Bingoversity Learn To Play

Welcome to’s Bingoversity, our online Bingo library to help all players learn a little more about their favourite game, from its history on the UK’s high streets to the grammar and etiquette of chat in the online Bingo world!

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New to playing Bingo? Then start here to get to grips with the basic rules of Bingo, game variations and the essential elements of the online game.

The Basics of Bingo

The delightful simplicity of Bingo means learning to play it is easier than falling off the proverbial log. To participate in a game, players buy cards, more commonly referred to as ‘tickets’ on the UK Bingo scene, marked with a unique selection of numbers – the selection is most commonly from numbers between ‘1’ and ’75’ or ‘1’ and ’90’ depending on the style of Bingo you’re playing, which is explained in more detail below.

The game starts when a ‘caller’ who presides over the Bingo game announces ‘eyes down’ then begins calling numbers as they are randomly selected from the available pool. This selection can be by something as sophisticated as an electronic Random Number Generator or as simple as drawing numbered counters out of a bag! The players’ aim is to mark off any called number that matches one on their ticket(s) – often using a specialised marker called a ‘dabber’ or ‘dauber’ – in the hope that they will complete an arrangement of numbers on a ticket before any other player. The moment a player has covered off a winning line or pattern they must then claim their prize – in real-world Bingo games this is done by calling out ‘Bingo’, ‘line’ or ‘house’ depending on the prize claimed.

It is usual for each Bingo game, or ‘session’, to offer a number of opportunities to win a prize. For example in the traditional 90 ball Bingo played in the UK, there are typically three prizes players compete for by being the first to complete One Line Across, Two Lines Across and the Full House of covering off all the numbers on a ticket.

The game ends when all the possible prizes for that Bingo session have been claimed.

What’s The Difference Between 90 And 75 Ball Bingo Games?

The straight answer to this question is, somewhat unsurprisingly, fifteen balls! The essential rules of 75 ball and 90 ball Bingo are the same, but you will find that the tickets are laid out a little differently. The 75 ball game has a ticket laid out as a 5 x 5 grid with a number in each square of the grid (i.e. twenty-five numbers) and players are looking to mark off called numbers to achieve a specified pattern including a ‘coverall’ of every square. The 90 ball game has a ticket layout that’s a 9 x 3 grid with five numbers appearing on each line of the ticket to give a total selection of fifteen numbers. Here the aim is to cover off complete lines on the ticket.

For UK players (and elsewhere in the Commonwealth such as Australia and New Zealand) the 90-ball game is the most common Bingo variant played in real-world venues, whereas North America is the traditional home of the 75 ball game. Interestingly in the online Bingo world these geographical preferences have been pretty much eliminated with many of the best online halls offering both styles of Bingo to their members on the one site.

Another development brought about by the phenomenon of Internet Bingo is the arrival of a new 80 ball game, popping up at various online Bingo halls, such as Sun Bingo and Gala Bingo. Although a brand new development of the classic Bingo formats, the basic mechanics of play are exactly the same as for its two older siblings, so there’s no arduous learning curve to get you into enjoying this game – you’ll only be facing a slightly different ticket layout and sets of winning patterns!

How Do I Play Online Bingo?

To play Bingo online is little different to playing Bingo in real-world venues. The computer you’re using to read this information here is more than likely sufficient to handle the games software online Bingo sites use to run their games, and all the best UK online Bingo halls will have their own guides to explain how you use their software and how real money transactions arecarried out.

In general the important step to playing at an online Bingo hall (and may re recommend you read our reviews to help you choose a reputable one?) will be to register as a member at their website, which will also open a secure, password protected account through which you can deposit money and into which winnings will be paid. All reputable operators will offer a variety of ways in which you can carry out real money transactions often covering the major credit and debit cards as well as popular online payment methods such as NETeller.

A popular incentive used by good UK online Bingo sites, and one we’d recommend looking out for is free games, or free credits of cash (typically a few pounds or so) for simply signing up as a new player, as this is a great opportunity to try out a few sessions to get the feel of playing online and experiencing the community facilities and other attractions on offer.

Common Online Bingo Features

Auto Daubing

This is a user option that automatically marks off called numbers that appear on the user’s purchased tickets. This is very handy if you’ve purchased a large number of tickets for a session, as this can get tricky to manage, however you can switch the feature off if you prefer to manually mark your tickets with the virtual daubers common to all online Bingo software for a more real-world experience!

For complete newcomers to online Bingo, it’s worth noting that manual daubing is ‘just for fun’, and will not affect the outcome of the game if you have a winning ticket but not spotted that a called number is on it. The online Bingo software keeps tabs on all the tickets in play and a win is automatically claimed for a user – this does remove the skill of daubing from the online game, but is conversely quite a boon for the less beady-eyed Bingo player.

Best Card Sorting

A player aid also common to most online Bingo software. Best Card Sorting is a user-selected option that will order your on-screen purchased tickets during a game so that you can quickly see how strongly they’re performing. This is a great way to keep tabs on which of several tickets is closest to winning a prize as a session progresses.

Progressive Jackpots

Progressive Jackpots have proved to be very popular with players of online Bingo over recent years, since they hold out the chance to play for very large pots of prize money but without high ticket prices.

Where an online Bingo hall runs a Progressive Jackpot game, that site adds a percentage of all its ticket sales from its daily sessions into a single prize fund, the current value of which is usually advertised within the sites Lobby area and other Bingo scheduled sessions. This mechanism means the Jackpot figure can escalate to very tasty sums indeed, especially if the site is a busy one. The Progressive Jackpot can only be played for during certain sessions and typically can only be claimed by achieving a certain pattern or full house within a certain number of calls.


All online Bingo software includes some sort of facility for real-time chat, to allow members of its playing community to socialise online during sessions. This crucial element of the online Bingo experience is covered in more detail here.