The different bingo game variations explained

As the world of online bingo becomes increasingly popular among UK players, bingo sites have found ways to make sure they are able to keep attracting new customers to their brands by offering a range of games. Let’s take a look at some of the games that you can enjoy!

The different bingo game variations explained

90 Ball Bingo

This is perhaps the most popular bingo game among players and it has a strong following, due to the fact that it was the original bingo game. The way in which this works is that each player buys one or more tickets, with each one having 15 numbers that range from one to 90 displayed on a grid of five horizontal squares and three vertical squares.

When every player has their tickets, the game starts with the random number generator (RNG) displaying each number at random and any numbers that a player has on their ticket are ticked off automatically.

It is usual that 90 ball bingo games have three different prizes for players; one for achieving a line, another for two lines and the grand prize or jackpot for getting a full house (all numbers on the ticket).


80 Ball Bingo

This can be harder to find on bingo sites, however, they are still possible to play. Each ticket is made up of a grid with four columns and four rows, while each square (16) is made up of a particular number with each column being a different colour.

The aim of the game in 80 ball bingo is to ultimately tick off all of the numbers on your ticket, however, there are prizes on offer for achieving all four corners as well as a line which can run either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.


75 Ball Bingo

This form of bingo game is where tickets are presented as a 5×5 grid, with each column having a letter which spells out B-I-N-G-O which runs across the top. Every ticket has numbers that range from one to 75 and the aim of the game is to get all of the numbers on the ticket in order to win. This particular bingo game was especially popular in the US initially, however it has had a considerable impact on the UK market over the last few years, often due to there being a bigger winning jackpot available.


30 Ball Bingo

Also known as ‘speed bingo’ this has a considerable following due to the quick nature of the game. The aim of the game is for every player to tick off all nine numbers that are displayed on a 3×3 grid ranging from one to 30. Some sites have 30 ball games that offer prizes for getting one and two horizontal lines though.


5 Line Bingo

While this game was born in Sweden, there are still UK bingo sites which offer players the chance to play this. Essentially, it functions in the same way as 75 ball bingo, though it also shares the fast nature of 30 ball bingo. Prizes can be won for completing one, two, three and four lines, as well as a full house.


52-5 Bingo

This bingo game was created by software provider Dragonfish and as such is mainly found on these sites. Instead of having numbered bingo balls, the player receives playing cards with their tickets. Cards are then called at random and the squares are ticked off accordingly for any matches. The person whose ticket covers off all of their cards first, wins.