An Introduction to 75 Ball Bingo
The game of 75-ball bingo is the type of bingo that's popular in North America, particularly, in the United States. It's called 75-ball bingo because that's the maximum quantity of numbers that can be called in the game: 75.
A 75-ball bingo game is played on 5x5 cards or cards with five horizontal lines and five vertical lines. The game begins with players buying their bingo cards where numbers are spread out over the five letters that form the word ‘bingo’. Once all players have their cards, the dealer begins drawing numbers at random from a container and calling these numbers out. Players mark each number called on their cards. The first player who completes a pre-agreed bingo pattern shouts out “Bingo!” to indicate that he has won the game. The dealer confirms the numbers on his card. Once the win is confirmed, a new game begins.
Bingo patterns usually include a single line with five numbers that can be arranged vertically, horizontally or diagonally; a square; the number ‘8’; the letter “F”; the letter “E,” the letter “O” and a host of other patterns. The most popular pattern is the “coverall” where all squares of the bingo card should be covered. It is also the type of game which has the biggest cash prizes.
Compared to 75-ball bingo, 90-ball bingo can have hundreds of patterns, which further enhances the suspense of the game. There are more than 6,000 unique card combinations possible in this game.
The 5x5 bingo card actually has only 24 spaces and one free (blank) space. Random numbers are assigned vertically under each letter. For example, five numbers between 1 to 15 are assigned under Column B, between 15 to 30 under Column I, between 31 to 45 under Column N, between 46 to 60 under Column G and between 61 to 75 under Column O. The dealer calls them out as a combination, e.g., “B2” or “N42” or “O74”.
There are two reasons why 75-ball bingo is a faster game than 90-ball bingo. First, some of the patterns are easier to complete and, second, simply because the numbers are called out much more quickly in 75-ball bingo.
Both games are said to be of equal excitement. Players usually choose which type of game they play because of their geographical location rather than any personal preference, so it's really hard to say which of the two is more entertaining.