The two most popular versions of online bingo games are 75 and 90-ball bingo. While they might sound similar enough, the two are significantly different. Interestingly, 75-ball bingo is the most popular form played in the USA, while 90-ball bingo is more popular in the UK.
75-ball bingo is played on a single card with a grid containing five numbers across and five numbers down. The word 'BINGO' is usually displayed at the top of the card, with one letter per column. The centre square will remain blank, but can sometimes be marked with a star at the beginning of each game. Each column will have corresponding numbers:
B - five numbers that range from one 1 to 15
I - five numbers that range from 16 to 30
N - four numbers that range from 31 to 45
G - five numbers that range from 46 to 60
O - five numbers that range from 61 to 75
In 75-ball bingo, a pre-determined winning pattern will be announced at the start of each game. As numbers are called out at random, players must manually daub their cards or, if playing online, the numbers will be daubed off automatically if the auto-play feature is on. The first player to complete the pre-determined winning pattern will win the game.
In the early stages of the game’s history, players only needed complete a single line down, diagonally or across in order to win. However, as the game has evolved over the years and more patterns and game types have been introduced to 75-ball bingo, there are now more than 300 different patterns being played worldwide!
90-ball bingo is the most common version of bingo played both online and offline in the UK. The game is played on a card with 27 squares, with three horizontal and nine vertical lines. Typically, players buy a strip of six cards/tickets per round.
The first column contains numbers one to nine
The second column contains numbers 10 to 19
The third column contains numbers 20 to 29 and so on
In 90-ball bingo, it is possible to win through three outcomes: one line, two lines and a full house. A one line win sees you complete one horizontal line of numbers, a two line win means two lines have been completed and a full house is achieved when all of your numbers on your card have been marked off. Prize values increase as the game progresses.