90 Ball Bingo
90 ball bingo is one of the most popular modern variants of line bingo, and appears on dozens of bingo sites all across the internet, ranging from small independent websites to large, popular brands like Barbados Bingo. If you're interested in trying it, it helps to have an understanding of how a 90 ball bingo game works and what to expect before you jump in, especially if you'll be playing with real money against other live players. But how do you get started, and how do you play?
How do you play 90 ball bingo?
Like any game, knowing how to play bingo with 90 balls is important if you're playing for real money. Many bingo "how to play" sections will give you an overview of the rules for bingo games offered on that site or page, but most versions of 90-ball bingo operate in more or less the same way at a basic level.
90 ball bingo follows similar rules to standard bingo, with the most notable difference being the new bingo card layout. Each bingo card has a 90 ball pool that can be chosen from, with the cards themselves following a three by nine grid for a total of 27 ball spots. In many cases, the game can be played with up to six or more cards at once, although this depends on the site hosting the bingo software and the limits they might put on their players. The numbers that can appear will change on each column:
- Column 1 contains numbers 1-9.
- Column 2 contains numbers 10-19.
- Column 3 contains numbers 20-29.
This pattern repeats for all nine columns, with the maximum ball number obviously being 90 (which can only appear in the 9th column). This is similar to how other bingo games play, but the rules are adjusted slightly to fit the new number of balls being used in play. This also means that the winning combinations are different: since the cards are no longer square, certain patterns become much easier to earn than others and some patterns aren't possible with the new card shape.
The most common winnings patterns you'll see are:
- One horizontal line.
- Two horizontal lines.
- All three horizontal lines (full house).
You might also be able to win by clearing a certain number of columns, but this isn't offered by every bingo site and it sometimes won't even be possible if the numbers are called out in specific ways. Keep in mind that many bingo sites will have automated features on their bingo games, automatically tracking your wins and calling them out for you: there's no need to declare bingo on your own, unlike a physical bingo hall where it's up to you to make your wins known.
Where should I play 90-ball bingo?
If you decide to play any bingo games, or even just buy bingo tickets to use later, you'll want to make sure that the site is properly certified, licensed and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner, as wells any other site you agree has some kind of power or status over gambling sites. This will likely include the Great Britain Gambling Commission, and it also helps to know that the site is registered on the London stock exchange as a real company. However, that only helps on a background level: the game itself is also important.
Each 90-ball bingo game can have a unique set of features and gameplay elements that are specific to that site or that particular bingo game. For example, you might be able to play bingo 90 live on certain sites, but others might have a system where they call out anything from 5 numbers to 15 numbers at a time with pauses in between. Even the smallest change can make a game of bingo feel different, and 90-ball bingo has plenty of features that can be altered by the hosting sites without making the game impossible to play.
The number of players can also change how the game works. While some sites might go as low as a maximum of 5, numbers upwards of 50 are common, and some might even have bingo rooms containing at least 100 players. You can also expect scaling rewards: the more players there are in a bingo room, the higher the payouts, but the less likely you are to be the one that wins. Because of this balancing feature (which is used by many sites), a lot of people will play games with larger numbers of current players to maximise their winnings if they clear their entire bingo card and get a full house. Other people might prefer to stick to a relatively empty game so that they win more often.
Should I play a 90-ball bingo game?
If you've managed to find a bingo site that's safe and offers you all of the features or gameplay elements you want, there's nothing wrong with trying out 90-ball bingo for yourself! It can feel different to other forms of bingo that use square cards, but the core game is still the same and it doesn't take long to familiarise yourself with how it works.
Regardless of what site you play it on, from a popular choice like Barbados Bingo to a little-known website floating around the internet, 90-ball bingo offers plenty of challenge with a lot of value to back it up, all while making sure that the outcome of each game is fair and that your funds always have equal odds of earning a payout.