Bingo is a game that is played on bingo cards. Each card has a numbered grid. In the land-based version of bingo, random balls are chosen by the bingo caller, ranging between the numbers of 1 and 75, 1 and 80, or 1 and 90, depending on which version of bingo is being played. In online bingo, a similar thing is done, except that instead of the balls being chosen by a bingo caller, they are chosen by an RNG (Random Number Generator), which is run by online bingo software. All reputable online bingo sites will have their sites audited for fairness to reassure players that the numbers are in fact randomly drawn.
As each number is draw from the cage (or the virtual cage, as the case may be), players will mark off the number that correspond to the bingo boards that they have in their possession. Depending on the specific game, the player may need to cover a specific pattern, or their whole bingo card. Once a player has achieved the object of the game, they will call out “Bingo!” or click the “Bingo” button on their computers. Their card will be checked to ensure that no mistakes are made, and if all is correct, they will have won the bingo game.
It is important to remember that bingo is a game of chance, and although it may increase your odds of winning to purchase extra bingo cards, this is only a good idea if you are sure that you can keep up with the bingo caller, and manage to check all your bingo cards.
What is Online Bingo?
As was partially explained above, online bingo is simply a version of the game that is played through the Internet. Because land-based bingo can be a very social game, since players all hang out in their favorite bingo halls, online bingo has sought to replicate the friendly feel of the game, by providing great chat rooms in order to give players the option for the social interaction that forms a large part of the enjoyment of the game.
Of course, it may not be quite as exciting to click on “Bingo” rather than to shout it out in a packed bingo hall, but the result is nevertheless the same, and the excitement can be shared in an online bingo chat room.
The popularity of bingo was beginning to wane, and it has now been revived somewhat by giving bingo lovers access to their favorite game online. There are a great many promotions that can make it quite worthwhile to sign up for an online bingo room.
Variations of Bingo
Bingo comes in three basic variations. Even though all the versions are similar, the game can be played as 75 Ball Bingo, 80 Ball Bingo, and 90 Ball Bingo. The most well-known and basic bingo game is the 75-ball version.
75 Ball Bingo
75 Ball Bingo is the easiest version of bingo that is available. It is easy for new players to play the game, since the rules are very simple, and easy to follow. Even bingo players who choose to play other versions of bingo are usually familiar with the 75-ball game.
90 Ball Bingo
90 Ball Bingo has become the most popular form of bingo worldwide. Online bingo players enjoy the 90-ball bingo games that are offered at online bingo sites. It is likely that this form of bingo will continue to be popular with bingo players for quite some time. 90 Ball Bingo is the most popular form of bingo in brick and mortar bingo halls in the United Kingdom, as well as in online bingo rooms.
80 Ball Bingo
This version of bingo is a great way to find a happy medium between the 75-ball game and the 90-ball game. For those who find that 75 balls is simply a few balls too few, and that 90 balls is a few too many, this 80-ball bingo option is great for both on and offline players. This version of bingo comes from the land-based bingo version called ShutterBoard, or CashLine. In land-based bingo, this version of the game is played on boards that have small shutters that close over each of the bingo numbers. The online version is usually styled after the look of the land-based version of the game.