Did you know that the number of different patterns that can be called during a game of bingo is literally unlimited? Some of these patterns are traditional, whereas a few others have been introduced recently. The experienced bingo players reading this will know that the same pattern can be known by different names. One player might call a pattern a “kite” which would be known as a “magic wand” to another player etc.
This article will briefly discuss how being familiar with the different patterns can give you an edge over other players, who don’t know anything about them.
A T pattern can only be won in the way a capital T is written, but a “crazy T” can also be won on its side or even upside down if needed. Unlike other patterns, you cannot use free space to make up the winning pattern.
In order to keep the game interesting, most bingo halls will change the patterns frequently. Things can become complicated when the patterns get creative and the problem arises when you’re trying to mark multiple cards in the same game. That’s an acquired skill in itself. For this reason alone, it’s very important to you pay close attention to your cards, otherwise you may miss a bingo opportunity.
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Straight Line Patterns
In regular bingo, aka one-line bingo, a player needs to cover a row either vertically, diagonally or horizontally (5 numbers in a row).
Railroad tracks/Line Combo Patterns
These special configuration patterns can be thought of as double and triple bingo. If you have two vertical or horizontal lines together then this makes up a set of railroad tracks.
Lucky Seven Patterns
This is a double bingo pattern which consists of a horizontal line running along the top edge of the card in addition to a diagonal line from the top right to the bottom left – forming the number 7!
A blackout is usually called a “coverall” and is mainly used for a progressive jackpot game. Players try and cover all numbers on the card within a specified number of calls. So in a 51 number blackout game, players need to cover all 24 numbers in 51 of less calls. The game rolls over if no one manages to accomplish this.
Postage Stamp Patterns
This game is won when you cover the four squares in a corner. In single postage stamp, you only have to cover the top right to win, whereas in double postage stamp you can have any two corners covered.
Knowing all the different combinations of patterns can be a complicated task in itself – even for advanced players. However, with a little bit of study and awareness you can definitely squeeze out an edge over less experienced players who may miss simply opportunities to win games, simply because they didn’t know a particular pattern existed.