Everything you need to know about bingo cards for 2016
Bingo cards are highly attractive since they’re very cheap, quick to make, and easy to change. Compared to smart cards or tokens, they don’t require a chip or some internal mechanism to work. But these cards do have a huge drawback. After a while, depending on the amount of cells, the combos can grow old and, similar to an old password, can be cracked. A patient attacker can utilize a keystroke logging technique to fish out the player’s credentials, and eventually decode the patterns.
Apart from the interactive features found in virtual bingo, bingo cards used in online games are a major improvement. Unlike the usual methods in playing bingo, players are spared from having to daub off all of their cards for a particular number and letter that will show up in the draw. And thanks to software, a particular letter and number that gets mentioned in the draw is immediately daubed or marked using the auto-daub programme. This means that the player can enjoy the hassle-free experience of playing online bingo with their bingo cards.
Bingo fans will also be delighted with the fact that instead of purchasing bingo cards for each game, its virtual counterpart will let players buy a game or make an account that will fund their own playing time.
Bingo happens to be one of the most famous card games, and enjoys immense popularity. This is because bingo is a simple game that utilizes an amount of letters, numbers, and markers. Bingo cards are one of the most interesting card games in the entire world. There’s two kinds of bingo cards; one of them has a 5×5 grid suited for 75-ball bingo games, commonly played in the US. The other type uses a 9×3 grid, and is mostly used for UK-style bingo, also known as 90-ball bingo.
Types of Online Bingo Cards
- The 75-ball bingo cards contain five vertical rows, and five horizontal rows. The 5×5 card grid contains numbers on 24 of the 25 available areas found on the grid. In 75-ball bingo, the spot found in the middle of the card is known as the ‘free space’, and is always left blank or has the words ‘free space’ on it. In plenty of virtual 75-ball bingo cards that include a specific theme, the center space usually has a fancy icon that doesn’t include a number or a letter. This extra space on bingo cards is always used to finish any pattern meant to complete a bingo.
5×5 bingo cards often follow a standard layout in 75-ball bingo, aside from the center free space. Numbers 1 to 15 will show up beneath the B column. Meanwhile, 16 to 30 will appear under the I column. The N column has 31 to 45. G column is comprised of numbers 46 to 60. And finally, the last column includes numbers 61 to 75. The game host will announce the numbers as ‘B2’, or ‘O74’.
75-ball bingo takes a life of its own, and follows its own set of rules. The reason why the game is called as such is because of the numbers used in the cards as the game goes on: Between 1 to 75.
Those who love to play 75-ball bingo compete against each other to see who will be the first one to finish a particular pattern for a bingo win. Patterns include a one line, two line, and diagonal, four corner, and coverall patterns. Every game contains a particular pattern associated with it, and players will be informed of what pattern they must complete once they join a bingo chat game, or before they can purchase bingo cards to play. The rewards for these games usually vary, and will always depend on which bingo hall the player joins in.
- When it comes to 90-ball bingo games, there are 15 numbers found on cards, with the numbers going from 1 to 90, as the name suggests. These cards include nine columns, and three horizontal lines, just like a typical card.
Every game of 90-ball bingo is played out in three parts. One line bingo wins whenever five numbers are daubed, to finish a horizontal line. Two line games are completed whenever the player finishes two marked lines across one card. These need to be horizontal to cover up 10 numbers. The Full House includes all fifteen numbers on cards measuring 9×3. The rewards for these games will depend on which bingo hall the player has joined in. The prize split will also vary for one line, two lines, or a Full House win, each one to tally a small part of the jackpot. But in most 90-ball bingo games, the Full House winner always brings home the largest part of the jackpot, while the ones who win the one line or two lines will take home smaller portions.
90-ball Bingo Cards vs. 75-Ball Bingo Cards
90-ball bingo is always played with cards that have a 9×3 grid, in contrast to 75-ball bingo, which utilizes a 5×5 grid. When it comes to 90-ball bingo, every card includes three horizontal lines and nine columns. Every one of these three horizontal lines contain five numbers, with a total amount of 15 numbers for every card. Usually, the first column found in these 90-ball cards includes numbers 1 to 9. The second one has numbers 10 to 19. The third column in a 90-ball bingo card usually consists of the numbers 20 to 29. This will go through all of the grids, until the last column has the numbers 80 to 90. As compared to 75-ball bingo, there isn’t a free space box, or free number.
One more difference between 75-ball cards and 90-ball cards is how they are arranged. Just like the famous 75-ball bingo, 90-ball bingo is also enjoyed with cards that have been labelled with numbers.
When it comes to virtual bingo, there are dozens of bingo patterns that the player can choose from. This may seem familiar to them if they played bingo when they were much younger, or if they’re just familiar with the straight-line bingo pattern common in 75-bingo. This is where the player wins every time they make a line with 5 bingo numbers or 4 numbers found in their bingo cards.