can offer a wider range of games and bigger prizes. Whereas independent sites may lack in terms of resources but they can offer you a more personalised touch to enhance your user experience. 
  3. Theme: Considering the number of bingo sites available, it is to no surprise that there are a variety of themes 
  4. Networks: All bingo sites run on a certain network and some of them may host multiple bingo sites. Consequently, some sites may appear more similar compared to others. 
  5. Payment options: Every site offers a different payment option. Some sites boast a wide range of payment modes while some only accept card payments. Most sites have a dedicated banking page, so read up on the available payment methods before registering. 

Popular versions of online bingo games

Although there are tons of online bingo sites on the web, most offer these variants of online bingo games: 90 ball, 80 ball, 75 ball and 30 ball bingo. The themes may differ according to the site but the rules for each type of game usually stays the same.

  • 90-ball bingo

The most traditional form of bingo whereby the bingo card has a 9×3 grid with 15 numbers that range from 1 to 90. There are usually three prizes to be won. 

  • 80-ball bingo 

Commonly referred to as coverall bingo, this game will be played with a 4×4 grid with 16 numbers that range from 1 to 80. As the name suggests, the first and only person to cover all the grids wins.

  • 75-ball bingo 

Commonly referred to as pattern bingo, this game will be played with a 5×5 grid with 25 numbers that range from 1 to 75. To win this game, the player has to be the first to complete the stated pattern – horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

  • 30-ball bingo 

This is for those who want to play speed run bingo. Played on a 3×3 with 9 numbers, the sole aim is to be the first player to cover all 9 numbers. There will only be one prize for this game. 

Purchasing bingo tickets

Buying a ticket for an online bingo game is extremely easy. All you have to do is to select your desired bingo room and bingo tickets will appear on the screen. Next, enter the amount of money you wish to play with and the game is ready to commence. Please be reminded that this requires you to have sufficient funds in your bingo account prior to the game unless you already have an existing bingo bonus fund or you are playing a free version. 

Welcome bonus

In this competitive market, it is common to see bingo sites being generous with their welcome packages for beginners. We encourage you to take advantage of these promotions to trial these bingo sites and participate in many games at a minimal cost.

Free bingo games and a complimentary entry into the beginner chat groups are the two common bonuses you will encounter on these bingo platforms. These bonuses are really helpful because it gives you an opportunity to chat with other bingo novices to seek advice and simultaneously gain an insight into how the social aspects of the site are operated. Other types of welcome bonuses include no deposit bonus, deposit bonus, and cash match bonus. We encourage you to keep the site’s welcome bonuses into consideration when deciding on which online bingo site to register. 

Collecting your winnings

Once you win your first match, the next step will be to withdraw your earnings from the website. To do so, you can click on your account then request a withdrawal. Most sites will transfer your earnings to the same account that you use to fund this bingo account. However, keep in mind that each mode of withdrawal (e.g. debit card, PayPal or bank transfer) has a different processing time. Hence, do update yourself with the specific bingo site’s withdrawal policy.


We’ve guided you on the essentials of a bingo game: picking an online bingo site, different versions of bingo games, purchasing bingo tickets, welcome packages, and ways to collect your profits. 

Aside from familiarising yourself with the website, we would like to emphasise the importance of having fun while playing the game. No doubt there will be seriousness when money is involved, but bingo is such an enjoyable social game that one should not miss out on. Now that you are equipped with the basic knowledge of bingo, go forth and spin the wheel of luck and win the bingo!

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Jimmy Im has traveled to 113 countries, stayed in over 600 hotels and has flown a million airmiles. He lives in New York City.

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