Those of you that have just made the transition from bingo halls to online bingo will have noticed that there are some fundamental differences between the game you are used to and the one you have just picked up. This is due to the fact that there are various types of bingo played in different regions of the world. With the large majority of online bingo players being from the USA when the industry began its rise over a decade ago, 75 ball bingo became the default for most operators. Even though online gambling has been illegal in the US since 2006, that has remained the case. We figured we would point out the key differences to help newer players find their way online. Let’s start at home, shall we?
90 Ball Bingo
90 ball bingo is what many of our readers will simply know as “bingo”. In the UK we play 90 ball almost exclusively and anyone who has been to a bingo hall will have seen it in action. It’s fairly simple stuff; 90 balls in a machine, if the number that pops out is on your ticket/card then mark it off, if you complete the pattern for that round then claim bingo. The patterns are pretty generic, consisting of one line, two lines and full house.
75 Ball Bingo
75 ball bingo is the dominant variation of the game in North America. While the basics of the game remain the same, there are obviously only 75 balls in play. The bingo tickets themselves are also different to their 90 ball counterparts. While there are spaces (also called “blanks”) on a 90 ball ticket, a 75 bingo is covered entirely in numbers. This allows for some interesting winning patterns, such as four corners, spots, corner blocks, hearts, various shapes of numbers and letters, the usual one or two lines and the “cover” — which is the 75 ball bingo version of a full house, requiring all numbers to be “covered”.