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How do you play 90-Ball Bingo?

Bingo is a hugely popular game in the UK, with the 90-Ball version topping the list for players in Bingo halls and online casinos alike. Nowadays you can play this type of Bingo game wherever and whenever you prefer, from playing Bingo on your mobile device on-the-go, to sitting in the comfort of your own home with a laptop. But whether you like to play the physical or virtual 90-Ball game, the main principles remain the same. So, let us guide you through how to play this classic Bingo game. 

Layout and Patterns

When playing a 90-Ball Bingo game, you will find six tickets on one strip, which equates to one round. Each ticket is made up of 27 squares (3×9), with 15 numbers on each one. For each row, there will be nine boxes, which have five allocated numbers and four empty squares. In terms of columns, they are arranged in ascending order. For example, the first column will have numbers one to nine, and the second, numbers 10 to 19, and so on. There are 90 numbers in total scattered across the strip. 

How to Play 90-Ball Bingo

As the name suggests, the numbers used in this variation of Bingo range from one to 90, and during each round of the game, a single number will only be called once. The caller or the computer will randomly select a number each time to be called. When this happens, you will need to try and locate this number across the six tickets on your card. If you find this number, then you can use a dauber to mark it off. Once you’ve marked the numbers in a certain pattern, and be one of the first to do so, then you will win the associated prize.

Ways to Win

There are three winning patterns for 90-Ball Bingo: 

  • One Line – this is won by the first player to mark off all the numbers on a single horizontal line on one ticket. This is the first prize of the game.
  • Two Lines – this is won by the first player to mark off all the numbers on two consecutive lines on a ticket. A player can win both the one line and two lines prizes. 
  • Full House – this is won by the first player to mark off all 15 numbers of one ticket. This is the game’s main prize and most difficult pattern to complete. 

A player can win all the prizes in this game, if they complete all three winning patterns on their ticket. There is also the chance that multiple players can daub off the correct numbers at the same time. In this case the prize is shared equally between all winning players. 

Online 90-Ball Bingo 

There are some differences when it comes to playing 90-Ball Bingo in a land-based hall, compared to playing at an online casino. In a live hall, the numbers are called by a Bingo caller, and randomly selected by a Bingo machine. For an online game, the numbers are selected by a random number generator, and displayed on the screen one at a time. 

In terms of tickets, you are able to purchase the same six tickets on one stipe when playing online, but these will be displayed digitally. You are usually able to purchase up to six strips per game, which is easier to track with an online game, as the computer can automatically mark off the correct numbers for you. 

When you win at a land-based Bingo game, then you usually have to call out ‘Bingo’ to inform the caller and other players that you have marked off the right pattern. When all three winning patterns have been claimed, the round ends and a new one begins with a fresh strip of tickets. For an online Bingo game, this is all done for you, and the computer will automatically register if you’ve won, crediting your account with the prize. 

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