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90 Ball Bingo - Explained

The majority of people nowadays are familiar with the term ‘bingo’, but they may not know the basics that go with it, such as the different types of bingo games, how to win a game of bingo, where to find online bingo, what to do if your game disconnects and more.

Where to Play and How to Get a Bonus?

You will find 90 ball bingo at the majority of online bingo sites. You will need to register with the site before you can play. It’s good to look for sites that offer a free no deposit bonus when you join, this way you can play 90 ball bingo without spending a penny. You can practice how to play and the various settings such as daub colour before you splash your cash!

Here are a few sites that will offer you a great deal when you opt to play 90 ball bingo with them;

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The vast majority of online bingo sites offer free bingo games, big bingo jackpots and progressive jackpots too. To win the big bingo jackpots, you just need to call house within the number of calls stated – if it says 40 calls and you call on the 40th ball, you will win the cash! Progressive jackpots have a number limit too, but the difference is that when it isn’t won, the money increases dramatically until it is won!

History - Find some interesting facts

The history of bingo dates well back to the very early 1500’s when Elizabeth I was sitting on her throne. Quick shocking to think bingo is this old, but it is. The game was only played by the rich, but the poorer people had their own gambling game called ‘Shove a goat with a groat’. The game quickly became widespread and hit France and Germany sometime later and become popular with the French aristocracy.


This handy guide will show you the different types of bingo prizes with 90 ball bingo, how to play them, where to play them, frequently asked questions and bingo lingo. Whether you’re a new player or a seasoned player, it’s worth reading to brush up on your knowledge.

First Things First

Before you can play bingo, you’ll need to understand that there’s three main types of bingo games to 90 ball bingo and you’ll need to know how to play them. To start with we have the most popular and traditional 90 ball bingo game, this is called 90 ball bingo because there are 90 balls involved. It’s the most popular bingo game in the UK and you’ll find it at all UK based bingo sites.

The reason 90 ball bingo is so popular, is due to the amount of online players who actually enjoy playing the game, it may be common in the UK but it’s also popular in Australia, South America and across Europe.

How to Play 90 Ball Bingo

When you buy your bingo tickets, you will be given a 9x3 bingo ticket, just like the one pictured below. The bingo ticket comprises of three horizontal rows of numbers and three vertical columns intersecting them. This gives you a total of 27 little squares but not all will display a number. Each bingo ticket will have 15 numbers from 1 through to 90.

90 ball bingo ticket

The numbers in the first column go from 1 to 9
The numbers in the second column go from 10 to 19
The numbers in the third column go from 20 to 29
The numbers in the fourth column go from 30 to 39
The numbers in the fifth column go from 40 to 49
The numbers in the sixth column go from 50 to 59
The numbers in the seventh column go from 60 to 69
The numbers in the eighth column go from 70 to 79
The numbers in the ninth column go from 80 to 90

This game is played with three stages generally, a line, 2 lines and a full house, the prizes increase dramatically from the line to the house. To get that line prize you need to mark the numbers as they are called, off in a line before anyone else. You can get a line in the following ways:

90 ball bingo card - first line 90 ball bingo card - second line 90 ball bingo card - third line

To get the two lines prize, you need to get two lines anywhere on the one ticket. You can get two lines in the following ways:

90 ball bingo card - 2 lines A 90 ball bingo card - 2 lines B 90 ball bingo card - 2 lines C

Full house is awarded when you have filled your card of numbers.

90 ball bingo card - full house

During any of the stages, if somebody else calls with you, then you share the prize on offer.

The next stage is buying your bingo tickets to play. The number of bingo tickets you can purchase varies at each bingo site. When the game begins, the bingo numbers will be drawn at random and it’s your job to manually daub the numbers off, or you can sit back and allow the computer to do it for you. There’s many benefits of allowing the computer to automatically daub your numbers, firstly, if you are new you may not be able to mark the numbers quick enough. Additional benefits include you being able to chat in the chat feature and play side games whilst your game plays automatically. Not only that, but you can purchase lots of tickets too and there’s no way you’re going to be able to daub your numbers off say 20 tickets at the same time!

The Difference Between Online and Land Based Bingo

You can play 90 ball bingo at land based bingo clubs up and down the country, but the modern day game is played online – why? Because it’s more convenient and you can play anytime you like, without having to get dressed up to the nines - I love to play in my pyjamas!

What about Depositing

Some sites require you to deposit before you can play – there’s nothing wrong with this at all. All you need to do is find a bingo site that you like the look of, register and add a payment method. Head to your account and follow the onscreen instructions to place funds into your bingo account. Once you’ve done this you can play bingo!


Here are some commonly asked questions related to playing bingo:

Q: How do I purchase bingo tickets?
A: Head to the bingo room you wish to play in and select your cards to buy. Some sites will require you to confirm your purchase, so read the screen carefully.

Q: What happens if the game disconnects when I am playing?
A: If you have bought bingo tickets and the game disconnects, there’s no need to worry because the game will continue to play as normal. If you win when the game is down, you will automatically be credited with your winnings. If for any reason a bingo game cannot take place, all purchased bingo tickets will be refunded.

Q: Can I pre-buy tickets?
A: The majority of online bingo sites allow you to buy your bingo tickets for big jackpot games in advance. To do this you go to the bingo lobby and select which tickets you’d like to buy. These will play automatically even if you cannot make it on the day.

Q: How much can I win?
A: All of the bingo games will display the prizes whilst the game is in play. If you can call within the number of calls stated, you will win the jackpot. The more tickets you buy, the more chance you have of winning. The higher your ticket price and the more players that join the game, the larger the pay out will be.

Bingo Lingo

If you are just starting out in the world of online bingo, some of the bingo terms used in the chat feature may confuse you. To be honest, I’m a seasoned bingo player and have been playing bingo for well over 13 years and I’m still confused by some of the terms used.

Take a peek at the terms and their meanings so you can take part in the fun bingo chat: