Bingo is a very simple game. That's part of the allure of the game. You are able to sit down with a group of friends and wait until specific numbers are called creating a pattern on your card and if the pattern is covered you win. Not much to it. The same holds true with Online Bingo but there are a few very key differences that must be understood to fully benefit from both the offline and the online Bingo environment.
Bingo in its purest form is a completely random game where no one has any inkling of what will pop up next. In an offline environment that is accomplished by using a large enough sampling of numbers to ensure randomness. Obviously, when playing online you, as a player, don't have the benefit of seeing the bucket of numbers rolling around and then witnessing someone pull the ball from the tumbler. This is all done behind the scenes and the 'tumbler' itself is merely a written algorithm. You have to rely on the Bingo site to provide randomness and hope they use a reputable random number generator to provide fair gaming.
What to Do in Bingo
As a Bingo player, whether online or off, your first priority should be fair gaming. You wouldn't go into a shady Bingo Hall where you know the balls in the tumbler are weighted so that only pre-chosen numbers appear. You know that in doing so you will have either ensured your defeat, or at the very least you would be participating in an event that jeopardizes the integrity of the game. Neither of these options are very tantalizing and in choosing either of them threatens the very foundation that this great pastime has been built on.
Choosing the Right Site
For these reasons as a sensible player you should make sure that the online Bingo establishment that you have chosen provides a reliable, fair gaming service. This isn't very hard at all and with just a few minutes of research can save you a whole lot of trouble. The first thing that you need to check on is whether or not their site is SSL encrypted. Most sites are these days and playing for money means at some point you have to transfer and withdraw that money. You have to make sure that your information is encrypted. The next item you need to check on is whether or not they are using a good random number generator. A random number generator is all that stands between a fair game and a game that is weighted in the Bingo establishment's favour. Once these items are resolved you should feel pretty safe playing online.
Playing Bingo is great fun offline or on. The basics of the game will remain unchanged and you will be able to pass between the two seamlessly if you just remember those few little twists.