Choosing a Bingo Variant

Playing bingo online and in a casino are basically the same, but different with regard to some areas.  Each type of bingo also has its advantages, playing online bingo is convenient and offers more variants and playing live bingo has the social aspect.

Once a players has chosen an online casino and signed up the next step is to decide which variant to play.  There are many choices online, which include 30, 75, 80 and 90 ball bingo and variants of these.  These variants are different, but basically played in the same way.  The differences are usually things like which patterns will constitute a win, the type and size of the prizes and some online bingo variants have themes.  It is a good idea for beginners to start with the cheaper games and then move up as they become familiar with the rules of the game.  Bingo games with higher bets are not necessarily more difficult, they are more expensive to play and they offer larger prizes. You can also claim bingo bonuses that are a lot like a casino slots bonus, giving you extra money to play with.

30 Ball Bingo

30 Ball bingo also called speed bingo is played with 30 balls and the games moves quickly.  30 Ball bingo is not as common as other variants, but there are online casinos that offer a good range of these.  Many players enjoy the fast pace of this variant.  The bingo cards have nine numbers, with a three by three grid, and usually only one prize is on offer for every game.  This prize is awarded to the first player with all the numbers.

75 Ball Bingo

75 Ball bingo is popular in the US and there are many variants.  This variant has a bingo card with five columns, five rows making a total of 25 squares.  The square in the centre of the card is blank and the other squares are numbered.  B,I,N,G,O is written at the top of each column and each column has numbers in a particular range.  75 Ball bingo follows traditional bingo rules, the player who marks off all the numbers first horizontally, vertically or diagonally will win the prize.  Some variants will require a different pattern.

80 Ball Bingo

80 Ball bingo is a variant developed for online playing and is a popular variant.  There are also a range of 80 ball bingo types.  This variant is played with a bingo card with a grid of four by four squares and each square is numbered.  Each column on the card has numbers from a particular range, for example column one is 1 to 20, column two is 21 to 40.  The first player to mark off all the numbers using the required pattern is the winner.  With this variant the patterns will also differ.  The patterns are usually vertical or horizontal lines, each of the four corners or a single number.  If this sounds complicated you can always try playing the free version of the game first to get to grips with what it has to offer.

90 Ball Bingo

90 Ball bingo is popular in Australia and the UK and there are many variants of this game online.  This variant is a little easier to play and consists of three rounds.  The bingo card has 15 numbers, five numbers in three rows across nine columns.  The card has 90 numbers with each column being a specific range of numbers.  The winner of round one is the first player to have a complete horizontal line.  The winner of round number two will have two horizontal lines and the final round winner is the one who has all the numbers first.  The biggest prize goes to the winner of round three.

For players who are unsure which variant they should choose, playing bingo for free is the best way to make a selection.