American and Canadian players with an affinity for bingo will have likely played the variation of the game called 75 Ball Bingo. This is by far one of the most popular variant of the game across the pond, and its popularity is increasing all the time. If you're not quite sure what exactly 75 Ball bingo is then read on...
How 75 Ball bingo is Played
The name of this variant is derived from the fact that players will have 75 numbers to choose from in the game, ranging from 1 to 75. The Bingo card is divided up into 5 vertical and 5 horizontal rows, with only 24 of the boxes occupied by a number. The last box is left blank. Under each letter are numbers that are randomly assigned in a vertical manner. Under the 'B' column for example, five numbers from 1 to 15 are placed, under column 'I' number from numbers from between to 15 to 30 are placed, 5 numbers from 31 to 45 are placed under the 'N' column, 5 numbers from between 46 to 60 are placed under the 'G' column, and 5 numbers from between 61 to 75 are placed under column 'O'.
The dealer then calls out these letter/number combinations, with players marking them out on their cards as they are called. The winner of the game is the player who is the first to form marks based on the pre-determined pattern. When this happens, the player signifies completion by calling out 'Bingo', upon which the dealer checks that player's card. After the win has been confirmed, a new round of play begins.
Hundreds of Possible Patterns
There are actually hundreds of patterns that are possible in this variation of bingo. One of the most popular patterns is the single line with five numbers arranged in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal manner. Another common pattern forms a square. Some other popular patterns form an '8'; form an 'F', 'E', or 'O' shape, and many more. Of course the 'coverall' pattern, wherein all the squares of the 75 ball bingo card have to be covered, is hudely popular with online bingo sites.
Ease of Play
In comparison to 90 Ball Bingo, which is another variation of the bingo game that is more widely played in countries such as the UK and Australia, the game play of 75 Ball bingo goes by at a much faster pace, with card patterns being a lot easier to form. 90 Ball bingo is made more difficult by the use of only three lines horizontally placed and nine vertically placed. The fact that you have to mark one up to three of these lines also makes 90 ball bingo more difficult.