Knowing how to make a deposit at the bingo site you want to play at is an important part of playing the game of course. Obviously if you've been playing bingo a long time you could probably make a deposit with your eyes closed, but newbies may not fully understand how to do it and they'll also want to know if their money will be safe of course too.
Before you go depositing cash at any site, you need to decide where to play. There are several ways to do this, one of the most popular being word of mouth. Chances are, you've got friends at work and on Facebook who play bingo, and they will often rave about a particular site. Or perhaps you've seen a TV advert that takes your fancy – after all, bingo sites with large marketing campaigns tend to be more popular, busier, and have bigger jackpots because of more players. Or, you could use a price comparison site, such as Best Offers Bingo. Here, you can compare welcome bonuses, wagering requirements, jackpots, creative concept, and chat games, across hundreds of sites before you make your deposit.
Filling in the registration form is different for each site and network. Sometimes it can be as quick as entering your name, username, email, and password. As soon as you've submitted these, you can immediately start playing with your 'no deposit free bonus'. This means you can play with free cash given to you by the site, before you deposit. Sites that do not offer a no deposit bonus often require you fill in an in-depth version of your private details and financial details – after all, you need to deposit before you start playing. This is where it's essential to make sure you are playing at a reputable site with the correct security certificates and protocols. Do this by cross-referencing reviews, and checking the security certificates displayed at the bottom of the home screen. You then need to enter your card details including address, postcode, card number, expiry date, and the three figure security code on the back of the card.
To my knowledge, there isn't a single site on the planet that doesn't offer some form of free cash incentive when you register. But this can be a double edged sword – some sites may offer an incredible amount of free cash – who wouldn't like to sign up to a site that gives you up to £1000 free? However, there can be a sting in the tail, in the form of wagering requirements. This means you need to play through a certain amount of cash, usually displayed as a multiplication of the bonus, before you can withdraw your winnings. It must be said that we are quite lucky in the bingo industry, because the wagering requirements of online casinos are often many times higher. If your chosen site has a no-deposit bonus such as £10, firstly, play through this cash before making your deposit. Alternatively, the site may offer free games that non-depositing players can enjoy as well.
Sites are in the business of pleasing players, and of course, making cash out of us. That's why most will provide a choice of the most popular deposit methods, and lately, the choice of online payment options has grown rapidly. This offers reliability, flexibility, and customer friendliness. Chances are, your chosen deposit method will be available – everything from Visa, to MasterCard, to PaySafeCard, to MoneyBookers. Click the BANKING tab on a site to display the full list of options, wagering requirements, and withdrawal requirements.
If you're an online shopper, chances are, you'll already have a PaySafeCard, Neteller, Ukash or PayPal account set up. This makes depositing a breeze – and it can often be completed in one click. These methods are exceptionally secure and reliable ways to pay, and are increasingly popular. Setting up an account is free and easy. The site, such as PayPal, will link directly to your bank account – the joys of one click depositing.
Every regulated bingo site will have links to a gambling charity such as Gamble Aware or Gamcare. Remember to keep an eye on your bank account, and never play irresponsibly, or attempt to recoup losses. If you feel you're developing a problem, contact one of these charities as soon as possible, and seek advice.