An Introduction to 90 Ball Bingo
The game 90-ball bingo is the type of bingo that's popular in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, It is an absolute craze in the UK and has been booming since 2005. The game is already considered the single most popular leisure activity of women aged 20-25 in the UK. Naturally, a lot of men there play the game regularly as well.
A 90-ball bingo game is differentiated from a 75-ball bingo game, which is the game of choice in North America. Together, they are the two most popular bingo games in the world.
It's called 90-ball bingo because that's the maximum quantity of numbers that can be called in the game: 90. The game is played on 9x3 cards or three horizontal rows and nine vertical columns.
The game begins with players buying their bingo cards where numbers are spread out across the three rows. On each row, only five of the nine spaces have numbers while four spaces are blank. The numbers range from 1 to 90.
On the first column are numbers from one to 10, the second column has numbers from 11 to 20, and so on and so forth until the ninth column, which has numbers from 81 to 90.
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 each of three patterns shout 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.
The three basic patterns in 90-ball bingo are One Line, Two Line and Full House. The first player who crosses off a horizontal line wins One Line, the first to cross off two horizontal lines wins Two Lines and, finally, the player who crosses off all three lines wins Full House. Prizes for each pattern increase in value. Naturally, the biggest prizes are awarded for Full House games because these are the most difficult.
In 90-ball bingo, each player can have as many as 48 tickets. Players can also purchase a strip of six tickets which covers all numbers from 1 to 90. This way, he is sure to cross out one number every time a bingo call is made.