Bingo is one of the games that is equally appreciated all over the world. If you haven’t had a chance to play it, here is brief guide for you to review to help you figure out where and how to play bingo games. Nowadays, you can play it at the special bingo halls, at home with supplementary props, or online. For the most part, the same rules apply to any of these “modes” of playing, however there are some variations and modifications incorporated to help bingo fit each setting better. So let’s start with very basic rules. There are two types – one is played with 75 balls and is generally preferred in US and its northern neighbor, and the other is considered to be a classic game in UK and Australia and is played with 90 balls. 75 ball bingo is played with a 5×5 cards, which have a single free square right in the middle, and 90 ball games are played on cards which have three lines, nine rows and four free spaces. And finally these two games differ by the winning patterns, which 90 ball bingo has only three and 75 ball games include more than that.
So let’s see how to play bingo actually. The process is the same – a caller announces the number that is either delivered by a drum or electronic machine and all players have to use either a dauber (special marker) or a chip to mark that number on all of their cards. Such announcing and marking continues until the first player who covers one of the winning lines yells “bingo.” Depending on the rules (which can be adjusted if desired), the game might keep going to compete for second, and third (may be even more) prizes. That is how it is played at public halls and now let’s see how to play bingo online. Online you will also find either UK or US bingo. As soon as you press start, you will be connected with the other players whom you actually will be trying to outplay. You will also see a caller – usually it is presented as a quite funny lady or a gentlemen who will be making all kinds of faces and gesticulations (thanks to the modern graphics) however there might just be a simple flashboard or some sort of display.
The goal of online games is the same, but as soon as you cover one of the winning lines you will need to press a “bingo” icon instead of yelling it. If your opponents get it sooner than you, you will see a message on the screen and unfortunately that game will be over for you. Mind you, that sometimes you will be connected in the middle of the game and you might need to pick up the pace. Online games are played for free and for money. Of course, you need to prove your age if you would like a chance to win some cash, because as soon as money get in the picture it is considered to be gambling.