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Whether you have never played bingo before, or whether you are an old hand at the game, we can, hopefully, pass on some useful information. We’ll tell you about 90-ball bingo, 80-ball bingo, 75-ball bingo, 50-ball bingo and 30-ball bingo in some detail and lots of other bingo variants too.
Discover how many numbers are on the bingo cards for each type of bingo and how many times you can win in each game. Lines, patterns, rows and columns – all provide ways to win, but not in every type of game. Check out our guide and you’ll soon be an expert too.
A collection of typical bingo features and themes, including anything from 30 ball bingo to 90 ball bingo, to bingo with just pictures instead of numbers or playing cards instead of actual bingo tickets. These games come in all shapes and sizes as operators try to innovate and improve on this traditional past time. Included in our selection are the popular Cash Cubes, Slingo, Rainbow Riches Bingo, Cinco and many more.
Gamesys continues to innovate with its selection of unique bingo games. The newest addition to the family released in October 2018 is Crystal Maze Bingo, based on the popular TV show hosted in turn by Richard O’Brien, Edward Tudor-Pole and Richard Ayoade.
Crystal Maze Bingo is a 90 ball bingo game with a bonus feature at the end if you purchase 6 tickets or more in the game and a 38 ball progressive jackpot. There are prizes for one line, two lines and the full house.
Once the full house has been called you enter the Crystal Dome to play the bonus game. You have to tap/click to collect gold tokens, avoiding silver tokens. All silver tokens clicked means a gold token is deducted from your collection. The more gold tokens you and the community as a whole collect, the more bonus tickets you will be awarded to the next game.
The background changes with each game based on the zones of the original gameshow. You will play in either the Aztec, Industrial, Medieval or Futuristic zones, with the background music also different for each zone.
The graphics are excellent – they are good on desktop, but if anything even better on mobile.
This is a well thought out game with a great theme and a great bonus game. Enjoy Crystal Maze Bingo and its unique Crystal Dome bonus round at Jackpotjoy and Heart Bingo.
Slingo Rainbow Riches is the popular variant from Slingo that marries the fun and excitement of Slingo with Rainbow Riches. The game picked up the prestigious ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the 2018 WhichBingo Awards.
Unique bonus rounds are awarded for completing multiple lines (or slingos) on your card. All of which are themed to Rainbow Riches.
Flash Fives is the name of the 888 version of the tombola Cinco card bingo. It was first launched at their flagship brand 888Ladies in April 2016. Like other versions, tickets consist of five cards and the aim is to cover all five cards to win the prize.
Coconut Island is 50-ball developed by Playtech and running exclusively at Gala, Ladbrokes and Coral Bingo. The theme is a desert island with coconuts falling from a palm tree and cracking open as they hit the ground to reveal the number called.
Some of the best bingo sites 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. Often these will also be Community jackpots, 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 90 ball near the top of the popularity charts.
Tipping Point Bingo was introduced to Sky Bingo in February 2017 and is loosely based on the television quiz show hosted by Ben Shephard on ITV. Your tickets look like those you win in the coin pusher machine at the local arcade. If you have watched the quiz show Tipping Point, you will know that it is a giant coin pusher machine that determines winning amounts for the contestants.
Another themes on the Virtue Fusion / Playtech platform and this time it’s one of the most popular reality shows on TV, X factor. The base is traditional 90 ball, but what makes X Factor Bingo different is the chance to win the Judges Jackpot. To win the Judges Jackpot prize you must first have won the full house. If the number that you win on is on the Judges Jackpot ticket and has not been marked off, the Any Number prize is yours. However, if you complete the one line, two lines or the full house for the Judges Jackpot with the number you called bingo on, the house prize is yours and it’s substantially higher.
Pulse was launched at tombola in July 2014 but doesn’t have bingo tickets in the way that you would expect. Instead you have twelve bubbles floating around the screen. If you prefer the bubbles to be static in three columns of four, simply click the room name at the bottom of the screen. The bingo numbers are called in the traditional way, and winning is as you would expect with all bubbles being popped to scoop the house prize on offer. The house prize is determined in the normal way, the number of tickets sold and at what prices.
The Chase Bingo was launched in October 2016 and like many themes at Gala Bingo, its has traditional 90 ball at its core. All players have the chance of winning the one line, two lines and full house but in addition, there are extra prizes like The Final Chase progressive. A Chaser is chosen at random from five that are on the TV quiz show and then you have to watch the answer board – Player vs Chaser. If you get home and aren’t caught, the money is yours but if you lose and the Chaser wins, you will receive a consolation prize.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Bingo has been around for quite some time now and is, at first glance, its standard 90-ball bingo.What makes it stand out from the crowd is that it offers no less than 12 jackpots. They can be won by calling within the number thresholds that are indicated on the screen. As well as the jackpots that can be won by calling in a specific amount of numbers,it boasts your normal one line, two lines and full house prizes that are available on all 90 ball.
Why is Swedish Bingo called this and not five-line bingo when they are exactly the same? To be completely honest we do not know. Both five line and Swedish Bingo are the same, as are the European alternative to the traditional US 75 ball. What Swedish Bingo offers is the best of both worlds, a cross between 75 ball and 90 ball with more chances of winning and as players, we love it.
This is probably one of the lesser-known themes available on the Virtue Fusion / Playtech software. Snakes and ladders has three prizes, the one line, two lines and the full house and the prizes offered in the Feature . The top prize on the latter is £500 and awarded if you manage to reach the top of the Snakes and Ladders board.
Immortal Romance is a slot title from Microgaming, a popular slot with interesting bonus rounds and great graphics. It’s based on 90 ball bingo, and winning is achieved in the same way as your standard 90 ball play, by marking off numbers to make the one line, two lines and full house. As you play, you collect Medallions to fill up your Power Up bar and when you have a total of 20 notches, you get the chance to win one of the four extra jackpots on offer. The wheel will spin to determine the ‘hero’ you are playing and this determines whether you land the Mini, Minor, Major or Mega Jackpot.
When you play Royal 5’s bingo you are not given a standard bingo ticket but instead, five cards. Instead of bingo balls, card deck values are called and the aim is to mark off all five cards in your hand to win a prize. The number of tickets sold and the price of the cards determine the actual prize on offer.
The clue is in the name Roll On bingo, it means that once the full house has been won, additional numbers will be called and subsequently create more winners. There can be as many as 20 additional numbers called. Roll On bingo increases the chance of winning for all players and you will be notified before tickets sales are closed that the next time to play will include these additional prizes.
In Rollercoaster Bingo you’re not playing with traditional bingo tickets but instead, carriages with five seats in that are all named. The idea is to fill your Rollercoaster carriage to win.
The rollercoaster spins around the loop and releases one of the balls at the top. If you have that named ball, they take a seat in the appropriate carriage. There is just one standard house prize for Rollercoaster but two jackpots. The largest of these is won if you call in five balls drops, the lower with six.
Lucky Numbers Bingo is a variant of 90 ball bingo that offers extra prizes. At the start you are asked to choose three lucky numbers between 1 and 90. Lucky Numbers Bingo also has the traditional one line, two lines and full house prizes. If a Lucky Numbers Bingo jackpot is released by players matching the bonus numbers, the winnings are shared amongst all those who have match numbers to release the jackpot.
Pirates was a new addition to the portfolio at tombola in July 2012. Although more like Cinco, it has great playability. Your bingo tickets consist of several pirate themed icons on a treasure map. There are three columns of icons, each five long. There are various pirates, a parrot, treasure, guns and more.
A card is turned to reveal one of the symbols and you have to mark them off if you have them on any of your cards. You play for the one line and the full house, both prizes that are determined by ticket prices and sales.
Emoji Bingo is a variant of 50-ball bingo. There are no standard bingo tickets, just 10 different Emoji’s floating around the screen. Instead of numbers being called, Emoji’s are and as you match them on the screen, then disappear.
You are given the option of five different sets of Emoji’s to choose from, and these include popular ones like the smiley face, a thumbs up, a love heart and even a poo! There are also festive sets of Emoji’s available at Christmas time.
Emmerdale Bingo is exclusive to Gala Bingo and followed a couple of years after the other soap themed 90 ball, Coronation Bingo. Like other versions of 90-ball bingo, you have the one line, two lines and full house to play for. Above your tickets you can see a white Range Rover and the number of miles to certain landmarks in and around Emmerdale. Above the Range Rover is a number; this number is the miles that it has already travelled. When every full house is called, the number that it is called on is the number of miles that the car will drive.
By far the most common variation of bingo in the UK. Every UK online bingo site features a main room that is 90-ball bingo and these rooms often have the biggest prizes. 90-ball bingo is also the game that is played in the high street bingo halls – and if you have ever visited a bingo hall with a complete bingo beginner you will have seen that the game is not as straightforward as regular players think.
Traditionally a ‘strip’ of bingo tickets is made up of 6 tickets, each ticket bearing 15 numbers between 1 – 90. In each strip of 6 tickets, each number will definitely appear once and once only. That is important to know in a bingo hall, but less so when playing online bingo as the marking is automated and the cards usually move around so your best tickets are always at the top and in view.
Each ticket is a grid of 9 columns and 3 lines.
There are 5 numbers on each line – making the 15 in all on each ticket (6 tickets x 15 numbers each = 90). The columns are for set blocks of numbers; 1-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-90.
There are up to 3 chances to win in every game; 1 line, 2 lines and the full house. The Random Number Generator (RNG) produces the numbers one by one and the first person to complete a line, 2 lines or the full house wins.
Pattern Bingo – this is very popular in the US, but more and more UK players are falling in love with the format. Different sites operate the game in different ways. The traditional way is just to pay for completing whatever pattern in given out at the beginning of the game. These are patterns that can be made up from the squares on the ticket when they are shaded by being called out.
These games are played on individual tickets containing 25 squares and 24 numbers – the centre square is always free. The ticket is a 5 row/5 column set up. The pattern can be anything from a letter to a number or a cross or a lollipop – any shape you can make from squares. The columns are numbered 1 -15, 16 – 30, 31 – 45, 46 – 60 and 61 – 75.
Five Line (also known as Swedish Bingo) – this is also a form of 75 ball bingo that is growing in popularity as it offers so many chances to win. The same 5 row/5 column lay out as pattern bingo, but the centre square also contains a number that needs to be called to complete a line.
The first line win can often be either vertical or horizontal, but after that they tend to be horizontal lines only. This does tend to differ if you are playing on any Scandinavian based sites where they tend to play for the columns, more like 80 ball bingo.
Many people will be familiar with this kind of bingo from the seaside amusement arcades as it is the style of bingo also often known as ‘prize bingo’.
There are 4 rows and 4 columns, making 16 numbers in all – and sometimes each column is a particular colour, so the call is ‘red 14’ or ‘white 66’. The columns are numbered 1 -20, 21-40, 41- 60 and 61 – 80.
There can be lots of ways to win ranging from 4 corner numbers, to a diagonal line across the board, a full column or a full line and then the full house.
This is a more recent bingo variant to have come about and it can be played in different ways at different sites.
The simplest format is where there are a strip of 5 tickets, each with 10 numbers from 1 – 50. Each number only appears once. Each ticket is made up of 2 lines of numbers with each column numbered 1 – 10, 11 – 20, 21 – 30, 31- 40 and 41 – 50.
Prizes are paid for one line and the full house
This can be quite a speedy game as it is a simple grid of 9 numbers in 3 x 3 square. The game is often played just for the full house. The columns are numbered 1 – 10, 11- 20 and 21 – 30.
90 ball bingo is the main style of bingo that gets all sorts of bells and whistles added to it to make the game more interesting and to add even more prize options.
Now this game is available in both 90 ball and 75 ball versions. The game plays out in the normal manner, but certain balls have been allocated ‘box numbers’. As they are called an associated monetary value is removed from the prize board. The full house winner gets to choose whether to open the box that was set aside at the beginning taking into account the prizes they can see are left available, or to take the Banker’s Offer. Price of play can vary from 10p a ticket to 50p a ticket, but there are often a lot of players so the prize pots tend to be very good.
These games are available at most Playtech powered sites such as Ladbrokes Bingo, William Hill Bingo and Take a Break Bingo.
A 90 ball game found at Gala Bingo, Coral Bingo and Ladbrokes Bingo only due to current licensing arrangements. The extra feature here is an additional 90 ball ticket that everyone can see and stays in place until it is full. This is the Golden Cobbles ticket and is worth additional prizes.
Each time a full house is called and the winning number is one of the 15 on the Golden Cobbles ticket it turns gold and the winner gets an additional prize, ranging from £5 for any number, to £500 for completing the last number and creating the full house.
This is a 75 ball bingo game that can be found at most Dragonfish powered bingo sites. The games are either pattern or coverall games (where you have to get all 24 numbers to win) and the difference here is that the prize is not fixed at the outset of the game. Instead, the prizes ‘bounces’ around from £10 to £30 and everything in between every few numbers called.
Now, prizes in bingo games are either made up of a percentage of the stakes made by players in each game or a guaranteed jackpot, which is just what it says on the tin and is a guaranteed minimum even if there are only a few players.
A progressive jackpot often sits alongside the main game prize as an added incentive to play as these can be thousands of pounds. The trick is that you have to call the full house within a limited number of calls. The number of calls will depend on the game being played. So, for instance, in a 90 ball bingo game the ball calls to win a progressive can range from 29 to 50, with 40 being the most common. In a 75 ball bingo coverall game the standard would be around 49 calls, but for bigger prizes can be anything from 36 numbers.
To make up a progressive jackpot, a percentage of player stakes in each game are kept in a different pot which keeps growing in this way until it is won.
Chat games are not actual bingo games, but games within the bingo rooms. A chat host is often present in a bingo room to keep things friendly and chatty and to answer any queries. Every now and again they will have some bonus funds to give away and to do this they run a chat game.
These can vary from being general knowledge questions, to betting on which number ball will be called, but the important thing is that players love them as it gives them the chance to win something extra and adds extra interest to the chat rooms.
At busy bingo sites you will find a complete list of all the bingo games to be played, the times, the stakes and the prizes. Often you will be able to pre-purchase tickets from the schedule list too.
Sometimes a bingo schedule is made available for the bigger promotional games with big prizes so everyone knows when the game will take place and to give them a chance to purchase plenty of tickets over a period of time.
Alternatively, if a schedule is available for a particular room all the time people, may be on the lookout for when a particular jackpot feature might be about to pop or when a progressive jackpot has got to bursting point. A schedule means that it is possible to pre-buy tickets even if you can’t stay on site and actively play in the room.
The only way to find out the answer to that question is to have some fun trying them all. Some players love to chat, so the steady pace of a 90 ball game is perfect. 50 ball bingo can be exciting as a line can go very quickly and the whole thing can be over in just 21 numbers!
The 90 ball feature games like Deal or No Deal and Coronation Street Bingo are well worth exploring, as those additional features to add to the excitement.
80 ball bingo is a lot of fun and is growing in popularity all the time due to having so many ways to win.
On another level, it might be all about the prizes on offer and what you can win. If this is the case you will be looking for the busiest rooms that ensure the biggest prize pots.
The best advice is to find a bingo site that looks like it has plenty to offer and then go exploring.