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Play Free Bingo Here - No Card Details Required!

Free Bingo is probably the most overused (and dare we say, ‘misused’) phrase in the world of online bingo with just about every brand claiming they offer free bingo. Generally these free games are going to fall into one of two categories…

  1. You could win real money (if you're lucky).
  2. There is no potential to win real money.

However, as you'll learn here; there are many different forms of free bingo that you're going to see, recognise anything from the list below, we thought so!

Free Bingo games where you can’t win real money

Free Bingo with prizes (but not cash)

No Card Details Required

No deposit bingo (real money)

Free Bingo for funded/depositing players, or VIP players

Free Bingo with winnings paid as ‘bingo bonus’

Free Bingo - With a time limit! 

Free Bingo games where you can’t win real money

These games are commonplace on social platforms such as Facebook, an example that springs to mind being Bingo Blitz. These games are a variation of bingo, often playing in exactly the same way, there is however one BIG difference. You won’t at any point be playing to win real money and as such these games are NOT considered gambling.

Social media platforms don’t have the monopoly on bingo games that don’t involve wagering real money. You’ll find these games on various websites and there are many brands offering this on Android and IOS platforms. 

Playing free bingo games without the opportunity to win real money may sound like a total waste of time to some of you, but whilst there may be no cash up for grabs, you may still be able to compete for points and the ‘pride’ of working your way up a leaderboard!

So what’s in it for the brands offering these free bingo games? Whilst you’re not playing to win money, and you’re not actually wagering your hard earned cash, these brands can charge you money for in game features, such as ‘power ups’ for example. If you do make these purchases you’re doing so on the understanding that the games are strictly ‘for fun’, they’re ‘bingo for entertainment’, as opposed to bingo as gambling!

Free Bingo with prizes (but not cash)

There used to be a few sites that fell into this category, but over time they’ve either closed (FreeBingoLand) or switched to pay to play platforms, (OhMyBingo). The longest standing free site is FreeBingo.co.uk which uses software provided by ProWagerSystems. This free brand was originally founded by the company who were also responsible for launching the bingo comparison portal WhichBingo.

Free Bingo sites such as these are rare beasts, they generally offer their players points in place of money and once a certain number of points are collected, there is some mechanism for them to be redeemed for something. The way this works is most commonly through (a) a leaderboard system where the top player gets a specific prize (not cash), or (b) a shop system where points can be redeemed for a prize (again, never cash*) of a players choice. This sort of free bingo is very popular for players since it offers the opportunity to win something without spending any money! How do these free bingo sites make money? That’s an interesting question to which the answer is invariably with great difficulty.

These brands tend to get a lot of traffic and the website owners will usually attempt to monetise that traffic by becoming affiliates and sending players to the pay to play brands. This seems like a good idea on the face of it, but when you consider the fact that players are only at the site because of the free bingo, they don’t usually have the intent to spend, therefore there will often be little money to be made as an affiliate by these businesses.

*Note, sometimes you may be able to exchange points for vouchers (Amazon, etc) or even for ‘cash’ at at a pay to play bingo site, causing confusion. The prize is never going to be actual ‘real cash’.

No Card Details Required!

Did someone say free Bingo games where you can play with no card details required? Now we're talking, well perhaps...

Guess what, if it sounds too good to be true....  Unfortunately this expression applies to free bingo with very few exceptions.

The good news however is that there are certain free bingo sites out there that do genuinely offer these games. And the very best news is that you’re on one of these very special sites right now! Since 2015 Rocket Bingo has been the proud host of a number of free rooms which don’t require you to spend any money in order to play. You don’t even need to be a depositing player and to top it all, we require no card details to be able to play!

When we opened our first free room back in 2015, we gave it the snazzy title of ‘Genuine Free Bingo’ and whilst it doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue, we’ve kept it the way it’s always been and now in 2018 it’s attracting more players than ever. We’re proud to be one of the few ‘proper’ free bingo sites and this is something we don’t intend to change going forward.

However, Rocket Bingo and a couple of other exceptional brands aside, upon arrival at most real money destinations claiming to offer ‘free bingo’, you’ll find with some frustration that these games fall into one of a few categories...

No deposit bingo (real money)

Thanks to a recent tax that hit the gambling industry (targeting free money), we’re actually seeing less of these offers, but they still crop up from time to time and almost always cause more joy than frustration to players.

The setup is usually as follows: A bingo site will offer a snazzy looking welcome package offering ‘no deposit bingo’. In these games the cards tend not to be ‘free’ but effectively, without making  a deposit you’re allowed a certain amount of credit to purchase tickets. Sounds fair so far?

Unfortunately as with most things, the devil here is lurking in the detail - in this case within the terms and conditions…Don’t be surprised if you can only purchase a certain number of tickets, or if you can only access certain rooms to purchase tickets or even if you can only win a certain amount with them! These are just a couple of a plethora of ‘tricks’ involved, others involve winnings being paid in ‘bonus cash’ (almost always a disappointment when compared to the real stuff) which may not be withdrawable. Sometimes you’ll find this ‘money’ can be converted into real money but often with a really poor ‘exchange rate’.

Most likely though, if you amass a significant balance from a no deposit welcome offer, you’ll probably come face to face with a withdrawal limit. This will require you to wager a certain amount before making a withdrawal, often the requisite amount will be ludicrously high, sometimes unattainable without making an actual deposit - something of a buzz kill! You get the picture, no deposit real money bingo is nearly always a waste of your time.

Free Bingo for funded/depositing players, or VIP players

When placed next to the typical ‘real money no deposit deal’ we see, this variation of free bingo actually seems quite a straightforward proposition.

Brands offering these sorts of games will require a player to have made a deposit at sometime in the past. This seems pretty straightforward and it sometimes is, but as with everything theres room for caveats...

Very often a brand will require a deposit to be made within a period of time, such as within 7 days or in some cases, within 24 hours. The networked free bingo games on this site fall into the category of requiring a player to have made a deposit within 7 days. 

Bingo sites that offer only this sort of free bingo are stretching it a bit in our opinion to call themselves free bingo sites. The truth is they’re using free bingo as a tool to incentivise spending real money.

Sites offering this sort of ‘free’ bingo are not doing anything wrong, the bingo games they offer can be played for free, but in order to access them you’re going to have to part with some cash, meaning that when all is said and done, the experience will cost you (unless you win). In other words these games are 'conditional' free bingo!

Sometimes you’ll also find brands that offer certain free bingo games to VIP players only, generally to be a VIP you need to be a regular spender and these games can be offered a perk to such players to reward their loyalty.

Free Bingo with winnings paid as ‘bingo bonus’

We touched on this above.  Put simply, ‘bingo bonus’, ‘bonus cash’ or ‘bonus money’ currencies are always (to our knowledge) disappointing compared to ‘real money’, i.e. the sort that has the Queens head plastered on it.

Unfortunately though it’s extremely commonplace to find games which pay in bingo bonus. There is no standard way of determining the value of this currency but you can bet your nelly that it’s going to cash in at less than, you guessed it, real cash.

Bingo brands love this bonus currency because it allows them to set the value and take control over what they’re actually giving away. Sometimes the bonus currency can be used to play real money bingo games which is great, but it may not be plain sailing thanks to the withdrawal requirements that the site may have in store for you.

Free Bingo - With a time limit! 

To wrap things up with a final point of warning and to make sense of the subheading, we suggest you don’t overdo it when you do find a site offering free bingo.

We don’t mean because you’ll find yourself becoming an anti-social recluse, a good enough reason in itself, but on a serious note we’ve heard that there are brands out there which will literally limit the amount of free bingo games you can play on a given day or within a given month - break this rule and you could find your account closed, the harshest penalty available!

Overall, when it comes to free bingo, we definitely suggest caution. Check the terms of the site you’re playing at very carefully prior to jumping in and don’t be surprised if it all turns out to be too good to be true. With experience you’ll come to realise that there are very few places offering free bingo that’s worth your time, especially when it comes to free games that pay real money.