The insane popularity of online bingo gave rise to its own distinct culture. WTG (Way to Go!), BLNG (Better Luck Next Game), HABO (Have a Better One)- these are some of the terms that you can only find within the hallowed virtual walls of an online bingo hall.
A great thing about online bingo is that different variations of the game can be played with just a simple click of the button. Before diving into the world of online bingo, here is a list of some of the different bingo versions that you commonly find online:
This is the version that most bingo players are familiar with. As the name suggests, this game is played with 75 balls, to be placed on a card with five columns and five rows of random numbers from 1 to 75 (the middle spot of the card is usually marked as a free space). The letters of the eponymous “BINGO” is placed on top of the columns to make it easier for players to find the numbers on their cards.
The 90-ball bingo variation, also called as “housie,” is commonly played in European countries. Ninety balls are used for this version, and instead of the usual 5×5 card, a ticket with three rows and nine columns (usually unmarked) is used. Since 90-ball only uses three winning combinations (one row, double row, and full card), some players say that it is easier than the more common 75-ball variation.
Among the newest variations of the game, 80-ball bingo combines the simplicity of the 90-ball variant and the excitement of the 75-ball version. 80-ball is fast paced, and is played on 4×4 cards. Horizontal columns are usually marked with different colors (instead of the usual B-I-N-G-O) so as to aid daubbing during gameplay. Like in 75-ball, winning combinations can range from simple lines to complicated shapes and patterns (example: cross, X, four corners).
Like 80-ball bingo, 30-ball or speed bingo is also among the newest non-traditional variants. Since it only uses 30 balls and 3×3 cards, this game is insanely fast paced and players’ winning odds is relatively high. This is also the reason why 30-ball bingo is used for games with progressive jackpots (i.e. games where the jackpot progressively goes higher after every round). There are usually no winning combinations; the first player to fill his or her card completely is declared the winner of the round. Due to its simplicity and fast gameplay, 30-ball bingo is slowly gaining popularity among online bingo portals.
Coverall bingo is actually another subvariant of 75-ball (though it can also be used for other bingo types) that is also gaining ground among bingo aficionados. Gameplay is endearingly simple: first player to “coverall” (i.e. fill completely) a card, wins the round. Though it is easier to play, coverall bingo is relatively slower than other variants, but the upside to this is that the jackpot is usually bigger.