Bingo has seen a big rise in popularity among players in NZ. It’s easy to pick up, fun to play and gives you the chance to win some money. What more could you ask for, right? Because of this, many operators will include bingo to complement their portfolio of other games. These days, there are all kinds of variants available to play online. So to get you started, here’s an introduction to some of the most popular versions of online bingo.
This version of bingo is widely available across a massive range of online casinos. As the name suggests, it’s played with 90 balls which means that sessions are longer. Virtual 90-ball cards feature 27 squares organised in 9 columns and 3 rows. In each of the rows are five numbers and four empty spaces. So each card comprises 15 numbers.
To win at 90-ball bingo, you’ll need to mark off a single line pattern, cover all the numbers in any two rows or score a full-house. The latter is achieved by daubing every single number on the card.
This particular bingo variant hasn’t been around that long but is very popular. The game is played with a card consisting of four columns and four rows that are filled with sixteen numbers.
For most versions, there are four ways to win: a ‘single’, ‘any line and house’, ‘any line, column and house’ and a ‘full-house and pattern’. A ‘single’ win is possible by getting four numbers diagonally, vertically and horizontally, either in the four central squares of the card or in the four corners.
To score an ‘any line and house’ win, you have to daub four numbers in the lines already mentioned but also mark all sixteen numbers.
The ‘any line, column and house’ is awarded when you get a line of numbers, two columns as well as a full-house. And finally, the ‘full-house and pattern’ is achieved by marking off every single number in addition to a specific pattern.
75-ball bingo is really popular in the USA. In fact, this version of bingo originated in the US way back in the 1940s. Because it makes use of fewer balls than its 90-ball cousin, games tend to be quicker. The cards comprise five rows and five columns with a blank square smack bang in the middle.
In order to win some money playing 75-ball bingo, daub five numbers vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
Also known as speed bingo, the 30-ball interpretation is aimed squarely at players who are either pushed for time or enjoy fast and furious online gambling games - play tends to last just a few minutes. Game cards feature a three-row, three-column configuration and therefore contain just nine numbered squares.
There’s not really much to it. Just cover all nine squares and you’ll be declared the winner. This version is more suited to casuals as well as mobile gamers looking for something to keep them occupied during transit. Those of you that prefer more elaborate play should probably direct your attention to the 75, 80 and 90-ball games.
Five-line bingo is very similar to the 75-ball game. In fact, the only difference is that the 5 x 5 card doesn’t include any blank squares. Atop the five columns are the letters B-I-N-G-O.
There are five ways to win 5-line bingo: a ‘single line win’, a ‘double line win’, a ‘three-line win’, a ‘four-line win’ and a ‘full-house’. Single line wins happen when you get five numbers in a line. Double line wins are possible when you daub 10 numbers in two lines. Three-line wins are awarded to players who daub 15 numbers in three lines and four-line wins are achieved by daubing 20 numbers in four lines. To get a full-house, you’ll have to mark off every number in all five lines.
50-ball bingo is another fast-paced version that’s played with a card made up of five columns and two rows. As with its 30-ball counterpart, every single box is populated with a number.
In order to win a game of 50-ball bingo, you’re going to have to land a full-house by daubing all 10 numbers. Not easy but by no means impossible. Some versions also allow you to score a win by daubing a single line.
Roll on Bingo follows the same rules as standard versions of bingo but with one key difference. The game carries on until a set number of players win. So don’t expect to be declared the outright winner, even if you’re lucky enough to achieve a pattern or full-house. Those balls will continue to roll until every single pre-specified prize has been won.
It’s possible to win at Roll on Bingo by landing a full-house or by marking as many as 20 pattern coveralls. So there are plenty of ways to bag some kind of prize.
That pretty much concludes our guide to the most common versions of NZ bingo online. But there are plenty of others that have been introduced in recent years, of which some are kind of unconventional, although many of these are not available to play online in NZ.
Yes, as long as the online casino is situated outside of New Zealand, online bingo is allowed. If you want to play for real money, you'll need to comply with the legal gambling age.
Yes, you have the chance to win some real money when you play bingo at online casinos.
Yes. Like other online casino games like slots, bingo is proving to be rather popular among New Zealand players.