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The written and unwritten rules of online bingo

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The written and unwritten rules of online bingo

The number of online bingo sites continues to grow; we're now spoilt for choice when it comes to playing bingo online! Every site will offer different types of bingo games, different promotions and a number of different rooms in which you can play, but they'll all have one thing in common: there will be rules in place to make sure that everyone enjoys their online bingo experience.

Bingo "Rules" as a figure of speech

When we say "rules", we don't mean pages and pages of complicated instructions that you'll need to memorise before playing. Not at all. The rules we refer to apply to the bingo sites that offer chat rooms for their players: there are certain guidelines and etiquette that you should follow when playing and chatting. The chat moderators or chat hosts (often designated by the letters CM or CH in front of their names) are there to make sure that play goes smoothly and that players are abiding by the rules. The rules are pretty simple... Firstly, AVOID TYPING IN CAPS! This is the chat equivalent of shouting, and is considered pretty rude, so make sure your caps lock is off when chatting. Secondly, celebrate "roomie wins". If someone in your chat room wins a game, congratulate them. You may not have won this time, but you're sure to be a winner soon. Don't grumble if you lose or complain if someone wins more than once; it's all about being a good sport. Thirdly, be friendly to the newbies. If you play, you'll remember how daunting your first bingo chat room was - and the best way to settle in is to chat with the more experienced players. It's a great way to build up the community, and build up the respect that other players will show you. Fourth, don't argue with the chat host. They're just there to do their job. It can be tough to keep chat rooms running smoothly and keep everybody happy; remember that they're doing their best. Finally, have fun! While the above may seem like a lot to take in at first, you'll take to the rules like a duck to water in no time.

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