How to play 90-ball bingo
The most famous version of bingo is the mighty, 90-ball bingo. All you have to do to get involved with this glorious game is buy numbered bingo tickets. In the game a caller calls out numbers randomly, and if they appear on one of your tickets, you cover them up or ‘dab’ them. Cover all three lines first to get a full house and win! That’s not all though, there are also prizes if you cover two lines or even one.
There’s no need to worry if you’re a little confused. There’s a lot more information below:
The 90-ball bingo ticket
The tickets sold at 90-ball Bingo games normally consist of a 3×9 table of numbers. Each line has nine boxes which display five numbers and four empty spots.
The lines are set out like this:
1st Column holds 1-9
2nd Column holds 10-19
3rd Column holds 20-29
4th Column holds 30-39
5th Column holds 40-49
6th Column holds 50-59
7th Column holds 60-69
8th Column holds 70-79
9th Column holds 80-90
The game is nearly always played on strips of six tickets each. One strip shows the total of the numbers 1-90 spread around the six tickets - this means that a number is covered at each bingo call.
The bingo caller
As you’d expect, 90-ball bingo uses the numbers 1-90.The caller will call out these numbers one at a time as they are drawn from the bingo system. In every game each number will only be called out once.
The winning combination
When it comes to 90-ball bingo games, there are three patterns that’ll give you a win and each one has its own prize.
- Any 1 Line – Cover all the numbers in any single row
- Any 2 Lines – Cover all the numbers any 2 rows
- Full House – Cover all 15 numbers on the ticket
If you successively create each pattern first you can actually win all three prizes!
The payouts and jackpots
Normally, a game’s payout is determined by the cost per ticket and the number of players. The prize tends to be higher when there are higher ticket prices and lots of players. Every now and then we offer a fixed minimum prize, regardless of the number of players that take part and the ticket price. Extra jackpots can also be on offer in a select number of bingo games.
You can find all the details about a game's jackpot in the info bar on top of your ticket strips, before the game and also throughout it.
The ticket selection
You can choose your strips and tickets for each bingo game by clicking on each one or you can have the bingo system select them for you randomly.
MANUAL SELECTION OF TICKETS
You can choose one ticket or strip at a time by clicking on each one you want to buy. Alternatively, you can always use the "Click to Select Strip" to choose an entire strip. If a strip displayed doesn't feel right to you, you can press "Get New Strip". The current strip will disappear and be replaced with a new one. The tickets in the current strip that you have already chosen will remain, however. To alternate between the 4 strips available, you can click on the red button in the centre with the arrow.
AUTOMATIC SELECTION OF TICKETS
You can always have the bingo system select your tickets for you. Just click on the amount of strips you'd like to purchase in the "Auto Select Strips" box. Once you’ve made your auto selection, you can click on any of your tickets one at a time and remove them from your strips. Your auto selected tickets total will appear underneath the auto select strips area.
Buying the tickets
All you need to do to join in a bingo game is buy at least one ticket.
You can purchase up to 96 tickets (16 strips) in a single game. It is only possible to buy tickets after you’ve funded your bingo account with the right amount. You'll always be able to view your account balance at the top of the screen. To deposit into your account at any time, click the "Cashier/Banking" button.
The price per ticket is visible on the left hand side of the screen and the card itself, as well as on the purchase panel.
Playing the game
Once you’ve bought your tickets for a bingo game you need to wait for the game to start. You can easily keep track of the time left by checking the "Game Starts" countdown, which appears in the top left corner of the bingo screen.
New bingo games will start every few minutes so you’ll never have to wait too long. Once the game begins, all the details you need to play will appear in an info bar on top of your tickets. For example, you'll see how many people who are playing the game, the prizes for each winning pattern (1 Line, 2 Lines and Full House) as well as the jackpot.
As the game is being played, the prize winners are displayed and the ticket symbol on the top right switches to show the next winning pattern.
The numbers called during the game appear in the top left-hand corner within a bingo ball. Near it you'll find the previous five calls that’ll help you can keep track.
Daubing your numbers
You can decide whether you want to daub your own tickets manually using your cursor or automatically, which means you’ll never miss a number. By default the latter, automatic method, will be selected, however, if you’d daub the numbers yourself you can change the settings in the options menu by unchecking the box next to "Autodaub". You’ll find the settings in the top left-hand corner of the bingo screen.
NOTE: Whether you prefer to do this automatically or manually it has no impact on the game outcome. If you have a winning bingo card you will get the prize, no matter what!
These settings don’t have to be permanent – You can turn “Autodaub” back on whenever you want!
When a player gets a win the game will pause for a moment whilst a message will tell everyone who claimed it and how much they won.
When the game finished all of the winners (usually three) will be shown in the same way to all of the players.
Normally the return to the players in 90-ball bingo is around 70%, whilst the house edge is equal to 30% (this is sometimes altered by the ticket price as well as the number of tickets bought in each game).
1tg and 2tg games
These games offer you the chance of winning a cash prize even if you don’t hit the jackpot. If you’re only one or two numbers away from winning the jackpot in these 90-ball games but someone else gets there first then you can still win a share of the prize.
The game options
You can customise your bingo interface as you please by clicking on the Options button in the right corner of the screen.
Just choose the settings you wish from the options that appear in the middle of the screen and click OK. You can go back into these settings and change them again whenever you want.
The settings available:
Autodaub: When you select this setting the numbers that are called will automatically be covered on your card.
Note that it doesn’t matter if you manually daub the numbers or if you select autodaub to have it done for you. This selection doesn’t affect the outcome of the game. If you have a winning bingo card, the prize is yours no matter what!
Price alert: This lets you enable or disable the presentation of the card price within the bingo rooms.
Show 3TG: This stands for "Show 3 to go" and if you select it your tickets that only have 1, 2 or 3 numbers left to cover until you win will be highlighted.
Best Card First: This displays the card that’s closest to winning in the screen in the top left corner.
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The internet isn’t always perfect, and we understand that sometimes your connection can be lost whilst you are playing a game. Don’t worry! If this happens, the system will continue to autodaub for you and you'll be awarded any prizes you may have won during your short time away.