Stealing the hearts of millions of bingo players around the globe, the 90-ball game has not yet managed to become the number one game for North American bingo enthusiasts.
Originating from the U.K., the 90-ball bingo quickly spread throughout the rest of Europe. It is also the game of choice for bingo players in Australia and Asia, both online and in live bingo halls.
Playing 90-Ball Bingo
The cards used in 90-ball bingo might look very unfamiliar for players used to the 75-ball game, but the basics are still the same. On the 90-ball card there is three horizontal rows and nine vertical columns. All rows contain nine squares, but only five squares of each row are in play, as they are the only ones containing numbers. The rest of the squares are blank. Unlike the 75-ball game, there is no “free space” square in the 90-ball game.
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Playing 90-Ball Bingo Online
Usually, a 90-ball bingo game is played until one player marks five numbers in a horizontal row. But online many games continue until a player catches a “full house”, meaning completing his or her whole card.
Furthermore, when playing online a lot of people like to play more than one card at the time. In order for these players to keep track of all their cards and the numbers, the cards usually change color depending on how many unmarked numbers there are left before catching bingo.
Further Details on 90 Ball bingo
90-ball bingo cards consist of 90 squares – the dimensions are three horizontal lines by nine columns. Each card has 15 numbers and each line has five numbers. A 90-ball card would break down like this: Column 1: Numbers 1-9 Column 2: 10-19 Column 3: 20-29 Column 4: 30-39 Column 5: 40-49 Column 6: 50-59 Column 7: 60-69 Column 8: 70-79 Column 9: 80-89 In 90-ball bingo, each card has three horizontal lines and nine columns. Each line contains five numbers, meaning each card has 15 numbers.
The first column contains numbers from 1-9, the second column contains numbers from 10-19, the third column contains numbers from 20-29, all the way through to the final column which contains numbers from 80-90. 90 Ball Bingo is played in 3 stages (usually) called one line, two lines and a Full House. Here is how these different stages of 90-ball break down.
One Line: – Goal is for player to mark a horizontal line with 5 numbers in a row across one card.
Two Lines: Goal in two lines 90 Ball Bingo is to get two horizontal lines (10 numbers) on one card. Full House: You guessed it, all 15 numbers on one card and a full block in any regular game 90 Ball bingo is available in most online A game of 90 ball bingo will normally be played in three stages: one line, two lines and Full House. In a “one line” game players need to mark a complete horizontal line across one card (i.e., 5 numbers marked). The aim of a ‘two lines’ game is to complete any two marked lines horizontally across one card (i.e., 10 numbers marked).
Finally a “Full House” means all the numbers marked off on one card (all 15 numbers), as in a regular coverall game. The prize split differs for each stage of the game. The Full House is always the largest prize in any one game. Other bingo games include 80 Ball and 75 Ball Bingo, which can all be played online.