The Most Popular Types of Bingo

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Bingo is a simple game that anyone can play, but despite its simplicity, bingo can be played in seemingly countless different ways. If you are from the UK then the version you might be most familiar with is 90 ball bingo, but bingo halls in America are more likely to play 75 ball bingo. It is different almost everywhere you go.

The most common types of bingo

Different types of bingo games are defined by the number of balls in play. The most common variants that appear in bingo halls are played with 75 or 90 balls, depending on where in the world you are playing. 80 ball bingo, on the other hand, was designed specifically for online bingo games. Online bingo sites are a great place to hunt for new and interesting takes on your favourite version of the game. Booty Bingo, for example, features over 600 different bingo games with unique themes and ways to play them. Online bingo sites and mobile apps are incredibly popular among the bingo community and allow players to experience new types of bingo from the comfort of their home, or even on the go.

Most online bingo games are modified versions of one of the four most popular types of bingo. Our online bingo and slot games breathe new life into the classic game of bingo by adding unique themes, fun bonus rounds, and often offer more opportunities for you to win prizes. But before you rush off to find your new favourite online bingo game, let’s take a look at the 4 most popular types of bingo.

30 ball bingo

The fastest game of bingo you can play is 30 ball bingo. Each player receives a bingo card that is a 3×3 grid of 9 numbers, and then the race is on to fill yours in first. The wonderful thing about 30 ball bingo, is that you get to play a few rapid-fire games in a short space of time. If you are on a bit of a hot streak, and the games are going at a decent pace, you could potentially be winning more than once per hour.

Games of 30 ball bingo often go by so quickly that there is usually only one big prize to be won, and it is normally awarded for a full house victory – when every number on a player’s card has been filled in. 30 ball bingo actually has online bingo, and bingo for mobile, to thank for its recent surge in popularity. Being able to play a few quick games of bingo, either at home or during your commute to and from work, means that players can play more games even if they only have a limited amount of free time.

75 ball bingo

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If you are in the United States or Canada, then you have likely played 75 ball bingo before. This version of the game is played on a 5×5 card with 24 numbers and a blank space in the middle of the grid. Each column and row on the grid is also marked by the letters B-I-N-G-O, with each letter being grouped with a set of 15 numbers. B groups numbers 1–15, the letter I groups numbers 16–30, and so on.

There are a lot of pattern variations for 75 ball bingo that can net you a win, but these vary from game to game, so be sure to check what your possible winning patterns are. Having a good understanding of 75 ball bingo will also give you an edge when playing 80 ball bingo, which we will explain in this next section.

80 ball bingo

80 ball bingo was designed specifically for online bingo games and plays very similarly to 75 ball bingo, with the only obvious exceptions being the number of balls and the size of the grid. Instead of the 25 square grid you would find on your card in 75 ball bingo, the 80 ball online bingo variant uses a 16 square grid with 4 columns and 4 rows.

You can still win using the same patterns as most 75 ball bingo games, including horizontal or vertical lines, 4 corners, or even single numbers. When playing bingo online, even if you aren’t playing 80 ball bingo, you should keep an eye out for more experimental winning patterns. The best online bingo games often offer fun and unique ways to earn extra prizes, so you could potentially win more than once per game.

90 ball bingo

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The most popular version of bingo in the world, as well as in the United Kingdom, is 90 ball bingo. Compared to 30, 75, and 80 ball bingo, 90 ball bingo is slightly more complicated only because it is played over 3 rounds. The bingo card for 90 ball bingo looks quite different too, with 5 numbers in each of the 3 rows spread randomly across 9 columns for a total of 15 numbers. Each column can only contain numbers from within specific ranges, the first column is for numbers 1 to 9, the second column is for 10 to 19, and so on until the ninth column.

Each of the 3 rounds in a game of 90 ball bingo offers the opportunity for someone to win a prize, with the last round having the largest prize. The first round is won by the first player to score a complete horizontal line. The second round is won by the first player to mark off two complete horizontal lines, and the third round is won by the first player to mark off every number on their card.

Discover more types of bingo

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