How To Play Bingo

90 Ball Bingo

90 Ball Bingo is the most commonly played style of bingo. It is very popular in the UK, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world. 90 Ball Bingo is a fun, sociable and engaging game with the added bonus that you can win cash and prizes. Here’s how you play:

Bingo Tickets

First of all, purchase your 90 Ball bingo ticket, or bingo card as it is sometimes called. Your ticket will contain 3 rows and 9 columns. Each horizontal row will display 5 visible numbers and 4 blank squares. If you pay close attention, you’ll see that the first vertical column displays numbers that can range between 1-9, the second column shows numbers between 10-19, the third 20-29 and so on until you reach the ninth column which shows numbers between 80-90.  90 Ball Bingo tickets are usually sold in a cluster of six. If every ticket displays 15 visible numbers and there are six tickets in a cluster, that adds up to 90 visible numbers in total! Check individual games for rules regarding minimum and maximum ticket purchase and display options.

Bingo Caller

In every bingo game, a Bingo Caller will call out numbers from 1-90 (each number is called one time). These were traditionally picked out from a bag of numbered balls, hence the name 90 Ball Bingo! But these days the numbers are randomly or computer generated, especially when you play online bingo!

How To Win

In one game of 90 Ball Bingo there are three winning patterns, which also means there are three possible winners:  1. The first prize goes to the player who marks all the numbers on one line of their ticket. 2. The second prize goes to the person who marks all the numbers on two lines of a ticket. 3. The top prize is called “Full House” and it goes to the person who marks all 15 numbers of a ticket! An especially lucky player may win more than once in a game!

Prizes

When cash prizes are involved, the more players, the bigger the prize. Higher priced tickets also make for a larger jackpot! Some jackpots are of fixed value, whereas others get progressively higher, sometimes reaching thousands of dollars!! It is recommended to check your Bingo game jackpot info and rules before playing.

Playing Online

Once you have purchased your online bingo ticket, you simply wait for your next favourite game to begin. New games begin every few minutes and everything you need to know should appear on your screen, including number of players, prize per pattern, jackpot info, winning calls and winners. Most online bingo games give you the opportunity to auto-daub your numbers. Daubing is when you mark your numbers as they are called out. In traditional bingo halls you do this with a special marker pen, whereas online you click your mouse to mark a square. The auto-daub feature comes in handy when you purchase multiple cards as it can be tricky to keep track of all the calls. That said, some players enjoy the thrill of searching for their numbers and manually daubing them. Note, the game default is usually set to auto-daub.

Tips & Strategies

  • Keep an eye on your bingo game schedules, games begin every few minutes
  • You may increase your chances of winning if you purchase lots of tickets in one game rather than one ticket in many games
  • If you pick a game with fewer players, you increase your odds of winning. That said, if there is a progressive jackpot, the prize amount will be lower when there are fewer players
  • Use the auto-dab feature if you find it hard to keep up with all the calls

 

75 Ball Bingo

75 Ball Bingo is traditionally played in the Canada and the USA. Online gaming sites now give players from around the world the opportunity to enjoy this exciting version of bingo! Here’s how you too can play and enjoy 75 Ball Bingo:

Bingo Tickets

The 75 Ball Bingo ticket, or card as it is sometimes known, displays a 5x5 grid of squares. Each square contains a number except for the centre square which is “Free”. The free square is like a bonus square, it is already marked for you. The five vertical columns are each marked up top with “B” “I” “N” “G” “O”. The “B” column can display numbers from 1-15, the “I” column displays numbers from 16-30, “N” column from 31-45, “G” column from 46-60 and finally “O” column can show numbers from 61-75. In 75 Ball Bingo, you can usually purchase however many tickets you like (check your game rules).

Bingo Caller

The Bingo Caller will call out random numbers between 1-75 (a number is only called once per game). In 75 Ball Bingo, the caller will call out the column letter followed by the number, for example “B13”. This makes it easier for the player to find the number and mark it quickly.

Winning Patterns

To win at 75 Ball Bingo, you need to be the first one to mark all the numbers that match a specific bingo pattern. An N pattern, for example, forms the shape of an N on your card, so you will have the right, left and diagonal columns marked to look like the letter N.  A pattern might also be just one vertical line, or a zigzag. There are many different and fun patterns that can form winning combinations. The hardest pattern to win is the “Coverall” (also called “Blackout”), which means you have be the first to mark (cover) ALL the numbers on your card.

Prizes

Check your 75 Ball Bingo game rules to find out which prizes you can win for each pattern. Usually, you need a Coverall to win the biggest jackpot and this must be achieved within a set number of calls. Remember, when it comes to cash payouts - the more players, the bigger the prize! Higher priced tickets also make for a larger win! Some jackpots are of fixed value, whereas others get progressively higher, sometimes reaching thousands of dollars!! It is advisable to check your Bingo game jackpot info and rules before playing.

Playing Online

Once you have purchased your 75 Ball Bingo ticket, simply wait for your next favourite game to begin. You can also check the game schedule to find the starting times – they should be pretty frequent. After the game begins, everything you need to know should appear on your screen, including number of players, prize per pattern, jackpot info, winning calls and winners. Most online bingo games let you auto-daub your numbers. Daubing is when you mark your numbers as they are called out. In traditional bingo halls daubing is done using a special marker pen, whereas online you click your mouse on a square to mark it. The auto-daub feature can be especially useful in 75 Ball Bingo where there might be many winning patterns and combinations to keep track of. That said, some players still enjoy the thrill of searching for their numbers and manually daubing them. Note, games are usually set to auto-daub by default.

Tips & Strategies

  • Keep an eye on your bingo game schedules, games may begin every few minutes
  • Check your game rules for winning patterns and their corresponding prizes
  • Although 75 Ball Bingo allows you to purchase just one ticket per game, you might increase your odds of winning if you buy several tickets per game
  • If you pick a game with fewer players, you increase your odds of winning. That said, if there is a progressive jackpot, the prize amount will be lower when there are fewer players
  • If you have a hard time keeping up with all the calls, make sure your game is set to auto-daub

5 Line Bingo

5 Line Bingo is also known as Swedish Bingo. It is faster paced than the other styles of Bingo and is designed to thrill! Here’s a little more about 5 Line Bingo:

Bingo Tickets

Just like in 75 Ball Bingo, 5 Line Bingo uses a 5x 5 grid of squares. However, there is no “Free” square in the middle.  Your five vertical columns are each marked on top with “B” “I” “N” “G” “O”. The “B” column can display numbers from 1-15, the “I” column displays numbers from 16-30, “N” column from 31-45, “G” column from 46-60 and finally “O” column can show numbers from 61-75.

Bingo Caller

The 5 Line Bingo Caller calls out random numbers between 1-75. Here too, the caller will call out the column letter followed by the number, for example “B13”. This makes it easier for the player to find the number and mark it quickly, which is especially helpful in this faster version of Bingo.

Winning Combinations

In any one game of 5 Line Bingo, you have several chances of winning. That’s because you can win a prize for every 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines aka “Full House”.  “Full House” simply means you have filled in your whole card. Your winning lines can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal! Check your game’s rules and offers regarding the number of tickets you can purchase.

Prizes

Some 5 Line Bingo games offer the same value prize no matter how many lines you win, whereas other games have a progressive jackpot which increases with every round. Each game will lay out the prize terms for you.

Playing Online

Once you have purchased your 5 Line Bingo ticket, you simply wait for your next favourite game to begin. Check your game schedule for starting times, they usually run quite frequently. Everything you need to know about your game will appear on your screen, including number of players, prize per pattern, jackpot info, winning calls and winners. If you are not happy with the cards that were automatically chosen for you, you should be able to click a button to shuffle or get new cards. Alternatively, you can pick your numbers yourself, but this is laborious and only for those who are very mathematically inclined! Most online bingo games give you the opportunity to auto-daub your numbers. Daubing is when you mark your numbers as they are called out. In traditional bingo halls you do this with a special marker pen, whereas online you click your mouse to mark a square. The Auto-daub option is perfect for this faster style of bingo, where it can sometimes be hard to keep up with all the calls.

Tips & Strategies

  • Keep an eye on your bingo game schedules, paying attention to the prizes. Games at certain hours might offer higher jackpots
  • Check to see if the prizes are fixed or progressive
  • If you pick a game with fewer players, you increase your odds of winning. That said, if there is a progressive jackpot, the prize amount will be lower when there are fewer players
  • If you don’t like your cards (tickets), you might be able to shuffle them or “get new cards”
  • Auto-daub will help you keep up with this fast paced version of bingo

 

Here are our three favourite styles of BINGO at a glance:

 

90 Ball Bingo

  • 90 Ball Bingo is the most traditional style of bingo, especially popular in the UK.
  • Each ticket displays numbers up to 90 and tickets are commonly sold in clusters of six.
  • There are three winning combinations/three winners per game.

 

75 Ball Bingo

  • 75 Ball Bingo is popular in North America but thanks to online bingo it can now be played globally.
  • Each ticket can display numbers up to 75 and there is a “Free” bonus number in the middle.
  • The ticket columns are marked with the letters B I N G O and your caller will call out one of these letters followed by a number.
  • 75 Ball Bingo offers many fun winning patterns and combinations.

 

5 Line Bingo

  • 5 Line Bingo is also called Swedish Bingo.
  • The ticket looks just like 75 Ball Bingo, except there is no “Free” square.
  • It is known as a thrilling and fast paced style of bingo.
  • In one game you have several chances of winning.
  • You can win a prize for every 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines. In addition, these lines can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal!

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