The 90-Ball bingo variation has been synonymous with ‘bingo’ in the UK, at least up until recently. Most, if not all, land-based bingo halls in the UK offered 90-Ball bingo and that was pretty much the only version that UK players were familiar with.
With the launch of the first online bingo sites and the popularisation of online bingo, players got a chance to try out other bingo variants, such as 75-Ball bingo – a variant that is very popular on the other side of the pond, but also novel and unique bingo versions like 52-Ball bingo, as well as branded bingo games.
90-Ball Bingo Tickets And Layout
One 90-Ball bingo card or ticket features nine rows and three columns, and each of the three columns features five numbers each, so there are quite a few empty positions per column, in fact, four of the nine positions are empty. When it comes to numbers per row, a row can be entirely empty, it can feature one, two or all three numbers.
Tickets are usually sold in groups of six, and the technical term for a group of 90-Ball bingo tickets is ‘strip’. It is recommended to buy a strip of six tickets, as a strip features all 90 numbers.
Now that we explained how the tickets are divided, let’s see which numbers appear where. Numbers from one to nine appear in the first column, whereas numbers from ten to 19 are placed in the second column and so on.
Possible Wins In 90-Ball Bingo
There are three possible winning patterns in 90-Ball bingo. You can get a prize for a single line, for two lines and for a full-house.
A single line is when you get all five numbers on a single line. It can be any of the three lines on your ticket. Two lines, understandably, is when you get at least two lines, regardless which two – they don’t have one below, or above the other, you get the first and the last line.
Finally, a full-house is when you get all 15 numbers on a ticket and that’s the highest prize that can be won in a standard game of bingo. In a live hall, you’d have to shout bingo if you manage to get all 15 numbers on a ticket. That’s not the case if you’re playing online though.
The payouts for each combination depend on the ticket prize and the number of players who participate in a given game.
Other Things You Should Know About 90-Ball Bingo
The 90-Ball bingo rules are universal and in most cases it doesn’t matter at which site you’re playing the game, or even whether you’re playing online or at a land-based bingo hall, the rules are the same.
Still, there are differences between online and land-based bingo. The first difference is that you have a lot more options at your disposal when you’re playing online. You can choose from a range of different bingo games that are offered at a site.
The ticket prize may vary, and while there are rooms where a ticket can cost you one quid, there are also rooms for which you can purchase a lot cheaper tickets like 50p, but even as low as 10p, or a single penny. There are even free bingo rooms. When you register with an online bingo site, they will very likely give you bingo tickets for one or two rooms, including rooms where 90-Ball bingo is played.