Show me the Money
Bingo is, at its foundation, a gambling game. More than that, when you pay your stake and take your bingo card, you are putting yourself entirely in the hands of fate. The numbers on your card (or on your screen, if you are playing online) have been selected at random. The numbers drawn are also done so randomly. Other than paying attention to the game, there is nothing whatsoever you can do to influence the outcome. Put another way, bingo is one of the only games in which you can win large amounts of money by doing very nearly nothing. In that respect it’s rather like a lottery, except that if you play the lottery you have to go to the trouble of selecting your numbers; in bingo, that arduous task is taken care of for you.
If you are playing bingo at home, the stakes are probably going to be minimal if they exist at all. When you gather with family and friends for this kind of game, you are more often than not playing for pride rather than financial gain. Real world bingo halls can, and do, offer big money prizes, and that is true on the internet too. Even free bingo games online can help you turn a lucky day into a lucrative one. A word of warning though – even if you pay to play, online or in the real world, there is a chance you will lose your stake. The key word here is “chance”, because it defines bingo perfectly. We’ve said it before, but it really is worth stressing: walking away richer than when you arrived will be entirely down to luck, and to your concentration during the game.
But here’s the real beauty of bingo. You may play at home, you may venture out to a bingo club, or you may play online – choosing to enjoy (or not) the company of strangers. Whichever option you take, bingo is a game that will absorb your stress. If you don’t believe us, try it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.
Real Life or Online Bingo – the Benefits are the Same
Apart from the abovementioned potential cash prizes, bingo has several other benefits. One of them is that it’s a truly social game, even if you play online.
Surprising? It really shouldn’t be. When you participate in bingo online games you may physically be sitting at home with your slippered feet up (surely, a benefit in itself) ,but you will have access to literally an entire world of like-minded players. Whether you are playing online bingo for money, or taking part in free bingo games for fun, you will find that the best sites offer anything from simple chat options to full-blown networking communities. When you start chatting to other players, it’s a dead cert that you will find some who share your outside interests, and plenty who will be willing to offer you tips about the game.
Another benefit of playing bingo is that it gives your mind a workout. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the rules; it might seem that you are doing nothing but crossing out numbers (with a pen in real life, or by clicking a mouse button or tapping your screen online), but in fact your concentration and reaction skills are hard at work. You might think that your are already a fairly alert and responsive kind of person, and maybe you are. You can put it to the test by logging in to an site offering online bingo now, and the chances are that you will be lagging behind at least some of the other players. Don’t forget, in bingo it is luck that decides on whether your numbers will be called – but it’s your ability to notice that a given number matches one on your bingo card, combined with your reaction speed, that can make the difference between winning and losing. After all, it’s no good getting a full house if you’re not the first one to shout “bingo!” The good thing is that, the more you play, the more training your concentration and reactions will get, and the better they will become.
The same benefits apply whether you are playing bingo online, at home with family, or at a bingo hall. In all circumstances there is a strong social element, and the kind of mental workout that can help you to improve basic yet vital skills that you use in many situations in everyday life.