Bingo is a game renown for being simple to play, and it’s one of the many reasons for its popularity. The rules are incredibly easy to learn, the online version of the game can be played just about anywhere in under a few minutes, and the prizes that players can potentially win rival those of blackjack or baccarat.
Like any game, however, it’s important to know how to play before starting that first game. Without a basic knowledge of how the playing cards work, it can take some time to understand bingo before winning prizes.
For those wanting to get a head start before entering the entertaining world of bingo, this is a breakdown of its most basic rules, and apply to almost all bingo all across the world, whether its online bingo Canada or the bingo hall at the local community centre.
Bingo is a game of chance that makes use of special playing cards that are made up of rows and columns with a random assortment of numbers printed on them. The player purchases the card, which both acts as their ticket to enter a tournament or play online, and as the platform where most of the action takes place. A person or computer, known as the caller, will select numbers completely at random and call them out.
If the player sees that a number called out corresponds with a number on their playing card, they need to mark it off. Typically in physical bingo halls, this is done with a special marker. It tends to be different online, where the player usually makes use of the touch-screen capacity of their mobile device, or they simply have an automated app that marks the numbers as soon as they are called out.
If the player manages to get a full set of numbers in a row, often both horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, they can call out a bingo and win a prize. Prizes different from place to place, and can also depend on how many lines they managed to complete on a card. A full house is what most players aim for, which is where they complete a full line from one end to another, which also means they can win the highest prize available in the pool.
Bingo is often broken up into different variations. 90 ball bingo tends to be the most popular, which consists of 3 rows and 9 columns. Others, like 30 ball bingo, are much faster-paced versions of the game that usually finish within 5 minutes.
The Prize Pool
The prize pool is made up in different ways, depending on either the hall or the casino. For the most part, the prize pool is directly determined by the amount of people that are playing at that specific game.
The more people purchasing playing cards, the more money that is added to the pool. Those that claim a full house take most of what’s available from the pool, which often a percentage is kept aside for players that don’t get a full house, and as fees for the hall or casino.