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Why Do Bingo Sites Offer Side Games?

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Why Do Bingo Sites Offer Side Games?


Why Do Bingo Sites Offer Side Games?Today most online bingo sites offer much more than bingo. While most players sign up for the bingo games playing the same game over and over can get boring. That’s why most bingo sites offer an extensive selection of side games. Side games, especially slots, are a big moneymaker for bingo operators. Some operators say that over half of their revenues are generated by slots and other side games. Most bingo sites are mini casinos and players will find most table and casino games. Some may wonder why bingo providers offer side games.

The main reason bingo providers offer side games is to provide players with entertainment and a diverse playing experience. Players also get a chance to win more money. Some bingo sites have networked slots with progressive jackpots that can get huge. Several players have won millions playing the popular MegaMoolah slot game at bingo sites. Playing the same game every day can get boring and to keep players engaged operators offer side games for additional entertainment. Some players will play side games while playing bingo. Thanks to auto daub players can temporarily leave a bingo game to play side games.

Bingo providers like to keep players coming back for more. By offering a selection of side games operators give their players the chance to play other games without leaving the site. Having all of the games in one place gives players a lot of choices and gives them a reason to stick with one bingo provider. Industry competition is fierce and operators are constantly adding new games. Side games also provide operators with an additional source of revenue. More revenues mean that the operator can continue to invest in new games and technology. The additional funds can also be used to provide players with more bonuses and promotions.

Traditionally bingo and casino games have been viewed separately both socially and legally. In some US states bingo is the only form of gambling available. Bingo has long been viewed as a ‘socially acceptable’ form of gambling because of the game’s long association with charities and churches. The first charity bingo games took place in the 30’s and were an instant hit. Bingo has raised millions for a variety of good causes. Today some online bingo providers offer games for various charities. A few years Kezia Obama, the stepmother of US president Barack Obama, hosted a series of charity online bingo games for a charity that helps women suffering from breast cancer.

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Spot the Rogue

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Spot the Rogue


Spot the RogueWhen playing live bingo games players have immediate access to the bingo hall manager to resolve any player issues and complaints. Most bingo halls want to guard their reputation at all costs. Face to face interaction puts a player’s mind at ease. The manager knows that the hall is a part of the community and if any wrongdoing takes place the entire community will hear about it. In the online bingo world things are a bit different.

In most cases online bingo sites are not situated in a town center. In many cases the operators are located in another country and face to face interaction is not possible. Some operators have been known to ignore player complaints and some online operators are not as concerned about their reputation as live bingo halls. There are several factors that can undermine the credibility of a bingo site. These include; unnecessarily long payment processing times, nonpayment of legitimate wins, and failure to live up to agreements with affiliates. Other factors include excessive wagering requirements and the use of ‘ghost’ players.

Sometimes it is not clear who to contact if a problem occurs at an online bingo site. At many sites there is no physical address listed. Most websites do not list the actual manager of the virtual bingo hall. Sometimes the player support team has been farmed out and is not in a position to handle problems. Some watchdog sites say that most player issues stem from the player misunderstanding the terms and conditions and wagering requirements. Players should look for sites with terms and conditions written in plain easy to understand English. If they are written in legalese it is probably better to find another site. In the past some sites deliberately misled players but industry competition has put an end to that.

Many complaints are legitimate. Some players have been asked to pay ridiculous fees to withdraw their winnings. At some sites a player’s ‘cashout’ request will go unanswered for weeks and even months! In many cases complaints have been made about bingo sites ‘licensed’ in Costa Rica. These sites say they are ‘licensed’ but they actually have a business license, not a gaming license. According to one source 80% of all player complaints are about sites located in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has no regulatory body for gambling and the country has been a haven for bad actors for years.

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Bingo Bonus Scams

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Bingo Bonus Scams


Bingo Bonus ScamsToday there are between 350 and 400 online bingo site and the competition is intense. One method used by online bingo operators to attract new players is offering generous bonuses to new players. Welcome bonuses of 500% are now common at bingo sites. While bonuses may appear to be a great deal some sites are trying to deceive players. Out of all the marketing techniques and strategies used by bingo operators bonuses are the most advertised. While large bonuses may entice some players they are not without risk.

The old saying “if it’s too good to be true it probably is” can be applied to some bingo bonuses. Bingo operators are counting on the fact that most players are too busy to read all of the terms and conditions associated with large bonuses. Ignorance of the terms and conditions and the wagering requirements can lead to unpleasant misunderstandings between players and operators. There are many ways players can be taken advantage of. To avoid bonus problems some experts say that players should deposit less than the amount required to trigger bonuses.

When visiting a bingo site players should check out the promotions and welcome bonus. Usually there will be a terms and conditions section of the page and it is usually here that the wagering requirements can be found. The wagering requirement is the amount of money that must be bet before any withdrawals can be made. The amount is usually calculated by adding the deposit amount to the bonus and attaching a multiplier. The fairest multipliers are usually around 3X to 4X and the worst can be as much as 20. A multiplier of 20X would require the player to wager 20 times the amount of the deposit and bonus funds. A high multiplier can render the most generous bonus worthless. Most players will not be able to clear wagering requirements of that size. It is usually better to deposit a smaller amount so that winnings may be withdrawn immediately.

Another deceitful method used by operators is the practice of valuing wagering contribution differently between games. For example Players may receive 100% for bingo games but only 50% for side games such as slots and other casino games. Slot game players must meet a target that is twice as high. Players should remember the following facts;

High bonuses will bog players down.
Always read the terms and conditions.
Try to deposit under the bonus requirement levels.
Avoid sites with unreasonable wagering requirements.

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New US Regulations In Place For Bitcoins

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New US Regulations In Place For Bitcoins


New US Regulations In Place For BitcoinsIn the United States online gambling is still stuck in a legal grey area. That may change in the near future as several states go ahead with plans to launch online gambling operations. Many American players use bitcoins for their online gambling transactions since the virtual currency allows players to remain anonymous. Bitcoins have even played a part in the recent banking crisis in Cyprus. Bloomberg News has reported that last week bitcoin increased in value by 30%. In Spain three bitcoin applications have topped Spain’s download charts after news reports said that Cyprus was planning to raid domestic bank accounts to off a $13 billion bailout bill.

Nick Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, stated “This is an entirely predictable and rational outcome for what’s happening in Cyprus. If you want to get a good sense of the stress European savers are feeling, just watch Bitcoin prices.” Bitcoins are subject to wild price fluctuation and cyber criminals have already developed malware to steal bitcoin data from users. Despite the risks many Europeans have more confidence in bitcoins than they do in the banking system. In an article in Spiegel Online German economist Peter Bofinger told reporters “European citizens must now fear for their money.

In the United States bitcoin users face new federal regulations. The US government is alarmed by the rising popularity of virtual currencies that are not tied to any government entities. Recently the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury Department published guidelines dealing with virtual currencies. The government sees potential for ‘money laundering’ and ‘illegal’ activities. Bitcoin operators in the US will have to comply with Treasury’s bookkeeping requirements. It is now mandatory that all bitcoin transactions of $10,000 or more be reported to the Treasury.

Bitcoins have no real physical existence and open source software is required to interact with other bitcoin users and merchants. Many American players are under the mistaken impression that bitcoin transactions are untraceable. Once bitcoins are exchanged for cash the transaction can be traced. In spite of the hassles involved many online bingo and casino players in the US are using bitcoins. In states where online gambling is illegal bitcoin transfers involving online bingo sites and casinos will remain illegal.

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Wagering Requirements Explained

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Wagering Requirements Explained


bingo-cardWhen signing up at an online bingo site many players do not bother to read the wagering, or playthrough, requirements which can lead to trouble. In fact most disputes take place because players did not take the trouble to read the wagering requirements or they were written in a way that was confusing to the player. At some less than reputable bingo sites the wagering requirements may be written in such a way as to be deliberately confusing but this is rare. Thanks to today’s highly competitive online bingo market operators must provide stellar customer service if they are to remain profitable. In most cases wagering requirements apply to bonuses.

Bonuses are awarded to players every time they make a deposit. Usually the first deposit bonus, known as a welcome bonus, is the largest. Some sites award players 500% and up for their welcome bonuses. Some sites offer no deposit bonuses but it is highly unlikely that any bingo operator would allow a player to win other people’s money without taking any risk themselves. One sort of wagering requirement is known as a ‘ multiplier requirement.’ These wagering requirements are usually listed as 2X, 4X or 10X. The higher the number the more games the player has to play before any winnings may be withdrawn. To find out how much will have to be wagered simply take the amount of the deposit and multiply it by the wagering requirement. This will be the amount the player must spend before any winnings may be cashed out.

For example; if the player has signed up at a site and accepts a £16 free bonus. The wagering requirements say the player must wager 10Xthe bonus, or £160 before any winnings may be withdrawn. If the player is lucky and manages to win £160 the player can spend these funds and may withdraw any winnings. Every bingo site has different wagering requirements so it is always wise to read and understand all of the terms and conditions and wagering requirements.

In addition to wagering requirements some sites have minimum withdrawal amounts. This will not be important to most players unless they wish to withdraw small amounts. Most sites with minimum cash outs have the requirements clearly listed on the site. Some online bingo sites also have minimum deposit requirements. This is usually stated as a flat cash amount and no money may be withdrawn until the minimum deposit requirements have been met. Wagering requirements have been the subject of numerous complaints on bingo blogs and forums. In most cases the player misunderstood the requirements.

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Is Social Gaming Just Another Fad ?


Many online bingo operators are having second thought about entering the world of social gaming. Recently social gaming giant Zynga cut over 100 jobs and closed offices in Boston, the UK and Japan. In Austin Zynga let two development teams go. Zynga has developed several popular Facebook games including Zynga poker, Zynga bingo and their flagship game Farmville. Facebook is starting to feel the pressure from Zynga’s troubles. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not happy and told investors during a conference call “Gaming on Facebook isn’t doing as well as I’d like.” Zuckerberg told investors that most of the troubles have been caused by Zynga’s ongoing problems.

Since the company’s IPO earlier in the year Zynga shares continue to slip. Facebook’s revenues from gaming have declined 20% year on year. The current turmoil at Zynga has caused Facebook’s revenues from payments and fees declined 9% quarter on quarter to $176 million. This is the first major revenue decline for Facebook. Zynga’s revenues have fallen short of earlier estimates and players are leaving Zynga’s games in droves. One of Zynga’s most popular Facebook games, The Ville, has seen player numbers fall from 26million to 17 million. In the past Zynga has played a major role in Facebook’s performance. Zuckerberg did offer investors some hope when he said that smaller social game companies like Kixeye, Wooga, and King.com are garnering market share and are in part making up for the losses caused by Zynga’s troubles.

Zynga’s bad news was released at the same time Apple was introducing its new mini iPad. Zynga executives hoped investors would be distracted but the news quickly spread on Twitter and, ironically, Facebook. Most experts believe that Zynga’s third quarter results will show significant losses. Since Facebook is depending on real money gaming to shore up its waning stock prices Facebook executives are not going to be happy. Zynga’s bingo app has seen a monthly decline from 5.8 million to 5.4 million. Some gaming experts are now wondering if social gaming is just another fad that will fade with time. Others say that real money social gaming has a bright future.

The use of social media is nothing new to online bingo players and operators. Most online bingo brands use social networking pages to attract and retain players. Chat rooms have been a fixture at online bingo sites for years and have added to the popularity of the game. Only time will tell whether social gaming is just another internet fad.

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Online Bingo For Men ?


If you’re a female chances are that your male friends or partner thinks that playing online bingo is only for girls. Most people still believe in the stereotype of the typical bingo player as an elderly pensioner sitting in a smoky bingo hall. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to online bingo. The online version of the game has attracted a new generation of young, tech savvy players. For some time most online bingo operators have focused their marketing efforts on women. At the present time it is rare to see an online bingo ad targeting men.

Recent statistics show that an increasing number of men are playing online bingo. Some men play online because they would feel uncomfortable in the female dominated atmosphere at most land based bingo halls. Some men keep their bingo playing a secret to avoid ridicule from their buddies. Back when bingo first hit the internet in the mid 90’s the only place to play was at the local bingo hall. When the first bingo site went online in 1996 people of any age with an internet connection could get instant access to games. As a result the average age of the typical bingo players was lowered to 47.

During the last decade there has been an explosion of bingo sites online and today there are over 400 and new sites are launched weekly. In 2011 UK figures showed that there were 3.4 million regular online bingo players who spent an astounding £600 million annually. While land based bingo halls still attract a 90% female audience about 80% of all online bingo players are women. This means that one fifth of all online bingo players are men. The statistics also show that the average age of male players is 36.

Some online bingo operators have made adjustments so games appeal to a wider audience including males. Several sites have switched from girly colors to color neutral schemes. Some sites have offered prizes that appeal to men. At one popular UK site prizes included a BBQ and accessories, airbrush tanning system, and a male grooming kit. Many men have found online bingo a great place to meet women. Since there are about 4 female players to every male player it is incredibly easy for male players to meet women and arrange real life meetings. A couple of men have actually proposed marriage in online bingo chat rooms. The number of male online bingo players is increasing and players should expect more ads targeting men.

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What Are the Responsibilities of an Online Bingo Chat Leader ?


Most online bingo players have dreamed at one time or another of becoming a chat moderator. For most it appears to be an easy and fun job but just how easy is it in reality? Chat leaders play games, joke with the players and are there to help with problems and site issues. As one author said, bingo chat leaders are the glue that holds the online bingo experience together. A lot of people apply whenever an opening is available for a new chat leader.

Chat leaders have many responsibilities and the job is far from easy. Ask just about any chat leader and they will say the job is a lot harder than they thought it would be. If the job only involved talking and joking with players it would be a dream job. A chat leader’s responsibilities include making sure all of the games are running smoothly and if they are not they need to fix the problem or contact the appropriate person. They must deal with inquiries from players and must be able to solve problems and resolve disputes. Chat leaders need to be entertaining enough to keep players coming back for more. They must also keep track of the called numbers in case a player misses the call. They also need to organize and manage special chat room games.

In most cases chat leaders do not get any breaks during their shift. There are very few off days and chat leaders must be available for any assigned shift. Since games take place 24/7 chat leaders may be required to work odd hours. If they are ill they cannot show it to the players. Chat leaders must be vibrant and energetic every time they are on the site. At most of the well-established bingo sites new players sign up daily and the chat leader must meet and greet new players. A grumpy chat leader can drive players away and surly chat leaders do not last long. Like any employee dealing with the public chat leaders are subject to reviews by players. Players can make or break a chat leader.

In addition to being constantly personable chat leaders must learn some of the technical aspects of an online bingo site. Chat leaders need to learn how to operate some of the game software and must be familiar with browsers and how they affect games. They must also help players with deposit and withdrawal issues and should be familiar with all of the terms and conditions associated with any bonuses or promotional offers. Obviously the job of chat leader is not as easy as it sounds. For those still interested in employment as a chat leader there are a few websites that list all available jobs in the bingo industry.

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Is Bingo Hall Crime Driving Players to Online Bingo Sites ?

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Is Bingo Hall Crime Driving Players to Online Bingo Sites ?


A news article published last summer asked if crime at bingo halls was driving more players to try online bingo. In an amazing statement the article said that “the heightened risks associated with visiting bingo halls is certainly tempting a lot of players to try their hand with online bingo.” The article mentions a few robberies of land based bingo halls providing the dates of the robberies and how much money was stolen. The article mentioned three examples; one robbery that took place in March 2011, another robbery from 2007 and one that took place in July of this year. For most rational people three robberies over a period of five years do not make a ‘trend.’ Bingo halls are subject to robberies but so are banks, stores, homes and even churches have been robbed.

What the article failed to mention is that all of the robberies took place after the games were over and players had left the halls. Most bingo hall robberies take place at night when the games have ended and there is a pile of bingo cash in the safe. In all of the cases the only people that were in real danger were the staffs and not the players. One person critical of the article said that players were in more danger laughing after reading the article and its suppositions. The suggestion that thousands of bingo players have switched to online bingo because of bingo hall crime is ridiculous and not borne out be any real evidence.

There are many factors that lure players into trying online bingo but bingo hall crime is not one of them. Most online bingo players say they like the convenience and the availability of games 24/7. They also say that online bingo is much cheaper than playing at a brick and mortar bingo hall. There are no transportation costs, no parking to pay for, no babysitter expenses and no snacks or overpriced drinks to purchase. In 2007 the national smoking ban sent thousands of land based players to online bingo sites but bingo halls have recovered.

Most bingo players participate in land based games and online bingo games. Today it is common to see large groups of young women playing bingo instead of going to a pub for a night out. At least one British bingo operator has seen the potential of younger players and has remodeled several bingo halls to appeal to this group of new bingo players. There is very little criminality associated with bingo and it is still safe to play at live bingo halls.

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Bored UK ‘Football Widow’ Wins a £1.3  Million Online Bingo Jackpot

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Bored UK ‘Football Widow’ Wins a £1.3 Million Online Bingo Jackpot


Most Americans are familiar with the term ‘football widow.’ The term is usually used to describe a married woman whose husband is so wrapped up in watching football games that she may as well be a widow. Believe it or not they actually have football widows in Great Britain where football (soccer to Yanks) is extremely popular. In one case in the UK a woman got so bored with her husband watching football games that she decided to go on the internet and play online bingo to entertain herself. Lisa Potter, who is from Oxfordshire, placed a £5 wager ($7.86910 USD) at a popular online bingo site due to boredom while her partner was wrapped up watching every day of the Euro 2012 football tournament.

On her second spin Potter won the entire rollover jackpot. Potter stated “I had a spare minute and wanted to get away from the football so logged on. As soon as I saw the size of the jackpot I thought it was worth a go and couldn’t believe my eyes when it said I’d won. I can’t remember much after that as it’s such a blur. My kids came into the room and we all started screaming together – it’s like a madhouse in here.” Potter ended up winning a £1.3 million online bingo jackpot. ($2,045,933.44 USD)

Potter plans on spending her bingo winnings on a new car and house and plans to taker partner, Terry Goodman, and the rest of her family on a holiday. Potter stated “We’re a normal family so this will change my life forever. The first thing we’re going to do is buy a new house before treating ourselves.” Potter’s jackpot is the third largest ever won in a UK bingo game and is also the biggest bingo win in three years. Ladbrokes, the company that operates the site where Potter won her fortune, said that during the current Euro 2012 football tournament there has been a 400% increase in player numbers. Ladbrokes representative Jessica Bridge told reporters “We’re absolutely over the moon for her. It’s one of the biggest wins of all time and we’ve sent the champers along to kick off the celebrations. We bet she’ll never moan at her man for watching the footy again!”

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