Bingo is one of the most popular games worldwide, the first version appeared 500 years ago. The first bingo game appeared in Italy in 1530, was “Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia”. This was a lottery with a system that emerged from the usual pattern and was so popular that it was organised weekly.
In 1778 the French launched a lottery called “Le Lotto” where the slip have 3 rows and 9 columns, and 5 boxes in each row contain numbers from 1 to 90.
In 1933, Edwin Lowe, an American who strongly promoted the game, launched a book of rules and regulations. He was the first person who called officially this game “Bingo”.
Bingo game is held in several variants. The most popular game is 90 Ball Bingo, but you can find others variants as 30 Ball Bingo, 75 Ball Bingo, 80 Ball Bingo.
90 Ball Bingo
90 Ball bingo is a popular game across the Europe, especially in the United Kingdom.
Each bingo card will have 3 horizontal lines and 9 columns. 15 numbers can be found on each card, 5 numbers on every line.
The first column contains the numbers from 1 to 9, the two column contain numbers from 10 to 19 and so on until the last column, which have numbers from 80 to 90.
The game is divided into 3 sections – the first time you will play for a line, then 2 lines, and then for the full card. When you play for 2 lines, you can complete any of them. Prizes for a line will be smaller than the prize to complete all the numbers from the card.
75 Ball Bingo
75 Ball bingo is a popular game in the United States and Canada. 75 Ball bingo is played on a bingo card who contain 5 horizontal rows and 5 columns, and each column is marked with letters: B, I, N, G and O. The first column – B – contain numbers between 1 and 15, and the others follow still same string, which can contain up to numbers from 61 to 75. The space in the middle of the card is free without any numbers.
At 75 Ball Bingo, players have to cut numbers from the card, one by one, and the ultimate goal is to achieve a certain pattern. On this game, we can meet many varieties, from simple shapes to complex shapes, and the winner is the player who can finish the first pattern.
30 Ball Bingo
The game is played on a bingo card consists of 3 columns and 3 lines and is called “Bingo Quickly” because it is a version that takes less time to complete 9 numbers from the card. The winner is the first player who hits all 9 numbers. This game is good if you do not have much time to lose, or if you’re the type of person who is easily bored.
80 Ball Bingo
80 Ball Bingo it is a game mixed between two others bingo games: 90 Ball Bingo and 75 Ball Bingo. If you do not have enough time to lose but you still want to play a bingo game, 80 Ball Bingo it is the perfect game for you. Will take a little more as 75 Ball Bingo, and less as 90 Ball Bingo.
Bingo card has 4 horizontal rows and 4 columns, each column being coloured differently. This type of bingo is played the same as 75 Ball Bingo, in the sense that you have to go out a specified pattern. Themes common are: four corners, X shape, four central squares or all squares, or can be any pattern.