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An Overview of the Different Types of Bingo Games

Guide to the Different Types of Online Bingo Games

When you took the decision to play bingo online, you may have thought that most bingo sites offered just one type of game. Perhaps, you’ve previously played at your local bingo hall, and are used to crossing numbers off a card in the hopes of being the first player to call a full house? Well, things work a little differently when you play via the internet, because there are several different variants to choose from. In fact, as an online player, you have a huge advantage over your land-based bingo pals as you can pick and choose between 90-ball, 80-ball, 75-ball (US-style), 50-ball, 30-ball, speed games, penny games, and exciting themed variants such as Deal or No Deal, Rainbow Riches, and Immortal Romance Bingo.

Within this article, we’ve provided links to individual pages that delve deep into each game type so that you can decide which version you find most appealing.

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90-ball games are particularly popular in the UK, and a typical game uses a card (or ticket) that’s made up of nine columns and three rows featuring numbers from 1 to 90.

Each game offers three different prizes – one line, two lines, and a full house. If you’re lucky, it’s possible that you may win more than one of these prizes in the same game. However, there’s also the potential for two or more players to win at the same time, in which case, the prize money is shared equally.

Nearly all UK-focused online bingo sites offer 90-ball games, and if you’d like to try a game or two without having to spend too much money, we recommend a trip to The Attic Room at Ladbrokes Bingo where you’ll find wonderfully cheap tickets on sale between 8 AM and 2 AM daily.


Only eighty numbers (1 to 80) are used in 80-ball bingo, and each game card is made up of four columns and four rows featuring sixteen numbered squares.

There are four popular game types that fall into the 80-ball category: Any Single Line (one prize for any line); Any Line, House (two prizes – one for any single line and the other for a full house); Any Line, Columns, House (four prizes – one of any line, one for any two lines, one for any three lines, and one for a full house), and Full House or Pattern (one prize for a full house or a completed pattern on your card).

You can enjoy all of these game types in the Party Room at William Hill Bingo between 4 PM and 8 PM daily for as little as 5p per ticket.


75-ball bingo started in the USA, and like many American favourites including Burger King, Facebook, and South Park, it’s spread like wildfire throughout the UK in recent years.

75-ball cards are made up of five horizontal and vertical rows, with twenty of the boxes occupied by a number and the central box left blank. There’s usually just one prize to play for, which is a full house or a pattern.

If you’d like to try a game out for size, 888Ladies invites you to play free-of-charge in its 75-ball Newbies Room for three whole days after you sign-up, with no deposit required.


50-ball game cards are formed of two rows of five numbers, and all you need to do to win a prize is complete one line or a full house.

30-Ball or Speed Bingo

30-ball games are also referred to as speed games, as they only thirty numbers and are, therefore, fast-paced and lots of fun! Each card uses a 3x3 grid with numbers in all nine squares. To win, you’ll need to cross off all of the numbers on your card, which is called a “full house”.

The best places to find 50-ball and 30-ball games are Cozy Games brands such as Gone Bingo.

Themed Bingo Variants

At brands like Gala and Mecca Bingo, and other sites which run on Virtue Fusion software, you’ll find a bunch of thrilling online bingo variants which adhere to 90-ball or 75-ball rules but include extra features. Good examples of these are Immortal Romance Bingo that’s is based around the popular Microgaming slot about vampires and werewolves, and Deal or No Deal Bingo which takes inspiration from the famous TV show and lets the winner barter with The Banker.

Gala Bingo not only has Deal or No Deal games, but also three exclusive online variants – The Chase, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale Bingo. Join Gala today, and when you deposit and spend just £10, you’ll receive a £30 welcome bonus! Plus, for the first seven days after you register, you can play free-of-charge in the Newbie Room where a £25 bonus is up for grabs in every game.

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