The Newbie's Guide to Online Bingo

The game of bingo has practically exploded in the Internet, and its popularity has definitely increased by all the exposure that the online community provides. More and more people are trying the game out and are getting hooked.

The online version of the game is only a little bit different from its land-based counterpart. When you play bingo online you see your cards on the screen, and numbers are randomly drawn by the computer and are flashed on to your screen.

In traditional land-based bingo halls the caller sits in front of the room and is the one who draws out the numbers and calls them out for all to hear. The caller's online counterpart, however, is a computerized voice and flashing numbers.

Online bingo sites have special software that allows you to cross out the numbers on your cards, or the computer does it for you-- it usually depends on the site.

Once you complete a set of 5 consecutive spaces in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, you can either declare the bingo yourself before anybody else does, or, if game is fully computerized, the bingo is automatically declared by the computer.

If you are completely new to online bingo gaming, it would be a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the various bingo lingo that are used in online bingo sites and chat rooms. These words range from chat room abbreviations, words that refer to bingo variations like cover-all, black-out, etc. -- things that you can easily learn by visiting online bingo web sites or asking around in chat rooms.

By the way, do not hesitate to join a chat room and ask the people there for advice. Online bingo sites have chat rooms where players can interact, share tips or just talk while playing games. Online bingo players are a helpful lot and are alway ready to show newbies the ropes.

You can also visit your library and check out bingo books. Most bingo books can give you tips on how to play the game and improve your game skills, how to create more variations, how to increase your chances of winning, among others.

For all the fun that this game offers bingo is a relatively simple game. It will only take you a few games before you'll start playing like a pro. But if you are really passionate about playing the game and improving your skills, do not hesitate to do your research and ask around. You'll be playing your best game and having fun in no time and your first online bingo game will definitely something worth remembering!