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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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Try Online Bingo For Free!

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Try Online Bingo For Free!


Try Online Bingo For Free!Bonuses have been a staple for the online bingo industry for a decade. Today fierce competition in the online bingo industry has pushed bonuses to record highs. Bonuses of 500% to 600% are now common. In addition to generous bonus schemes most bingo sites offer players free bingo games. At most sites players receive a fixed amount of free bingo. Some sites do not require a deposit to access the free bingo games. Most bonuses are credited to the player’s account balance.

Of course bingo operators are not in the business of giving away ‘free’ money. Most sites have wagering requirements connected with bonus offers. This means players must wager a certain amount of money before any winnings can be withdrawn. Failure to read and understand the wagering requirements and the terms and conditions are usually the reason for a majority of player complaints and disputes. In most cases bonuses are based on a percentage of the player’s deposit.

Because of the competition in the bingo industry it has never been easier to find sites that allow players to access bingo games without making a deposit. This is a good way for new players to test game software and learn the online version of bingo without risking any money. In most cases players will be asked to register before playing free bingo games. At most sites players are required to provide credit card information along with a physical address.

Bingo operators are not offering free bingo out of a sense of altruism. They are in business to make money and the more players they attract the more money they make. Free bingo is a win win situation for anyone that want to get started playing online bingo. Some sites offer free bingo games with cash prizes. A few years ago many online bingo operators withdrew free no deposit bingo games in favor of cash back offers for registered players. There are still a few bingo sites offering no deposit free bingo but these are rare.

Online bingo is much easier to play than live bingo games. Online bingo players can use the auto daub feature and focus on the action in the chat rooms. Online bingo players can walk away from the games and any winnings will automatically be deposited. Chat rooms enable participants to meet other players from around the world. Most sites offer special chat games for real cash prizes. Because of intense competition times have never been better for online bingo players!

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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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Gambling Bill Details Emerge

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Gambling Bill Details Emerge


Gambling Bill Details EmergeFinally some details of New York Representative Peter King’s gambling bill have been released. King’s bill titled the Internet Gambling Regulation, Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Act of 2013 was recently introduced in congress. The federal government has a short window of opportunity to pass a comprehensive online gaming law before the power to regulate internet gambling is taken by the states. King’s bill will legalize most forms of gambling including online bingo. Previous federal bills limited online gambling to poker.

King’s bill would establish a legal framework that will regulate online poker and casino games. At the present time no list of allowable games is not included in the bill but it is widely believed that the bill will include all casino games that fall under class III gaming. Class III games include slots, roulette, craps, slot machines, video poker and any table game banked by the house using cards. If the bill becomes law an Office of Internet Gambling Oversight will be created within 180 days of the bill’s passage. The office would be in charge of enforcing federal regulations. The bill assumes that states opt in unless saying otherwise in 120 days of the bill’s passage into law.

The state’s governor must contact the federal office if they want to opt out within the 120 day period. They must also offer an explanation for doing so. Reasons could include that the state’s laws require an opt out or that the state is opposed to laws that expand gambling. State legislature could also opt out by a majority vote in both houses. Native American tribes will have similar rights and obligations. Tribes could opt in even if their state opted out. The bill will establish a level playing field between casino interests and tribal gaming interests. Both groups can participate on the same terms. King’s bill will also allow states to sell lottery tickets online.

Licensing for gaming sites would be handled in two ways. States and tribes could use existing gaming commissions or they could create a new one. If a state or tribe fails to create a licensing body the federal government will step in. Licenses would be good for five years. License applicants would be subject to extensive background checks. In the current bill taxes have not been addressed but details will be added at a later date. A bad actor clause in the bill will prohibit any company that has accepted bets or participated in illegal sportsbetting. States will be free to adopt stricter measures.

Unlicensed operators that continue to offer internet gambling to US residents will be fined $1 million a day. Some violations carry a ten year prison sentence. The bill will also ban internet cafes in the US. The bill provides a strong set of consumer protections.

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Free Bingo Still Available

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Free Bingo Still Available


At one time playeFree Bingo Still Availablers new to online bingo had to sign up and make a deposit before they could play at most bingo sites. Of course most bingo operators offered generous welcome bonuses usually in the form of a credit to the player’s account. Today these cash bonuses are still available but at most bingo sites new players can take advantage of free bingo offers. Free bingo is not a new concept. When bingo first went online in 1996 most games were free. To play free bingo games players had to provide certain demographic information that was later used for marketing purposes. To make money early bingo sites sold the information to third parties.

Because of fierce competition for new players online bingo operators have made it a lot easier to access free bingo games. Players can try out the site’s game software without risking any of their hard earned dollars and pounds. Some sites still offer no deposit free bingo games but some operators have dropped free bingo games in favor of cash back offers. At many sites players receive a certain amount of free bingo after they sign up. At some sites money won using free bingo bonuses can be withdrawn. There are usually wagering requirements associated with bonuses and new players should read and understand the wagering requirements. At some sites the wagering requirement is as low as 3X while at other sites it may be as high as 10X.

Bingo sites offering huge bonuses are not doing it because they are altruistic. They do it because they want the business and because of industry competition they know they must offer more than other bingo sites to attract new players. This has created a win win situation for new players. Players can use bonuses to try out the games with no risk. At some sites bonuses may be used to play side games like slots, video poker and other casino games while at other the bonuses can only be used for bingo games. Players that are nervous about giving out their banking details can still find free no deposit bingo at several bingo sites.

Online bingo offers players several convenient options. The auto daub feature that will automatically mark their cards. This enables players to play more cards increasing their chances of winning. The auto daub feature allows players more time to participate in the conversations in the chat rooms. Most bingo sites have special chat games and chat room players sometimes have access to special promotions. Online bingo is still booming and most sites now offer mobile applications for players on the go.

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Mom Steals  £124,000 From Disabled Daughter

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Mom Steals £124,000 From Disabled Daughter


Mom Steals  £124,000 From Disabled DaughterA mom in the UK was spared a jail sentence after she stole £124,000 from her disabled daughter’s benefits and spent the money on online bingo and designer clothes. Julie Smith, 46, was given a large amount of taxpayer money to help her care for her daughter Haley who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk or talk. Between 2006 and 2012 Smith received the disability benefits that were intended for day care and specialist trips for Haley. Instead Smith squandered the cash on weekend trips, online bingo, gambling, designer clothes and used some of the money to finance her 30 a day cigarette habit and trips to a local pub.

In court Smith received a two year community order (Probation) and was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid community service. Sentencing Judge Patrick Thomas told Smith “The figures here are enormous. The plain position is that you received money intended for the benefit of your daughter. You spent it in ludicrous ways, sometimes on internet gambling and also on luxuries you appreciated far more than your daughter did, as if the money was part of your own state benefit. You plainly knew what you were doing. The principle concern of the court must be for your daughter.”

Smith displayed a singular lack of remorse and denied she had done anything wrong. Smith said “I’m not a bad parent.” Ever the whiner Smith stated “I am a gambling addict. Caring for Hayley is full-on and I needed an escape. You want to switch off. But I’m not a bad parent. I love Hayley, she is my world. She’s never gone without.” Smith also has a 17 year old son who has been diagnosed with ADHD. She started stealing the funds in 2006. Smith told reporters “The money didn’t just go on me, it went on the whole family. It didn’t go on holidays or luxuries like that. I smoke 20 to 30-a-day and I hardly drink or go out. But I admit I did wrong and I want to say sorry to social services for that. The money was there and I got into a habit.”

Smith was finally caught when the council changed its policies and realized that the funds had not been accounted for. Smith said “They wanted receipts and I didn’t have them. I don’t think Hayley knows what has gone on. I haven’t much of a family– about half don’t know about it.”

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New Security Programs Identify Players and Location

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New Security Programs Identify Players and Location


New Security Programs Identify Players and LocationIn the United States one of the main issues internet gambling opponents cite is the possibility of underage gambling. Thanks to LaserLock Technologies those concerns have been addressed. LaserLock’s proprietary technology is designed to prevent fraud and counterfeiting through advanced authentication. . The new program will make it much easier for online bingo and gaming operators to identify the location of the player. LaserLock Technologies is based in Washington D.C. and markets security technologies to protect governments, health care providers, high end retailers, the gaming industry and documents. The company also produced programs that will protect branded products from counterfeiting. Because of the rapid growth of the online gaming industry there has been a constant demand for various security products.

Earlier in the year three states legalized online gambling; Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. The new American gaming market has fueled a demand for virtual identity verification processes necessary to enforce underage restrictions at online gaming sites.  LaserLock’s advanced authentication products use geo-location tracking and biometric facial recognition via webcams to ensure adherence to laws dealing with the legal age and location of players. Neil Alpert, President of LaserLock Technologies, stated “Verifying a player’s identity is a simple process in a casino, but has become a major hindrance for legislators looking to legalize Internet gambling.”

Alpert went on to say “In an online environment, the risks for fraud increase dramatically as there are few ways to truly verify identity, age or location. LaserLock’s patented technology brings Internet gaming companies a solution that lowers that risk substantially by verifying a player’s identity each time they play and by providing an ethical component that protects the user.” The ability to correctly authenticate a player’s identity, age and location will help mitigate the risk to operators posed by underage gambling.  Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the Board at LaserLock, stated “This platform is one of several potential game changers for LaserLock. The future will see more states legalize online gaming and LaserLock’s solution is all encompassing and ensures the security and safety of internet gaming that lawmakers, casinos and the public all demand.”

LaserLock’s player identification solution goes beyond the low regulatory thresholds in some jurisdictions and is designed to protect players and operators. The solution also features that allow players and casinos to monitor behavior to prevent problem gambling. The prototype is being tested at several online gaming sites.

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Why Online Bingo is so Popular

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Why Online Bingo is so Popular


Bingo fans today are choosing to play online bingo as opposed to visiting their local bingo hall. The number one reason behind this is the convenience that the internet has to offer. There are plenty online bingo sites which offer a great comfort zone. This is due to online bingo sites remaining open 24 hours a day. Therefore, gamers are able to play whenever it suits them. Players for example can enjoy playing while travelling or even while cooking in the kitchen! Some people also play the game when they have some free time at work. It is therefore clear that no change is needed in your daily routine to take part in the game.

 

Online bingo allows players to play free of cost. This means that players can enjoy playing their favourite game without any risk. However, should they wish to make it even more interesting, they can choose to make a deposit into their account. The free version allows new players to get used to the rules first.

 

Although players have the potential to win large amounts whilst playing in a traditional bingo hall, the amount that can be won online is even more impressive. This is another huge reason why the online version is becoming increasingly popular. Besides this, the price of bingo cards is less to that of land based casinos.

Another reason why online bingo has become so successful is its anonymity. The game has a reputation for being regarded as a female competition. Therefore, anyone who feels embarrassed about playing in front of other people can these days freely enjoy playing online without any gender-discrimination.

 

Typically, the offers made by traditional bingo are fairly similar. However, this isn’t the case online as there is a huge variety of games. Players don’t need to spend much time searching for their game of choice. Online bingo offers 75 ball bingo, 80 ball bingo and 90 ball bingo.

 

With there existing strong competition amongst online bingo sites, the vendors are forced to think of new ideas in order to remain relevant in the market. Jackpot, bonuses and promotions are a substantial part of the sites and have an important role in capturing and maintaining the attention of players. However, it is wise to see which other offers are on the table.

 

One site which any Bingo Player would enjoy is Paddy Power. The established betting site offers the popular game for anyone who wishes to play safely in the comfort of their own home. So if you feel like you want to know what all the fuss is about, play bingo with Paddy Power and you can immediately start enjoying the game wherever and whenever you wish.

 

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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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Rank Offers Digital Gaming at Bingo Halls

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Rank Offers Digital Gaming at Bingo Halls


Rank Offers Digital Gaming at Bingo HallsMany gaming industry observers in the UK say the land based bingo industry is in trouble. Player numbers are falling at bingo halls but at online bingo sites the numbers have increased. Many bingo operators have spent lots of money to make their bingo halls more attractive to young nonsmoking players. Rank Group, which operates Mecca bingo halls in the UK has introduced the company’s first electronics only bingo hall. Rank, which also owns Grosvenor casinos, is introducing the new electronic bingo hall in Reading. .

Players use portable tablet devices to play which are very similar to iPads and some other mobile devices. Rank’s chairman says that playing on the tablet devices requires less concentration and all9ows players to eat and drink while playing. The devices daub the called numbers automatically and players can play as many cards as they want. At most online bingo sites players can use the auto daub option that marks the cards and keeps track of any wins allowing the player to multitask while playing. Although Rank believes that the traditional game, with distinctive calls such as Two Fat Ladies, Gandhi’s Breakfast and others will always exist Rank Chairman Ian Burke believes that electronic bingo will attract a new generation of bingo players.

During the first half of Rank’s fiscal year Mecca bingo customer numbers in the UK grew 4% to 1.1 million. Most of the new growth is in Rank’s online bingo sector. Revenues from Mecca’s online bingo operations grew 11% to £30.4 million during the six months prior to December 31st. Revenues at Rank’s bingo halls dipped 1% to £115.7 million during the same period. Rank believes that it is possible to capitalize on the popularity of online bingo by offering digital gaming at its land based venues. Burke told reporters “The electronic gaming has definitely got an appeal to the under-35s.”

Rank also believes that digital gaming at bingo halls will lure “more even gender mix.” Players can tap on the screens when their numbers are called and there is a function that allows players to catch up if they have missed a few calls. Rank believes that the new tablets will attract male players in their 20’s. Burke stated “Electronic gaming offers all sorts of additional benefits to players. I wouldn’t describe our handheld devices as an iPad, but it’s the same principle. Like many people, three years ago I would never have imagined iPads being as popular or as successful as they are. A lot of people love the tactile aspect of playing bingo with paper and pen and I imagine that will be around for a long, long time to come. But playing bingo electronically is much more akin to playing it on the internet except it’s done in a social and community setting.”

Rank is controlled by Malaysia’s Guoco Group which recently made a deal worth £179 million with Gala Coral Group to purchase 19 casinos which would make Rank the largest gaming operator in the UK.

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