While bingo has been around for centuries, its modern online format offers far more scope and variety than even the most avid bingo fan must have thought would have been a premature idea. The majority of people who play bingo today wouldn’t even give their local bingo hall a second glance, yet probably put three figures into their bingo account every month at the very least.
Recent reports have looked at the cost comparison of playing online vs in the bingo halls, and the results make for quite an inconclusive yet slowly coming together picture.
So, is going online going to help you save money? Or is heading into the local bingo hall more cost-effective after all?
Well, the first thing that you consider is the social aspect. The majority of bingo halls serve drinks, and you’ll usually find yourself in a social circle of a good few. This usually leads to everyone buying drinks for each other all night, which before you know it can be a good chunk of your winnings alone! While you get the same level of social interaction online, you also don’t need to buy everyone at the table a drink. This might sound miserable but for those who prefer to drink their drink rather than inhale it, it’s a little more enjoyable to buy a few drinks and enjoy bingo from the comfort of your home.
Then, there is the cost aspect. You don’t get any free bonuses down at the local hall – you might get a promo voucher, that’s about it. The majority of the time, you are going to be far cheaper staying in and playing from the couch than you will be from the hall. The bonuses are also much larger online – you are playing against national or international opponents so the scope is larger. When you bingo hall takes in the winnings from about 300 people every fortnight, they probably don’t have enough to hand out the big jackpots!
It’s easy to spot the difference in cost between a night at the hall, or a night at home. Alternatively, because of mobile bingo, it’s easy to compromise and meet together at somebodies home and play together there. This gives you the best of both worlds, removes the costs significantly, and allows everyone to socialize without having to pay for it!
If you want to save money, then online bingo is by far and away the best choice for a new member to the bingo scene. The halls offer a great experience but unless you have cash to spare, online bingo is the more enjoyable alternative.