What are the Basic Rules of Bingo?
Playing bingo is very easy once you know the basic rules. Bingo cards are numbered from 1 to 75 or 1-90. Traditionally, 90 ball bingo uses 90 balls, the cards have 3 rows and in each row there are 9 columns and four blank spaces. The first column is numbered 1 through 10, the second 11-20, the third 21 through 30, up to the ninth column. The 75 ball bingo card uses 75 balls and has a 5×5 grid, with 5 rows and 5 columns.
Each box on the grid has a number, while the middle box is a free box, meaning that it is considered marked already . Column B is numbered from 1 to 15, column G 46 to 60, column N 31 to 45, column I 16 to 30 and column O 61 to 75. In the UK, there are many bingo halls listed on SearchMe4, the UK’s leading online business directory. . Players can also play bingo online as there are many online bingo sites that hold free online bingo tournaments.
Players buy bingo cards that feature three rows with five numbers in each row. The game starts when the bingo caller calls a randomly selected number. The caller dials the number in digits and then the number for example, if the selected number is 14, it is referred to as, 1 and 4- 14. After the number is announced, the player checks their ticket to see if the number that has been called is on their ticket or not.
If then players mark that number with their dab, marker. To win the game, players need to actually mark their bingo cards in a winning pattern. The pattern can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or any symbol, letter or number. All players have an equal and fair chance of winning because each card is unique.
In 90 ball bingo there are three prizes, the main prize being awarded to the first player to mark all the numbers, also known as the full house. The second prize is awarded to the first player to mark two rows of numbers, and the third prize is awarded to the first player to mark a row of numbers. Players usually shout “Bingo!” or “Home!” to show that they have marked their bingo cards. In 75 ball bingo, only one prize is awarded to the first player to mark the box in a winning pattern.