The economy has forced many to cut back on discretionary spending. Because of the aftereffects of the global recession, most people have less disposable income and are trying their best to stay out of debt. Bingo players are no exception, and many are switching to online bingo because of its affordability. Online bingo players do not have to pay entrance fees; there are no transportation costs and no expensive drinks and snacks to buy. All that is needed is a basic internet connection and a computer. The online bingo industry has been one of the few growth sectors during the recession and many experts say that the online bingo industry has been ‘recession resistant.’

Free online bingo is widely available on the web. There are several sites that specialize in free online bingo games. A few of these sites actually offer cash prizes. The very first online bingo sites appeared in 1996 and offered free games. Players had to provide demographic information which was used for marketing purposes. Free online bingo is still popular and for new players free online bingo is a great way to learn the game without having to risk any hard earned money. Most pay bingo sites, like Bingo House, offer free bingo games. At most players must register to access the free games. Bingo operators hope that the free games will influence players to sign up and make a deposit. Free bingo has been used as a very effective marketing tool for over a decade.

Most online bingo sites offer very generous welcome bonuses. Players can double, triple or even quadruple the size of their first deposit. Although the bonus money cannot be withdrawn it can be used to purchase bingo cards making the games essentially free. There are always terms and conditions associated with any deposit bonus and players should always read and understand the terms and conditions to avoid unpleasant misunderstandings.

There are several other ways players can play online bingo games for free. Here are a few; Most bingo sites offer bonuses for every deposit made. Many of these bonuses are quite generous and ar essentially free money which can be spent on bingo cards.

Many online bingo sites have referral bonuses which are awarded when new players are referred by an existing player. Most bingo sites have loyalty programs which award points that can be redeemed for cash or bingo cards. Bingo sites may offer free online bingo games at certain times of the day and often offer free games to loyal players. Free online bingo games can provide players with hours of exciting, and sometimes profitable, entertainment.

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