what is bingo?

Bingo is a games in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off all their numbers.

There are many different variants of bingo. There are 75, 80 and 90 ball number, as well as pattern variations (full house, liners, corners, shapes etc.)

PET Machines are electronic tablets that we load your books into. PET machines can be set so that they auto-dab numbers for you, and essentially play bingo for you. There is a feature on the machines which allows you to mark the numbers off manually on the screen.

how to play bingo?

90 Ball Bingo Rules

There are 15 numbers on each 90-ball bingo ticket. The numbers are arranged in a 9×3 grid. Numbers 1-9 can be found on the first column, numbers 10-19 are found on the second column and so on, with numbers 81-90 appearing in the fifth column. Numbers 1-90 will be called at random and there are three opportunities to win in 90-ball bingo.

1-line win: Players try to cover off a complete horizontal line on their card.

2-line win: Players go for two horizontal lines. These don’t have to be on the same tickets where 1 line was crossed off, but they have to be on the same ticket as each other.

Full House Win: Players ain to mark off all the numbers on their ticket. Full House wins are often rewarded with jackpots or grand prizes.

75 Ball Bingo Rules

Just line in 90-ball bingo, players cross off the numbers on their tickets as they are called. Each 75-ball bingo ticket has five horizontal lines and foive columns. Each column is headed by a letter spelling BINGO. The ‘B’ column has numbers 1-15, the ‘I’ column has numbers 16-30 and so on. There is a space right in the centre of the card that is free. This has no number on it and is counted as already being covered. There are a number of ways to win 75-ball bingo, including line wins as in 90-ball bingo and patterns:

Coverall: Players try to cover all 24 numbers on their card.

Line Wins: Players can win by covering a complete horizontal, vertical or diagonal line.

Bingo Pattern Wins: Pattern bingo is often played in 75-ball games. A pattern or shape will be declared at the start of the game and players are aiming to cover their numbers to make this pattern on the card. There are lots of different pattern wins available including crosses, chevrons and diamonds.

80 Ball Bingo

A relative newcomer to the bingo block, 80-ball games are played with a ticket that has 16 numbers arranged into a 4×4 grid. Each column is a different colour and there are many ways to win:

Line Wins: Players can win by marking off horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.

Pattern Wins: Players can also win by marking patterns, line in 17-ball bingo. You’ll find out which patterns you need to make before the game starts.

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BINGO Fun Facts

Bingo is bigger than football. In the UK, every year more money is spent on bingo tickets than on all footballing events combined.

Bingo used to be called ‘beano’. Yep, that’s right – the game hasn’t always been called bingo. It used to be called ‘beano’ because players would cover up their numbers with beans. Can you imagine if we still had to do that today – how would online bingo work?

The game we know and love only became known as bingo after New York entrepreneur, Edwin S. Lowe reinvented ‘beano’ as a toy for children. Allegedly, when he was playing an early version of the game with his family, someone got so excited when they won that they shouted ‘bingo!’, and the name stuck.

US bingo cards are different to UK and Australian ones. We might have a lot of things in common with our friends across the pond, but our bingo cards aren’t one of them.

Nearly half of all regular bingo players play the game every day. 48% of regular bingo players indulge in a quick game every single day, making it into a part of their regular routine. For many people, it’s as normal as cleaning your teeth or doing the dishes – are you one of them?

Margaret is the most common winning name. If you’re lucky enough to be called Margaret, then statictically you’re more likely to win than anyone else. You’ve got no excuse now – get playing!

Bingo players are a lot younger than you might think. Many people (mainly non-bingo players) think that bingo’s mainly played by older adults, but they’re wrong. In fact, the majority of bingo players are under the age of 35.

Bingo comes from Italy, and is nearly 500 years old. Bingo actually originates in Italy, and dates back to 1530. Known as ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia’, the game is still played every Saturday in Italy. If you fancy a trip to the continent but worry you won’t be able to get your bingo fix, you know where to go.

The average bingo game lasts between 3 and 6 minutes. This is calculated from the average amount of numbers a bingo caller chooses every minute – 23.

Bingo is used for education, as well as fun. Who knew that the game we love isn’t just good for amusement? It was actually used to help German schoolchildren learn their times tables way back in the 1800s, and has been used in various educational capacities every since.

Bingo relieves stress. I’m sure plenty of you know this already from personal experience, but playing bingo has been shown to help reduce stress.

In Australia, we don’t even shout ‘bingo’. In Australia, we shout ‘housie!’ instead of bingo!’.


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