What is Bingo?
Bingo has managed to maintain popularity for so long because it’s quick to learn and fun to play. The rules are simple and haven’t changed very much since they were first documented, plus there’s money to be made! In short, a reader will call out numbers in a random order, and all you need to do is match them to the numbers on the ticket you have. If the number called out is on your ticket, you can mark it off and a big win comes when you match every number on your ticket before anyone else. It’s that easy!
The main difference in the games is how many available numbers can be called, and how many numbers are needed on each ticket. The most common game has 90 bingo numbers and each ticket has fifteen to match, set in three lines of five numbers. You’ll get a prize if you can match 1 line, 2 lines and then all 3, which is also known as a full house, or bingo (naturally).
What to do first
The first thing you need to do, whether you’re playing online or in-person, is to get yourself some tickets. You can buy as many tickets as you think you can handle. Each ticket has the aforementioned three rows, and nine columns. The first column will have numbers 1-10, the second 11-20 and so-on through to 81-90. This will help you to scan when a number is called. For example, if the reader calls “all the 2’s, 22”, you’ll know to look in the second column on all your tickets for the number 22. You’ll always be playing against other real people so there’s a nice element of competition, but tickets only apply to one game. If you want to play again, you’ll need to get some more tickets.
Playing bingo online
The bonus of playing online bingo is that the computer can match the numbers for you, so you can play anytime and anywhere! It has the same level of excitement as playing in the bingo hall but the game will do most of the work for you. Some games are also linked directly to the live games in the bingo hall, so you won’t be missing out whichever option you choose. You’ll often find that online bingo has lots of different game choices, with tickets as low as a few cents and the prizes ranging from a few dollars up to thousands. If you get super lucky, you can also find some free entry games to play so you can learn the game without having to part with your money.
Each game online has its amount of maximum tickets allowed and a price for each ticket, as well as the current prizes for 1 line, 2 lines or bingo. Once you’ve chosen the room that looks the best for you, you’ll be able to pick your tickets and wait for the game to begin. Of course, you can have multiple rooms open as the tickets will automatically get marked-off when the correct numbers get called. The game will pause and read the name of anyone who wins a prize so keep an eye out for your name. Are you ready to play? Now that you know the rules of bingo and how to play online, it’s