90 Ball Bingo
90 ball bingo is the most common version of the game in the UK. Not only does every UK online bingo
site offer it, but it's also the game that's played in brick and mortar bingo halls throughout the UK.
To the left you can see a classic bingo card from a 90 ball game. As you can see there are 3 rows
of 5 numbers.
The numbers aren't just in some random order either, if you look closely at the card, you can see
that the numbers are in a methodical order. In the left hand column you get numbers 1-10. In the next column you
get numbers 11-20. This process continues all the way up to the right hand column which has numbers 81-90.
This is perfect for when you're playing bingo in a brick and mortar bingo hall because it makes it
easy to find your numbers and mark them off.
There are three prizes when you play 90 ball bingo. The first is for getting all 5 numbers in
any of the rows. The second way is by completing 2 rows and the third way is by getting a full house.
Obviously the more tickets you buy, the higher your chances of winning. When you buy bingo cards
both online and offline, they're usually sold in "strips." Strips are made up of 6 cards each and for every strip
you will get each number once. This is because there are 15 numbers on each card and 15x6 is 30.
Obviously you're under no obligation to buy your cards in strips, you can have as few or as many as
the bingo site will let you have which is usually 48 in a 90 ball game.
The prize money that you win is dictated solely by the number of people that buy cards for the
game. Think of it like this, whenever anyone buys a card, the money goes straight into a big pot.
Then when people win prizes, the money comes back out of the pot. The bingo site will also take a
commission for hosting the game and that's how they ultimately make money.
How Do You Let Everyone Know That You've Won?
When you're in a brick and mortar bingo hall you mark your numbers off with a big felt tip pen as
the game progresses. Then when you win you shout "bingo" or "house."
You then find that everyone in the hall will turn around and stare at you. Being the shy type, I
don't want lots of people staring at me and that's why I prefer playing online.
With online play you don't need to do anything, the software that the bingo sites use takes care of
everything and mark of your numbers. Then when someone wins the game automatically stops and the
winner is announced.
A common question that people have is: What happens if two or more people win at the same time?
Well it's a bit of a bummer when that happens because you have to share your winnings with them.
Remember to visit the Online Bingo Geek Home Page to
find the best online bingo sites not only for 90 ball bingo, but for online bingo full stop.