While there is plenty of evidence that the stereotype of bingo only being played by elderly women with purple-rinsed hair is not true, there is no denying that it is a game enjoyed by pensioners. Furthermore, as retirees’ technical skills are continually improving, many of them are making the move to online bingo.
Obviously, older players have different requirements and tastes to the younger generation. For instance, they may prefer website designs that are less busy or games that are slightly slower-paced. Of course, this is not always the case, and the choice of online bingo site is very personal.
With that in mind, I spoke to my grandma about where she likes to play. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she would regularly visit her local bingo club to catch up with friends. However, they were forced to hang up their Zimmer frames and make the move online when the bingo clubs and their other favourite hangouts had to close their doors. Since then, she has taken to online bingo with an ease that would put many younger players to shame. Over the last three years, she has explored a number of bingo sites, so she certainly knows what she is talking about!
As my grandma’s local bingo club is run by Mecca, it is no surprise that this is her top choice website. She primarily opts for the 90-ball bingo rooms (being from Liverpool, Penny Lane is, of course, her favourite), but she does also enjoy the occasional game of 75-ball or 80-ball bingo. She also likes the games based on television shows, such as Loose Women Bingo. In particular, my grandma and her friends enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the chat rooms and the highly affordable ticket prices.
If you are yet to experience Mecca Bingo for yourself, you will find an action-packed website that is forever finding ways to reward its members. There are always several promotions on the go offering the chance to win prizes, receive free bingo tickets, take part in prize draws and more. It is also home to a packed online casino, ensuring that it can take care of all your gambling needs.
If you knew my grandma, you wouldn’t be remotely surprised that she was eager to explore a website called Gossip Bingo. She said that the first thing to strike her was the welcome bonus, in particular the fact that it included free spins on slots (up until then, her only experience of slots were the fruit machines still found in many pubs). There are more than 500 slots available at Gossip Bingo and I get the impression my grandma is determined to try them all.
Gossip bingo also offers a number of 75 ball and 90 ball bingo games, many of which are linked to sizeable progressive jackpots. It is also fantastic that new players are given 3 days of no deposit bingo in the Biggie room, which is a great accompaniment to the free slots play.
My grandma’s third choice was bet365 simply because it is a name she recognises from her local high street and therefore, she was confident that it would be a safe and reliable place to play. In that respect, she was not remotely disappointed and she was also pleased to be able to make deposits using banking methods that she was familiar with.
My grandma particularly enjoys the chat games at bet365 Bingo and the extra cash prizes that they offer. She also loves the opportunity to play free games of 90, 80 and 75 ball bingo at different times every single day. In fact, the only negative I heard from her was in regards to the live casino. She was devastated to discover that it wasn’t Noel Edmonds hosting the Live Deal or No Deal game!
These three sites were my grandma’s top picks. However, there are numerous other online bingo sites with different themes and offerings, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their age or number of grandchildren, will find places where they love to play. If your grandma is not yet playing online bingo, why not introduce the idea next time you see her? You might be surprised by just how much she enjoys it.