If you want to enter the world of bingo online, even to just play free bingo games, there are some easy general rules you should know and then when you join the chosen bingo site, you can look for the specific details of that site.
Bingo games can be played using either 75-ball or 90-ball rules (although some online bingo sites offer also 80-ball game). The rules are simple – all that is needed to win bingo is to get all the numbers in a card in a given pattern.
75-ball bingo is the version that is mostly played in the United States and Canada. It is played on 5×5 cards with numbers, with the letters BINGO being at the top of a card over each column. When playing bingo online, instead of having a host pulling out balls, you have a random number generator. To win bingo, players need to mark matching numbers that appear on their cards as soon as they appear. And the first player who has all the numbers covered is a winner! What is specific and great about online bingo games is that here every game has a winner!
90-ball bingo is usually played in the UK and some parts of Europe. It uses 9×3 cards and each card has three horizontal lines and nine columns. Each line has five numbers, meaning each card has 15 numbers. And of course, to play bingo online you should usually make a deposit at the chosen site, but look for the free bingo games option through which the best sites offer the possibility to a player to check out the site at no cost.
But the crucial part of online bingo games is bingo pattern. The whole aim of the game is to match all the randomly called numbers in a given pattern on your card. There are so many different bingo patterns and the best bingo sites often offer 300 patterns to choose from – you have simple horizontal or diagonal patterns to more complex patterns in assorted shapes or pictures. These patterns are generally shown in the right hand side of most games which is easy to check out when playing bingo online.
Players have to look out for their bingo pattern. To win bingo, only the numbers that form the pattern are needed. Some bingo patterns are a lot easier to win bingo on than others. There are endless possible bingo patterns, just as there are endless possible number combinations! All bingo patterns include a middle block, which is treated as a bonus number.
In most bingo games, all a player needs to do to win is get all the numbers in the bingo pattern. In Jackpot games, which are usually a separate pattern that stays the same every game, players need to win bingo within a certain number of balls. If a player manages to win in the amount of balls specified, they win the Jackpot. Jackpots are often progressive, which means the prize amount rolls over if it is not won.
At online bingo sites the player buys the desired number of cards he wants to play with and then puts a wager on it and waits for the numbers to appear. You can buy more cards if you want to increase your chance for winning. Of course, at many sites there is a possibility to play free bingo games and then you get the bingo cards for free with the fact you can win sometimes only prizes or real money but less than real money players. If you want to play bingo games with more cards, there is a great feature in most sites called auto-daub, where the system automatically marks the “called” numbers on players’ cards.
One of the best things of bingo online is that usually there are many different “value” bingo rooms where you can enter and play depending on your financial possibilities and desires. There are bingo rooms with cheaper or more expensive cards and wager requirements. So, you can play just for fun and be relaxed, or put yourself in the “high-roller” position. You can play at 10cents or 10pennies rooms, 25cents or dollar rooms (referring to the price of a bingo card). Each site has different choice and name for the rooms. The great thing is that the best bingo sites offer also free bingo games rooms.
Unlike in land-version of bingo halls, when playing bingo online, chat option is considered a positive thing! You have special chat rooms where you can play and chat with other players. These rooms are monitored by the chat moderators who create friendly atmosphere and are responsible for keeping things in line.
There are specific rules for depositing and withdrawal at each site, so be sure to check that out. At most sites, players have to make a deposit to play bingo games but fortunately there are many great ones that offer free bingo games after a sign up – just to try out the atmosphere – this is so called no deposit bingo.
At the end, we want to emphasize that every Bingo site has some different rules. You should take your time and read them before actively start to play for money. Do not forget that players have to be over 18 to play (at some sites over 21), and players are held responsible to check these rules and respect them. This is the way to keep your bingo online experience fun and exciting!