Since bingo was launched in its online avatar, it has become a craze and at the moment is one of the most popular games amongst online gamers. It also took the game to parts of the world where had never been played before. More importantly, it brought the two most famous versions of the game, the 75-ball and the 90-ball bingo, the former having taken roots in the USA and the latter in Britain.
Both these versions weren’t played much outside their respective countries of origin until internet bingo made it possible for them to branch out across the world. These games can now be found in most sites including free online bingo and no deposit sites. Let us now look into each of the two types of the online game and how they are played.
The 75-ball bingo variation, began in America, is played on cards with 5 rows and 5 columns. On the bingo board, you can see five columns named B-I-N-G-O, with each letter containing a row of 15 numbers each. When each of the numbers is called, they are marked on the board. Players find the number that has been called on their card and then strike it off if they have it. To win the game, players need to mark all five squares and call out ‘bingo’, which is when the game ends.
As the number of balls used is less than the 90-ball version, the game moves at a much faster pace and also is not as lengthy overall. The same factor also gives players higher probability of winning, as there are fewer numbers to mark.
The 90-ball bingo, is the British variation of the game is played on cards with 3 rows and 9 columns, with every row having five numbers each and the rest left empty. The rows consist of numbers between 1 and 90. Like the American version, numbers are called out and marked out on the bingo board and the players do the same on their personal bingo cards. Players can win either by marking a single line either horizontally or diagonally or by marking the whole card known as a ‘full house’ which has a bigger prize.
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From the short introduction to the two games written above, most of the differences between the two bingo games would seem obvious. Yet there are some more that deserve a mention. One of the major differences between the two types is that the 90-ball version has only numbers and does not use the alphabet to name any of the columns.
Another big difference between the two bingo games is that the 90-ball version has multiple options for a win, where the 75-ball version has only one. The pace in a 90-ball game is a lot slower and there are fewer chances of a win since there are more numbers on the card.
Whatever the differences and similarities between the two variants of internet bingo, both are extremely enjoyable and can be found in almost all online bingo sites. There are some websites, however, that offer only one of the two games.
Johnny Smithwick is a journalist that excels in writing about casino gaming and online bingo. He loves playing games as much as he loves writing about them and some of his favorite are no deposit bingo and blackjack.