Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the difference between 75 ball and 90 ball bingo?”? Well, if you have then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through how and why you play – and what the advantages are – of each.
- Online bingo sites always have a lobby, where you’ll find a few versions of bingo, as well as slots and other casino games. When it comes to bingo, the two types you’ll normally see are 90-ball or 75-ball (some sites offer 30 ball but we wouldn’t really bother with this – for in-depth reviews of online bingo options, try Two Big Ladies). The main difference literally comes down to the number of balls used, but there is also a unique bingo card for each game. 90-ball is probably your best best if you want to get straight into the action as it’s the most familiar to UK audiences.
- One thing to note is that no matter which bingo you go for, the process is pretty much identical. If you need to find out whether a particular site has different rules, just navigate to their ‘How to Play’ section for help. Every game start with players purchasing cards. These days bingo software will automatically generate these cards (or strips) for you, but you don’t have to accept the cards you’re given. In 90-ball the cards have a 9 x 3 grid with five numbered squares and four blank squares per row, making a grand total of 15 numbers per card. It’s standard practice to buy strips of six which contain all the numbers from 1-90 to give yourself better odds (6 times 15 gives you all the numbers from 1-90?).
- In 75-ball bingo, the cards instead have a 5 x 5 grid that contains 24 numbers with the central square marked free. The letters B-I-N-G-O sit at the top of each column, making it easier to find your numbers, since they are often called with the letter first. For example, if the caller says B12 or N43, you should look in column B for number 12 or column N for 43.
- In both types, when you’re happy with the cards/strips, select the amount you want, which usually be from 1-6, and purchase them. They can cost you anything from free to around 10p. As we mentioned above, you’re supposed to buy strips of six in 90-ball, which means you’ll have every number available. Sites stop you purchasing cards just before the game is about to start (often 10 seconds before) but there is always the option to pre-purchase cards for certain games, even including ones with guaranteed jackpot ones.
- When the game begins, numbers will appear as they are called and will be marked off your cards, unless you decide to switch off the ‘Autodaub’ feature. You can see the most recently called numbers and a tally of all the numbers called in the sidebar on most games. Cards are normally rearranged automatically according to which ones are closest to a winning line (they go to the top of the screen) and will tell you how many numbers you need to win: 10tg means you need 10 numbers, 5tg means 5 and so on.
- To win in 90-ball you’ll need to cover either a row of five numbers, two rows or all three, known as a full house or coverall. If you complete one row, you get what’s termed an Any 1 Line Win, two rows and it’s an Any 2 Line Win, then you’re on for the fullhouse. Getting a full house wins you the largest prize with the Any Liners getting you smaller ones, depending on the game. In 75-ball you’re mostly hoping for a coverall by getting all 24 numbers on a given card but there are other games where different patterns are played.