How to play 52 Ball Bingo
Conventionally, you play bingo with 90 or 75 balls but with this game, you play it with a deck of 52 playing cards. The purchase of a ticket is still required but these are called “hands” and you get “drawn” five cards from the standard deck (except for Jokers).
The caller will call out cards randomly. When one of your cards is called, it’ll be covered over by a chip and the first player to have all five cards covered wins! Lovers of poker will be familiar with the 5-card way of playing, but don’t worry, shouting “BINGO!” when you win is still allowed. Enjoy a new spin on a British classic.
The rules are straightforward:
- Each game starts with a deck of 52 playing cards
- Upon purchasing a ticket, you receive a “hand” containing 5 cards drawn from the deck
- A card is drawn one at a time and if yours is called, you cover it with a chip
- The first player to have all five cards in a line covered wins the Full House
Terminology and Settings
- Full House - Similar to filling out a bingo card, this is when you manage to cover all five cards in your hand first. The game will end after this happens
- Hand - your ticket, comprising of five cards
- Calling Board - Where you can check previously called cards
- To Go Games - Games where you have the chance to win a cash prize even if you don’t hit the jackpot
- Return To Player - the percentage of any wagered money paid back to players during the course of a game. On Foxy Fives Bingo, this changes based on the ticket price and number of tickets you buy per game
- Covering Your Numbers - Foxy Fives Bingo uses an “auto cover” system. This means your cards are covered with chips when they match a drawn card. The speed the card is drawn doesn’t affect the outcome, so your connection speed won’t matter if you have the winning ticket the prize - it’s still yours!
How to play
So you’ve bought tickets but when does the game start? You can keep track of that by checking the time countdown at the top of the screen. When there’s 30 seconds to go, the timer turns red and alerts you, as a reminder to get your tickets purchased!
New games start every few minutes, so don’t worry if you miss one - you’re a matter of seconds away from fun! We appreciate distractions may occur and you might miss a few calls but don’t panic - you can check the cards you missed by checking the ‘Calling Board’ tab.
You can also find more game information on the game info panel on the left. This includes the number of players, the jackpots that are available and how to win them, as well as a “how to play” button that has a tutorial which shows you how to play.
The ticket selection
The tickets you buy consist of five playing cards from a regular 52-card deck. You get to see what cards are on your ticket when you buy them. You can buy up to 5 tickets (or hands) but remember, to play 52 Ball Bingo, you have to at least buy one ticket. You also have to make sure your account has enough money to purchase them. The price of tickets are displayed on the purchase button as a reference and the hand prices in a game are all the same.
Selecting your own tickets is as simple as clicking the “Buy for Xp” button and clicking on “Confirm” when you’re done. Once you’ve purchased a ticket, you’ll get a unique ID number which shows up next to it as a reference. The identifier also appears in your game history section in the “My Account” menu.
52 Ball Bingo Strategies
You can’t control what cards are drawn but there are ways to increase your chances of winning with these strategies.
Play more than one hand at a time
This seems pretty obvious but it’s mathematically sound. It also helps to increase the jackpot! You may find it cost-effective buying more than one card at a lower price for an optimum prize-winning opportunity. At least that way, if a number is called, it’s more likely to be in one of the hands you have. Also, you have a chance to win patterns that cross over different hands.
Bingo strategy systems are your ticket to winning!
It’s not like counting cards and you’ll never be able to guarantee a win on every bingo game, but strategy systems can definitely improve your chances. There are two main systems out there: Granville’s and Tippett’s. As Tippett’s strategy is geared more towards 75-ball bingo, we’ll look at Granville’s.
Granville’s system works with the laws of probability and implemented some basic checks to carry out. These really apply to regular 75-ball and 90-ball bingo but can work with 52 Ball Bingo:
- You need an equal number of high and low cards
- You need an equal number of odd and even cards
- You need the same amount of cards that end with 0-9
You can select a different hand if you aren’t happy with the one given to you. If you have the opportunity to do so and check, you might just increase the odds of a jackpot win.
Read our guides!
It helps to know how to play before setting your cards down. Research all the prizes and how to win them with the help of these guides!
Payouts and Bingo Jackpots
There are ‘To Go Games’ in 52 Ball Bingo. With these games, you have the opportunity to win cash prizes even if you don’t win the Full House. There are 2TG and 1TG prizes to be won, if you’re two or one card away from the jackpot. There’s also the progressive jackpot, where the more players there are, the bigger the prize. To win a progressive jackpot, you just have to cover your hand in a particular number of calls. The criteria for your game can be found by hovering over the icon in the left info panel. This reveals a tooltip with a specific number of calls you need.
We understand that internet speeds can fluctuate, and you might lose connection altogether whilst you are playing a game. Don’t worry! If this should happen, the system will carry on covering your cards automatically and you'll still be awarded any prizes you may have won during the outage.
You might also find that some games get cancelled for a variety of reasons: not enough players or technical issues, for example. If you buy a hand for a game that is subsequently cancelled, you’ll be automatically refunded the tickets’ cost.