The Basics of Playing Bingo
March 24, 2015
Bingo is a fun and engaging game that is suitable for people of all ages. This game is based solely on luck, so anyone can win the game at a given time. There are different types of bingo, including American Bingo, UK bingo and even a bingo site. To get the most out of this fun game, it is important that you understand the basics of the game.
American Bingo is quite simple. You are given a Bingo card that features 5×5 rows to make up 25 squares. To win the game, you must cover five squares in a vertical row, horizontal row or diagonal row. The letters in the word Bingo are at the top of each vertical row (B-I-N-G-O). The numbers on each square are completely random.
75 balls are printed with numbers and one letter from “Bingo” on each ball. The letter-and-number combo will coordinate with different squares featured on your card. You win the game when you get a line as mentioned above. Random cash amounts or prizes are rewarded if you get one of these lines before any of the other players.
British Bingo is rather different than American style Bingo. This type may also be called Australian Bingo. The goal of this game is to fill either one, two or three lines on your Bingo card. These cards feature 9×3 rows to make up 27 squares. Like American Bingo, each square features a random number.
90 balls are printed with numbers that the caller will randomly select. The type of prize or amount of money won depends on how many rows your can fill horizontally. You can purchase Bingo cards in books. A book holds 10 Bingo cards, and every card is a different hue.
In every type of Bingo, there is a “free” space that you can use in place of a random number. With American Bingo, this free space is directly in the middle of the 25 squares. Other types of Bingo may feature a randomly placed “free” space. Colored chips are used in each type of Bingo to cover up used spaces. The number-letter printed balls are typically put in a spinning ball, and they are chosen at random.
Overall, Bingo is a fun and fairly simple game. It requires no training or skill, as it is simply luck-based. This game can be played at home or in social settings, too.