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Before the introduction of online bingo, most people have had the tendency to associate the bingo game with crowds of elderly ladies at their local bingo gaming hall. Bingo is a very old game and is considered by many to be gentle and very easy to play. Bingo is regarded as one of the most inexpensive past-time games for elderly people. It is also a game wherein one can meet new friends who share the same love for the game. In the past, our very first impression about a bingo gaming hall is a place where elderly women play their bingo games and pass the time away. Nowadays, bingo is played all over the world, thanks to the introduction of online bingo – bingo games can now be played just by having a PC or laptop and a reliable internet connection. You can even play bingo using your mobile phone. With bingo allowing everyone to play anytime and anywhere from all over the world, the game has attracted players of all ages and any gender. If you are simply looking for a place to pass the time or if you are searching for new friends, then you may try playing online bingo. Playing online bingo does not need to be very expensive. It is also faster and more fun especially when each bingo game comes with tons of special prizes and huge jackpots that are offered every time. What is more interesting is that you can even play online bingo for free. Unlike land-based bingo, online bingo even has a new feature called the “bingo chat room” with bingo chat games that are quick, fun and are carried out in between bingo games. The bingo chat room is designed to keep every player entertained while waiting for the next bingo game to start. Bingo is a very good game for women as well as men, with 85% of bingo players playing their games online. Bingo is definitely a game for all ages, ranging from 18 (the legal minimum age) up to 100, because online bingo permits those people (who typically would not be able to go to their local bingo hall) to enjoy playing bingo games in the comfort of their own homes and at any time of the day!

Even if it is a fact that you can see many elderly bingo players playing in your average bingo hall, it is definitely not true that the majority of them still dominate the world of online bingo. According to the IGWB (International Gaming & Wagering Business) Online Magazine (http://www.igwb.com), there are about 1.6 billion individuals who attended bingo gaming halls in the United States alone in the year 2003. Furthermore, the 1.6 billion people in the United States who attended the bingo halls are almost more than the number of people who attended bowling alleys and movie houses combined.

From the year 1999 up to the present day, the number of online bingo sites has increased significantly. Until now, there are still many new online bingo sites being released with the goal of attracting many bingo players by offering free play, great prizes and tons of gaming fun and excitement. According to the WhichBingo.com site, more than 45% of bingo websites are intentionally made for free play only. In fact, about 70% of all online bingo websites are totally free to play. Most of the remaining 30% offer both free and pay-to-play bingo games.
Statistics have shown that online bingo is an overwhelmingly popular game in the United States. According to the Bingo.com site, about 90% of online bingo players who play at the free-play websites are of North American descent. Also, about 80% of those who played bingo online for free were female. Moreover, the average age of an online bingo player (whether male or female) was 41, with more than 80% of them ranging from 25 to 55 years old. Normally, bingo is a game associated with senior citizens, so it is very surprising that only 2% of the online bingo players who play for free are over the age of 65.

In the United Kingdom, the number of bingo players under 45 years old has increased significantly from 46% to 62% in the last 10 years. Also, people between 18 to 24 years old now make up 700,000 out of the 3.5 million players in Britain. Bingo.com also states that more than 85% of online bingo players access their games from the comfort of their own home and more than 50% of them play online bingo every day.

People who play online bingo are mostly the stay-at-home parents, usually the females. Both the bingo games and the chat games allow the stay-at-home parents to play bingo and chat with new or old friends while still being able to keep an eye on their children. One main reason why moms are always playing online bingo is due to the autoplay function of most online bingo sites nowadays. This autoplay function enables players to simply let the cards be marked automatically for them as each number is called. There is even an option wherein the software can automatically call Bingo for mom if she has won a certain game. As long as the bingo cards are purchased and a game screen is up on the computer, mom can do chores around the house or keep an eye on the kids while the games are being played. There are also many online bingo sites that have ongoing chat screens (even while the games are being played) that surely emulate the feel of an actual bingo hall right at the comfort of their own home. Another good reason why moms are always playing online bingo is most probably due to the chat room feature. Anthony Wayne, an online consultant for the Curacao-based bingo site named BingoHouse.com, stated that they once tried to create many games without the chat feature. As a result, each of these games failed miserably. This shows that chat is very crucial to the success of online bingo even if keeping the active chat lines running takes up a lot of bandwidth.

As time passed by, online bingo has led to forums, communities, social networking as well as chat rooms that make playing bingo online more appealing than ever before because not only can you have the chance to win great prizes in the chat rooms, you can also befriend as many “bingo buddies” as you like. Every online bingo website is different. There are some which focus on the usual bingo trends while there are others which use celebrity rumors, unique and funny stories, online dating features and tons of great prizes to attract the younger bingo players – their number which has skyrocketed in the recent years.

In conclusion, online bingo is just the same as its land-based counterpart, only much better as you can play anytime and anywhere you like. Bingo does not discriminate so practically anyone can play this simple game. Even if females dominate mostly in the world of bingo, there are men who do play bingo and in fact, they enjoy playing it every day. Many studies have shown that nowadays, more and more bingo players belonging to the younger group (approximately 18 to 45 years old) are dominating the world of online bingo. Therefore, bingo is not entirely a game for the old people only as we have had always initially assumed. Whether the game is played in your local gaming hall or online, bingo will always be a game for everyone to enjoy.