90 Ball vs 75 Ball Bingo

Line of colorful bingo balls spelling out the word, ‘bingo.’

If you spend a lot of time playing games online via your favorite online casino, you’ve probably already tried your hand at both casino table games and online slots – but have you given online bingo a go yet? Often associated with older gamblers, bingo is quickly becoming one of the most popular go-to online casino games for people of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, if statistics are to be believed, the overwhelming majority of people who play bingo online fall into the 25- to 34-year-old “millennials” age bracket.

Those interested in giving it a try might be surprised to discover that there are a few different versions of the game available, with the two most sought-after being 90 ball bingo and 75 ball bingo. While there isn’t one that can be deemed “better” than the other, these two variants differ quite a lot. At the end of the day, the version that you choose to play will depend on your personal preferences, so it’s worthwhile giving both game types a whirl before choosing your favorite. Here are the details that you need to know before getting started.

90 ball bingo

Table full of 90-ball bingo tickets, a bag full of wooden barrels with numbers on them and blue markers

History

Most will agree that 90 ball bingo is the more traditional version of the game, and it’s the one that’s most commonly played in the UK. But both versions are thought to have originated in Italy back in the 1530s, inspired by the Italian lottery known as Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia. The game quickly took off and soon started spreading across Europe, with exceptionally high rates of play in France and Great Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The original version unsurprisingly looked a lot different from the modern version of today, and it wasn’t until the 1920s that the game we all know first came to gaming halls across the globe.

How to play 90 ball bingo

When you buy in to play the game, you’ll be given a long strip of tickets made up of six cards in a 9×3 grid format. The cards feature a total of 15 numbers across 27 squares (five in each row) as well as 12 blanks. The numbers on all of the cards won’t recur (basically each number from 1 to 90 occurs once somewhere in your strip of tickets), which makes it easier to follow the game as you won’t have to rummage through your tickets looking for the same number on all your cards.

When the game starts, a series of random numbers between 1 and 90 are called out one by one, and players mark each off on the ticket where it appears. To win the game, you’ll need to get a “full house,” which is effectively when you’ve crossed off all 15 numbers that appear on one of your tickets.

Many people choose to play the 90-ball version because there are usually three main prizes, instead of just one grand prize. These will go to the first person to land all five numbers in a single line, the first to complete two lines, and – of course – the first person to get a “full house.” There are often other prizes up for grabs depending on where you play, with many games awarding a small share of the jackpot to the second person – and possibly the third – to achieve any of the above.

75 ball bingo

Wooden blocks spelling out the word bingo on a reflective surface with a blue background.

History

The version of the game most commonly played across the US is 75 ball bingo. Its history is similar to the above, although it’s thought that this version is the slightly younger of the two. One way or another, it’s certainly developed its own fan base here in America, both at brick-and-mortar establishments and online.

How to play 75 ball bingo

When you first try bingo in the 75 ball version, you may find it a little more complex than its 90 ball counterpart. Instead of ticket strips, players buy a single card displaying a 5×5 grid of 24 numbers between 1 and 75 surrounding a star-marked square in the center. The same numbers could show up on lots of different cards, meaning that gameplay is often a little bit slower. Each of the five columns on the card is represented by a letter spelling out the word “BINGO,” with numbers listed in multiples of 15 (so the first column will contain five numbers between 1 and 15, then next, between 16 and 30, and so on.) The ultimate goal is to complete a predetermined pattern in order to win the single-prize jackpot, such as a single row of numbers.

Other variations

While they are definitely the most popular, there are indeed many other types of bingo games to play aside from 90 ball bingo and 75 ball bingo. These include Bingo Roulette, 52 ball bingo and 80 ball bingo. If you’re a big fan of playing fast-paced games at online casinos in the USA, you can’t go wrong with 30 ball bingo, also known as “speed bingo.” Slot lovers will be pleased to discover that there’s even the option to try Slingo, which is an exciting mash-up of both bingo and slots.

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