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All About the UK Gaming Industry

Categories: Gambling

Online gaming is one of the UK’s most successful industries, and plays a significant part in the £8billion annual industry that is gambling in the UK. The industry has been recognised on numerous occasions for its success in innovation, and perhaps the most obvious example of this is the success that companies have had moving casino and bingo games online.

One example of this has been offers like free online bingo at Costa Bingo, free bingo sites are great because they incorporate the fun and thrill of the real money game without the risk of playing for money. Of course, as a marketing tool it’s also very successful because people can get comfortable with the surroundings of the website and how the game engine works, without having to deposit any of their own money.

And it’s important that people get to ‘try before you buy’ a little bit because there are over 2,500 online gambling websites that can be accessed from the UK. The vast majority of these are also licensed in Britain, and in particular in places like Malta and Gibraltar.

Although 75% of the UK adult population indulges in gaming of some sort or another at least once a year, there’s still a lot of growth potential for the online sector with only 5.6% of the population (or somewhere in the region of 2.5million people, taking part in remote gambling according to the last figures released in March 2009.

When taken into account the number of people who play bingo in the country (there are 216 different operators in the UK with over 641 clubs) the future for online bingo, more so than just about any game other than poker, seems secure. With a huge number of people playing the game in some format – whether that be clubs, school fundraisers or things like ‘underground rebel bingo’ – who may not yet have played the game online.

Of course, even with all this, perhaps the most impressive statistic about the UK gaming scene is that the industry itself, voluntarily, donates over £5million a year to sites like Gamble Aware who carry out research, treatment and offer education for people about gambling problems.

Online gaming is here to stay, and all the signs suggest it’s only going to get more popular in the years to come.


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Beginners Guide to Bingo Strategy

Categories: Bingo

A fairly large majority of bingo players like to think that their game is entirely based on luck, and whether you win or not comes down to the alignment of the stars. However, a small community (and generally speaking, the one that wins most often) are aware that there is a strategy to bingo, and that by applying it correctly, you can win lots of money – and even, in certain cases, make a living out of it.

So, first of all, a brief explanation of how bingo strategy works. Broadly speaking it’s divided down two lines: the first, and most important, is the site that you play with and what sort of deals it offers. The bingo bonuses at Costa Bingo are a great example of the kind of bonuses that you should be looking for. The second aspect of bingo strategy is being able to select your card and doing so wisely, with a bit of practice you’ll soon be able to narrow down what’s a winning card and what isn’t.

Addressing the first part of the strategy first, you should be looking for any site that allows you to maximise your chances of winning without having to risk more money. So anything from start up deposits, to bonuses during games, to chances to play money games without risking any of your own cash, even to things like how much money the site pays out on a weekly basis – all should go into consideration.

Another thing though, and a much more important one, is how much you like the site, being successful about online bingo is all about patience and making the most of fleeting opportunities that come around every now and then. In which case, you need to pick a site that you like and one where you can spend a lot of time (and a good chatroom community can’t hurt).

The second aspect of bingo strategy is the cards. Some people say that bingo is a game of luck, it’s not, it’s a game of probability, obviously blind chance plays a large part in any game of probability but there are things that you can do to increase the odds in your favour.

Take, for example, a card that contains only odd numbers, now you’d think that every number has an equal chance, right? A chance of 1 in 75, if there are 75 balls being played. Well, yes, but when you look at sub groups, like odds and evens, you suddenly see that the chances of only odd numbers being called out are rather remote – and as it usually only takes between 15 and 20 balls for someone to win, by sticking with just one group of numbers (in this case odds) you’re seriously reducing the probability of you getting a winning card.

This is just a quick introduction to bingo strategy, but the most important thing of all is to never risk more money than you can afford, and remember that bingo can be a form of gambling just like any else. If you’re worried about yourself, or anyone else, check out the Gamble Aware website for more information.
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