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How to play 75 Ball Bingo

How to play 75 Ball Bingo

The game of 75 Ball Bingo was originally derived from the 90 ball game and nowadays is arguably more popular than its predecessor. First played in the U.S, the game has gained global popularity thanks to the online version, first attracting the attention of the UK market before spreading to the rest of Europe and Australia, although it is still firmly a trans-Atlantic favourite.

The 75 Ball Bingo Card

75 Ball Bingo cards are 5X5 in size and contain 24 numbers, with the centre space always being blank; this is also referred to as the free square. Most bingo cards have the title at the top of each vertical column of 5 squares, spelling out the word ‘bingo.’ The first column with a ‘b’ contains numbers 1 to 15, the second column has the letter ‘i’ and numbers 16 to 30 and so on until the final column with an ‘o’ and numbers 61 and 75. The 24 numbers are randomly generated on purchase and are marked in each of these columns.

75 Ball Bingo Card

Rules of 75 Ball Bingo

There are a couple of different ways 75 Ball Bingo can be played, the most common version of which consists of two rounds. Round one, numbers are randomly drawn and players mark, or dab as it is also known, their cards until a vertical, diagonal or horizontal line is completed with some bingo games also accepting the four corners as well. After a player has claimed a line or corner, the game then progresses to a pattern play (A tip for beginners – lightly mark the pattern beforehand as this will help you to follow the game and keep a tab on what numbers you will need). The patterns act as a guide and can consist of letters, numbers, and shapes, with most shapes being hearts, houses and balls. The first player to mark a line wins a prize as does the first to complete the pattern.

The other way to play 75 Ball Bingo is to skip the line marking round and simply play for a pattern, this makes for a quicker turnover of games albeit with only a single prize and winner per game.

When playing online there is also a simpler third version where the first player to mark off all their numbers wins, also known as a coverall game. Many online bingo sites have also introduced their own unique take on the game with minor variations.

Numbers make Prizes

There are as many ways to win prizes as there are variations 75 Ball Bingo games, with so many online bingo sites offering different takes of the game. This has led to many new ways to win, for example; some games require a player to complete just one line to win, with the jackpot often being lower than a pattern game, albeit easier to win. The idea behind the two round game is to give players a better chance of winning, fail on round one, not to worry, your luck may be in for round two.

Usually, the more complicated patterns have bigger and better jackpots with games that require a coverall often also having the most generous prize fund. Sometimes games are carried over and played across several rounds and bingo cards with the winner being the player who has won the most rounds overall, these are often the biggest jackpots although competition can be fierce and only the luckiest of players will win.

As previously mentioned, online 75 Ball Bingo has seen a rise in many game variations and prizes, including the type of jackpots won, most being cashed based but don’t be surprised if prizes also include holidays or even takeaway meals. The most popular game online is the specific pattern, a popular one being the jackpot diamond which consists of up to sixteen squares with the number twenty next to it. This means that to win, players must complete the pattern within 20 number calls. If they succeed, they not only win the game jackpot and but also the progressive jackpot.

Winning patterns can be completely different and are dependent on the online bingo site you are playing on. For example, an increasing number of sites have adopted the direct jackpot approach with the coverall pattern being the only way to win. The ticking time bomb is also popular with the prize money slowly dropping with each number call which can often lead to a fun, if somewhat tense game. The logic behind this being the quicker a player manages to mark and complete the required pattern, the bigger the prize.

75 Ball Bingo Tips and Strategies

Familiarise yourself with the rules
75 Ball Bingo is generally played with the same universal rules, although there are minor variations depending on which site you are playing. Familiarise yourself with these to avoid making a mistake that may cost you claiming the jackpot.

Be alert for special promotions
Online bingo sites often hold unique special promotions before and whilst games are in play, from buy one get one free bingo tickets (BOGOF) to in game specific bonuses. Keep an eye out for these and claim as many as you can. Promotions can often increase your chances of winning a game, and this is one advantage that online sites have over standard live bingo halls.

Avoid peak hours
Simple, but obvious; the more players there are, the lower your chances of winning. Avoid playing during peak hours to improve your bingo odds, although it is worth noting the prize fund may be reduced as ticket purchase is often used to boost any potential jackpots.

Bingo Odds – A Comprehensive Guide

Bingo Odds – A Comprehensive Guide

Do you often hear the term “bingo odds” and wonder what does it really mean? If this is the case then hopefully this article will help clear up any questions you may have. In our comprehensive guide on “bingo odds” we will cover different aspects of the subject such as what does it mean, the factors which can influence the outcome and more.

What are Bingo Odds?

Every bingo game comes with a chance of winning or losing, this element of chance is referred to as the “bingo odds”. Whether you are playing offline or online, your odds of winning the game are dependent on two factors – luck and probability. Most players are happy to enjoy the game and if they win then great, however, if you are someone who likes to take things a little more seriously and would like to improve your odds of winning, the guide below will explain the different factors that can affect your chances of winning that big money jackpot.

Four factors on which your bingo odds depend

While it is true that the game of bingo largely depends on luck, it is important to know the key factors used so that you can improve your odds and gain an edge over your competitors.

The four primary factors on which your chances of winning or losing a bingo game depend are:

1. Bingo cards
2. Number calls
3. Number of players
4. Games entered

Let’s look at each of them one by one.

Bingo cards – it is always a great idea to have more

Always remember, the more cards you have, the greater you chances of winning the jackpot. This is the most critical part of a bingo game and a tried and tested way to enhance your odds of winning. What do we mean, well, for instance, if you purchase one bingo card and there are eight players in the game, your odds of winning will be 1/8. But if you purchase four bingo cards, your odds of winning will improve and become 1 out of 2, i.e. 50%.

It is always a good idea to choose a online bingo site that allows you to see the total number of bingo cards in a game. This can really help when calculating the odds of potentially winning.

Number calls – odds increase with the decrease in the number of calls

In the case of an online bingo game, the numbers are called out by an automated randomised system. It has been found that the odds of winning the jackpot increase when the number of balls decrease. In other words, the odds of winning on the 17th call is lower than your odds of winning on the 67th call in a 90 ball Bingo game for example. The fewer balls left in the game, the better the odds of winning it.

Number of players – more or less, the situation will be in your favour

By keeping an eye on the number of players in the room, you can calculate your odds of winning or losing the game. However, this can prove to be quite tricky when compared to other factors that affect bingo odds.

Whether there are a lot of players or only a few, both will be of benefit, the more players there are, the more bingo cards will be in play resulting in a bigger jackpot. Conversely, the fewer the number of players, whilst the jackpot will be lower your odds of winning will increase as there is less competition. So, you don’t really need to worry about the number of players in the game as either way, you benefit. In our opinion is it best to compromise and go for the middle ground by finding a room with an average number of players, this way you have reasonable chance of winning a decent jackpot without too much competition. If you are someone who prefers big jackpots, then playing at peak times is the way to forward as the this will help raise the jackpot pool.

Games entered – more games mean more luck

This another very important factor on which your bingo odds depend – the number of games you choose to play. More games mean higher odds of winning. As an example, if you play ten games with an average number of players and jackpot as opposed to three games with more players and a higher jackpot, your bets will divide, and your odds of winning will significantly go up. While big jackpots are often alluring, the smart way to win more money is to play more games with smaller jackpots.

Factors to keep in mind

Now that you know the factors that can influence your odds of winning a bingo game, here is a recap to ensure that you remember them by heart.

To increase your bingo odds:
1. Play with more bingo cards
2. Pick a bingo room or site that allows you to see the total number of cards in play
3. The fewer number of balls in play, means the better the odds of winning
4. Try to play more games with an average number of players and jackpot total
5. Time your gaming sessions and avoid peak times such as weekends where rooms can often be overloaded with players

The final thought

As we previously mentioned, bingo is a game of luck and probability. However, playing it smartly can improve your odds and help you win more jackpots (hopefully). A strategy is important no matter how lucky you think you are. If you bear in mind all the information mentioned above, you will increase your odds of winning the jackpot. Whilst bingo is a lot of fun, if played smartly and with a more strategic approach it is possible to win regularly.

How to play 30 Ball Bingo

How to play 30 Ball Bingo

What is 30 Ball Bingo?

Those of you who casually play online bingo from time to time have probably heard of 90 ball and 75 ball bingo, the most commonly found games and most sites have various themed rooms based around these two versions. There are a few however that also feature 30 ball bingo, a short, quick-fire version of the game, with fewer numbers, thirty hence the name and better odds when it comes to winning the full-house.

Also known as Speed Bingo, this shorter version of bingo allows for a quicker turnover of games and is becoming increasingly popular, particularly online where it is steadily building a loyal fan base both sides of the Atlantic by adding this quickfire extra dimension to the game not normally found in 75 ball bingo, the American favourite or the British favoured 90 ball bingo game.

30 Ball Bingo Rules

Players familiar with 75 or 90 ball bingo will find 30 ball bingo easy to pick up as the rules are very similar to these two games. The main difference that they may notice is that 30 ball bingo is a much quicker game, typically taking a few minutes making a session a quickfire affair with lots of games to participate in.

Whilst both 75 ball and 90 ball bingo is played offline and online, 30 ball bingo is an online only game, specifically aimed at a younger crowd in an attempt to make bingo more appealing to a new generation of players. Of course there is nothing to stop anyone who wishes to play from joining in and seasoned players looking for something new or those looking for a change now and again are more than welcome to join in fun, no matter what age they are.

The basic premise of 30 ball bingo is a simple three step process and shares many similarities to other variations of bingo, numbers are randomly drawn and marked off on a bingo card until a participant has a winning pattern, the first player to achieve this wins.

Step 1 – Purchase a Bingo Ticket

The first step is to purchase a bingo ticket or strip. How players choose this is up to them, some look for lucky numbers on the ticket, others are happy to take a random number selection which has been auto generated, the more strips you purchase the better the chances of winning. Online bingo sites have an option to do either of these with a choice of both an auto generation and select your own numbers available.

Step 2 – Time to get Daubing

Once all players have purchased their strips the game begins. Number between 1 and 30 are selected randomly and if a player has a particular number when drawn they mark this off their bingo ticket or tickets depending how many they bought, this is also known as daubing. Online players can do this themselves or allow the software to automatically mark off the numbers for them.

Step 3- We have a Winner

This process continues until someone has marked off all their numbers, the first to do this is the winner of the game (not forgetting to shout ‘HOUSE’ or ‘BINGO’). Also known as a Full House, this differs slightly from other variations of bingo in that it is the only way to win, making 30 ball bingo an even simpler version of game than the already simple 75 ball and 90 ball bingo.

The 30 Ball Bingo Card

30 Ball Bingo Card

As you can see from the example graphic above, the 30 Ball Bingo card has a simple layout containing fewer numbers than either the 75 or 90 ball bingo card.

Consisting of a 3 x 3 grid the card has 3 columns and 3 rows, resulting in total of 9 number spaces. Although no two cards are the same with numbers randomised, column 1 always contains numbers 1 -10, column 2 numbers 11 -20 and column 3 numbers 21 -30.

This makes the game very easy to pick up and play requiring no previous bingo experience, as numbers are called out marking them off, or daubing, is something just about anyone can manage.

Why play 30 Ball Bingo?

1. Fancy a game of online bingo but don’t have long to play? 30 ball bingo is the ideal choice as the quick pace of the game means each game lasts no more than a few minutes and is great way to squeeze in a few games where time is of the essence.

2. More opportunities to win, if you don’t win the round, not to worry, a new game will be starting again in seconds and with such a quick turnover of games there are more opportunities to win that jackpot in a shorter space of time.

3. 30 ball bingo is all about participation right from the get go, fast daubing and constant action, the game certainly doesn’t hang around and the fast pace will keep any player on their toes, it really is fast, frantic bingo.

4. The easiest game of bingo you will ever play, with just thirty numbers to choose from, one way to win and a nine number bingo card, 30 ball bingo could not be any more simple and is a perfect game for those both new to the game and the more experienced player.

30 ball bingo may be seen as the young upstart compared to the original 75 and 90 ball game, but it is rapidly gaining an ever increasing online fanbase. Although it may never replace the more traditional versions of bingo, online 30 ball bingo complements these other versions perfectly offering players a more condensed rapid-fire game better suited to a fast paced world with players short on time or attention span and is a great way of introducing online bingo to those who may not have even considered even giving the game a go before.

Online Bingo Top Tips

Online Bingo Top Tips

At UK Bingo Promotions we would like to think that we know a thing or two about online bingo (please feel free to correct us if we are wrong). Always happy to lend a help in hand, we have already posted articles on topics such as the Pitfalls of Online Bingo and Bingo Strategies for Newbies, so we thought it may be a nice gesture if we passed on some more of our expert gaming knowledge, gathered together and tried and tested with millions of bingo hours logged, a tough job but someone has to do it. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration but you get the idea, and hopefully some of the following tips will come in handy for next time you decide to play a game or two.

Share your knowledge

If you have any helpful suggestions you think may come in handy then why not submit them below, one of the great aspects of bingo is the community, so don’t be shy and pass that knowledge on.

Check the Promotions Tab

Most online bingo sites have a separate Promotions Tab usually found in the main menu, this is worth checking regularly as some bingo sites have a habit of introducing new bingo promotions without actually telling members about them, this is an easy way to make sure you don’t miss out and to check on any details.

Time your deposits

Yes really, the time of the day you choose to make a deposit can effect how much of a bonus you receive. In our experience making a deposit in the evening, usually between 5pm and 11pm, tends to be the best time with many deposit bonuses such as happy hours and bonus bonuses usually available in the evening gaming sessions.

Check the bingo games schedule

Most online bingo sites have a handy bingo schedule to help members plan their gaming sessions. From this it is possible to map out the games with the best jackpots, which rooms they are in and when they are being held. By timing your gaming and joining a jackpot game when at its peak you will spend less money as most of the growth has already been covered.

The bingo schedule is also useful for planning gaming to a particular budget and players can plan an optimised gaming session to get the most from their funds, we recommend playing the higher ticket games in the evenings, thanks to the bigger jackpots and sticking with low value games during the day.

Time Bingo Card purchases

There is no hard set rule on this and can vary from site to site, again using the bingo schedule it is possible to work out when and for what games to buy tickets, often with timed buy one get one free promotions and peak jackpots to be taken into consideration.

Read the Terms and Conditions

Often ignored and, to be fair, it is easy to see why, the small print of many online bingo sites can be hard going and can get in the way of the gaming. However, taking the time to read the Terms and Conditions will put you in a good position when choosing which games to play and promotions to claim as there can occasionally be a hidden catch or wagering requirement.

Keep an eye on the Chat Games

When playing it is easy to ignore the Live Chat and concentrate on the game in hand, however by keeping one eye on the chat you can soon build up some handy extras as many hosts will hold their own games and offer extra bonuses which is an easy way of topping up the budget.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Members who choose to receive Newsletters are often rewarded with exclusive bonuses not found directly on the main site, it is also a great way to keep up with the latest gaming news.

Follow social media pages

If your favourite online bingo site has an active social media account, like, follow or subscribe to it. Not only will you receive all the latest news and goings on within the site, many will also offer exclusive social media bonuses, Facebook in particular is good for this.

Pitfalls to avoid when gambling online

Pitfalls to avoid when gambling online

Last month in our blog we wrote all about Gambling Responsibly Online, which included a number of tips to bear in mind when playing.

On the reverse side of this, there are a number of pitfalls that players can fall into and this month we have included a number issues to be aware of, not as a scare tactic, after all we love nothing more than good game of online bingo ourselves, but pointers and tips so that gambling online stays a fun pastime and does not become a negative influence effecting both your own life and those around you.

Gambling Responsibly Online – The Don’ts

 

Avoid drinking and gambling

Many of us like to have a drink and gambling and drinking often go hand in hand, which can lead to some rash decisions being made that will later be regretted. Try and avoid alcohol when playing, that way you will keep a clear head and make better decisions, if you already have a drinking problem or struggle not to drink when gambling then it is best to avoid playing altogether and this will often lead to addiction and/or problems further down the line.

Feeling down? Don’t gamble

The mood you are in can also effect the decisions that you make and if you are not in good place mentally this could have a knock on effect when gambling and what initially starts out as a bit of fun could become far more serious than this and not in a good way. Similarly to alcohol and drug addiction, gambling can often be seen as form of escapism, a way to side step the real issues and gain a short term buzz. If you find yourself turning to gambling as way to block out other problems then it is time to seek help as in the long term this will only make the situation worse, not fix it.

Stay connected

With the ability to play from anywhere with any device, it is easy to gamble from the comfort of your own home, this can be an issue if you are spending hours by yourself as you can soon be sucked into a game and lose perspective of the fun element. If you do play alone, try and play social games such as bingo or games with chat rooms, that way you will still be interacting with other players and it helps create a fun, social atmosphere. As always with anything online, just be mindful of who you are speaking to and never give out personal information unless you know them.

Never bet more than you can afford

This is an obvious one, but fundamentally one of the most important premises to stick by. Never, ever gamble more than you can afford to lose. Priorities your budget for necessities such as food, bills and rent, treat gambling as you would any other social activity such as a night out or going to the cinema, set a budget you are prepared to spend, can realistically afford and do not expect to win, have fun and if your luck is in then great, but do not rely on this.

Don’t ignore the law

If you are underage, do not gamble, it is that simple. Yes, there are supposed to be laws in place that prevent this from happening, but let’s face it, especially online, these are relatively easy to bypass with a little bit of tech know-how, however just because you can do it does not mean you should. Laws on underage gambling are in place for a reason and, as with many other forms of addiction, problems from gambling are often developed from a younger age, with teenagers in particular susceptible. Underage gambling should not be encouraged and parents and authority figures, such as teachers, should keep a close eye on children’s behaviour and online activities.

Accept that you may lose

One of the biggest and most common mistakes made is trying to cover any losses. The nature of gambling is that you will lose sometimes and you will also sometimes win. The danger is that if you lose do not go over budget trying to win back your losses, you cannot win all the time and many players believe that their luck will turn and they are bound to win sooner or later, whilst in reality this is not the case, the odds are always in the house’s favour. Continuously gambling to win back any losses regardless of a budget is a downward spiral towards debt or even worse and one to be avoided at all times.

Recognise the symptoms

Think you may know someone who has a gambling addiction or perhaps recognise the symptoms within yourself? Acknowledging that there may be an issue is step one towards dealing with it. Mood swings, lifestyle changes, money problems, depression, relationship issues, all signs that gambling may have become a much more serious matter than just some harmless fun. If any of this seems relevant to yourself or someone you know, perhaps it is time to talk to someone about the problem before the situation spirals out of control.

There are a number of organisations in place to help with gambling addiction offering professional advice and counselling:

BeGambleAware
Gamblers Anonymous
Gambling Therapy

To reiterate, it is crucial to bear in mind that gambling is supposed to be about having fun and for the vast majority of players this is the case. Like any ‘vice’ gambling can be addictive, but played with the right frame of mind and awareness of the possible dangers there is no reason why it should not stay fun rather than become an issue.

Gambling Responsibly Online

Gambling Responsibly Online

Gambling is fun, it is supposed to be and in the UK over 73% of adults would seem to agree with this as they gamble at least once a year. With the rise of the internet and easily accessible bingo and casino websites, online gambling has seen a huge increase in players who like to play regularly, taking advantage of various registration and deposit bonuses. For the vast majority this is all about having some harmless fun, the odd flutter, playing with friends or just whiling away some time, playing responsibly with no negative effects. However, as with any ‘vice’, gambling can be addictive and this can have serious consequences, where having some harmless fun can quickly escalate to having a terrible impact on someone’s life and those involved with them and can include serious financial, health and social issues.

It is always important to be aware of the risks involved with gambling and there are measures players can take in order to avoid falling into gambling addiction. The following guide, by no means a complete solution, will help you stay safe online.

 

Responsible gambling tips to keep in mind

 

Try and enjoy yourself

It is important to recognise what gambling is about, it is supposed to be a fun leisure activity, the idea being that it is not the outcome that matters but the playing of the game, sure if you win that is a bonus but it is not the sole reason to be playing, it may be a cliché but it is the taking part that counts not the end result.

Gambling is a risk

Although when you place a bet you hope to win the vast majority of us do not, that is the point of gambling, nothing is guaranteed and the odds are always going to be in the house’s favour, so they can make their money and offer their services. Most of us, of course, understand and realise this and as long as you keep this in mind and remember the odds are stacked against you then it will help keep the risks in perspective.

Set a realistic budget

Set yourself a budget and stick to it, always be prepared to lose this money as well. Called a ‘loss limit’ this is the amount of money you can afford to lose and once it has gone do not start placing on more bets in the hope to recover it, this can lead to things spiralling out of control and debt issues. Players should look at gambling as any other form of entertainment, if a night out will cost you £50 would you spend more money to recover this? The same with gambling, play with a realistic budget and once it is gone, it is gone, do not place on more.

Accept you may lose

Do not pin all your hopes on a gambling outcome, gambling is a risk, that is the idea behind it, nothing is guaranteed and yes you may win sometimes but the vast majority of players will lose, otherwise it is not a gamble. When playing it is best to bear this in mind, do not get hooked onto that next big win, accept you may lose and if you are winning know when to quit as ultimately the odds will always play out in the house’s favour.

Know when to stop playing

Reinforcing the ‘loss limit’ and budget control tip is knowing when it is time to stop playing, this can be when you have played through your budget or won a few times, it is always best to quit whilst ahead. If at any point you feel the game is taking over then it is always best to walk away, if it stops being fun or you have other things that need doing or even have other arrangements made, do not let the gambling dictate things for you. Knowing when to stop is crucial and any negative feelings that may occur can be a sign that things are not as they should be and you should stop playing.

Have other hobbies

It is important not to let gambling take over you life, having other interests or hobbies plays an important role providing a balance and time away from playing. Gambling is meant to be fun and played in a controlled, balanced manner it can be an exciting past time but should not be the ONLY source of fun you have, having a range of hobbies can be both beneficial for both body and mind.

Know the gambling laws

Playing online opens up a world of possibilities with hundreds of casinos to choose from, unfortunately not all of them reputable and many even be illegal. Be aware of the gambling laws that apply your country and stick to them, only play sites that adhere to these and be wary of any sites that do not ‘feel’ right, gut instinct can be a powerful guide.

Play reputable site

Being so open and with the large sums of money involved, online gambling can attract unsavoury characters and dodgy websites. Only play those which are recognised by your country regulators, in the UK this is the Great Britain Gambling Commission but there are many others throughout the world, sticking with these sites will mean that you are protected from fraud, withholding of money or credit card skimming. There are many household recognisable brands to choose from and these will be safer to play than a site you have never heard of.

Chat sensibly

Live chat is an integral part of online gambling, it can be both entertaining and fun, but like other chat rooms you cannot guarantee who you are talking to is who they say they are. Never, ever give out personal information whilst chatting online, by all means join in the fun but personal details should not be divulged.

Help is available

At UK Bingo Promotions as much as we love nothing more than enjoying our favourite past time and as useful as these tips may be, we are only too aware of the negative impact that gambling can have on individuals and the people around them. If you do suspect or know of anyone who may be affected by a gambling issue there are a number of organisations that can be contacted for help, listed below.

BeGambleAware
Gamblers Anonymous
Gambling Therapy

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