Bingo is a game of chance in which each player matches numbers printed in different arrangements on 5×5 cards with the numbers the game host draws at random, marking the selected numbers with tiles. When a player finds the selected numbers are arranged on their card in a row, they call out “Bingo!” to alert all participants to a winning card, which prompts the game host (or an associate assisting the host) to examine the card for verification of the win. Players compete against one another to be the first to have a winning arrangement for the prize or jackpot. After a winner is declared, the players clear their number cards of the tiles and the game host begins a new round of play.
History of Bingo
The term Bingo originated from a game called “beano”. Beano was invented in the United States of America. It was a county fair game consisting of numbered discs pulled out of a cigar box by the “dealer”.
The reason it was called “beano” is because the players would mark numbers off of their cards with beans. Like Bingo, “Beano!” was yelled when someone had crossed off the correct patterns. Although Beano was originated in the United States, the game of bingo’s routes can be traced back as far as the 1500’s to an Italian game called “Lo Giuoco Lotto Italia”. The game then spread to other places in Europe like France and Germany.
Bingo Glossary Terms
“BINGO!” – What you yell when you hit the winning pattern Board – An electronic bingo board that lights up the numbers as you play.
Bingo board – An electronic board or visual display that lights up each number as it is called.
Bingo card – The card used to play bingo. It has 25 spaces – one blank space and 24 with assigned random numbers.
Caller – A person assigned to announce the numbers that are drawn.
Chat room – A monitor or screen that enables players to send and receive messages.
Daubers – A marker to “Dab” your numbers on your bingo ticket as they are called out.
Jackpot – A premium prize received by a player who has accomplished a blackout or other complex bingo pattern.
Money ball – This number, drawn before the game begins, rewards a player with a special prize when he or she hits it on the bingo card.
Pattern – A shape (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and others) that a player needs to attain with called-out numbers in order to win.
Quickie – When numbers are called out rapidly and all spaces in the card must be marked to win.
Serial number – The manufacturer-printed number that can be seen on each set of cards.
Wild number – A number, determined by the first ball drawn, that lets players start with multiple called numbers.
Online bingo differs from the original offline game in some important ways. The online version uses RNG (Random Number Generator) in the place of balls. While offline bingo enables you to play with others, online bingo lets you interact with people from around the world and provides a “chat” option so players can communicate with each other.
Online bingo also offers a wider variety of games and greater potential winnings through various online bingo bonuses and promotions .Whereas in regular bingo, players have to locate the called-out numbers quickly on their cards and mark them off, in online bingo auto-daubers automatically mark the cards. The players have to compare the numbers (from 1 to 75) that the computer is pre-programmed to call out with the numbers marked on their cards. This makes online bingo easier, faster, and more fun to play, and enables players to play multiple bingo cards at one time.
Online bingo comes in three variants: Cover All rewards the first player to cover all the spots on the bingo card. Combination Bingo combines many different bingo variations into one game. Speed Bingo uses just 30 balls, has only nine spaces, and is played on a 3×3 card.
In online bingo, experts advise that before selecting the bingo site to play in, evaluate the various sites available for reliability, free bonus offers or sign-up bonuses, level of prizes, or any other feature that can enhance your online bingo experience.
Online Bingo Variations
Bingo Sites offer a variety of different games. You can play 75-ball, 80-ball, 90-ball or 30-ball bingo. The games also vary when it comes to the patterns you have to make, ball speed and card prices.
How to Play Bingo- Game variations
90- Ball Bingo: This variant originated in the UK and is now widely played throughout Europe and Australia.
80- Ball Bingo:
74- Ball Bingo:
30- Ball Bingo:
How to Play Bingo – Pattern Variations
Blackout Bingo: You need to mark off every single square on your card to achieve a blackout bingo. This is most common pattern you will find in 30-ball bingo as the card is only 3×3. If you manage to achieve this one in 75-ball or 90-ball bingo you’re in for a nice prize, but it’s a lot harder to achieve. This kind of bingo is also more common with online bingo games that have a progressive jackpot.
Lines Bingo: The most popular bingo pattern across all bingo variations would be winning with a line – horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. In 75-ball bingo this would be five numbers across, down, or diagonally.
T’s Bingo: The pattern, as the name indicates, is in the shape of a capital T with numbers marked down the middle row and also along the top row, or upside down with the bottom row marked instead of the top. However it can also be designated a ‘crazy T’, meaning that you can win if the T is right side up, upside down, or even sideways with the numbers marked across along the middle row, and either the down the right or left side column.
U’s Bingo: This bingo involves daubing the squares around three connecting sides of a bingo card forming a ‘U’ shape when the left, right and bottom sides are marked off. You can also win if it’s turned sideways in the shape of a C with numbers marked on the bottom, left hand side, and top row. It also works in reverse with the right side, bottom, and top row marked. You can also win with an upside down U when the top row and both left and right sides are marked.
Square Bingo: You need to mark off the numbers along all four sides of the card to form a square.
Diamond Bingo: There are two potential diamond shapes, the little and the big diamond. The small diamond is a small shape which consists of marking the squares that are to the left, right, top, and bottom of the free space square in the middle of the card. The big diamond has its points in the center square on the top, bottom, left, and right side.
Broken Picture Frame: This is a very fun pattern to play. In sum it’s a square with some of the squares left unmarked. You need to mark off all corner and middle squares along the top, bottom, left, and right side of your bingo card, leaving the rest unmarked.
Although there is not much you can do to alter the randomness of the numbers that are drawn throughout the game, if you’re going to play bingo here are a few bingo strategy hints you can employ to give yourself a better chance to win:
- Avoid Peak hours: If you play at times when games are poorly attended, you will stand a better chance of winning, since the odds depend on the number of cards being playing in a particular game. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing online or offline, be sure to try your luck when there are fewer players in a game. One way to play against a limited field is to play on weekdays or at odd hours, times when fewer people will be available to play. You will need to check with the online casino and do a bit of research in regards to how many players are playing a game on different days and at different times of the week. It also helps to play at bingo rooms online that are a few hours ahead or behind you if you are unable to make the off-peak times in your own local city or online bingo casino.
- Buy Multiple Cards: The most popular bingo strategy of all is buying a few bingo cards as the more cards you play, the more you can win. Since each card has the same chance of having the winning numbers, the more cards you play, the more chances you have of having not one but several winning cards. Of course, you must balance your investment with potential returns. So consider these two factors: the amount of the prize money (don’t spend more than what you expect to win); and the number of players in the game (the fewer players, the better your odds of having the winning cards).
- Choose Cards that don’t duplicate numbers: Bingo cards can never contain a number more than once, so every card has the same odds of winning. However, you can boost your chances of winning by selecting cards that don’t duplicate the numbers that appear on their other cards, so you’ll have more opportunity to have at least one card that will contain the number called.
- Know the game: Before you sit down to play bingo, you should find out about the prizes and how you can win them (for example sometimes different prizes are awarded for number combinations beyond just a single row). Know the game before you play.
- Granville’s Bingo Strategy System: The most popular system applied by Bingo players is the system invented by Mathematician Joseph E.Granville. As what determines whether you win in bingo is having a card with the numbers that are called out, Granville has made a few basic card check rules in order to increase your odds of winning.
When you get a bingo card you need to check the following:
1) You need to have an equal number or high and low numbers.
2) You need to have an equal number of odd and even numbers.
3) You need to have the same amount of numbers that end with 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9.
His study of bingo concluded that there are patterns that apply to all bingo games and players can use these game patterns to increase their odds of getting a winning line or winning pattern. He determined through probability that the numbers called out almost always have different endings, that there was a balance between the amount of called numbers that were low in value and numbers that are high in value, and also between the amount of odd and even numbers drawn in the long run throughout the game.
6. Tippett Bingo Strategy System: British statistician L.H.C Tippett devised a more simplistic and less used strategy to improve your odds at winning at Bingo. By analyzing the statistics and probabilities of the numbers drawn he came up with the theory that when you play 75-ball bingo, the longer the game is the more likely that the numbers drawn will be closer to the medium number of 38. The shorter bingo games are more likely to have numbers drawn which are closer to 1 and to 75.
To work this to your advantage when you are playing you need to do the following:
1) Choose bingo cards with numbers closer to 1 and 75 for when you are playing shorter special games
2) Choose bingo boards with the numbers lingering close to the medium number 38 for the games that will last longer such as blackout bingo.
7. In Online Bingo, use the auto-daub function: Bingo requires no special skills, but it does require you to stay alert, mark your cards properly, and maintain concentration so you know if you’ve won. When playing online bingo, make sure to select the “auto-daub” function – one of the benefits of playing online bingo. With auto-daub, you can play any quantity of cards you want and still keep up with the game! Your cards are automatically daubed (or marked off) for you. So you can play side games, chat with your friends, or even leave the room to do your chores – without missing a beat. If your numbers are called, your cards will be marked, guaranteed.
Bingo Tips and Tactics
·Before playing, look for well-reviewed bingo halls or online bingo sites.
·If new to the game, gain some bingo game experiences before diving into high-stakes competition.
·Choose only those bingo cards that cost a little higher, but are of reputable make and will hold a higher winning percentage.
·Keep bingo cards to a minimum to easily identify the winning digits.
·When marking off numbers, double check them to make sure they correspond to the called-out numbers.
·Watch out for bonus balls that usually carry bonus points and can serve as extra prizes.
Armed with this information – and with Lady Luck smiling on you – you just may be the next winner to yell “Bingo!”