Gone are the days when Bingo was physically played in the streets of UK or at the seaside using a Bingo card and a dabber. With the power of technology, online bingo has been created and has been joined by many causing it to boom in the 21st century.
- Bingo is a game of chance with different randomly drawn numbers that players match against numbers that have been pre-printed in a ticket.
- Bingo was first called ‘Beano’ because players used beans to mark the numbers on their cards that match the numbers that have been drawn out.
- Online Bingo is a widely popular form of gambling across the world but is the most famous game in UK.
- Bingo is a popular leisure activity in UK that it gathers around 3 million players each day causing it to generate majority of its earnings from online bingo.
- Women make up 80% of bingo players and men constitute the remaining 20% of bingo players based on statistics.
Bingo Games Rules
UK bingo is slightly different from US bingo because of the tickets and the patterns. A typical UK bingo ticket is composed of 27 squares that are arranged in nine columns and three rows with random numbers from 1 to 90. Each of the rows contains five squares with numbers and four squares that are blank. The numbers are arranged according to columns – 1st column may contain numbers from 1 to 10, 2nd column may contain numbers from 11 to 20, and so on until the last column that may contain numbers from 81 to 90. The arrangement may vary depending on the bingo companies, the type of bingo game, and where the game is played, i.e. hall, club, online.
Tickets are produced in strips of six, because it allows every number from 1 to 90 to appear across all six tickets. If a player buys a full strip of six then it means that the player is guaranteed to mark off a number on the ticket every time a number is called.
The winning combinations are:
- Four corners – the rightmost and leftmost numbers on the top and the bottom lines
- One Line – all the numbers in a horizontal line are covered on the ticket
- Two Line – all the numbers in any two lines are covered on the same ticket
- Full house – all fifteen numbers on the ticket are covered
If more than one player calls ‘bingo’ on the same number, the pot money is split among the players equally.
Types of Bingo Games
- Online Bingo Games
Online bingo sites usually offer promotions for new users wherein they get bonus cash that they can use to play bingo games. As for the existing players, they earn bonuses through their deposits. These promotional bonuses can not be withdrawn but they allow a bingo player to play more games. This means that whenever a bingo player plays more bingo games online, that player gets more chances of winning. Online bingo gives higher chances of winning compared to land-based bingo.
There are different bonus types for online bingo aside from the promotions that the online bingo sites offer. Some reward cash bonuses irregardless of their initial deposit while the others match your deposit.
- Mobile Bingo Games
There are some online bingo companies that offer their bingo games mobile by either downloading the apps on the App Store for Apple users and Google Play Store for Android users or by accessing the games through your phone’s mobile browser. On the other hand, there are stand alone mobile bingo games that can either be downloaded as applications or games that can be downloaded or simply accessed through websites.
It makes playing bingo easier and more convenient because you can play anywhere you want as long as you have an internet connection.
Some of these mobile bingo sites require a deposit while a lot of them don’t require one. Mobile bingo games now offer social networking features.
- Free Bingo Games
Some companies in the UK have free bingo sites that genuinely offers bingo games for free. This is 100% legitimate and there are no catches. Bingo games are free because they are paid for by advertisers.
There are different kinds of free bingo sites. Some free bingo sites will let you play for free without offering prizes in return. There are other bingo sites that will let you fill out surveys, watch advertisements, or even make purchases before you get to play bingo and win cash prizes.
Then there are online bingo sites that offer free bingo aside from the real money bingo games that they have. They offer free bingo game as a part of promotions such as for newly signed up players or as a loyalty reward for existing players. These sites usually have a free bingo room where they reward the players with free tickets as a bonus and the prize pot comes from the other players’ deposits.
- Live (Offline) Bingo Games
There are a couple of bingo companies that offer offline bingo games. You either get free coins or you buy coins to play bingo. This type of bingo does not offer real money or prizes. It is a bingo game for fun and it allows you to practice for the real thing. You only get to win coins and bonuses which you can use for the next game.
With offline bingo, you can play bingo anywhere or anytime you want even without an internet connection. You can even pause the game whenever you wish. You can also set your game speed.
- 90 Ball Bingo
The tickets in a 90 ball bingo have three rows and nine columns and only five squares per line have a number. There are only three winning patterns and three possible winners for each game. The first player who daubs all numbers on any line wins the first prize. The first one who daubs all numbers on any two lines wins the second prize. The first player who has a “Full House” or marks all the numbers in the ticket wins the biggest and final prize. In case of more than one winner, the prize is equally divided between the winners and the prize amount depends on the number of cards purchased.
- 80 Ball Bingo
An 80 ball bingo ticket is made up of four rows and four columns where each square contains numbers. There are four game types with varying prizes available.
Any Single Line – The first player to have all numbers called in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, or mark four middle squares or all four corners wins.
Any Line, House – The first player who wins any single line mentioned above wins the first prize and the first player who has all 16 numbers daubed on the ticket wins the other prize.
Any Line, Columns, House – The first player who wins any single line mentioned above wins the first prize. The first player who marks off all numbers on any two vertical lines wins the second prize. The first player who marks off all numbers on any three vertical lines wins. The final prize is won by the first player who has all 16 numbers daubed on the ticket.
Full House or Pattern Game – The first player who covers all numbers on the ticket wins or when a particular pattern is defined, the first player who completes the pattern defined wins.
- 75 Ball Bingo
A 75 ball bingo ticket is composed of five rows and five columns where each square contains a number except for the one in the centre which has a star on it.
The bingo provider usually pre-determines the winning pattern before the start of the game. The first player who completes the pre-determined pattern wins the prize. It is possible to have more than one winner and the winners equally split the prize.
In some cases, there are also progressive jackpots wherein a player who achieves a coverall pattern within a specific number of calls wins the jackpot prize.
- 50 Ball Bingo
Each ticket for a 50 ball bingo contains 10 numbers arranged in two rows. There are two ways to win this game. The first player to cover all numbers in one row wins and the first player who covers all 10 numbers on the card wins. The prize money is equally split between the two winning patterns so there will always be two winners for every game.
- 30 Ball Bingo
It is the latest online bingo game and the fastest too. The ticket of a 30 ball bingo is composed of nine squares that has numbers up to 30. There are two ways to win this game. The first player to complete a ‘Full House’ wins or the first player to complete ‘Any Line’ wins. There are also progressive jackpots available for this game.
- Deal or No Deal Bingo
This game uses the 90 ball bingo ticket. There are four prizes to be won in this game: 1 Line – all numbers in a horizontal line are called out, 2 Line – all numbers in any two lines, House or Bingo – Full house or all the numbers in the ticket are called out, and Deal or No Deal Winner – the player who wins the Full House is offered a Deal by the Banker and they can either accept the offer made by the Banker or take the prize in the chosen box. The Full House winner wins the prize from the Deal or No Deal game on top of the prize for winning Full House.
Slingo is a combination of bingo and slots. A card has 25 numbers in it and is arranged in five rows and five columns. Each column contains a wheel with a button indicating “spin”. The spin button produces random numbers and game icons that can be matched with the columns on the Slingo card. To win the game, a player is expected to have five numbers covered either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. There are also matching points per icon. The goal is to get the highest number of points.
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire Bingo
This game uses a 90 ball bingo ticket. There are ball call thresholds given at the start of the game and in order to win the jackpot, a player needs to cover Full House within the ball call threshold. The jackpot prize decreases as the ball calls increase beyond the thresholds. The first players to win 1Line, 2Line, and Full House still get to win prizes. Buying a strip of tickets also allows a player to receive a bonus game scratchcard. Matching three symbols lets the player win a prize.