Mecca Bingo online is just one of a growing number of bingo websites that have proliferated in recent years largely due to the relaxation in rules governing advertisements following the 2005 Gambling Act.
A typical evening’s entertainment for bingo player Marylyn
Bronte, 51 centres round 2 or 3 hours of an evening playing this bingo site.
“I prefer to stay in and play bingo or online lotteries comfortably at home than
have a night out down the pub”, she says. “I like a smoke and you can’t do that
at a traditional high street bingo hall."
Even newspapers like the Sun and Daily Mail are getting in
on the act which helps compensate for falling newspaper sales.
For the uninitiated, bingo is a game of chance which
originated in high street bingo halls.
Players listen to a caller shouting random numbers between 1
and 90 (using familiar phrases such as clickety click – 66) crossing off each
called number that happens to be on their individual card. The first player to
cross off all their numbers wins the prize on offer.
Advertising is aimed at women who are twice as likely to play as men, partly due to the social nature of the game, especially the online version.
Websites such as Macca Bingo online offer chat rooms which prove a key element in attracting younger players. Unlike bingo halls, girls can chat to other players during the course of a game and can even send each other personal messages.
Online bingo sites facilitate play by filling in cards automatically
thus eliminating errors and incorrect calls.
Costs for a card typically range from 1p to 10p or more and
prizes tend to be small. Although they can run into £1,000’s depending on the
number of players in the game.
Although a game of chance, bingo is not seen as gambling and relaxation in the rules governing advertisements, following the 2005 Gambling Act has resulted in the rapid growth of bingo sites
Among the big brands, Mecca Bingo reports that a fifth of the money it now takes is online, rather than in bingo halls.
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