For bingo enthusiasts, the options for playing bingo today are literally endless. Whether you’d like to play on your iPhone/iPad or via a website on your desktop, you can choose whatever option best suits your unique tastes.
Heck, if you really love the game, you can choose to play in-person, on your smart phone/tablet, and through a website that offers online bingo games.
When playing online, however, there are a few things that you will need to consider before getting started. Here is a look at what they are:
#1 – What Site/s Are You Going to Play On?
The first thing that you will want to consider is exactly what site or sites that you intend on playing on. There are literally dozens, possibly even hundreds, of options available on the web today.
With this in mind, it may take some research and trial and error to determine which online bingo sites fit your playing style. The one thing that you will want to avoid, at least in the beginning, is playing on too many sites.
Instead, your best bet is to narrow your choices down to 3-4 sites based on your research and a quick game or two. From there, play a few games on their site before you make a decision about which ones you want to stick with long term.
Since websites vary in their themes, gameplay, graphics, payout options, etc., it may take a few weeks before you know which is the optimal fit for you. Giving yourself the opportunity to get used to the gameplay on a specific site will give you the best opportunity to succeed long term.
#2 – Do You Want App Compatibility?
Another thing that you will want to consider, especially while trying to determine the best bingo site to use, is whether or not app compatibility is important to you. Some sites will allow users to play through their desktop as well as through an app on their iPhone or tablet.
The obvious advantage of playing through a site that offers app compatibility is that you can play whenever and wherever you want. The only real disadvantage with this is that it may take a while to get used to the gameplay on both the browser and through the app, as this will likely vary.
#3 – Is the Website Accredited and Do They Have Fair RTP Rates?
If you plan on playing on an online bingo site for money, then you will obviously want to be sure that the site is accredited and regulated before making any type of deposit. This is important as it will help you ensure that they are regulated by a higher authority and that you are not being scammed or ripped off.
Accreditation is also important because it provides peace of mind when it comes to deposits. Depositing even small amounts of money requires you to divulge financial information that you certainly want to be kept private. By going through an accredited site that has strong encryption for financial pages, you can protect yourself from most potential issues.
Even if they are accredited, however, the possibility is still there that you could be manipulated into playing games in which you have very little chance to win money or even make your money back. To ensure that this isn’t the case, you should always look into the ‘Return to Player’ rate on the site/s that you intend to use.
As the name suggests, the RTP rate is a percentage that lets you know how much of the money deposited and used by players is then given back to the players as prizes. If this rate is lower than 90-95%, your best bet would be to run away as fast as you can and find a site that is as close to 95% as possible.
#4 – How Are Withdrawals Handled?
Most sites put a great deal of work into ensuring that depositing money into your account is as easy as possible. The problem with many of them, however, is that they often make it much more difficult to withdrawal that money when the time comes to do so.
The reason for this is obvious; they want you to feel that withdrawing would be an inconvenience in the hopes that you will just spend the rest of the money in your account on playing more games.
Most veteran players know this and will therefore only play on sites that have a history of making prompt and safe withdrawal payments. If a site cannot do this or has a bad history with respect to withdrawals, it is probably in your best interest to stay away from them.