One of the most common things that players say they love the most about playing online bingo is the social factor, and that wouldn’t be possible without the existence of chat rooms. Nearly all online bingo rooms have chat windows although not all games are hosted by a chat moderator; they’re an excellent place to hang out and get to know your fellow roomies, as well as ask for help, talk about shared interests, and even play chat games where you can win prizes.
If you’re used to playing bingo the traditional way at a land-based club, you’ll know that when a game’s about to start, it’s “eyes down” all round. The main reason for this enforced silence, as you’re probably well aware, is so that everyone can hear the caller shout the numbers out. However, with online and mobile bingo, the numbers magically pop up on your screen so there’s not the same necessity to have absolute silence at all times. Plus, provided you take advantage of the auto-dab option, you won’t even need to concentrate on marking the numbers off your cards. This frees up a significant amount of your time and allows you to sit back and enjoy the game without as much pressure. While some players prefer to take a spin on side-games at the same time as a bingo game plays out, others prefer to keep the chat going.
There are plenty of reasons why it’s good to talk while you’re playing a game, and one of the nicest things to see in your chat room window is the amount of encouraging and congratulatory comments from your fellow roomies. Should you win, it’s more than likely that not only your chat host will give you a jolly good virtual slap on the back, but the other players will as well; so, it’s always nice to return the favour when someone else scores a Full House, even if you really wanted the win for yourself.
Once you become familiar with the chat moderators and regular players, it’s fun to catch up with how everyone’s doing. So, without saying anything inflammatory or disrespectful, if you’ve had a bad day at the office, feel free to share. One thing that won’t be tolerated, however, is insults that are directed at other players, so even if you’re only having a laugh, be mindful at all times of how you’re communicating. You should also avoid the urge to type entire phrases and sentences in capital letters as this is viewed as ‘shouting’ and gets in the way of important messages that the chat moderator may be trying to communicate.
What role does the chat host play?
At online bingo sites, there are several hosts who normally work in shifts so that there is sufficient cover around-the-clock. The good news is that they’re around to make life more enjoyable and fun for the players and it’s only in extreme circumstances that they would ever consider banning anyone from the chat room or site. Their main job is to make people feel welcome, but they’re also responsible for answering questions and resolving issues, announcing winners, explaining chat games, and keeping the general mood cheerful. So, if you’re new to online bingo or a particular site, and you want to ask a question about the game you’re playing, just type your query as concisely as possible in the chat room window and they’ll get back to you as quickly as they can.
The hosts are often referred to CMs and CHs (chat moderators and hosts), and you may well one day want to consider becoming one yourself. While jobs are often available, just be aware that it’s quite a demanding role, which requires patience, multitasking, strong levels of concentration over long periods of time, the ability to disperse potential arguments or friction, explain game rules confidently, and ensure that everything runs like clockwork …… and of course have excellent keyboard skills; so, while it might look easy on the surface, the role of a CM is anything but.
How chat games work
One of the things we’ve already alluded to a couple of times in this article is the topic of chat games. These are a great way to ensure that your time playing games is never dull, and they also offer you the opportunity to get your hands on additional prizes. The diversity of chat games is truly extraordinary, so we really can’t give you a definitive list. However, here are just a few examples of the types of games you might come across while you’re playing online.
The following games can be enjoyed alongside some of Bingo Mania’s most popular games:
Some sites like to run trivia quizzes where roomies need to answer either one or a series of questions correctly in the quickest time possible. In return, the CM will usually dish out loyalty point rewards. Quizzes are a great way to test your knowledge and reaction times, and it’s always handy to pick up extra loyalty points for free.
Some sites reward you for when other roomies win. It sounds a bit odd, we know, but it’s all to do with being neighbours (or Nabors, as they’re often referred to in the world of online bingo). For example, if your name appears in the chat list directly above or below the last winner, typing “Nabors” immediately after their win could secure you some handy BBs.
This type of game is pretty popular across many of the big online bingo sites, and when the CM types the first line of a song, the first person to guess the tune correctly gets some free bonus credits or loyalty points.
Now that you’re all clued up and ready to get chatting, why not head to your favourite online bingo site and introduce yourself to a few CMs and roomies. If you can’t find a schedule of what types of chat games that the site hosts and what time they take place, ask the customer support team who will no doubt be very happy to point you in the right direction.