For many years now bingo has been the sort of game that has been stereotyped as "an old people's pastime", where the elderly would go along to a bingo hall with the hope of having a bit of fun and winning a few pounds along the way. Today, however, it's one of the most popular online games and there are increasing numbers of sites that offer the chance for everyone to play online jackpotjoy bingo games and win some money whenever they like, wherever they are.

But for the uninitiated, there's no point getting involved without learning the rules! It's the sort of game that quickly becomes addictive, especially the closer you get to completing a line, or a whole card, where the financial rewards lie.

To help you on your way, here is a brief guide to online bingo, so you can then go and give it a bin-go! (Sorry, that's a poor pun!)

Select a game and website
There are all kinds of different games to play online, and millions of places to play them, so choosing one that you like can be difficult.
The fortunate thing about bingo is that there are no skills or "tricks of the trade" because all of the numbers are electronically generated.
Having located one, make sure that you like what you see and can use the site quickly and easily, otherwise it can get very frustrating. Start with a low standard to "get your eye in" so to speak, and play against other people just like you. The fortunate thing about bingo is that there are no skills or "tricks of the trade" because all of the numbers are electronically generated (in the online space, they're done manually in bingo halls) so you could be a complete novice and you might beat someone with years of experience.

Automatic gameplay
Essentially, you just have to sit back and watch the action unfold. You might have seen "real-life bingo" whereby the person playing has to mark their card when their numbers are called, but the online version does this automatically so there can be no mistakes. You're normally given three or four cards, and keep going until you run out of cards or you choose to leave the game, making it the perfect game for killing half an hour or playing on your lunch break, or even while you're sitting in the car park waiting for the kids to finish school.

Many versions of online bingo allow you to interact with other players, making it a highly social game even if you're playing on your own laptop in your conservatory. Some people arrange to "meet" their friends in certain games, allowing them to chat about the game and other parts of their daily lives while playing for increased fun.

Depending on the game you play, there are a variety of prizes on offer. For example, some will put all of Tuesday's winners into a prize draw to win much greater sums of money than they won on the game they played. Others play for "electronic money", that you can exchange for real cash at the end.

It really is quite a simple game once you get playing, especially online where you hardly have to do anything! You deposit a few pounds each month or time you play, and you could make some quick, easy money playing a highly addictive and enjoyable game whenever you get a few minutes.

That's one of the best things about playing online. Unlike the "real" bingo halls, they are open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week meaning you can get your fix in the morning, afternoon, evening or night, as a perfect way to have some fun or relax.