You may have noticed that the most frequently visited gambling sites available on the internet at the moment include a lot of bingo based games. If you live in the UK, you’ll know that there are no shortage of advertisements for bingo sites, they even sponsor popular TV shows. Elsewhere, e.g. in the US, online bingo is still quite popular.
Bingo has been around for centuries and recently, providers have been cashing in on the popularity of Bingo games by providing multiple versions of Bingo games online. Some developers have chosen to take online bingo to the next level and combine it with online slot gaming. Bingo already had a large following before it hit the internet, and since it’s effectively moving with the times by combining with other simple gambling games to create innovative versions, bingo is still going strong.
So how does bingo based slot gaming work?
Slingo, a bingo variation that incorporated elements from card games, slot machines and bingo was developed around 15 years ago in ’95. Slot machines are just as popular as bingo games, so it makes sense that people would eventually try to combine the two. Since gambling is illegal in some places, but bingo is still allowed, the effective combination of these elements have created a grey area in which bingo based slot gambling is still legal.
The principle element of Bingo, is to mark off called numbers on cards with different arrangements of random numbers. The aim is to get a card that has been fully marked off and claim ‘Bingo!’ to win money. On a slot machine that is bingo based, you’ll see twenty five cards displayed in a way that looks very similar to bingo. Each column has a reel, which will form the slot row at the bottom. Releasing the slot machine lever will spin the reels and throw random numbers or symbols at the player who will then have to mark them off on their displayed cards in an attempt to complete one of their cards and win the game.
What’s the difference between bingo based machines and normal slot machines?
Bingo slot machines have reels which match the number of columns displayed. All the reels will spin and land on a random combination. The main difference between bingo based machines and regular machines is that on bingo based machines the row doesn’t have to be horizontal. It can also be vertical or diagonal.
The gameplay really isn’t much different. Some bingo based slot machines will still use fruit patterns that you’re familiar with seeing on normal slot machines. The aim of the game is to still match the payout table by getting a row of matching characters. Sometimes, you’ll also be able to win by covering all the numbers/special characters displayed on one of the video cards you have in front of you. This depends on the individual version of the game you are playing.
You’ll find both variations of bingo based slot machines and regular slot machines on a variety of sites. You may even try them for free, which is the best way to find out how they actually work.