What do Australia, New Zealand, and the UK have in common? Well, there’s the fact that we’re all islands, but that’s not really what we’re going for here! One of the things that unite us fine island folk from around the world is our love of 90 ball bingo.
Now, you might be wondering what it is that makes this version of the game the dogs bollocks — successful both in bingo halls and on online bingo sites around the world. Well, folks, that’s exactly what we’re here to let you in on.
90 ball bingo has had a long and arduous journey to get where it is today. We have a lot to thank the Italians for — mainly their gift of pizza and pasta to the world. However, it also seems like bingo has its origins rooted in Italy too, in a version known as “Il Gioco del Lotto d'Italia” from the 1530s.
From there, it seems bingo decided a little holiday over the border to France would be on the cards for the summer. It actually quite liked France and decided to make itself home amongst the aristocratic society and change its name to “Le Lotto”. It’s at this point that the travel bug really bit, and bingo made its way across Europe and into Britain.
Bingo has been a staple British pastime ever since and who can blame the game for making itself at home in the UK? Bingo is adored by fans all over the country, with shrines (bingo halls) built in its honour and now an exciting evolution into online bingo games that have improved its popularity even more. What more could a game ask for?
What’s the first rule of 90 ball bingo? Know the rules. 90 ball bingo’s card has a 3x9 grid, with 15 random numbers between 1 and 90. Despite recent times, us Brits really aren’t too keen on chaos, so the random numbers on the card are not simply placed there helter-skelter. Each set of numbers belongs to a column; for example, the first column has numbers 1-9, the second column has between 10 and 19—we’re sure you get the gist.
Now enough of the boring stuff, let’s get onto the fun stuff: winning.
“Sharing is caring” could be the motto of 90 ball bingo as there are a whopping three winners per game. The player that manages to complete three lines gets a Full House and due to the high esteem of this win, they also get the biggest prize. Not to be left out, those that complete one or two lines also get their smaller, yet just as satisfying prizes.
All you have to do to win is simply keep your eye on your lines and if you’ve completed any number of lines, scream “BINGO!” and try not to worry about the scathing looks you receive from sore losers. The best bingo sites will do this for you automatically, but feel free to still shout your “bingo” out loud and proud at home. Your cats may jump three feet in the air, but shouting when you win is part of the fun.
From our point of view, the more balls the better, but if that's not to everyone’s flavour, here are some of the pros and cons of 90 ball bingo:
Sure, bingo is largely a game of luck, but if you’d like to woo Lady Luck into giving you the upper hand then this is what you need to do:
If you’re looking for a chance to get lucky, then why not give 90 ball bingo here at Lucky Pants a go? We offer you the chance to try your hand at a whole host of bingo games, from 90 ball and 75 ball bingo, to Slingo bingo and everything else in between. Log in or sing up and enjoy a great welcome bonus on your first deposit! T’s & C’s apply.Lisa Stormings / 22 October 2020