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Different Types and Variations of Bingo Games
When playing bingo games online, you can expect to come across lots of different types of games with different variations. This offers some added fun for players and you’ll probably quickly realise that you like one bingo variation more than others. When you signup to a bingo site or online casino, you’ll be able to choose for yourself what types of games you want to play. You’ll usually see a bingo schedule which will tell you important information about the bingo rooms and games on the website, such as when the next bingo games will start, what type of games are coming up, how much tickets cost and how many players are currently in the rooms.
To help you decide between games, we have explained all of the different types of games that you can play at most UK bingo sites below.
90-Ball Bingo Games
90-ball bingo is the most popular type of bingo among players and you’re likely to see 90-ball games offered the most often when you visit a bingo website. If you’ve played offline bingo games at a bingo hall then you’ll almost definitely already have experience with this type of game. While 90-ball bingo is the game that is usually played in bingo halls, you might find playing online to be a completely different experience.
Each ticket for a 90-ball bingo game has three lines and nine columns, with 15 numbers on each ticket. You’ll get a strip of six tickets, and the numbers on each ticket will be between 1 and 90. Each of the nine columns on a ticket is for groups of numbers up to 90 – these are 1-9, 10-19, 20-29, 30-29, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80-90. Bingo numbers are called throughout the game and these are automatically marked off on your tickets, with the best tickets moving around so that they are at the top. Winners can win in one of three ways: by covering one line, two lines or three lines which is a full house. Numbers will keep being called until a bingo member wins in one of these three ways.
75-Ball Bingo Games
There are two main types of 75-ball bingo usually available at bingo sites – pattern bingo and Swedish Bingo. While pattern bingo is the most popular type of 75-ball bingo game, Swedish Bingo is also being offered by an increasing number of sites, so it’s great to know how to play both of these games in case you want to give either a go.
Pattern bingo is particularly popular in the USA, but UK bingo players are also falling in love with these types of games. The game can be played differently at different bingo sites, so it can offer new and exciting ways of getting a win.
Each ticket in pattern bingo games is made up of 25 squares in a five row, five column grid. There are 24 numbers on these tickets as the centre of each ticket is always free. Usually, a shape is provided at the beginning of the game and you’re aiming to complete this shape on your tickets. This could be a letter, number, diamond, or lots of other shapes that can be created on the cards.
Swedish Bingo is often also known as Five Line bingo and you’ll find that there are loads of chances to win these games, which is why you’ll see this game at more and more bingo sites. Each card looks the same as a pattern bingo card, but there isn’t a free square at the centre. Instead, this centre square has a number that needs to be marked off while playing. When playing Swedish Bingo games, you might find that the first line will be vertical or horizontal, but subsequent lines are likely to be horizontal.
80-Ball Bingo Games
Lots of adults will recognise the 80-ball bingo format as this is the type that is usually played at arcades and commonly known as Prize Bingo. If you have ever spent a night at a seaside bingo hall then you’ll know what it’s like to race to complete your bingo tickets and be the first winner.
Each ticket has sixteen numbers which make up four rows and four columns. Each column will contain a block of numbers between 1 and 80: 1-20, 21-40, 41-60 and 61-80. These columns are commonly coloured, so you might see a colour being called as well as a number.
In this game there are loads of ways to win so it can be great value to choose 80-ball bingo over other types of bingo games if you’re hoping to bag yourself a win. You can win by covering diagonal lines, a full column or 4 of the corners, plus there are more winning options depending on which site you’re playing at.
50-Ball Bingo Games
50-ball bingo games are simple games – they are easy to understand and often offer quite a quick option for players who don’t have much time to spare. Although the game can be played in lots of different ways, you’ll usually find that you get a strip of five tickets and each of these has 10 numbers on, ranging from 1 – 50. The tickets have two lines and one column, so a prize is awarded for covering one line or getting full house.
30-Ball Bingo Games
30-ball bingo games tend to be the quickest to play as there are the least amount of balls in these types of games. Tickets are made up of nine numbers with three lines and three columns. While you can often get a payout for covering lines in other types of games, 30-ball bingo is usually played for full house only.
Deal or No Deal Bingo
Deal or No Deal bingo games are popular with players and they offer a lot of fun, whether you’re a player who enjoys getting involved in bingo when you have a spare moment during the day or if you like catching games during nights on the sofa. This is one of the best bingo games to choose if you’re a fan of the TV show as some of the balls are given box numbers, which remove a certain amount of money from the range of prizes when they are called. When a player gets full house, they can either open the special box, which was chosen at the start of the game, or they can take the Banker’s Offer as their prize. The tickets for Deal or No Deal bingo games can cost up to about 50p, but you’ll usually find that the prize funds are quite large.
What Are Patterns in Online Bingo Games?
When playing pattern bingo games online, you’ll be able to complete patterns using your tickets rather than just covering a line in order to win. There are lots of different patterns that can be used so these games offer lots of variety and it can be really fun to complete a new pattern for the first time. Below are just some of the most common patterns you might expect to see when playing bingo games.
Letters from the alphabet – there are lots of letters that can be completed during bingo games but the most common include E, X and Z.
Diamond patterns – each side of the grid of squares is connected to create a diamond.
Postage stamp – this pattern covers the four squares at the top right corner of the card.
Picture frame – a picture frame pattern covers all of the squares around the edge of a card.
Lucky seven pattern – when each of the squares on the top row is covered plus a diagonal line.
Make New Friends in Bingo Chat Rooms
While playing games at online bingo sites, you’ll usually find that there is a chat room where you can enter text that gets seen by other players. Chat moderators are there to oversee the room, to get conversations flowing, answer questions and sometimes conduct special chat games.
Chat rooms are a really fantastic way of getting to know other players and making friends with other people who use the site. Online bingo is a social game and many players enjoy the social aspect of the game, so the chat rooms are often lively places to be.
You’ll find that chat rooms differ between bingo sites – big, popular sites tend to have busy chat rooms with lots of players online at any one time. However, smaller sites can often have more relaxed chat rooms, where the chat is slower and there are fewer players in each room. However, this is not always the case and you might find that the rooms are busier or not as busy as you were expecting. This can also depend on the time of day that you usually log in to grab yourself some bingo tickets. Most sites tend to be busiest in the evenings and nights than they are during the mornings or daytime. This is not just because the most exciting games with the biggest jackpots usually happen in the evenings, but also because lots of players are at work during the day or have to do the school run in the morning and afternoon.
Although bingo chat rooms are great places for making bingo buddies and creating a connection with other players, some sites only allow players to chat about the current bingo game. It is worth taking a look at any chat rules available in the members’ area of the site or asking a chat moderator if you’re not sure about anything to do with the chat room.
When using bingo chat rooms, there are some guidelines to follow and things to think about while chatting. Specific rules can vary between bingo brands, but there is etiquette to follow to ensure that everyone has the best time playing and chatting. These are things you should keep in mind when playing at any bingo website:
- Always be polite and courteous to other players. Chat rooms are areas where players can make friends and support each other so you should always be nice to other players. It can be disappointing to not take home the jackpot but please don’t be rude to other players.
- Always be welcoming to other players. It can be scary to join a new bingo site and integrate into a new community so it’s always nice to make other players feel like they belong. Don’t be shy to introduce yourself if you’re new too.
- Don’t send messages in capital letters. You might want your messages to be seen but messages in capitals can look like shouting.
- Remember to congratulate other players when they win and celebrate when you win too. Chat rooms are the place to get excited about your wins, even if they’re small.
- Remember not to give out any personal details in chat room messages. This includes information such as your full name, mobile number, email address or physical address.
You might find “bingo lingo” being used during bingo chat room conversations. These are abbreviations that some players use to save time when sending messages. These can be a bit confusing at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of them and it won’t be long before you’re using all of the best ones yourself. Some of the most common bingo abbreviations are below:
BRB – Be right back
CYA – See ya
GG – Good game
GL – Good luck
JK – Just kidding
LOL – Laughing out loud
WTG – Way to go
TY – Thank you
How Can I Play Free Bingo Games?
Because there are lots of different types of games and these can very from site to site, it can be a great idea to try out some bingo games for free before you play them for real, so that you can find out whether you like them before wagering cash. Lots of bingo sites offer free bingo games or free rooms to players so that they can play free bingo games just for fun. You can check whether a bingo brand offers free bingo to its players by taking a look at the bingo rooms or schedule on the site. You’ll also find that most bingo sites will offer a welcome bonus for new members which will reward them when they make a deposit. You can expect to receive extra cash in your account or free bingo tickets when you make this first deposit, and you can use these to play games for free at the site.
When you take advantage of free bingo games, you can probably expect to be paid in bonuses and you might receive free slots spins or even bingo bonus cash as a prize. There are lots of sites that also offer penny bingo, allowing players to enjoy playing bingo games for cash prizes, with tickets costing just 1p.
What Are No Deposit Bingo Games?
If you’re tempted to try out a new bingo site to see what type of bingo games it has on offer, or you want to try out a type of game that you haven’t played before, you might find that a no deposit bingo site is the best place to do this. At these sites, you can create an account and receive either bingo bonus cash or free bingo tickets without needing to make a deposit. If you want to play free bingo games for fun, you can use this opportunity to get stuck in and try out the games without needing to worry about ticket prices. When playing at a no deposit bingo site, it’s a good idea to remember that jackpots for the free bingo games aren’t likely to be very big and you’ll usually be required to make a deposit into your account before you’re able to withdraw any of the winnings that you receive from games.
Although it isn’t as common to see these no deposit offers, you’re likely to be able to find a good amount of bingo sites that do still run these promotions. You might need to enter your credit or debit card details when you sign up to one of these bingo sites, but you’ll then be able to play free bingo games no deposit needed.
What Are Bingo Chat Games?
If you’re new to the world of online bingo, you might not know about bingo chat games. These are games which are played in the chat rooms that accompany the main bingo games at online bingo sites. Once you have entered a bingo room from the menu on the bingo site, you’ll be able to join in with the bingo chat and meet some other players in the chat room. Most chat rooms have chat moderators who interact with players and help all the players in the room to feel welcome. The chat moderators can ask questions and start conversations, while they can usually answer any questions and sort out any problems that players may have. They are also in charge of the chat games that happen in these rooms and sometimes these are on a schedule, while at other bingo sites they’re started randomly. Similarly, some bingo brands offer loads of chat games alongside regular bingo games, while you might find that chat games are few and far between on sites operated by other brands.
You’ll often be able to find out information on the types of chat games in the player area of a bingo site once you sign in to your account. Many sites list the full range of chat games that are offered during games, along with their rules so that you can make sure that you know exactly how to play before getting involved. Some of the biggest bingo sites also offer other types of entertainment while bingo games are playing and they tend to advertise in the “promotions” section of the site.
There are loads of different bingo chat games that can be offered and the rules of these are usually explained when the games start. Trivia questions are some of the most popular of the bingo chat games, which is where the chat moderator will ask a series of trivia questions and the first person to answer correctly wins. You might also come across crossword games, where the chat moderator offers a crossword clue, how many letters the answer contains and often the first letter of the answer. It’s then a race to see who can answer the clue correctly and grab the bonus prize.
One of the things about bingo chat games that might be confusing at the start is that it isn’t always the player who responds with the correct answer first that wins. You’ll sometimes find that it is the second or third player to answer that will win and sometimes you’ll be asked to number your answer depending on how many players have answered before you. This should be explained either before the game starts or on a page on the bingo site, so that you don’t get confused when playing.
Prizes are usually awarded in the form of bonuses as there is the chance to win real cash while the official bingo games are playing. Bonuses that you might expect to receive include bingo tickets, bingo money, free spins or VIP points if the bingo site has a loyalty scheme.
If you often find yourself playing slots, scratchcard games or casino games like roulette while waiting for a new bingo game or round to start, you might consider getting involved in the chat games instead.
What Are Progressive Jackpot Bingo Games?
Progressive jackpot bingo games are often some of the most thrilling types of online bingo games for players because they offer the chance of winning a big prize from a game that has reasonably cheap tickets. Progressive jackpots usually start quite low, sometimes under £100, but can reach thousands or even millions of pounds at some sites. From the starting point, a progressive jackpot increases every time a player buys tickets for the game and you can see the prize fund amount increasing on the page when you’re in the bingo room.
When a player wins during progressive jackpot bingo games, that lucky player receives the big prize fund and the jackpot returns to its starting point. There are often other prizes that can be won during these games, such as 1TG and 2TG, but these are separate from the big main jackpot.
While some sites have their own special progressive bingo games, these can often be found on sites that are part of a network. Network games are shared between sites in the network and this means that the prize pool is much larger because all players of these bingo games across the different sites are contributing to the jackpot. As a result, the progressive jackpots are usually much higher and they tend to grow quickly as more and more players join in with the hopes of winning big.
You might also come across sliding jackpots or escalator jackpots when you’re playing bingo games. These are jackpots that start high and finish low, with the high starting jackpot being the hardest to win and the lowest jackpot being easiest to win. The prize during these types of games is usually linked to the amount of calls needed to win the jackpot, so the starting jackpot is won in the least amount of calls and the low finishing jackpot is won in the most amount of calls, making it much easier to win.
Despite the big jackpots on both of these types of games, the price of tickets is usually quite reasonable and can start at around 10p. However, you’ll often find that the games with the biggest jackpots have the most expensive tickets and you can expect to pay around £1 for tickets to games with the biggest prizes.
Bingo Game Software
Although there are lots of different bingo sites available for UK players to join, there are only a few software providers for these sites to choose from in order to be able to deliver games to their members. This is why you might find that some bingo websites look very similar to each other, despite the fact that they have different themes or designs.
The software that a bingo brand chooses provides it with everything it needs to successfully run a bingo site including offering promotions, taking payments and hosting bingo and slot games. There are less than twenty main software providers that bingo brands can choose from if they want to offer bingo games for adults and each of these has different features. It’s likely that you’ve come across platforms from most of the providers if you’ve tried out a range of different bingo sites, but there are a few obscure software platforms that you might not have heard of before.
Dragonfish software is one of the most popular types and there are more bingo sites using Dragonfish to host their selection of games that any other software provider. There are some big bingo brands currently using this software, including Robin Hood Bingo and Wink Bingo. Other popular software providers include Jumpman Gaming, Playtech and Cozy. However, just because software has lots of bingo sites currently using it, it doesn’t mean that it offers the biggest range of games or the best promotions.
There are a number of different things to take into account when choosing between sites that use different types of bingo software if you’re hoping to play the best bingo games:
Opportunity to Play Network Games
Networked games often have bigger jackpots compared to games which are only available on individual bingo sites. This is because these games are the same across many or all of the bingo sites using the same software, so there are more players that can contribute to a prize fund. However, because lots of players from different sites are playing the same game, it can make it more difficult to bag a win. Even though games can be shared between sites, each individual site usually has its own chat rooms and chat moderators for these games. Often, games with progressive or big jackpots are played at certain times, such as every evening, once a week or once a month.
High Quality Graphics
It’s understandable to want to have the best experience when playing online bingo and to do this you’ll need games that have high quality graphics and great gameplay. Most bingo software providers use HTML5 game formats which ensure that the graphics are as good as they can be, but some elements of the games can differ between different software providers. Because of this, it’s a good idea to try out games from a variety of software providers to see which you like the best. Some players have no clear preference between them, while others find out that they definitely have a favourite.
Exciting or New Games
All players want to have the best experience when they buy cards and take part in a bingo game, while all software providers are looking for new ways to ensure that their players have the fantastic experience that they’re expecting. That’s why software creators are always looking for new features that they can add to games.
If you’re trying out bingo sites that use the same software, you’re very unlikely to come across anything new between these sites. However, there are some sites that use their own software and this is where you’re likely to find unique games. When you play at a site that uses its own software, you know that you’ll have a new experience as there won’t be any other bingo sites where you can play the same games in the same way.
If you’re looking for particularly big jackpots and big prizes, you might want to choose software that lots of bingo sites are using. This is because promotions that are shared across a network are usually very lucrative because lots of different bingo brands are involved. The more bingo brands taking part in the promotion, the bigger the prize is likely to be because there are more players buying tickets and contributing to the jackpot that can be offered. Plus, it isn’t just jackpots and prize funds that are offered during these promotions. You can also sometimes find promotions where you can win a big physical prize and this is something that you don’t see very often from software that is only used by a limited number of bingo brands.
Each of the available software platforms offers its own benefits to bingo players and it’s difficult to say that one is better than another. However, you can usually find that it’s a safe bet to choose a bingo site that uses one of the more popular software platforms as you’ll generally have access to better promotions and a bigger choice of games. It’s always the best idea to try out games from a few different software providers. This way, you’ll know what you like and don’t like about each of the different games and can make the best choice for you.
Can I Play Mobile Bingo Games?
More and more players are choosing to use their smartphones to access bingo sites rather than their computers or laptops and bingo site operators have started to realise this. Players on iPhones or Android phones can usually access the mobile version of a bingo site by heading to the site on their phone’s web browser as many bingo websites are responsive. This means that the site will automatically direct mobile users to a special version of the site which has been designed specifically for small screen playing. Instead of trying to navigate around the full site with tiny text and buttons, players will see a condensed version of the bingo website and player area on their phone, which is much easier to use.
Some bingo brands also offer apps for their members to download which can make playing at the site a little easier. Apps remove the need to have to go to a bingo website, log in and then find games to play because you just need to tap on the app and everything is ready and waiting. Some players prefer to use apps while others are happy to use the mobile version of a bingo site, so it comes down to personal preference when choosing whether or not to download an app to your mobile.
Some online bingo sites offer free bingo games for mobile users. These can be in the form of completely free games that users can enjoy when they sign up to a bingo site, or they can be free bingo games and rooms that can be accessed once a first deposit has been made. If you’re hoping to take advantage of free bingo games for android, you might want to look at no deposit bingo sites, which allow members of the site to play free games without having to deposit into their accounts. Some of these sites provide an app for mobile players and this free bingo games download promotion is a fabulous way of trying out new bingo games if you fancy a change from your usual site.
There are lots of different types of bingo games to choose from and a range of different software providers, so there are always new games to try and new formats to experience. If you have been playing at the same bingo site for a while, you might have missed out on new features that are available from another bingo brand, such as a new style of game or new chat room options. With games based on TV shows and variations of standard games popping up, you can always expect innovation in the online bingo industry. By keeping up with the latest games and releases, you can ensure that you’re ahead of the crowd when it comes to bingo game updates. Why not make today the day that you take the plunge and play a game you keep wanting to try?