Online Bingo is very similar to Bingo played in halls. Bingo itself is a very simple game, in which the player uses one or more cards which are blocked off with squares, each containing a random number. Numbers are drawn, and if your card has that number, you place a chip on it. The object of the game is to get enough squares filled to have a complete line across the card – vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. When you achieve this, you have “Bingo!” The winner is verified and then receives a prize. Often, the competition then continues. Bingo is strictly a game of chance, not unlike picking winning numbers for a lottery (although your odds are much better!) Despite Bingo’s reputation for being popular with the elderly, it can be quite a fun and entertaining game, and the participants are often very passionate and lively.
Online Bingo is different from Bingo played in-person at a hall, for a few reasons. One, instead of using balls, the site uses a random number generator. Two, it is in an online setting, meaning chat rooms in the game and forums outside of the game are used to build a community.
In addition, online bingo games have optional tools you can utilize, such as the automatic marking of cards. In some games, you can see other cards being played, namely, the ones that are closest to “bingo.” These options may not be any more advantageous in terms of winning, but can definitely make your experience a little easier and more entertaining. Additionally, these features make Bingo a virtually worry-free game, and make it possible to be involved in more chat and community interaction.
There is a slight difference between the North American version of Bingo and that commonly played in the U.K. and other parts of Europe. The European version uses more balls (90 vs. 75) and a larger card (9×3 vs. 5×5.) The patterns required for number arrangements can vary, although the U.K. seems to prefer the three part game – the first winner with just a single line, the second, with two lines, and the grand winner has a full house, which means every number on the player’s card was drawn.