Different Types of Bingo Games

Once played only by our grandparents, bingo is back and here to stay. This classic game is gaining in popularity across generations – and for a reason. Simple, but incredibly fun and social, bingo games are played similarly all over the world. Whether played at an online bingo website or at an actual location, bingo is exciting, engaging and can lead to great rewards.

Today, we bring you a guide to different bingo games, so you can choose the style that’s right for you.

90-Ball Bingo

This type of bingo game is one of the most popular ones, especially in Europe and Australia. It’s played fairly simply: there are 15 numbers on a 9×3 card where each row has 5 numbers, all spread randomly across nine columns. As the name suggests, there are 90 balls, so the numbers are between 1-90. The first column contains numbers ranging from 1-9, the second one from 10-19, and so on.

There are three ways you can win at 90-Ball Bingo. Mark the numbers on:

  1. One line,
  2. Two lines,
  3. Three lines – full house.

75-Ball Bingo

This bingo game is the most popular one among the US and Canada players. Just like a 90-Ball Bingo, this format is easy to follow and play: the 5×5 card (5 columns and 5 rows) has a total of 25 squares, with the middle one being blank/free. The letters B, I, N, G, O are found at the top of the columns, each containing specific numbers (“B” is for numbers 1-15, “I” is for numbers 16-30, and so on).

The goal? To be the first to mark off a predetermined pattern, i.e. a complete line. The patterns can vary though – some versions of the game have simple geometrical shapes and others have complex themed models.

80-Ball Bingo

80-ball bingo is a super-fun format of bingo that is played at a faster rate than the previous two bingo games. Using a 4×4 card (4 columns and 4 rows) that offers 16 numbers out of an 80 guess range, a player has a chance to win in multiple ways. Sometimes, the winner is the first player who completes a column, other times a line. There are varying winning combinations in an 80-ball bingo game.

30-Ball Bingo

Speed bingo, or 30-ball bingo is the newest version of bingo that, similarly to 80-ball bingo, is a fast-paced game. With only 30 balls in play, the game is quick and fun. It uses 3×3 cards (3 columns and 3 rows) that offer 9 numbers. The rules are pretty straightforward: to win, you must fill out the entire card first.

This is a great bingo format to play if you get bored of the classic bingo games.

Basic Rules and Tips When Playing Bingo Online

Bingo is a game which has been around for centuries.  It originated in Italy, and is still played there as a tradition on Saturdays today.  It is a game of chance, with little skill required, however there are still tips and tricks one can use to maximise one’s chances in the game.

With traditional bingo, each player is issued with a card of random numbers.  The bingo caller then calls out a series of randomly selected numbers, and players mark off or daub the corresponding numbers on their cards as the numbers are called.  The first player to have marked off all the numbers on their card is the winner.

Online Bingo closely resembles traditional Bingo, except clearly the online version is digital.  In online Bingo, the cards and numbers are issued electronically, just like when you are playing blackjack NZ games or any other RNG powered online game.  Every online bingo site has an electronic caller, and display board of your numbers.  It will also display the pattern you have chosen to fill in.  Most sites will automatically fill in your cards for you, however if you prefer to daub manually, this is also an option.

You have the option to purchase 75 or 90 bingo numbers on a card, depending on which rules (European or Standard US rules) the site you have selected uses.  Each number is shown in a ball in a random number generator on the screen.  The caller then announces that number, and players can mark off the numbers on their cards by clicking the square the number is in.  The first player to have filled out all the numbers on their selected pattern announces their win by clicking the “Bingo!” icon, or the program will announce the win for you, if you are playing in automatic mode.  It’s advisable to start off in the automatic mode when you are first learning the game, to give you a feel for the game without missing any numbers.

Some tips for getting started:

  1. Make sure you sign up for a reputable online Bingo This will increase your chances of actually being paid out should you win.  A reputable online bingo site must have its online gaming licence, so always check for that on your chosen site before you sign up.
  1. Look out for duplicate accounts. Most online bingo sites do not allow more than one account to be set up by the same IP address or person, although some do make exceptions for multiple accounts to be set up if more than one person in a household plays.  If you are unsure as to whether or not you have registered an account on a site, it’s best to contact them with your details and check.  The only time online bingo sites check your details is when you request a pay-out, and if they cross reference and discover you have more than one account registered, they will refuse the pay-out, and your account will be closed.  Sometimes if you are signed up to one site, and it feeds through to a sister site, doing a new sign up on the sister site could land up as a duplication, so it’s always best to check.
  1. Look out for timed deposit rules. These refer to a sites specific rules regarding deposits and pay-outs for example some sites give you 7 days to request a payout should you win.  Make sure you are familiar with those rules to avoid disappointment.
  1. Look for the best deposit bonuses. Most online Bingo sites offer bonuses for players depositing real cash, but the sizes of the bonuses can vary from site to site, so shop around, and ensure that you have found the best bonuses possible.
  1. Make sure you stick to the etiquette of the site. Be sure to be polite to staff, and treat your fellow players with respect.  Foul language or negativity in the chat rooms can get you banned from the site.