Bingo - Basic Rules, Versions, Tips and Tricks

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Since the inception of this game, it has been played by millions of people all across the globe and with the advancement of technology came the online Bingo game with different versions or variants and of different rules as well. Game developers even made Bingo as an online game that you can download via mobile online apps for free and others have made online platforms like the ones on online casino platforms that you can log in and gamble anytime.


Basic Rules

Land Based Bingo

The rules are basically straight forward.

  • Only players are allowed to stay at the Bingo Hall, all others who will not play are required to stay out of the game area.

  • Silence is a Must in the game area.

  • You can always ask the caller to slow down a bit or increase the volume so that you can properly hear the numbers being called.

  • You are not allowed to reserve specific cards.

  • If you are sure you have won, shout BINGO as loud as you can. Always remember that bingo must be claimed on the most recent number.

  • You should remain seated as soon as the game starts.


Online Bingo

Online Bingo has rules differ depending on what kind of platform you play. You have to always take time to read the rules and regulations of the game prior to playing so you would know how it works especially if the game is somewhat new to you.



There are different versions of Bingo and each has its own sets of rules to follow. Take a closer look to the different versions of the Bingo game here

30 Ball Bingo

This game is the easiest and most loved version of Bingo games. As its name says, this game is being played with a card with only 9 boxes to mark which are arranged in 3 rows and 3 columns, and with 30 total numbers. For you to win the bingo, you have to have all 9 boxes marked.


75 Ball Bingo/ American Bingo

This version of Bingo is widely popular in the United States and has a lot of variations as well. It is commonly played using 75 balls and a card with 25 boxes (5 rows and 5 columns with letters B-I-N-G-O). Each letter would have 15 numbers with B- 1 to 15, I- 16 to 30, N- 31 to 45, G- 46 to 60 and O- 61 to 75.

Since this kind of game has a variety of patterns, the rules of winning depend on what is needed to be completed to take home the prize. But as always, if you are the first player to mark off any of the completed lines, then you win.


80 Ball Bingo

The 80 ball bingo is played on a card with 16 random numbers from 1 to 80 in a 4x4 layout. Each column has 20 random numbers each - Column 1: 1 - 20; Column 2: 21-40; Column 3: 41-60; and Column 4: 61-80.

The pattern to be played depends on the variation of the game and the winnings vary as well. Typically, the patterns are horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, 4 corners, and the full card.

  1. Horizontal/Vertical/Diagonal- Mark a single line in any of the lines to win the prize

  2. 4 Corners - Mark the numbers on all the 4 corners of the card to win the prize

  3. Full Card - Mark all the numbers on your card to win the prize


90 Ball Bingo

The 90 ball bingo is one of the well-known versions of Bingo in the UK. It is played on a card with 27 squares in 3 rows and 9 columns, each rows having a random number from 1 to 9.

In this version for Bingo, you have three chances of winning:

  • One-Line Bingo: You have to mark all the numbers on any single row on any card.
  • Two-Line Bingo: You have to mark all the numbers on 2 of the 3 rows on any card.
  • Full House: Mark all the numbers on all 3 rows on any card.


Tips and Tricks

  • Know your limitations

  • Know the different versions or variations of the game and watch out for their rules.

  • Play with multiple cards per game to increase your chances of winning

  • Pick a card with different endings, and set of even and odd numbers

  • Never ever play during peak hours. It lessens your chance of winning due to the number of players playing at a  time.

  • If you are on a tight budget but still would love to have some fun, play less expensive cards. You can purchase many less expensive cards with high chances of winning.

  • Make it a habit to see if the game provider offers Special promotions. This could make you save your money.



Bingo is a very quite straightforward game to play but it still pays a  lot to learn about the game and its rules as much as possible before diving into spending a lot and playing seriously. This kind of game has been played by many all across the globe and is one of the players favorite game because it is not a complicated game to play.


It is always good to have some fun, sometimes, but always set limitations, financially, for yourself. Always remember the golden rule in gambling, “Spend what you can afford to lose.”


It’s B-I-N-G-O Time! Have Fun!

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