Is Playing Bingo Online More Fun than Local Bingo Halls?

Is Playing Bingo Online More Fun than Local Bingo Halls?

- September 08, 2016

In the past decades, bingo has become a popular pastime for people all around the world. The advent of the internet has developed this classic game and sent it to a global platform. Bingo is now widely available online, and is played by younger audiences.

Today, bingo enthusiasts have a wealth of options. But what makes bingo online more fun than a local bingo hall? Let’s find out by looking at the differences in setting, cost, variety and prize amount.

Setting and Interaction

Land-based bingo halls are scattered across different cities and countries. When it comes to setting, you can play at these traditional bingo halls, community centres and some arcades. Inside a traditional bingo hall, there is the caller’s stage, the gaming floor and the cashier’s desk. What makes traditional bingo halls particularly fun is that you are surrounded by other players who are excited to shoot for a prize.

In online bingo, there is also a lot of interaction among players that happens through chat rooms. You can even try to be an online bingo chat host. What makes online bingo convenient is that you don’t need to get out of your home, office or car to find a bingo hall. You can play using your laptop or mobile device. This accessibility opens bingo up to a much wider demographic, therefore, you get to interact with all kinds of players.


When it comes to how much you pay to play, the average cost of a night at a traditional bingo hall is £20, which includes the game tickets, food and drink.

New online bingo sites have much lower staffing costs, and the reduced overheads means that you can play games at a lower price. Although there are some online bingo halls that can cost as much as traditional halls, the average ticket price online is £1.

For those who don’t want to spend at all, online bingo offers free games and no deposit bingo bonuses. So you can enjoy the game without needing to spend a single penny. This is also great if you are still learning how to play bingo online.


A traditional bingo hall usually has two main formats: 90-ball bingo and 75-ball bingo. Online bingo, on the other hand, offers many bingo game types. There are brick-and mortar bingo games, 50-ball games, 30-ball games, SNAP bingo and much more.

Prizes and Jackpots

Every traditional bingo hall has its own games with varying jackpots. But the main way in which traditional bingo works is that the jackpot offer comes from the sum of the buy-in collected. This means that prizes can fluctuate wildly.

This is also true for online bingo. The difference is that popular bingo sites have jackpots that can be much higher than traditional bingo halls. Why? This is because of progressive jackpot games.

A progressive jackpot game takes a small percentage of each player’s buy-in and adds it to a communal jackpot. For example, if you buy a ticket that costs £1, then the bingo operator will take 10% (10 pence) and add it to the progressive jackpot.

Under this system, literally thousands of players add to the jackpot every hour and the end result is a jackpot that grows exponentially. The jackpot can reach hundreds of thousands – and sometimes even millions  of pounds.

Bingo is Definitely Fun

Some people still prefer traditional bingo halls over online bingo because it is nostalgic. There’s no question that bingo is definitely fun, no matter where you choose to play it. But if you want more variety, lesser cost and higher prize amounts, then playing bingo online will be much more entertaining for you.

Brodey Sheppard

Brodey Sheppard

Brodey Sheppard’s interest in keeping up with the ‘bleeding edge’ of technology has kept him working in the digital marketing industry for over six years. Aside from searching for opportunities to increase his online marketing knowledge, Sam also scours the Internet for useful bonuses and coupon codes that he can use to fuel his love for photography. During his free time, he watches professional photo retouching tutorials in between streaming his favourite TV shows. Fun fact: Sam has never met a cupcake he didn't like.