| Online bingo
is the game of bingo (US|UK) played on the Internet and its estimated
launch was in 1996. It is estimated that the global gross gaming yield
of bingo (excluding the United States) was US$500 million in 2006, and
it is forecasted to grow to $1 billion by 2010.
Unlike balls used in regular bingo halls, online bingo sites use a random number generator. Most bingo halls also offer links to online poker and casino offerings as the patrons are often in the target market. One notable feature of online bingo is the chat functionality. Bingo sites strive to foster a sense of community and interaction between players as this helps customer retention.