Betting Sites Where You Can Play Bingo
There are a few reasons why a player might prefer a betting site with bingo to a standalone bingo site.
- A betting site with bingo is ideal even if you only want to place the occasional bet on something else – the Grand National, Wimbledon or Strictly for instance – as you can just use cash from your bingo account and if you win, choose whether to withdraw or play it on bingo or slots.
- A betting site with bingo is also suitable for the opposite case – a player who mostly bets on sport or plays slots but likes the occasional game of bingo. They can sign up with a different area of the site to take advantage of a slot bonus or sports betting welcome offer, and just play bingo with cash when they feel like it.
- Betting sites with bingo tend to have large numbers of customers because of all the other products on site. This generally results in a lot of players in the bingo which makes the chat more lively and the prizes bigger.
- Betting sites with bingo also almost always have a bigger and better range of slot games than regular bingo sites, in a separate area called Vegas, Games, Arcade or some such name.
So apart from bingo and slots, what do betting sites with bingo have to offer?
- Virtual Sports
- Football Jackpots
- Live Casino
- Politics, Showbiz and Novelty Bets
All betting sites with bingo offer the opportunity to bet on mainstream sports such as football and horse racing and many also have a selection of less well known sports such as Bowls, Futsal, Volleyball, Speedway and Australian Rules. If you have a particular interest in a niche sport you may have to check a few of the sites to find out which has it.
In-Play betting allows a bet to be made on the outcome of a sporting event that has already started, and/or a previously made bet to be cashed out while the event is still going on. Football matches are obvious contenders for this type of arrangement, but it is also available on tennis and other sports.
Exchange is a form of sports betting where some players take one side of the bet and other players the other, with the house taking a cut, instead of the usual situation where players bet against the house. The original and by far the most popular betting exchange is Betfair and there’s also an exchange at Ladbrokes.
Esports involves teams competing against each other in video games, usually but not always either first person shooter team games such as League of Legends and Overwatch or sports based games such as FIFA and Rocket League.
Betway and Mr Green have both made a big deal of esports, giving them their own area on the site, but other betting sites including Sky Bet and Unibet include a full range of esports as part of their sportsbook section.
Not to be confused with esports, this is where bets can be placed on the outcome of simulated sporting events which then play out in real time. Even if this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea at all it’s worth checking out just to be amused by the names of the imaginary competitors – how about a greyhound called Grim Kangaroo or a horse called Turn Telly Down?) Virtual sports don’t have the same buzz as real sports, of course, but they can be fun if the sport you prefer is out of season – the real Grand National is only on once a year, but Boylesports have a virtual Grand National every five minutes for several hours every day.
Totepool is a form of peer to peer betting on horse racing which is only found at Betfred. All the bets go into a pool and after deductions for tax and the house rake, the pool is divided amongst the winners. Totepool includes a number of popular accumulator type bets – for example the Tote Placepot where you win by correctly picking a horse to win or place in 6 out of 6 races.
Football pool betting works in a similar way to Totepool and is basically a way of placing an accumulator bet on a series of football matches. Before the National Lottery (and way before online betting) it was the most popular form of betting in the UK. Sky and Betfair both offer a similar product and at Ladbrokes it is available in the sports section as Football Coupons.
All the big betting sites have a casino section where you’ll find games such as blackjack and roulette alongside slot games. Most of the betting sites with bingo have Virtue Fusion bingo and a Playtech casino. If you prefer something different try Betway, Unibet or Mr Green.
In live casino, you play over the Internet at a real gaming table with a real live dealer (or, in the case of the Dream Catcher game which can be played at Unibet and 32red, a real person spins the wheel of fortune for you). Usually these are in a studio but some are at bricks and mortar casinos for added atmosphere (there’s one at London’s Hippodrome, for instance).
Poker resembles bingo in that it requires a large number of players for the play to be interesting and the prizes worthwhile; large betting sites are usually in a position to offer this.
In lottery betting, players bet on which numbers will come up in a lottery instead of actually buying a ticket. This is not allowed on the UK Lotto or EuroMillions (in order not to interfere with direct ticket sales). However, there are many lotteries worldwide for which players in the UK would not normally be allowed to buy tickets and some of these – such as the Spanish El Gordo found at Unibet and the more widely available US Powerball – have huge prizes.
Politics, Showbiz & Novelty Bets
These types of bets are to be found in a special area within the sports section and include elections in the UK and worldwide, Eurovision, X Factor, I’m a Celebrity, and the next James Bond. If you want something a bit more exotic, Paddy Power are the undisputed kings of novelty or “special” bets – in May 2018 you can bet on whether France will ask for the Statue of Liberty back, whether the reformed ABBA will perform at the Glastonbury festival, and whether the UK pound will be replaced by Bitcoin with 10 years of Brexit!