Those of you who thought that a game of bingo online offered nothing more than the traditional 90 ball game then think again. There are so many bingo variants on offer in the world of internet bingo today that you really are spoilt for choice at many of the different brands available. Most sites now offer 90 ball bingo and many also offer other bingo games such as 75 ball and 80 ball games. Both of these bingo variants operate in different ways depending on which bingo software a site uses.
75 ball and 80 ball bingo variants can be played using patterns or lines and full houses. Think Bingo is a site which uses both 90 ball and 75 ball bingo games, while the 90 ball is played in the traditional way, they choose to offer the 75 ball by using patterns for you to bingo on. However, sites such as Bet365 Bingo use both 80 ball and 75 ball bingo variants in different ways. Sometimes you can play both of these bingo games by filling in lines or columns, sometimes one line and a full house, and at times patterns and full houses.
Other bingo variants are also coming into play on some sites. Many have introduced playing cards to create a game which means you have to bingo using cards rather than numbers. Again Bet365 Bingo has a bingo variant called Joker Jackpot which operates in this way. Another site called JackpotJoy (read review) also uses playing cards for one of their bingo variants called Snap Bingo but also have another game called Monopoly Snap which operates in the same way but uses Monopoly property cards.
These are just a few of the bingo variants on offer by bingo sites and if you really have a look round you will find many others too. So if you thought 90 ball was all that bingo had to offer then think again.
30 Ball Bingo Variants
30 ball games are usually known as speed bingo and we only really see these types of games on sites powered by the Cozy Games software. The games just play for the full house only. The grid is 3×3 with a total of nine numbers required to win bingo.
The following example was taken from Raw Bingo.
50 Ball Bingo Variants
The 50 ball bingo variant was first introduced at Tombola Bingo with their Bubblewrap Bingo game. In 2014 the Cozy games sites introduced a version of the 50 ball game.
Both versions of the game are played on grids 2×5 and contain a total of ten numbers.
The Tombola games just plays for the full house whilst the game on the Cozy software will play for one line then two lines.
The examples below have been taken from Tombola and Comfy Bingo respectively.
75 Ball Bingo Variants
75 ball games are played in two different ways but each are on a 5×5 grid, often with the middle of the board as a free square. You have the option at many sites of the traditional pattern games and also a multi-line version which is a hybrid of 90 ball and 75 ball. This is often referred to as five line bingo or Swedish Bingo.
There is also a third option but this is less prolific that the above two variants, multi-part 75 ball bingo. This is patterned bingo but with three chances to win (an example of which is shown below).
The following two examples were taken from Foxy Bingo and Ladbrokes respectively. The former showing your traditional 75 ball pattern game (ticket and pattern) and the latter the multi-part pattern game.
80 Ball Bingo Variants
80 ball bingo is the online version of the game played in bingo halls called Shutterboard or cash line. These were first seen on the Internet at Mecca Bingo on the Virtue Fusion / Playtech software but are now also available on the Cozy Games sites.
At the Cozy Games sites you play for one line, two line, three lines and the coverall whilst at Mecca Bingo, 80 ball is played in a variety of ways but usually, in the same manner as Cozy
The examples below have been taken from Mecca Bingo and Raw Bingo respectively.
90 Ball Bingo Variants
90 ball bingo is the traditional bingo variant and as always is played on a grid of 3×9 squares. Of these four squares on each row are blank with just five numbers on. The game is played for one line, two lines and the full house.
The following two examples have been taken from Butlers Bingo and Tidy Bingo respectively.