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.
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:
- One line,
- Two lines,
- Three lines – full house.
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 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.
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.