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Bingo's Place In Gambling Mix

8 January 2003

Bingo is a traditional mainstay of the games people play. Children and adults around the world play it for fun. When you get right down to it, it's probably one of the first games we learn how to play and is arguably familiar to more people around the world than any other game of its genre.

Playing bingo for fun is one thing, however. Playing bingo for fun AND profit is something else altogether. It's something we've all done at one time or another. Charity, church, and fraternal organization bingo nights for the purposes of fundraising have been around for many years.

The popularity of bingo halls as a gambling option in casinos around the world is enjoyed by legions of fans. Bingo is affordable to a broader base of the population, the rules are simple, the game is easy to understand, and there's no intimidating strategy.

The premise of winning at bingo is based on pure luck. Superstitions abound as a way to entice Dame Fortune to smile favorably on your pack of bingo cards. People can play as few cards as they like or as many cards as they can handle. It's all up to the individual.

Bingo games afford people of all ages the chance to socialize, get the adrenaline flowing, and best of all, the opportunity to focus your attention and concentration on something other than worries. Oh, did I forget about the chance to win some money?

The universal appeal of bingo has translated to a surge in online places to play. Check out any search engine or links on gambling related sites and you'll be directed to literally hundreds of different places to play the game from the comfort of your own home.

The brand of games that software providers market to online gambling sites differ in a lot of respects, but the bottom line is they all try to create a live bingo hall experience for users. It's up to you to seek out the site that most appeals to you in the way of graphics and sound effects.

One easy way to get the low down on the best places to play bingo online is to visit chat rooms that are associated with many of the sites. Just ask questions of people who have already played and get feedback on the games and the prizes. Experienced users will "tell it like it is".

Something else to take into account is the prize money. Don't start playing at the first site you come across. Shop around for the best games, the highest prize money, and most attractive sign-on bonuses.

Rest assured that online bingo sites want users to derive the best possible playing experience they can possibly achieve. They're in business to make money, and they know the way to do this is to attract players. They also know that the only way to attract and keep players is to operate an honest and attractive player-friendly site.

As is the case with all online gambling, smart players must exercise responsibility and financial self-control to keep the experience fun. When you play from the comfort, privacy, and convenience of your own home, it's easy to play more frequently and wager more money than you would if you had to leave your house and travel to a brick-and-mortar bingo hall.

Next week I'll get into some bingo particulars and some of the odds you face before you're able to scream BINGO!

John G. Brokopp

John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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John G. Brokopp
John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

Books by John G. Brokopp:

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