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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
The classic UK bingo game
Coronation Street Bingo
Claim the Golden Cobbles Jackpot
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.
Fast paced 36 ball bingo variant
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
Bingo with bonus games
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.
Slots meets bingo hybrid game
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
Can you reach the pot of gold?
75 ball with varied prize money
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.