Bingo on your iPad: Why it’s a massive iFail

So, you’ve got a new iPad. And you love it. Who doesn’t? The iPad is by far the best tablet on the market. Nothing can touch it. Not the BlackBerry Playbook. Not the failed HP touchpad. And all those Android tablets? They just don’t stack up.

You also love to play online bingo. And, again, who doesn’t? It’s fast. You can play bingo with friends all over the world. And you can actually win money.

So it would seem perfectly logical to mix the two loves of your life together to create the perfect storm of iPad bingo amazingness. Bingo. On iPad. Perfect, right?

Wrong. Bingo on the iPad just won’t work. And here are a few reasons why:

Apple hates games that you play for money

First of all, let’s get the obvious out of the way. If you do a search for iPad bingo on your iOS device, you’ll come across all kinds of free iPad bingo games that you can play with friends. There are even cross-platform iOS bingo games that you can use to play bingo on your iPad while someone else across the world plays the same game on an Android tablet.

But here’s the thing. Those options are free bingo games only. So if you wanted to play real-money bingo through an iPad app, you’re out of luck. That’s because the iOS App Store is a closed store where all apps need to be approved before they hit the market. And Apple doesn’t approve any gambling apps that involve real money, be it poker, casino, or bingo. Maybe that will change with Tim Cook captaining the iBoat, but no one knows for sure.

Apple hates flash

Thinking of accessing your favorite real money bingo site through Safari or another web browser on your iPad? Again, you’re out of luck. If your favorite online bingo site has a no-download bingo option, chances are it won’t even work on the iPad. That’s because the games usually run in Adobe Flash. And guess what? Apple doesn’t like Adobe Flash either.

What’s the solution?

So how do you solve this iPad bingo problem? Well, if you really love Apple products, an 11” MacBook air is your best bet. It’s just barely larger than an iPad, and it can run both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. Just like the iPad, it won’t take up too much room in your backpack or messenger bag.

You can also use LogMeIn, which let’s you access your home computer from an iPad. You’ll see everything that’s on your PC right on your iPad. But you might find a slight delay, which can mean the difference between winning bingo on your iPad and throwing your iPad against the wall in frustration.

Have you mastered playing bingo on the iPad? If you have, let us know. We’d love to know how it works for you.