You’re free from the confines of the bingo hall! No more stuffy silences, no more avoiding certain chairs for fear of offending a bingo regular. In the world of online bingo, you can do whatever you want… right?
Well… not exactly. There are still some rules you need to follow, even in online bingo. If you’re a newbie, though, you might not be completely aware of those rules. Luckily, we’ve put together this quick cheat sheet to help you become a better bingo player and roomie.
Even before you start playing, there are a few basic tips that you should take on board from the beginning:
Every chatroom on every bingo site has a Chat Moderator, or CM for short. These are the guardian angels of bingo, responsible for making sure the chat is a friendly place for all. They help create a great atmosphere and help new players and old. They do a lot for their fellow bingo players, so treat them with respect! It’s not their fault if you lose a game, so don’t insult them or blame them. They’re always there to help, but if you have a query and they can’t respond straight away, be patient. They have a lot on their plate.
Bear in mind that CMs have the power to delete chats and take away player privileges if they feel someone is being offensive. And if anyone even thinks about insulting a CM they should be prepared for legions of roomies preparing for battle. The online bingo communities are so tightly-knit that an insult to one is an insult to all.
You already know that you should avoid using offensive language in bingo chatrooms. But one rule you might not be aware of is NOT TO CHAT IN CAPITAL LETTERS. (Looks slightly terrifying, doesn’t it?)
You might use capitals with the best of intentions—to show that you’re really HAPPY or super EXCITED. Unfortunately, your fellow roomies may well see that as shouting—and you wouldn’t shout in a bingo hall, so avoid it in the chatrooms too. Another reason to avoid using all caps is that CMs often use them so that people know who they are. And, as we’ve covered, you don’t want to upset your CM. Ever.
So stick to lowercase, and when you want to show your happiness or excitement, just use some incredible bingo lingo!
We all know what it feels like to win. It’s incredible. Exhilarating. It gives you such an adrenaline rush that you can’t help but want to tell everyone. Your roomies, the CMs and even the newbies you don’t know.
They need to know. You won!
But you should rein it in. You need to remember that for you to win, other people had to lose, and we all know how much it sucks to lose. People really don’t want to listen to someone bragging about how great they are, and it’s not good sportsmanship to rub it in everyone’s face, so be modest. Accept the congratulations from your roomies… and celebrate loudly in the comfort of your own home.
Whilst bragging about winning is terrible, being a sore loser is even worse. Don’t get us wrong- we’ve all been there. It can feel absolutely devastating to be so close to winning… and to end up losing. It makes no sense. Surely you were more deserving of a win than that other bingo player? You put in way more effort than them- and they’re not even that great at bingo.
Don’t let your green-eyed monster out of the box. Jealousy is not flattering. The worst thing you could do is act out in this situation; everyone loses at some point. Just shrug it off and keep on dreaming about that next big jackpot. The best thing to do is to congratulate the winner with a WTG, and cross your fingers for a win next time.
Whilst these rules apply across the world of online bingo, some sites might have a few extra added in too. So, make sure you check out the rules on the sites you’re interested in joining (and maybe even those you already play on!) to get a better feel for them individually.
Some sites have pages dedicated to specific chat guidelines, such as Mecca Bingo. All sites have a support page and a Frequently Asked Questions page, allowing you to research into rules, payment methods and wagering requirements (to name but a few things). It’s better to do your own research rather than badgering your CMs or fellow roomies- then, when you’re in the chat, you can spend more time playing and less time worrying!
Of course, if you really are stuck, your roomies are there to help. Here at BingoPort, we pride ourselves on having a tight-knit community, and people are more than willing to help you out- as long as you’re following the rules, that is!
If you have any other bingo etiquette tips or rules, we’d love to hear them in the comments.
Fancy more tips for actually playing bingo? Check out our 6 tips to help you play online bingo.