This guide lays out the rules of how bingo is played and what each bingo variation entails. These rules can be altered at any time, to ensure that the information is kept accurate, in regards to the product and the services provided.
What is Bingo?
In short, Bingo is a game of chance, in which players need to match numbers listed on their tickets with the numbers randomly drawn by a caller, covering a specific shape on their ticket, known as a pattern. The first player(s) who match(es) the ticket numbers with the called numbers on the required pattern, win(s) the game. (BINGO!)
How To Play Bingo?
To participate in a game, players need to be logged in inside the bingo client, enter a room, and purchase tickets before the game starts. Player needs to make sure that he buys tickets for the next game by the time the countdown reaches 0, otherwise he/she will be able to buy tickets for the next game after that.
When the game starts, the Caller will call out the numbers which the players need to daub on their tickets, to match the pattern required. By default, the game automatically daubs all matching numbers on the bought tickets, but Player can change this option to manually daub the cards on his/own. Either way, any win will be automatically granted.
The winner(s) is/are the first player(s) to match all the numbers on the purchased tickets with the pattern in play. (BINGO!)
Good to Know
The “x to go” is a term used in bingo to reflect how many numbers matching the pattern required the player has on his/her tickets. (e.g. “1 to go” on a ticket means that player needs one more number to be called, in order to bingo on that pattern). Each ticket in play will have an “x to go” value, to help players faster understand the likeliness of winning across multiple tickets.
The players can choose to pre-buy tickets for games that will play at a later time, in which case the players’ presence in the bingo room at the time the game is played, is not mandatory for their tickets to play in that game. When pre-buying tickets, the player’s account is charged immediately, and the tickets are allocated to the player and played in the moment of the game start. Players can see the games for which they pre-bought, but hadn’t played yet, in the My Tickets section.
The maximum amount of tickets that can be purchased per game will never exceed 300. However this limit does not come into effect when buying for more than one game. For example you can buy 100 tickets for all 5 games (totalling 500) that play within a session as this is essentially multiple game play and you will be within the limits set by a game by game basis.
Players can usually buy any number of tickets up to a maximum per game, but there might be games where all players can only buy the same amount of tickets. Occasionally, there might be free games, where all players receive the same amount of free tickets (free-of-charge games), or some players might receive free tickets that can only be played on certain games (promotional tickets, free tickets).
If Player loses internet connection at any time during play, the Game will carry on and any Winnings will be automatically credited to the Player’s account.
There are different types of bingo, each with different number of balls called, patterns, speed and chances of winning.
90 ball is one of the most popular bingo types in the UK and in the majority of live bingo halls.
The ticket is made up of 27 squares, which are arranged on a 3 x 9 grid. The first column contains numbers 1-9, the second column contains numbers 10-19 and so on, up to 90. The 90 numbers are randomly spread across each group of 6 tickets, with blank squares on the remaining positions, to ensure that each ticket has unique numbers and all 90 numbers are covered.
This bingo type gives players three chances of winning, having to match either any one row (One Line), any two rows (Two Lines), or all three rows (Full House).
RTP is a minimum of 70%.
75 ball is also a highly popular bingo type, mostly in U.S, for usually being faster than a 90 ball game, and with more diversity in patterns and number of prizes/game.
The ticket is made up of 25 squares, which are arranged on a 5 x 5 grid. These squares are arranged in five columns and five rows, with the center square “free”. The first column contains numbers 1-15, the second column contains numbers 16-30 and so on, up to 75. The 75 numbers are randomly spread across tickets. There is usually no grouping of unique number tickets on a 75-ball game.
This variation gives players from one to five changes of winning, each game having its own configuration. The patterns used can be any, in any custom shape. (e.g of patterns: Christmas Tree, Smiley, Sun, Love, Car and so on)
RTP is a minimum of 70%.
80 ball bingo was developed straight for the online environment and has earned its niche of players looking for a game with a unique twist to the bingo types. It is faster than the 90 ball type and more innovative than the 75 ball bingo.
The ticket is made up of 16 squares, which are arranged on a 4 X 4 grid. These are arranged in 4 columns and 4 rows. The first column contains the numbers from 1 to 20, second column - 21 to 40, third column - 41 to 59 and forth column – 60 to 80.
This bingo type gives up to 3 chances of winning, with patterns ranging from: Any Line, Any 2 Lines, Any 3 Lines, Full House, Any Vertical Line, Any Horizontal Line, Any Diagonal Line, Any 2 Columns, Any 3 Columns, Four Corners, Four Middle Squares.
RTP is a minimum of 70%.
50 ball bingo is coming from the latest need to diversify the bingo types which are played in the online bingo halls.
The ticket is made up of 10 squares, which are arranged on a 2 X 5 grid. These are arranged in 2 rows and 5 columns. In the 50 Ball Bingo game, a strip is a group of 5 tickets. The first column in a strip will contain the numbers 1 to 10, the second column 11 to 20, third column 21 to 30, fourth column 31 to 40 and the fifth column 41 to 50.
This bingo type gives the players two chances of winning: One Line and Full House.
RTP is a minimum of 70%.
30 ball bingo or Speed Bingo is the rapid, quick-fire bingo type that is taking the community by the storm. Fast paced and fun-filled, it’s perfect for the players who want a bit more thrill.
The ticket is made up of 9 squares, which are arranged on a 3 X 3 grid. These are arranged in 3 rows and 3 columns. The first column will contain the numbers from 1 to 10, the second from 11 to 20 and the third from 21 to 30.
The win condition is to complete the Full House.
RTP is a minimum of 70%.
Each game has a Game Pot, which is the prize the player plays for when participating in a game. Depending on the bingo type and/or configuration set by the House, each game can have a maximum of 5 game pots, each played against the pattern needed to be matched with the numbers on the purchased tickets. The amount of the prize associated with each pattern is either a percentage from total bets from all players, or a fixed amount determined by the House, or a guaranteed amount on which a percentage from total bets from all players is added.
Besides the Game Pot, some games can have extra prizes, usually of a large value, for the winner of the game, if game was won in a certain number of calls, known as Progressive Jackpots and Fixed Jackpots.
With Progressive Jackpots, if the Jackpot is not won, this value grows over time by taking a percentage from player’s ticket cost and adding it to the Jackpot pool. The Jackpot is won when a player wins the game in a certain number of calls. (e.g. call 32 means that if player wins the game in 32 calls or less, he will win the game, thus the Game Pot, and also the Jackpot).
With Fixed Jackpots, the value is always the same, guaranteed.
Additionally, some games can feature Community Progressive and Fixed Jackpots, where a percentage will be awarded to the Jackpot winner, while another percentage will be awarded to all other players who bought tickets into the game, shared either equally, or proportionally to the tickets purchased.
Chat, Mini-games and Other Features
While playing bingo, players can chat with active fellow bingo players at the same time. Usually, there is a Chat Moderator in the Chat room - a person who moderates, entertains, holds chat games and handles promotional announcements.
Also, players can simultaneously play a mini-game of their choice, as a side bet which can bring extra prizes.
Players can decide what features take up more room on the screen based on their interest. Chat can be expanded and allow more chat history to be seen, or completely collapsed and out of sight. Alternatively, the mini-game can be brought in focus by enlarging it on top of the bingo game.
Players can also play multiple bingo games at the same time, by joining up to 3 different rooms and being able to switch between them in one click/tap.
Whenever you want to play more than one hour of games without having to buy each game separately, or you want to get a good deal by spending less on games that offer bigger prizes, check out Session Bingo.
Session Bingo is a special bingo room where players can buy bingo tickets at a discount for a bundle (a “session”) of different bingo games, that can spread over one or several hours of uninterrupted play!
Get the maximum number of tickets on all games within a session in one click, and then experience high-end prizes and quirky chat games, all in one room.
What is XTG?
It’s a feature referring to the position of your ticket in a bingo game:
1TG – one number to go,
2TG – 2 numbers, etc.
This feature is used to reward the players that are close to winning, and the games can be scheduled with one of 3 Types of XTG:
* 1 To Go...or...
* 2 To Go...or...
* Both 1 and 2 To Go....if you have either 1 or 2 to go on a ticket.
Only when playing for the last prize in the game, players will be able to achieve the XTG criterion on their tickets. These are special games created with a specific prize payout.
- Prize Options
The games which have the XTG Feature can be configured differently.
An XTG prize might be paid:
- Per Player If you have at least one of the tickets matching the existing XTG;
- Per Ticket If each ticket matches the XTG Criteria;
These prizes can either be part of an XTG Feature Pot or a fixed amount per the qualifications necessary.
The amount won will be added to your in-game Bingo Balance.
- Before the XTG game starts
Please see the Section XTG Games.
A small window will open to notify you about the XTG game. The Prize options for the game will be available in another window. Same prize structure may apply to consecutive XTG Games.
Roll On Bingo
* Roll On games can feature up to 20 additional full house or pattern coverall prizes to be won after the usual game prizes.
* After the regular 1L, 2L and FH have been won the Roll On prizes will be in play.
* To see a full breakdown of the additional Roll On Prizes, click on the icon shaped like a present to see a list of game prizes as well as any Roll On prizes. ‘In Play’ will appear next to the Roll On prize that is currently up for grabs.
* Jackpots cannot be won during the Roll On stage of a game.
* You will know which Roll On prize is in play by the Roll On number that rolls on to screen.
* Roll on winners will be notified when they win by a small pop up and once the game has fully concluded an additional game summary winner pop up will appear listing all winners. Winners will also be listed in game history.
* Free tickets will be available to use in a specific game/s and/or room. Free tickets will have a value and can be used in games where there is also a cash value to purchase tickets.
* Free tickets have the same chance of winning a prize as a normal ticket.
* Some tickets may have an expiry date and if those tickets are not used before this date they will automatically cancel.
* You must use your most recent free tickets before any other free tickets become redeemable from the que.
* Players can redeem tickets from any rom that have active free tickets by clicking on the FREE button.
* Free tickets cannot be used on games where BOGOF or any other free tickets are available.
* Free ticket cannot be used for pre-buy.
* In the bingo lobby, you may see a bingo room with a padlock.
* Players will need to pass certain criteria to enter this room.
* Once in the room. You will be able to participate in these games for the duration of the specified amount of days in the promotion.
Buy X Get Y or BOGOF
* Some games may offer a special Buy X Get Y or “BOGOF” feature in the purchase panel.
* These are awarded when a certain number of tickets are purchased.
* Promotional tickets play as normal tickets and have the same chance of winning a prize.
Fair Bingo Games
* Every player has the same chance of winning as everyone else in these special games/rooms.
* For each game, players will be able to buy a set amount of tickets ensuring that everyone has the same number of cards.
* In a multi stake bingo game, players can buy into the game at a range of stake levels.
* The lowest stake cards have exactly the same chance of winning as the highest stake cards, but the prize they can win is a multiple of the stake (worked out in the usual way dependent on the number of cards in play) – so if the lowest stake level were 10p and the prize £10, a stake level of £2 would have a prize of £200.