In this article we look at a few aspects of playing bingo online that you may not be familiar with: jackpots, tournaments, and side games.
None of these are particularly complicated topics, but if you’ve never played online bingo before you may appreciate some additional information on them.
You’ll understand the term jackpot of course, but you may not know that there are several different types of jackpots you can play for online.
We’ve explained each one of them on this page.
We’ve also explained how bingo tournaments work and looked at the various side games that are available at most bingo sites.
The chance to win a really big prize is one of several reasons why players find online bingo so appealing. Most bingo sites offer a range of jackpot games and some of these can feature very large prizes.
The rules of these vary from one game to the next, but the basic principle is always along similar lines to most bingo games having to meet specific criteria in order to win a prize.
These criteria can technically be anything, but they are generally something like having to mark off your numbers in a particular pattern or having to mark off all your numbers before a certain amount of numbers are called.
What makes jackpot games different is the size of the prize and the fact that, usually, there’s no guarantee that anyone will win the main prize. Most of them fall into one of four categories: fixed, guaranteed, progressive, and sliding.
Fixed jackpot games are where the prize is a fixed amount of money, regardless of how many people enter the game. Guaranteed jackpot games are slightly different; the prize is at least a certain amount, but it can increase if enough people enter.
Progressive jackpot games are where the prize increases each time it’s not won, and rolls over to the next scheduled game. Sliding jackpots are kind of the reverse, in that they decrease rather than increase.
In a sliding jackpot game the prize starts out at a certain amount, but then it reduces once a certain amount of numbers have been called.
Each type of jackpot game has its own merits so there’s not really a best type. With that being said, it’s progressive jackpots that tend to be the largest, so these are the ones to go for if you want to go after the really big money.
Tournaments are one of the many ways that bingo sites try to make the games more exciting. They come in several different formats, and most sites have their own way of doing things.
However, there are a couple of types of tournaments that are particularly common.
You’ll find scheduled tournaments at most sites, although the format isn’t always the same. Typically, though, they involve paying a fixed entry fee that entitles you to enter a number of games that take place over a period of time. This period of time can be a single night, a week, a month, or sometimes even longer.
You can then earn points for taking part in the relevant games. Points can be awarded simply for taking part or they can be awarded based on how many numbers you manage to mark off. The winners of the games will usually get more points.
At the end of the tournament the player that has the highest number of points wins the tournament and the associated prize. There are usually consolation prizes for those in the runners up positions too.
Leader-board tournaments aren’t too dissimilar, although there’s generally not an entrance fee. The other difference is that rather than having to play in specific games, you just enter games as normal.
Again there will be more points awarded to the winner of the games, and there will be prizes on offer to those that get the most points at the end of whatever period the leader-board is being run. At some sites every single game will be eligible for leader-board points, while at others only certain ones will be.
There are other types of tournaments too, but these two are the ones you’ll come across most often.
If you enjoy playing something a bit different to bingo from time to time, then you’ll probably appreciate the side games that are available at most bingo sites. These typically include popular casino games such as blackjack and roulette.
At some sites you’ll find quite a large selection of slot games too. You’ll also often find a range of instant win games, such as scratch cards for example.
You may be interested solely in playing bingo, in which case the side games won’t be of any interest to you. You don’t have to play them, but it’s great to have the option if you do like to mix it up every now and again.