Bingo is a game of chance that works in the same way as a lottery draw. Numbers from a pre-determined range are drawn at random and the player marks each off his bingo card in turn as they’re drawn. The aim of the game is essentially to cross off all the numbers on your card. It can also be that there are line combos to complete on top of the full house. Sometimes you will be afforded the opportunity to complete lines or more complex shapes in the hope of earning some extra cash prizes during the round. There are many different variants of bingo out there to choose from and online casinos and bingo halls will usually offer the most popular variants to players.
In bingo there are four main variations on the traditional game format. These are: 30 ball bingo (often called speed bingo), 70 ball bingo, 85 ball bingo and 90 ball bingo (often called British Bingo). They share a lot of similarities but do all have their subtle differences. For example, 30 ball bingo is the fastest version of the game and as a result you will play more rounds but you can only win by achieving a full house. The other 3 types have the option to complete horizontal lines in addition to the full house, which win you smaller prizes. Most notably because of the different amount of numbered balls in each variant, they all have a different bingo card associated with them with different objectives.
Even though bingo is a game of chance, there are still certain strategies associated with it that will help you get the most out of your game time. You have the major theories, which saw the likes of Leonard Tippet and Joe Granville formulate some sound strategies based on both probability and random ball dispersion. Then you have more basic strategies, things that are often over looked but could help you to maximise your chance to win if carried out correctly. All in all there is no fool proof method to win 100% but trying out these strategies may prove useful to your game.
Online bingo sites have risen in popularity over the years. This is mainly due to the operators coming up with new ideas that add to the already popular format. One such concept is Bingo Tournaments. Keeping with the tradition of bingo as a social game, these tournaments are played amongst 1000’s of players all looking to win some prestigious awards, big cash prizes or to simply see their name displayed highest on the leaderboard across the website. Tournaments also allow you to use different features not available during normal play such as ‘automatic daubing’ and a chat function to further keep that social vibe alive during the game.
There are many types of characters that frequent bingo halls or the lobbies of online bingo. They can range from senior citizens to kids, couples to single men and women. Some might be hugely stereotypical where as others may be subtler. They all share a love for bingo but their motives and play styles all differ. Some play in the hope to win big whereas some simply play for fun or the chance to spend some quality time with friends and family. Whatever it is that motivates you to play, were sure that you’ll find a little bit of yourself in each one of these profiles or maybe even a direct match.