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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 07:12

Ten things not to do when playing bingo

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The definitive guide on how not to play bingo.

It's hard to mess up bingo. After all, it's a simple game, so there isn't much that can go wrong – right? The funny thing is that when you play online bingo it's so simple that you can make mistakes you wouldn't normally – just because you think it's easy and then you make rookie errors. Here are our top ten tips on how not to play bingo:

1. Don't Google 'bingo' and play on the first site you see

It's a sad fact that those who are at the top of the search engines are there pretty much because they pay to be there. That doesn't make them the right site for you. Shop around a bit and find something you like.

2. Don't fall into the trap of not reading reviews

Sometimes you just wanna play already! It can be so tempting to jump right in there and get started, but research is key. How will you know that you've gotten the best bonus or if you're playing at a safe site? Do a little quick reading first and it can save you a world of pain later.

3. Don't forget to look for exclusive bonuses

While you're reading those reviews, how about you get yourself some exclusives! Lots of review sites have long-standing relationships with bingo brands and by using their links you can get free spins, free cash, extra deposit bonuses and gifts.

4. Don't accept a bonus on face value

Free money sounds good, right? But the free money can come with all sorts of conditions attached to it. Check out the terms and conditions to find out what you have to do to get the bonus and to play through the bonus.

5. Don't forget to check out the terms and conditions

If I wanted to read terms and conditions all day, I'd have become a lawyer. But sometimes it's important to figure out what it is that you're signing up to. If you can't understand the terms and conditions, chances are they're written in a way that makes it hard. Move on!

6. Don't hunt bonuses

This is bad form. Bingo companies are there to entertain, but they aren't there to just give out free cash. Make sure you only sign up legitimately and if you like the site, don't try to sign up with another email address. That's against the rules!

7. Don't be an idiot in the chat rooms

The bingo community is friendly and everyone loves to chat, but there's always someone who's sitting in the room being a Grinch. Don't let that person be you.

8. Don't spend more than you can afford

If you love bingo and want to play it all the time, make sure you're mixing a healthy dose of free bingo in there to keep the costs down. Track your spend each week. And if you think you might have a problem, make sure you get help from Gamblers Anonymous or a similar organisation.

9. Don't keep the good news to yourself

Sharing is caring in bingo, and if you love a site you'll be rewarded for sharing the good news. Referral bonuses are generous and you want every penny you can get! So tell a friend – tell all your friends!

10. Don't untick the newsletter box

Newsletters are the primary way a bingo site can update you on the bonuses available. It's important that you stay on top of those promotions so you never miss out!