Once upon a time bingo was a game you played at the seaside or on the high street in the UK with a bingo card and a dabber or buttons and bottletops. While in the clubs you would be playing 90 ball bingo for a line for a full house, the seaside version was 80 ball with lines of different colours and you could win with 4 corners, vertical or diagonal lines as well as horizontal lines. In the USA they favoured 75 ball bingo with patterns instead of lines.

Move forward to the 21st Century and these three bingo variants are still around, but have been joined by many, many more thanks to the boom in online bingo and the possibilities that technology provides. Moving around from bingo site to bingo site you will find new styles of games and including anything from 30 ball bingo to 60 ball bingo, to bingo with just pictures instead of numbers or playing cards instead of actual bingo tickets.

90 Ball Bingo

90 Ball Bingo

The classic UK bingo game

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Aztec Bingo

Some of the best bingo games around are still based on 90 ball bingo, most with some kind of progressive jackpot, but many more with an added twist and often more ways to win.
 
In a 90 ball bingo game the ball calls to win a progressive jackpot can range from a very low 29 numbers (we’re looking at you Playtech), but is more usually set at around the 40 balls mark. Those with a higher ball count tend to show a much lower jackpot level as they are obviously won more often.
 
Escalator Jackpot games
 
An escalator jackpot game is one to look out for as it means that a pot that has been growing for some time is ready to be given away and is guaranteed to do so by the end of a specific timescale. The ball count will start low, but every few hours will be increased until it is finally won.
 
Often these will also be Community jackpot games, meaning that the winner gets half the pot and every other player shares the other half – win/win for the players there so that puts these games near the top of the popularity charts.
Coronation Street Bingo

Coronation Street Bingo

Claim the Golden Cobbles Jackpot

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Gala Bingo

These 90 ball bingo games are available at Gala Bingo and Coral Bingo. Alongside the standard 90 ball game there is a separate 90 ball ticket that everyone can see called the Golden Cobbles ticket. When a player calls a full  house on a number that appears on that ticket the number turns gold.

A win on one of those numbers is worth £5 extra prize money, until you complete a line, two lines or the full house of golden cobble with your winning number. Those prizes are progressive and grow with every game until won.
 

Cash Cubes

Cash Cubes

Fast paced 36 ball bingo variant

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Sun Bingo

Available from Playtech, this is a 36 ball game that moves fast. The numbers are within four interlinked cubes and you need to mark off 12 numbers to win completing all four cubes. You can choose your price to play – 10p, 50p, £1 or £2 and you can only play one ticket per game, so fair for all.

You collect completed cubes separately and win a bingo bonus prize on reaching 50 cubes on any price point.

Game Show Bingo

Game Show Bingo

Bingo with bonus games

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Jackpotjoy

Launch Game Show Bingo at Jackpotjoy and the dulcet tones of Barbara Windsor welcomes you to the room. It’s a 90-ball bingo game but with a twist if you buy six or more tickets per game.

At the end of a game, you will be asked if you would like to play the bonus game. If you answer yes then you will play one of the games chosen at random to win points. Points make free tickets in the bonus round, the more you score, the more free tickets you will earn. 500 points will get you one free ticket; 15,000 points and you will have six.

The bonus rounds you could be playing in Game Show Bingo are:

The Sumo / Bungee / Balloon Pop

Playing the bonus games you have the chance to win up to six tickets with your score and up to an additional six with the community score.

When it comes to jackpots for this game, you have the standard house prizes for one line, two lines and the full house and then Community Super Jackpot and the Fantastic 51.

Someone calling the full house in 40 calls or less wins the former. They win 50% of the jackpot and other players in the game share the remainder.

The latter is won when someone calls the full house in 51 numbers or less. The amount of the jackpot is determined by the ticket price of the game it was won on multiplied by 1,000.

Slingo Boom

Slingo Boom

Slots meets bingo hybrid game

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Slingo

This game started live on social media and is a hybrid of a slot game and a 75 ball bingo game. It was brought to the pay to play online bingo world by Gaming Realms and can be enjoyed at their premier site slingo.com.

You purchase a 75 ball bingo card in the traditional 5 columns. Instead of one number being called at a time five appear at the foot of the card. However, numbers can be replaced by a joker, a super-joker or a devil. A joker marks off a random number in the column it appears, super-joker marks a number anywhere on the card and a devil means no number can be marked for that turn in that column.

You play for one line, two lines and full house, so it differs from a traditional 75 ball game in that sense too.
 

Rainbow Riches Bingo

Rainbow Riches Bingo

Can you reach the pot of gold?

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Sky Bingo

Rainbow Riches is best known as a phenomenally successful slot game, both as a physical slot machine and as an online video slot. It was only a matter of time before the successful formula was translated into a bingo game.
 
This is a 40 ball game once again developed by the powerhouses at Playtech / Virtue Fusion. On top of the basic game where you have to complete a card of 8 lucky four leaf clovers there are two bonus features to win on too. 
 
There are two sets of four clovers; completing one set of four clovers is the ‘line’ and completing both sets of four first is the full house. The numbers are called from a spinning wheel that replicates the bonus round in the Rainbow Riches slot game. 
 
In place of number on some spins are multi-coloured clovers and these move the leprechaun along the road to various community jackpots at 10, 25 and 50 steps. The Wishing Well Bonus is paid out to individual players when they collect 100 coins. Coins are added to the well when a magic number picked before the start of the game is called during the game. 
 
Being only 40 numbers the games move fast and there is not long to wait between each one – again something that appeals greatly to the younger bingo player who may be participating having been drawn into the game by it association with the slot Rainbow Riches slot game.
Bounce’T Bingo

Bounce’T Bingo

75 ball with varied prize money

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ABC Bingo

Bounce’T Bingo is the Dragonfish attempt to add a bit of variety to the 75 ball game. Although the game itself plays through as a normal pattern game, the difference is that the prize jumps between £10 and £30 for just 10p a ticket. The prize depends on what is shown when you call bingo.

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