Whether you fancy making your very first trip to a land based
bingo hall, or fancy registering at an online bingo site, you may be
wondering how to play bingo, and at a first glance, it may seem
Bingo is a straight forward and exciting number
elimination game that has been entertaining people for years.
Although there is no skill involved as such, there are certain
“phrases”, game types and methods within the game of online
bingo, and you will find a game of bingo more enjoyable if you
are aware of these and understand how to play bingo completely.
Quite simply, the game of bingo is a number elimination
Players will have a strip or two of tickets, on which series
of numbers are printed on, and as a caller or machine calls
numbers, players will mark those numbers on their tickets if they
In short, the aim of the game is to mark off every number
on your ticket.
In a land based bingo hall, the bingo caller will
usually be a person that stands at the front of a hall calling the
numbers live through a microphone as bingo players scribble their
numbers off with a bingo dabber (a thick marker pen), a shutter
board, or sometimes, more recently, an electronic computer
In online bingo, tickets are usually marked
automatically by the computer, as a pre-recorded list of bingo
numbers are called.
There are many types of bingo, but the main three types are 90
ball, 75 ball and 80 ball bingo, and it’s 90 ball bingo
that is widely played in
land based bingo halls.
If you want to know how to play bingo
of the 90 ball variety, the one main thing to remember is that
there are usually three rounds to this game – one line, 2 lines,
and full house. A one line prize is when a player marks off one
horizontal line, the 2 line prize is given when a bingo player
completes two full horizontal lines, and the full house prize is
given when a player eliminates all numbers on a bingo ticket.
75 ball bingo
is another bingo game type that originated from the USA. It is now
incredibly popular with online bingo sites. Learning how to play
bingo in a 75 ball game is exceptionally straight forward. You are
given a pattern – these range from letters of the alphabet,
numbers, heart shapes and cover alls (a game that requires the
covering of all of the numbers) and the person who completes the
pattern on their bingo ticket first is the bingo winner.
bingo is also widely played within the online bingo industry, but
is also played in land based bingo halls with a ‘board’ which has
shutters on. The shutters start opened, and there are four vertical
columns of four numbers, with each column having its own colour –
red, blue, yellow and white. Sometimes, an 80 ball game is played
with one round (completing an entire board) but it is also played
in columns and lines, a lot like 90 ball bingo.
close the shutters on their boards when a number is called, but in
online bingo, the shutters can be automatically closed by the
computer if you wish to sit back and enjoy your game.
Bingo tickets are different depending on the game type you are
90 ball tickets are usually strips which hold 6 separate
bingo tickets in a list. Each 90 ball bingo ticket consists of 3
rows of 5 numbers and it’s a singular row of five that needs to be
covered in order to claim the one line prize. 75 ball tickets are
usually separate tickets that consist of 5 rows of 5, equaling 25
numbers in total, and 80 ball tickets consist of just 4 lines of 4
Once you have learned to play bingo, you can sit
back and enjoy a game that others have enjoyed for centuries. Read
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