Bingo is a very easy game to play, which is most likely why some think its the world's MOST popular game!
There are many variety's of bingo games to play, both online and landbased. Here I will just outline the basic differences between the three main online bingo games which are: 90 ball bingo, 80 ball bingo, and 75 ball bingo
The most popular of online bingo games in the UK, and now the most widely played version of bingo in Europe and Australia, 90 ball bingo has emerged as the favourite bingo game for bingo players outside of North America.
The main difference between 75 ball bingo and 90 ball bingo is the different card arrangements. With 90 ball, the cards (called bingo tickets that are contained in strips) are arranged in three rows and nine columns. Each row contains five squares with numbers ranging from 1 to 90. The remaining squares are blank, and there is no free square.
One of the key aspects of 90 ball bingo is the multiple prizes awarded in each game. 90 ball bingo features separate prizes for players that mark off first one horizontal line, then two lines, and the grand finale of each game is to mark off all the remaining numbers on one bingo ticket, which is known as a full house. This gives reason to why the game is known throughout Australia as 'Housie'.
80 ball bingo is the brand new bingo game that everyone is talking about! If you find that 90 balls are too many, but 75 balls aren't enough, then it's time to try this latest version of bingo game!
80 ball bingo is made special because of its unique bingo cards, or shutter boards, which are used in game play. As the numbers are called, players mark their numbers off by closing the slides to cover them. Online bingo players use similar bingo cards, or tickets, and when the numbers are called, the corresponding numbers are shaded on the online bingo tickets.
Each bingo ticket is arranged in four rows and four columns, and each column is a different colour (red, yellow, blue, and silver). 80 ball bingo shares a similar call board to that of 75 ball bingo, but with a few slight alterations. The 80 ball call board contains 5 rows of 16 numbers, for a total of 80 possible numbers. These numbers are then split into four groups of separate colors, at 20 number intervals for example: numbers 1-20 - red, numbers 21-40 yellow, numbers 41-59 blue, and 60-80 silver.
What is a nice compromise between 75 Ball and 90 Ball, is 80 ball bingo also has an exciting variety of game patterns. Patterns may vary for 80 ball bingo, and usually include the classic 80 Full Card, which is very similar to 75 Ball Bingo's Blackout, or 90 Ball Bingo's Full House. Other patterns include Diagonal Line, Horizontal Line, Vertical Line, Big X, Four Corners, and Centre Square.
In United States and Canada 75 ball bingo is the most played. In this variation, 25 assorted numbers are arranged in five vertical and five horizontal rows. Each space in the bingo card contains a number except for the center square, which is rendered as a free space. At the top of these vertical columns are the letters B, I, N, G, and O which contain below them 5 vertical rows with the following numbers: 1 to 15 in the B column; 16 to 30 in the I column; 31 to 45 in the N column; 46 to 60 in the G column and 61 to 75 in the O column.
Traditional 75 ball bingo is played with the 5-in-a-Row pattern. Meaning that the first player to get a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line on their bingo card wins. 75 ball bingo has been expanded to include patterns, blackouts and a multitude of other variations that have added to the popularity of the game.