Five line bingo, or Swedish bingo, is becoming more and more popular with players on the Internet today as more software platforms add the variant to their game offering. Originally this variation of the game was only found at sites powered by the Virtue Fusion software but early in 2012 888 Ladies, 888’s flagship bingo brand, introduced five line bingo for promotional games. As is often the case with 888, shortly after launching five line games with 888Ladies the variation was then slowly introduced to other standalone products.
Finally the game was introduced to the Dragonfish network of sites powered by the 888/Globalcom software and is now a permanent fixture at all sites.
What is five line bingo though? In essence it is a hybrid of 75 ball and 90 ball bingo. It takes the key elements of 75 ball – namely the grid and number of balls, and the payout structure of 90 ball – per line rather than a pattern.
The main difference between a five line and pattern 75 ball board is that the middle square is not a free square. What makes the game so popular with players is the number of chances to be a winner. Pattern bingo usually only offers a prize to the player who calls bingo on the pattern first (although there are some multi-part pattern games available online), 90 ball offers three chances to win (one line, two line and the full house) but five line bingo has FIVE chance.
There are some of the bingo software products that have yet to introduce this version of the game and these include Cozy Games and Jumpman Gaming, along with Parlay Entertainment. However all Virtue Fusion and 888 / Globalcom sites offer five line bingo, even if only for promotional games.
You can watch a five line bingo game in play at Foxy Bingo by clicking the image below: