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Posted by: scott | on October 22, 2014
For some of us, Poker is a way of life. Whether you enjoy playing amongst friends, playing online, or seeking out a win or two on your mobile phone or tablet device, there are so many ways to enjoy this popular game around-the-clock in the 21st century, it’s almost mind-blowing!
But about online bingo, can you make a living playing this classic past-time game?
If you’ve ever had that feeling where it’s like a little voice inside your head asking, “what if….,” you may have (for at least one second) wondered at some point whether you can make a living by playing bingo for money. If you have, then read on, as we will shed the light on some options that you might not have thought of………..
When I grow up, I want to be a professional online bingo player! So can I?
It’s an excellent question, and one that we think many fans of the game would love someone to give them a positive answer to. However, the long and the short of it is that you really can’t expect to make a decent living by sitting at home all day, dabbing 75-ball cards. As bingo is mainly a game of chance, there’s no way to sway the outcome of a game, even if you know someone who knows someone else who works at your favorite online games site! That’s not to say you’ll never stand to win a decent amount of money at any point, and some people have been lucky enough to win sizeable jackpots while playing bingo. However, you simply can’t expect to make enough profit to be able to retire from your day job or night shift and spend the rest of your days making a career out of your favorite hobby. The odd $10 win or even $100 here or there may well present itself on regular occasions, but that alone isn’t going to be enough to live on after you factor in all your household bills, day-to-day living expenses, and your online bingo budget. So, if you’re wondering how to spend your winnings, we suggest you consider putting them into a savings account, spending them on a family holiday, or buying a treat for yourself or a friend. You can’t expect to win all the time, which is pretty much what you’d need to do in order to make a full-time job out of it; plus, playing is supposed to be fun, and if you won every single game, we’re sure it would soon become pretty boring.
That said, if you’re interested in a career in the online bingo industry, there are potentially some other ways you could arrange to spend more time at your preferred site or doing things that relate to your favorite games.
For starters, if you think you’re outgoing, approachable, friendly, helpful, diplomatic, and have an uncanny ability to multitask, you might make it as a chat moderator. CMs are the guys and girls who are in charge of hosting the rooms at the sites you play at, and they’re responsible for helping answer questions, running chat and trivia quizzes, keeping the conversation flowing and upbeat, and thinking on their feet at all times. Now, it’s not as easy to secure a job as a chat moderator as it is in other more common jobs, but with enough persistence, your efforts may well pay off; you will most likely need to search and apply for chat moderator jobs online (bear in mind that you may be required to work in a certain location, rather than your own home), or you can get in touch with a couple of your usual websites to see if they have any current or upcoming vacancies.
Again, a games tester isn’t the most common job you come across on recruitment sites and newspaper ‘Wanted’ ads. However, someone’s got to do it, so why not you? Both new and existing online bingo sites need to sanity check the look and feel of their pages, the playability of their games (particularly new ones), get feedback on their online help functions, have people make test calls to their customer service team to see how well (or not) they perform, and much more – this is often referred to as Beta testing. Again, it’s probably best to contact your preferred brand to explain how you think you could help them provide an improved service to their members, and it’s also worth asking if they need any help or feedback from real-life members of the public on any new sites they’re planning to launch. You can also search online, though many of these positions do require the tester to have some other skills too.
Customer service team
While most customer service staff don’t get to put their feet on the desk and play games all day, applying to become a member of an online bingo customer service team could get you one step closer to the hobby you love. After all, if you’re a seasoned player, who would be able to help fellow members of the site better than you? You’re probably a pro when it comes to understanding how all the chat games operate, what type of games are available, how you go about making deposits and withdrawals to and from your account, and how the various promotions work. So, it’s worth making good use of all this knowledge and offering your services as a highly-experienced addition to your preferred site’s customer support team.
Most big operators have affiliate managers; these people are responsible for working with existing affiliates and for recruiting new affiliates to help promote their brand. They do this by encouraging new players to sign-up in return for a share of the brand’s profits. While the majority of affiliate manager job vacancies ask for existing experience of affiliate marketing or account management, they also require strong knowledge of the industry, which is where you could well have an advantage. You’ll need to have great communication skills (both written and verbal), strong negotiation and analytical skills, excellent sales ability, and an aptitude for innovation. If this sounds like the ideal job for you, just get online and look up “online bingo affiliate manager vacancies” on any internet search engine.
So, the moral of the story is, don’t give up the day job and expect to become the world’s first professional online bingo player overnight. Instead, either think about how you could create more free time to enjoy playing, or consider some of our suggestions above, which could see you getting a foot in the door of this fun and friendly online games industry.