As you might have noticed, there are loads of different types of bingo nowadays. It used to be that players in the UK could only play 90-ball bingo at their local club, however now it’s possible to play everything from traditional bingo through to modern bingo games with massive twists to the gameplay.
On this page, we’re going to be taking a look at how many bingo numbers are found in certain forms of the game. We’re not going to focus on 75-ball, 80-ball and 90-ball bingo – the most popular varieties in the UK – because it’s pretty obvious how many balls they use. Instead, we’ll be taking a look at some of the variations of bingo that have sprung up recently.
So, keep reading to learn more about the number of balls used in a variety of online bingo games…
As the name of the game suggests, this bingo variation is built with speed in mind. A speedy game is made possible thanks to the fact that there are only 30 balls. Cards have a 3x3 grid and you just have to get all nine numbers to get a full house. This really is the perfect bingo variation for those who want fast-paced action.
Deal or No Deal Bingo is massively popular and actually comes in two forms: 75-ball and 90-ball. The games play in the same way as 75-ball and 90-ball bingo, however there is a twist. You’ll pick a box at the beginning and if you manage to get a full house, you’ll have the choice to open it or swap it for another. The box is then opened to reveal your prize.
Rainbow Riches Bingo uses 40 balls. You’ll receive a ticket that has two grids, both of which are arranged in the shape of a four-leafed clover. Just fill both grids – both of which only contain four numbers - and you’ll get a full house! There are also three progressive jackpots, which are won when the leprechaun reaches the relevant points on the trail. If a progressive prize is won, everyone playing will share it.
This form of the game uses 75 balls. This might lead you to wonder: how does it differ from standard 75-ball bingo? Well, in Swedish Bingo, you’ll find that the card has 25 numbers on it, arranged in a 5x5 grid. This means that there’s an extra number and no free number in the middle. Swedish Bingo usually offers five prizes – one each for those first to fill one, two, three, four and five lines. This is usually done horizontally, but some online bingo sites allow vertical and diagonal lines too.
Finally, we come to Joker Jackpot Bingo, a game that uses… no balls at all. This is because this version of bingo uses cards instead of balls. It’s played on a 3x3 grid which contains nine cards. You will then have to match your cards with those dealt. Two prizes are awarded: one for getting a J pattern on the card, and the second for getting a full house by matching all your cards.
Beth Taylor is head of content at BingoSites and has been writing about online bingo for the past 5 years. She is considered an industry expert and is a regular attendee at industry events and conferences. Having studied journalisim at King's College London, she combines this with her passion for bingo to produce the independent content for this website.