Bingo Variety Explodes Over the Last Two Decades
15th of July 2016 Author: Ava Jackuard
There is more than meets Kelly's eye in Bingo variation. Online Bingo has paved the wave for global players to have more game choices. Diversity has launched Bingo into a new era of excitement. Prior to the 1990's when internet Bingo first emerged the only real game in town for UK players was 90 ball and for the US market it was 75 ball bingo or nothing. The assortment of games has given Bingo an extra boost of excitement for an international community of roomies.
75 Ball Bingo - Widely played in the US, cards are arranged on a 5 x 5 grid of 25 squares with 5 rows across and 5 columns down with a total of 75 numbers in play. Each column is identified with a letter from the word B-I-N-G-O. The 'B' column has numbers between 1 and 15, the 'I' column 16 through 30, 'N' 31 through 45, 'G' 46 through 60, and 'O' containing 61 through 75 with the center square a Free space. There are a wide variety of creative patterns including diagonal, horizontal, vertical and blackout winning combinations.
90 Ball Bingo - Popular in the UK and Europe it is a favorite among players. Referred to as 'Bingo Tickets' as opposed to 'Cards' with 90 numbers in play. Each ticket consists of three rows of numbers in 9 columns with 5 numbers in each row leaving the rest of the spaces blank. In total there are 15 numbers places in 27 spaces. The numbers between 1-9 are and ends with 80 -90 numbers in the final column 9. There are three prizes up for grabs in each game offering prize winnings for 1-Line, 2-Lines and Full House. The first player to fill in one full line across wins the first phase, followed by the first player to complete two full lines across wins the second prize. A player first to daub all numbers on their ticket wins the Full House prize (also referred to as Coverall or Blackout).
80 Ball Bingo - Cards design is on a 4 x 4 grid that replaces daubing numbers by simply closing the individual shutter windows. Numbers 1-20 in the first column, second column numbers 21-40, third column contains 41-60 and forth column numbers 61-80. Winning patterns include: letters, lines, and shapes and coveralls.
30 Ball Bingo - Considered a 'Speed' game, this variation is completed more quickly than 90, 75 or 80 Bingo. Cards are on a 3 x 3 grid with a total of 9 numbers. Players declare a win by filling and completely the entire card.
50 Ball Bingo - This is one the newest games developed and available mainly for online play. There are two rows and 5 columns in this variation with a total of ten numbers spread across the card. Two ways to win include One Line horizontally and the Full House pattern.
Other variants of this game classic include Swedish Bingo and 40 ball Bingo that are exclusively available and developed by iGaming software companies. Linked Bingo games extend across a network offering large cash prizes. Progressive Jackpot games can reach impressive cash prize pools to a lucky winner.
Competitive Bingo is also very popular:
Bingo Tournaments - Players pay an entrance fee to gain entry to Tournament with specific selection of Bingo games at scheduled times. Winners of games will earn points where players can keep track of their standing on the leader board. At the conclusion of the Tournament the player(s) who accumulate the most points will win a prize. Free Tournaments are also available and are generally played the same way but does not require an entry fee.
Team Bingo - An ideal choice for those players with a competitive edge. Group-up with players and compete against other teams. Generally, players can choose their team or the site will organize a team for you. The team who scores the most points during a specific time period will win lucrative prizes for their group.
Bingo is ageless and has been round for decades entertaining generations of players. It is a game that is uncomplicated and easy to learn, attracting a large player demographic. Add the player socialization aspects of the game and it was before its time in reaching the social media attraction that are so very popular today.