The Different Types of Bingo
Worth a staggering $500 million in 2006, the markets’ global gross gaming yield doubled during the next four years and exceeded $1 billion by the end of 2010. It is now the key driver of a cumulative remote gaming sector that is worth a staggering $182.8 billion, with numerous formats of the game available to players from around the world.
Discarding creative and modern variations, however, there are essentially three main types of bingo that are played both online and offline, and these form the foundations of all additional alternatives.
1. 75 Ball Bingo
The U.S. likes to do things its own way, and in keeping with this tradition it has created its’ own unique bingo variation. 75 Ball Bingo is played both online and throughout the bingo halls of North America, with players using a 5×5 card marked with the word ‘free’ in the centre square. The desired pattern to achieve success in this game varies wildly, from simple, single lines to more complex patterns. The main aim to mark the numbers off the card in the desired pattern, doing so before rival players and as quickly as possible.
2. 90 Ball Bingo
Outside of the U.S., multiple regions are united by the fact that they pay 90 Ball Bingo. This game is preferred in Europe, Australia, South America and the UK, while it is also the variation found most prominently online.
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The game is played on a 9×3 card, with each line containing five numbers and the card featuring 15 digits in total. There are usually three stages and winning combinations associated with this game, where players can claim prizes for marking off a single line, two lines and a ‘Full House’.
3. 80 Ball Bingo
The third variation is 80 Ball Bingo, which is essentially a hybrid between the 75 and 90 ball formats. The cards used in this game are 4×4, and contain an overall total of 16 numbers that must be marked off. There are also multiple ways to win in this game, with players able to call the completion of entire lines (whether vertical, horizontal or diagonal) in addition to marking off all digits. Some operators also offer players an opportunity to win a prize by marking off all four corners of the card, although this is an optional rule that is not always enforced.