In our guide, we have gathered all of the most commonly asked questions regarding free bingo and answered them in one concise, easy to read and fun article. To give you a taste of what’s ahead, here is a rundown of the questions:
- What exactly is free bingo?
- Why play free bingo?
- Do you win prizes in free bingo?
- Are there bonuses in free bingo?
- How did the concept of free bingo come about?
- Where can I play free bingo?
- How do I get started?
What exactly is free bingo?
Free bingo is a bingo game in which you don’t have to deposit any money:
- No deposit required.
- Play bingo for free.
Why play free bingo?
Apart from the fact that it’s free, there are other factors that make free bingo worth a go. With the huge variety of online bingo sites out there, it can be a challenge deciding which one to join. Many sites help you along by offering no deposit bingo, which is essentially free bingo. This gives players a great opportunity to familiarize themselves with a game or website before deciding to deposit real money, in other words, ‘try before you buy’! No deposit bingo is also great for bingo newbies.
For those new to the game, free bingo allows them to practice and learn but it is not only newbies that benefit from free bingo. Seasoned and experienced players also play free games, which is great if you are on a tight budget. You could say that a free bingo subculture has developed whereby people go and play purely for the fun, with the added plus that they can win actual prizes! The fact that free bingo is so popular means that you are guaranteed to encounter lots of other lovely people.
- Free bingo gives you the chance to ‘test drive’ different bingo games and websites.
- Even experienced and seasoned players play free bingo.
Do you win prizes in free bingo?
Actually yes, you can win prizes even though you didn’t deposit any money. As with paid bingo, free bingo awards all different types of prizes. Naturally, prizes amounts won’t be as large as they would in a paying game, plus you are not likely to find a progressive jackpot because progressives are made up of real money that players deposit. That said, you can find free bingo sweepstakes.
There are daily and monthly sweeps that offer some money prizes as well as gift vouchers, branded merchandise, consolation prizes and other fancy gifts. Some online bingo sites give out something called “freebies”, also known as “loyalty points”, “free bucks” or some other name, depending on the site. Freebies are basically free money with which you can play. You cannot withdraw a freebie but you can use it to play and possibly win a prize.
- You can win prizes in free bingo.
- There are free bingo daily and monthly sweepstakes.
- You can win gift vouchers, branded merchandise and consolation prizes.
- Prizes also come in the form of “freebies”, which is free money you can use to play.
- You can’t withdraw “freebies”.
Are there bonuses in free bingo?
As we have seen, some online bingo sites offer some form of free bingo. But what about bonuses? The websites are already letting you play for free, so you would not be alone in wondering whether the giveaway ends there. As it happens, some sites do indeed offer such a thing as a ‘no deposit bingo bonus’! These usually range between £1 and £20.
In addition, some free bingo sites often offer additional bonuses upon your first real money deposit, for example you might receive a 100% welcome bonus (upon real deposit). Note, sites that offer no deposit bonuses usually apply strict withdrawal policies, so do make sure you check all the terms and conditions before playing!
- Free bingo sites often give out no deposit bingo bonuses when you register.
- Many sites offer welcome bonuses to those who decide to make a real deposit.
- Be sure to read the terms & conditions though, no deposit bonuses usually come with stringent withdrawal requirements.
How did the concept of free bingo come about?
The earliest version of bingo wasn’t exactly free. Bingo, stems from an Italian lotto game that was around way back in 1530. Italian lotto remains a massive institution until this day, with a current yearly contribution of over 75 million dollars! The French and Germans proceeded to make some changes to the structure of the cards and you could say that the first ‘free’ version of bingo was introduced in the 1800’s when the Germans used it as an educational game.
But true bingo, as we know it, was born from the Beano version of the game that was made popular by an American named Edwin S. Lowe just after the stock market crash of 1929. Lowe would charge humble amounts and give out modest prizes, yet the game sky rocketed in popularity, becoming a worldwide phenomenon until this day, especially in the UK, where bingo halls are a national institution. Bingo halls charge an entrance fee or a membership fee which keeps the business going as well as funding the prizes. When online bingo came about in the 90’s, websites tried to follow this model but over the years online brands have had to refine the process by using their significant resources to enhance the accessibility of free game play and encourage long term player participation.
In 2009, Cheeky Bingo was the first site to offer free bingo and Costa Bingo was soon to follow. Nowadays, almost all sites offer free bingo in some form or other.
- Bingo originates from an Italian lotto game from 1530.
- Free online bingo came about in 2009 when sites were forced to adapt their business model in the virtual world.
- Most sites today offer some form of free bingo.
Where can I play free bingo?
As we said previously, free bingo is available on almost all online bingo sites these days, particularly the new ones that want to build a following! Some sites are primarily dedicated to free bingo. Conversely, sites that are focused on paid bingo will often offer a small section with free games for beginners and newbies.
So you can see that free bingo comes in various models, formats and styles. Ultimately, the goal of free bingo is to have fun, make friends and maybe win some prizes along the way. The best idea is to try out different sites until you find the one that best suits your tastes and requirements.
- Free bingo can be found on almost all online bingo sites nowadays.
- Some sites are dedicated solely to free bingo.
- Most sites focus on paying bingo but they offer free bingo games for newbies.
- Different bingo sites cater to different tastes and needs.
How do I get started?
Look around your favourite bingo site for the newbies or free bingo section. Alternatively, do a Google search for a website that is purely dedicated to free bingo. Most free games don’t even require you to download the game, you can play online via your web browser. All you have to do is follow a couple of easy steps to register and start playing!
Bingo websites, especially regulated ones, only allow players of 18+ years, or whichever is considered the legal age in your home jurisdiction. All players are required to adhere to the laws of the country (or state) in which they reside or from which they visit the website. Pretty much all free bingo sites have chat rooms where you can socialize whilst playing your game.
- Search around your favorite bingo site for the free bingo section.
- You can also do a web search for websites purely focused on free bingo.
- You need to be of legal age to play free bingo too!
- Make use of free bingo chat rooms.