Legs Eleven…..Two Little Ducks….Clickety Click…there are lots of bingo phrases that have become part of popular culture. Even if you've never played bingo before, you probably know the basic concept.
The development of digital entertainment means that you no longer need to trek down to your local bingo hall to get your dabber out. There are endless types of bingo games available online, and you can play them whenever you’re in the mood.
The great thing about online bingo is that you can take it as slow as you want if you're a complete beginner. And as you're playing in your own home, there's no pressure from anyone else who might be watching - unless you count your dog or cat!
To get you started, we’ve put together an easy to follow guide with everything you need to know about how to play bingo.
Let’s start with the basics, just in case you’ve picked up any misunderstandings over the years.
Although many types of online bingo games are available, the basic bingo rules are always the same.
Everyone in the game has a card that is filled with random numbers. No two cards will be identical, but everyone's card will have the same amount of numbers. All of the numbers are arranged into lines, and your goal is to mark the numbers off as quickly as possible.
Balls are drawn electronically - this is usually just a random digital process rather than a physical ball being drawn - and if you have the number on your card, you can mark it off.
Each number is known as a “ball” even though the process is now digital and doesn’t actually involve any physical balls!
The main prize is given to the person who first marks off all the numbers on their card. If more than one person marks all the numbers off at the same time, the prize is split.
Most games have smaller prizes which you can win along the way. These may vary depending on the bingo game you're playing, but examples include one line, and two lines. Some games even include prizes for marking off a specific shape on your card, such as a cross or diamond.
The prizes on bingo can be huge, running into millions of pounds, or may be very modest. Typically, games with smaller prizes are easier to win as there are fewer players, but the great thing about bingo is that every card is chosen at random and has the same chance!
We’ve explained the basic rules above, and there really isn’t much more that you need to know to get started. If you’re a bit worried you won’t be able to keep up or you want some help with how to play bingo online, there’s plenty of assistance available from the game.
You can choose to either mark your numbers off manually or the game will do it automatically. If you’ve bought multiple cards for the same game, or you’re very new, getting the cards marked off automatically be be a big help.
The biggest dilemma you’ll have is what bingo game to play. There are lots of themed bingo games and other variations, but most fall into one of the following categories:
30 and 36 ball bingo are sometimes known as "speed bingo". The cards are smaller, and each game is much quicker. There are fewer balls in play, and not very many numbers on your card that you need to mark off. If you enjoy quick-fire play, smaller prizes and lots of variety, speed bingo could be the game for you!
75 ball bingo is more like the traditional bingo that's been played in bingo halls for years. It's now moved online, and has been joined by 80 and 90 ball bingo too. These cards are much bingo, with more numbers to mark off. There are typically many smaller prizes you can play for along the way.
If you're not sure which type of bingo you prefer, 50-ball bingo is an excellent midway point. Neither too long nor too short, it's a relatively new style of play that has 50 balls available and 10 numbers on your card to mark off.
Here at Gala Bingo, we're constantly introducing new and exciting bingo rooms, so why not take a look to find your favourite today?