Until the massive online bingo boom, most people associated bingo with groups of old ladies at their local bingo hall, a cup of tea and a biscuit in one hand and a bingo card in the other.
Bingo is thought to be gentle and easy-to-play, with plenty of chance to have a chat in-between games and an inexpensive way for granny to pass an evening. Of course, today, this is far from the case!
Today, bingo is played worldwide, online, and in modern bingo halls – with players from every race logging on and having a go.
It’s cheaper, faster and more exciting – with loads of huge jackpots and special prizes on offer around the clock and quick-fire games with lively enough chat rooms to keep everyone entertained.
No longer grannies little secret, bingo is played by both men and women, with 85% of bingo players now playing their bingo games online, and the ages of players range from 18 (the legal minimum) right up to 100.
Online bingo games allow those who normally would be unable to travel to their local bingo hall to enjoy bingo games in the comfort of their own home and at whatever time they wish!
Although admittedly, many bingo players in your average bingo hall pick up a pension, they are definitely not in the majority when it comes to playing bingo online!
Recent studies have shown that there are over 100 million bingo players worldwide, but roughly 80% of these players are actually women aged between 30 and 50 years old.
The spare 20% are men of the same age range – so there is always a chance to have a little flirt while you play! Most bingo players are staying at home parents, usually female, and the game allows them to chat with new friends and have fun while still keeping an eye on the kids.
This has lead to the social networking, forums, communities and chat rooms of a bingo site being seen as just as important as the big games and jackpots for many. Having ‘bingo buddies’ one of the biggest perks of the game.
Each bingo site online is different – with some catering to each bingo demographic individually (usually focussing on community spirit). In contrast, others use celebrity gossip, flirting and exclusive red-carpet offers and prizes to lure in the younger players. The percentage of bingo players has sky-rocketed in recent years.
In the UK, the proportion of players under 45 years of age has shot up from 46% to 62% in the last decade, with players between 18 and 24 now making up 700,000 of the 3.5 million players in Britain.
Many newspapers also have set up their own online bingo sites so that you can play with bingo players with similar political leanings to yourself, and some high-street shops have even created their own bingo sideline.
With naughty bingo bonuses and interesting prizes offered by the bingo site of a certain high-street lingerie and toy chain. For certain, bingo is still big business, despite economic uncertainties and many more Britons are expected to save cash by playing bingo online.