75 Ball Bingo
75 Ball Bingo is the Bingo game played in the United States and Canada. Generally, the 75 Ball Bingo is similar to 90 Ball Bingo. The first difference is that the balls are only numbered up to 75. The second difference is that it is played on 5 X 5 cards. The 5 X 5 card allows for a lot more patterns to be played. In 90 Ball Bingo you basically only have one line, two lines, and a Full House. Here, in 75 Ball Bingo, there are literally hundreds of patterns you can play for. You can read more about the patterns in American 75 Ball Bingo.
Generally, each game will be offered with a different winning pattern to add more excitement to the game. Some patterns may consist of just 4 numbers (Four Corners), others may require all numbers on your Bingo Card (Coverall). The winner will be someone who has all the squares daubed in any of her/his 5 X 5 Bingo card.
The game consists of Bingo cards with 25 numbers (5 rows by 5 columns). Each number is represented by a letter: B, I, N, G and O. Letter B (the first column) has numbers between 1 and 15, Letter I (second column) has numbers between 16 and 30, Letter N (third column) has numbers between 31 and 45, Letter G (fourth column) has numbers between 46 and 60 and finally Letter O (fifth column) has the numbers between 61 and 75. The center square of the 5 X 5 card is always free.
90 Ball Bingo
90 Ball Bingo is a game traditionally played in the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries of the Commonwealth. The game is similar to the American 75 Ball Bingo, where the cards include a pattern. Players just try to be the first ones to complete the winning pattern.
In 90 Ball Bingo, cards have three rows and nine columns. Five squares in each row contain numbers ranging from 1 to 90, while the rest are blank.
Players buy strips of tickets at the beginning of each game. The maximum number of tickets you can buy is 48. Unlike 75 ball Bingo, the 90 ball game is played with only 3 patterns. Each of the 3 patterns has a prize associated with it. The patterns are called One Line (first part), Two Lines (second part), and Full House. Random numbers from 1 to 90 are called on the Bingo Call board. The first player to correctly cross off a horizontal line, then Two Lines, and finally all of the numbers on a ticket (Full House), wins the prize for that pattern. The prizes increase in value. Where the One Line prize will buy you a few extra tickets, winning the Full House prize most likely means a profit for the night!
A strip is a set of 6 tickets containing all 90 numbers, distributed throughout in a Dab-All format. When a strip of six tickets is played in one bingo game, every possible number from 1-90 is covered and therefore, a number is crossed off at each bingo call.
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