Bingo is a lotto family game that provides hours and hours of relaxing entertainment for people all over the world, thanks to the Internet. Much of the popularity of the game is due to its simplicity. There are no complicated rules so the beginning player can learn the game in a matter of minutes. The game, one of chance and luck, requires no playing skill or strategy. It is not mentally demanding on the players who can sit and socialize if playing in the land based version.
If the beginner is playing her bingo in land based play, she will play whatever version is offered in her country. The United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia play the ninety number of British version. In America and elsewhere, the seventy-five number version is played. The player who is beginning to play on the Internet will be able to select a site that offers either or both versions.
The ninety number version is played on a nine column by three row ticket with five numbers on each line. There are five numbers on each line and the completion of one line represents a regular bingo. Two and three line games are considered special games where the three line game is the coverall known as a full house or house. In online play, the tickets are sold in strips of three. Land based tickets are color coded for different games are sold in book with extra sheets available.
The other version is played on a square card with five columns and five rows with one letter each for the world ‘bingo’ over each of the columns. The center of the card is a free space that can be used to complete any pattern that includes it. A regular bingo is any one horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. The house rules may also allow the four corners as a regular bingo. Special games usually involve the use of patterns which are any shape, letter or number than can be made in the square playing grid. The pattern will be announced for the game, which may require the purchase of special cards.
The mechanics of play are simple. A randomly selected number is announced and the players check their cards/tickets, marking the number where it occurs. The first player who completes the required pattern is the winner of the game.
More information about bingo and the offerings at the different bingo establishments can be found at a good informational bingo site.