There was a time when the word Bingo meant only one thing. But today, because there are many so variations on the theme of Classic Bingo, all the different games are called by the number of balls used. So the great game we played at dozens of birthday parties and on rainy Sundays when we couldn’t go out to play is now called 75-ball bingo.
How to Play
We all know 75-ball bingo. The card has 5 rows and 5 columns. The letters B-I-N-G-O always appear at the head of the columns in order. The center square is the Free Place. So there are 24 numbers on the standard card. One of the biggest strategies in 75-ball bingo is to find cards with few repeating numbers! There are millions of different card faces! So take a minute, look through the cards, and pick a few different ones to play. Your chances of winning will go up! Remember, after you select your cards you are mostly in the hands of Lady Luck.
If you’re used to playing 75-ball bingo with only straight line patterns, you’ll love playing online or in a Bingo hall where they play a different pattern every game. There are so many possible patterns in the 5×5 grid! You must always be aware what pattern you are trying to complete. There is always a Bingo Board that shows the pattern for that particular game.
The patterns are one of the big draws of 75-ball bingo. Many people like 75-ball because they love the tension that builds slowly as more and more numbers are called. When you play online, the computer tells you how many numbers you need to win. The color of your online card changes when you are “three away”, then the color changes again when you are only “two away”. Every player feels great excitement when the color changes for “one away”. When you play many cards online you will have a color-fest on your screen!
At the start of a new game the caller will say “eyes down” to get your attention on your cards. During the game no one likes any kind of distraction. Online Bingo sites offer chat rooms where you can talk whenever you want.
The caller calls out a letter and a number. For example, B-5 will always be in the first column; I-20 will always be in the second column; and so on. Players cover the numbers on their cards, slowly getting closer to completing the pattern. Finally, a player completes the pattern and calls BINGO. Sometimes there is more than one winner at the same time. Then the house shakes from the happy calls of BINGO!
Bingo leads to much friendliness and camaraderie. At live Bingo halls people want to concentrate during a game but love to chat between games. Often people play Bingo when their friends are playing. Online chat rooms give players a way to talk to each other without bothering others.
Many Bingo players who like 75-ball bingo the most, enjoy playing a different version of Bingo once in a while. But they come back “home” to 75-ball bingo. Maybe it brings back great childhood memories or maybe they are just traditionalists at heart. But one thing is sure. As the number count rises and no one has won the game yet, everyone is getting ready for the magic moment when they can yell BINGO!
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