Online bingo players can choose from two different variations of the game. What differentiates these two types of bingo is the style of bingo cards and the number of bingo balls. In both bingo games, the numbers that are called come from bingo balls, which are numbered and drawn randomly. All the bingo balls have a different number and this corresponds to the number of bingo cards available.
The two bingo types available are the 75 ball bingo (also called the North American bingo style) and the 90 ball bingo.
The 75 ball bingo is played on a 5×5 bingo card and the centre square is usually left blank. As the name suggests, this game is played with 75 balls. If the bingo game’s pattern matches the marked off pattern on a player’s card, bingo is claimed! It doesn’t matter whether you are playing with free or paid bingo cards, getting the right pattern marked off and claiming bingo is ultimately the aim of the game.
The 90 ball bingo, which originates from the United Kingdom, is played on a 9×3 bingo card and is played with 90 balls. Most UK bingo sites offer the 90 ball bingo as a standard game. In 90 ball bingo, the bingo cards have nine columns and three horizontal lines. Every line consists of 5 numbers so each bingo card has 15 numbers. The first column of the card contains random numbers from 1-10, the second column has numbers from 11-20, and the numbers continue in this fashion until the last column which contains numbers from 81-90.
The 90 ball bingo game is usually played in three stages: one line, two lines and the Full House. In the first stage, the players have to get a full horizontal line marked across any one of their bingo cards. The second stage means the players have to mark off any two lines across their bingo cards. The third and final stage means the players need to be able to mark off all the numbers on their cards.
Playing bingo online is one of the most popular pastimes of many people around the world. It’s one of the easiest games to play and even the online version has the social aspect included. There are a few optional features available, which can make the game a lot easier.
One such is a feature called auto-daub or auto-play, which marks off the numbers on your bingo cards automatically as they are called. This feature allows you to do whatever you want and play bingo at the same time!
“Best Bingo Card Sorting” and “Best Bingo Card Highlighting” are another two great features that make locating your cards that are closest to bringing you a win a lot easier. The first one will sort your cards with those closest to “bingo” near the top; the second one only highlights the best cards you have.
Different bingo cards have different costs. Some sites even offer free games with free bingo cards, usually when you first sign up. Promotional offers of free bingo cards are very common for bingo sites that are always looking to get more players. Also, some sites may do special offers where you buy a certain number of bingo cards, but get the additional ones for free.
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