Describing Different Bingo Patterns

Bingo is without a doubt among the most popular games in the world. Nowadays it can be easily accessed online through many platforms. Anywhere you have internet you can play the game on your personal computer, lap top, tablet, mobile phone or even through an iPod.
People may have different reasons for why they prefer playing the game one way or the other. One of the known reasons why playing online is so popular is that the players can then choose which version of the game they want to play. If they are playing at a live event in a bingo hall, that decision is usually made by the organizers.

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We have put together a small description of the different bingo patterns out there.

Straight Lines

This is the most popular version in both live and online bingo. The patterns are very easy which is what probably explains their popularity. Straight lines simply go from left to right or right to left, up and down or diagonally.


Shape patterns are very popular because of the wide variety of them out there. The aim in this version is to mark off a specific pattern on the card. The bingo caller will make the shape public right before the start of the game. Shape patterns can be quite simple like a cross, square or a triangle. Others can be more complex and interesting like diamonds, kites, arrows and airplanes.


This version is widely used for kids bingo in schools. As the name suggests the aim is to mark off a specific letter from the alphabet.


Blackouts are also known as the coverall game. To win with this version players must cover all of the numbers they have on their cars. This game is perfect for players that prefer longer games. Since it takes longer than any other version, this type is popular in both online and offline bingo tournaments.

If you are interested in playing bingo online, and especially if you want to use real money, do a little bit of homework before you start your play. First make sure you are playing on a credible website. Check the ratings and comments on every page. Second, look around for websites that offer the best possbile bonuses. Since there is a lot of competition between online bingo websites you can get really good deals. Once all of that is covered – enjoy your game.

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Gary Beal