In bingo, a player covers a pattern on their card as the numbers are drawn.
When any player matches a number called to one of the patterns of spaces on their card, they have won that round and mark off those numbers from their card.
The winner is whoever achieves the first pattern of covering five boxes in a line on their card first.
Bingo is played with each player receiving a 5×5 grid or five number cards numbered 1-75 or some other arrangement.
Typically, the players call out numbers on randomly selected cards until someone wins by getting all five squares filled up in a column first.
This can be done vertically, horizontally, or diagonally as long as it’s straight across without going back over previously covered numbers.
If this is not achieved by any players, the game continues with another randomly selected card being drawn until one person fills their five boxes first.
The player who calls out bingo usually buys the cards out of their own pocket.
The buy-in for each game usually costs around US$1 – US$5 per card depending on the location and amount of people playing.
Any money made after all cards have been sold goes to whoever wins that round or to a charity if no one wins in a certain number of rounds set by the participating players.
There are other variations of bingo too where you can win different things other than just money.
Some places offer prizes instead which include groceries, electronics, vacations, cars, or even cash.
Each prize is assigned a certain amount of tickets that are distributed evenly among each card sold for that game.
Sometimes, the number of balls drawn is only five or ten instead of 25 to speed up the game.
There are also “cover all” bingo cards where you can cover four spaces in any direction unless.
It’s blocked by another ball being drawn so these games usually go by faster than traditional bingo.
Some places do both types during different rounds for players.
Who may enjoy the fast-paced action more so they switch between which type to play every few rounds?
There are other places that will let you fill your card with numbers but don’t necessarily have to be in a straight line like traditional bingo.
These games are also played with 25 balls being drawn and you can cover four spaces in any direction.
If a certain number is called, it will be written down on the player’s card instead of calling out the number like traditional bingo.
This varies from country to country since some still call out numbers.
While others write them down instead depending on who made up this variation of bingo.
The online version of bingo uses a random number generator (RNG) to select the numbers and cards are pre-printed and distributed before the game starts.
Once playing, each player purchases their own cards and once all numbers have been called or there is no one left playing.
Whoever fills their card first wins that round which means they get their money back plus extra to whatever number of cards they purchased.
Players can even purchase extra cards as insurance to potentially win more money or just keep playing if they still have time left on their cards.
The most popular online version is 90-ball bingo which has nine numbers drawn at a time instead of twenty-five like traditional bingo.
The bonus balls are also added into the mix too which makes this game similar to cover all where you can win prizes other than money for matching certain amounts of numbers called out before the round ends.
When playing online, no physical cash is ever exchanged since it’s all done through electronic transactions but players may deposit funds to play against or use special promotions computers offer to make their games go by faster.
Since there are so many different variations of bingo, many people love playing it no matter where they are in the world.
Even if a certain country doesn’t play by certain bingo rules other countries do, there’s always at least one variation that will be similar to every game played.
The best part about this popular card game is that anyone can join in on the fun and give it a try since it doesn’t take much to learn how to play which makes it very universal among players all around the world.