Since online Bingo became so popular, Coverall has become the most popular pattern in Bingo. Online Bingo sites offer daily or even hourly Coverall games with jackpots that vary from a modest few thousand dollars to one million dollars or more! Coverall is also usually the last or wrap-up game at Bingo halls. In addition to being called Coverall, it is variously known as Blackout and Full House. The idea in Coverall is obvious: to cover all the numbers on your card!
Four Main Variations of Bingo
There are Four Main Variations Of Bingo being played these days both online and in land-based Bingo halls. They are 30-ball Bingo, 75-ball, 80-ball, and 90-ball Bingo. In each variation, Coverall has a somewhat different meaning.
Coverall is always the goal in 30-ball Bingo. There are only 9 numbers to cover and only 30 numbers in the whole game so even as Coverall the games are exceedingly fast. No one has yet felt the need to speed the game up even more by introducing patterns to 30-ball Bingo! In 30-ball Bingo, Coverall is called Full House.
There may be 20 games on the nightly 75-ball-Bingo docket at a Bingo hall. Coverall, or Blackout as it is known in 75-ball Bingo, will usually be the last game. Blackout will offer the highest jackpot of the evening so people will stick around for a chance to win it. Some Bingo halls offer a great variation called odds or evens. The caller pulls out the first number of the Blackout game. If it’s even then all players cover all the even numbers on their cards. They cover all the odd numbers if the first number is an odd number. The game then goes on as a normal Blackout until there is a winner. If the house is playing straight Blackout, the odds are that at least 50 numbers and usually closer to 60 numbers will have to be called before someone can yell out “Bingo”. But at least one very lucky Bingo player went home with the big jackpot after only 43 numbers had been called!
In 80-ball Bingo there are two big differences in Coverall compared to 75-ball Bingo. In 80-ball there are 80 numbers, so it could take a little longer for a winner to emerge. However, the card in 80-ball has only 16 numbers.
90-ball Bingo is normally played in three parts. The card only has three rows. The goal of the first part is to cover one row, the goal of the second part is to cover two rows, and, finally, the goal of the last part is Coverall.
All four popular variations of Bingo incorporate Coverall as a major part of the game. As we saw, it is the only goal in every game of 30-ball Bingo!
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