Bingo FAQs

This page has the answers to the online bingo questions you might have before you jump into playing this exciting version of a fun traditional game.

How do I join an online bingo site?

Take a look at the online bingo reviews at, where you can find out which sites have the best choice of games, the biggest jackpots, the most generous bingo bonuses and much more. Once you have chosen the site that suits you best you need to register your details, which is a simple process that takes mere minutes to complete.

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Can I play online bingo for free?

Sites like Costa Bingo and Cheeky Bingo offer free bingo rooms with cash prizes for all players. The rewards are not as big as those in games with paid-for tickets, but it is a great way to learn the ropes and still earn cash amounts.

A number of companies, such as Mecca Bingo and Gala Bingo, run special newbie rooms in which recently registered players can congregate and practise the game before moving on to the regular rooms. Take a look at the Free Bingo section to learn more about where to go to play bingo without having to pay.

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Is online bingo legal?

The online bingo sites featured on and are all legally-run operations, adhering to the Gambling Act 2005 and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. This means they offer a safe, regulated environment in which players can enjoy their favourite games.

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Is online bingo fair?

Online bingo sites use a Random Number Generator (RNG) to ensure that the order of the balls called is completely impossible to predict and therefore fair for all players. Every ticket has the same chance of winning as any other. This is a key requirement before a Gambling Commission licence is issued.

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Do I have to download software to play online bingo?

Virtually all online bingo providers run a Flash-based instant gaming platform, which means that you don’t have to download any software to take part. Most will require you to be running an up-to-date version of Flash, and they will usually provide a link to download it if yours needs updating.

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What is a welcome bonus?

Many sites will offer a welcome bonus, which is usually related to the amount of your first deposit. A 200 percent bonus would see you receive £20 in bonus funds for every £10 of real cash you transfer into your player account. You will not be able to withdraw these funds, but will usually have to stake the value of just the bonus amount or the bonus amount plus the initial deposit a couple of times before being able to benefit from the winnings. On most sites, you are only allowed to spend the bonus on bingo tickets.

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What are wagering requirements?

The term ‘wagering requirements’ refers to the number of times the value of bonus money awarded to you needs to be staked on games at the site before you can withdraw your winnings.

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What are the differences between the various bingo games?

75-ball, 80-ball and 90-ball bingo all have different ball pools, play cards and methods of winning. See the individual pages dedicated to the various forms of the game to find out more.

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What do chat moderators do?

Chat moderators, sometimes known as chat hosts or chat monitors, are employed by sites to ensure that the chat rooms in which players converse during games remain friendly and fun places to be. The CMs join in with the gossip, but also warn roomies over bad behaviour and even ban them if they persist in breaking the rules.

CMs also help with enquiries from players and promote upcoming games, encouraging players to buy tickets for various events. They often run chat games as well to keep players engaged in all the bingo fun.

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What are chat games?

Chat games are competitions run in the chat box in a bingo room where a chat moderator may distribute prizes in return for players performing certain tasks. These may be word games where you need to unravel an anagram, observation games where you have to write something in the chat box when a certain number is called or even something more involved. Prizes are usually bingo bonuses or loyalty points.

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What other games do online bingo sites offer?

Most online bingo sites also offer a selection of slots, online scratchcards and other games that players can take part in whilst their bingo games are going on or if they fancy a rest from the main event. They may also provide casino games such as blackjack, video poker or roulette.

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