Bingo is a gambling game that is highly popular in UK as well as US. There are basically two types of Bingo games, namely 90 Ball Bingo and 75 Ball Bingo. 90 Ball Bingo is the most traditional form of the game and is mostly played in UK, Europe, Australia and South America. The other popular form of the Bingo game is 75 Ball Bingo, which is the US version of the game.
Traditional Bingo or 90 Ball Bingo
In the traditional form of the game, a player will get three chances to win the game:
1st Stage: In this stage, the player needs to complete the first row of the card by marking off all the five numbers of the row. This level is known as ‘One Line’.
2nd Stage: In this stage, the player needs to complete the two row of the card by marking off all the ten numbers. This level is known as “Two Line”.
3rd Stage: In this stage, the player needs to complete all the three rows of the card by marking off all the fifteen numbers called by the caller. This level is known as “Fullhouse”.
At every stage the prize gets bigger. The largest prize is given at the third and final stage of Fullhouse.
The ticket/card of the traditional UK Bingo game or 90 Ball Bingo game has a dimension of 9×3, i.e. 3 rows and 9 columns. Each of the three rows consists of five numbers. Thus in every row there will be four blank squares and five numbered squares. In the entire 90 Ball ticket, there will be fifteen numbers in aggregate. The numbers are generally selected from anywhere between 1 and 90. The first column of the ticket can have any number from 1 to 9, second column from 10 to 19, third column from 20 to 29 and so on to ninth column from 80 to 90. A single strip of 90 Ball Bingo consists of consists of six tickets. A player can win a jackpot if he/she reaches a “Full House” within a certain numbers of draws. The faster one reaches the Fullhouse, the larger is the size of the jackpot money. Jackpot size may vary with the difficulty level of the game.
US Bingo or 75 Ball Bingo
The dimension of the ticket or card of US Bingo is completely different from that of 90 ball Bingo. Here the ticket consists of 5 rows and 5 columns, a dimension of 5×5. Columns of the ticket are marked as “B”, “I”, “N”, “G” and “O”. The first column (“B”) can take numbers from 1 to 15, the second column (“I”) from 16 to 30, the third column (“N”) from 31 to 45, the fourth column (“G”) from 46 to 60 and fifth column (“O”) from 61 to 75. There is no pattern in the distribution of the numbers in the column and are thus placed in a random way. However, it needs special mention that any number in the ticket can exist only once and not more than that.
A player will get five chances for winning a game. In the first stage, a player has to mark off the numbers either in a row, in a column or in a diagonal. In the second stage, the player has to mark off numbers in two horizontal rows. If the player succeeds in completing the two rows then the game will proceed to third and fourth line. In case of Full House, a player is required to mark off all the twenty five numbers in the concerned Bingo ticket.
Online Bingo is the internet version of the land based Bingo games. Both 90 Ball Bingo as well as 75 Ball Bingo games are available in almost all the online Bingo websites. One of its major advantages is that you don’t have to go to the Bingo halls to play the games. You can sit at your home with a computer having a secured online connection and enjoy the game of Bingo. In fact, the game is so easy to play that you can even enjoy the game during your office breaks too. The chat option of the game helps you to socialise with the fellow players of the site and also with the chat hosts.