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I’ve always known about the game of bingo. It’s a game that ladies in our street used to play on a Wednesday or Saturday night down at the local bingo hall. It’s a game that has always been there in the background – a bit like Monopoly and Cluedo. But until a few months ago, I’d never actually played it for myself.
I was on holiday with my family in one of those resort hotels where they have entertainment programmes. That’s not really my kind of thing, but the kids found out that one afternoon session was going to be bingo and they really wanted to try it. It was supposedly for adults, so they needed me to go along with them, which I did. We played with a group of about 20 people and it was fun! It wasn’t difficult at all – all you needed to do was listen out to the numbers being called and cross them off if you had them on your cards. As we were playing two games at once, it got a bit confusing as to when we were playing for one line and when we were playing for a full house, but we got there in the end! Although none of us actually won, we got pretty close and it was a fun way to pass half an hour or so.
The holiday continued – with various other activities thrown in along the way – and then we came home and got on with our everyday lives. But then one night I thought about bingo again and decided to play the game online. It wasn’t quite the same as playing in person – the games were a lot quicker for a start and the prizes were different too. On holiday, you could win a bottle of wine or a free dinner, online you can win huge amounts of money, even though it only costs you pennies to play. I play bingo now on my chosen bingo site whenever I’ve got a few minutes to kill.
Sometimes I can even pre-buy a ticket for a big jackpot game that I don’t have time to play at the scheduled time. It doesn’t matter, my ticket still gets played through, so I still have the chance to win even if I’m not sitting watching the game. That’s the big difference with online bingo – you don’t actually have to do anything beyond buying the tickets you want. The software takes care of marking off your numbers and ‘shouting’ bingo on your behalf!
I wouldn’t say I’m as dedicated to bingo as the ladies on my street used to be, but I can certainly see why they used to play. For easy entertainment mixed with the chance of a big win, you can’t beat a game of bingo!