The reason behind Bingo’s popularity is largely down to the fact that it is so easy to play, and that there are no real skills needed to win a game. Bingo has entertained millions of people over the centuries and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The biggest development in the world of Bingo has been the emergence of the internet over the last 30 years and the availability of an increasing number of online Bingo halls. Ever since Bingo was made available online, the game has received a remarkable response from millions of internet users, which came as a shock to some as Bingo was seen by the majority of people to be a social activity rather than a game played by oneself.
There are three core variants of the online Bingo game – 75 ball, 80 ball and 90 ball Bingo. 90 ball Bingo is popular throughout the UK, Europe and Australia. 75 ball Bingo is popular in the US, Canada and in Central and South America, whereas, 80 ball Bingo has recently established itself as one of the foremost played bingo variants around the world.
75 ball Bingo
This online Bingo variant involves 25 different numbers that have been arranged in 5 vertical and 5 horizontal rows. Each square in the Bingo card has a number printed on, except for the square in the centre. The letters B, I, N, G, and O are printed at the top of each vertical column. Placed directly below the letters are 5 vertical rows with the numbers 1 to 15, 16 to 30, 31 to 45, 46 to 60 and in the last 61 to 75. 75 ball Bingo is played in a 5-in-a-row format whereby, the first player to achieve a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line on their card is crowned the winner.
80 ball Bingo
This is a new bingo variant which involves unique bingo cards. When the numbers are called out, the matching numbers are shaded on the player’s online Bingo card. There are 4 rows and 4 columns on each card. The columns are assigned different colours. The call board of 80 ball Bingo is similar to the one used in 75 ball Bingo with a slight difference. The 80 ball call board has 5 rows of 16 numbers, which totals 80. These numbers are further divided into four groups of separate colours with 20 number intervals.
90 ball Bingo
The main difference between 75 ball Bingo and 90 is the different card arrangements. In 90 ball bingo the cards are in strips called Bingo tickets and are arranged in 9 columns and 3 rows. Each row includes 5 squares with numbers ranging from 1 to 90. The key aspects of 90 ball Bingo is the multiple prizes which can be won during each game. It has separate prizes for winners who complete one horizontal line, followed by two lines and the finale is achieved by marking off all the remaining numbers on one ticket. This is known as a ‘full house’.
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By Erim Jones