The rules of the game

I spent less time learning how to play online bingo than learning how to put my denture in a glass of water. The bingo rules online are pretty much the same as the ones at the local pub or the local church, although they might have changed the rules down at the local chapter for all I know. There are however three convenient differences when it comes to how the game is played, which I will get back to in my next entry.

The goal of the game is usually to mark off a full row of numbers on the bingo card. The goal can also be to mark off multiple rows or a full house (all the numbers on a card), which is the case in e.g. Ladbrokes’ bingo room where you start off with one row, then two, then four and then a full house. I found this more exciting as it gives more winning opportunities. In another variant, the goal is to mark off different shapes on the bingo card, like a tree or a watch tower. This is the case at Bingo Liner among others.

Each bingo card is made of 5 rows and 5 columns. Each Bingo column has a specific letter connected to it, so the first column is “B”, then the next is “I”, then the “N” column, the “G” and the “O”. The first column is numbered with a number range from 1 to 15. The second column numbers range from 16 to 30. The “N” column has numbers from 31 to 45. The fourth column has numbers of 46 to 60. The fifth column has numbers from 61 to 75.

The bingo card is always the same, but rules may vary slightly from room to room. I recommend that you check the rules for the specific room(s) you decide to play in.


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