Last update: 22nd January 2020
Updated for 2020, here is our definitive guide to all the different bingo games that can be played at UK bingo sites.
Ever since bingo went online new mutant forms of bingo have been appearing, as bingo sites strive to keep their players entertained with new bingo games. A few bingo variants are genuinely different from the ancestral game but most of them just take an existing form of bingo and dress it up with extra prizes in some way or another – or sometimes just dress it up, like Retro 90 bingo at Sun Bingo or the Virtue Fusion Grease bingo room, which are both just 90 ball bingo with pretty graphics.
90 ball is the classic British form of bingo. It is played on a 9 x 3 card with some spaces left blank. Each line contains numbers in 5 of the 9 spaces. Each column contains 0 – 3 numbers and in column 1 these are from numbers 1-10, in column 2 from numbers 11-20, in column 3 from numbers 21-30 and so on. Prizes are given for completing 1 line, for completing 2 lines and for completing full house (all 3 lines). This type of bingo is the bread and butter of UK bingo sites and you’ll find it at all of them, usually 24/7. It should be noted, however, that the rules for generating 90 ball bingo cards are NOT the same at all bingo sites. Some use a skewed number distribution (traditional in bingo halls) with the first column being 0-9, the second 10-19 and so forth up to 80-90 in the last column. Some require the numbers in the columns to appear in numerical order and some do not. At some sites there cannot be any blank columns. Dragonfish, for instance, allows blank columns and does not enforce numerical order – but at Virtue Fusion there are no blank columns and the numbers have to appear in numerical order. These differences can be seen in the below screenshots; on the left is a strip of tickets from a Dragonfish bingo site and on the right is a strip of tickets from a Virtue Fusion/Playtech bingo site. One result is that there is a smaller total number of possible 90 ball cards at Virtue Fusion, – but still an extremely large number.
75 ball bingo is the version that is most popular internationally and is played on a 5 x 5 card with all spaces filled with numbers; the centre space is usually marked off for free. Column 1 only contains numbers from 1 – 15, column 2 from 16 – 30, column 3 from 31 – 45, column 4 from 46 – 60 and column 5 from 61 – 75.
75 ball bingo has a number of sub-variants.
75 ball games can include any or all of these scoring methods. For example, Bede Gaming‘s 75 ball games have 3 prizes – one for 1 line, one for the pattern and one for the coverall. In the screenshot from Buzz Bingo, 5 line bingo with the centre square free is being played.
Most UK bingo sites include 75 ball rooms, but because the emphasis tends to be more on 90 ball there is often a smaller choice of 75 ball rooms and they may not be available round the clock. If you are a big fan of 75 ball bingo try a Relax Gaming bingo site such as Unibet Bingo – because the Relax network covers Scandinavia as well as the UK, the 75 ball bingo there is very popular and they have several rooms.
80 ball bingo is played on a 4 x 4 card with all spaces filled and it looks different to other types of bingo card, with different colours for each column and shutters to cover the numbers rather than a dauber. This is because it is based on the mechanised cash bingo games played at UK bingo halls in the intervals between live caller bingo games. Column 1 (red) only contains numbers from 1 – 20, Column 2 (yellow) from 20 – 40 and so on. Scoring is on the same principle as 75 ball but without the diagonal lines. 80 ball is found at Cozy bingo sites and at Tombola and there is also a Virtue Fusion network 80 ball room, but not all sites have it.
50 ball bingo is played on a 5 x 2 card with all spaces filled, numbers 1-10 only in Column 1, etc. Prizes are for full house and sometimes also for one line. 50 ball bingo is found at Tombola and versions of it are found at various Virtue Fusion bingo sites, the most recognizable versions being BOB at Mecca Bingo and Coconut Island Bingo at Gala and associated sites. The screenshot is of the Cozy version which is no longer available.
30 ball bingo is played on a 3 x 3 card with all spaces filled. Column 1 only contains numbers from 1 -10, and so forth. The prize is for full house only and the games are usually over very quickly indeed. 30 ball bingo is found at Cozy bingo sites.
Some bingo sites run card games and while at first sight you might think them quite different from bingo, the game mechanic is exactly the same with cards being dealt from a full deck in lieu of bingo balls being called, and matched against a hand of cards in lieu of a bingo card. While a deck of cards may be considered to be visually more interesting than an array of numbers, the games themselves are arguably less interesting as having 5 or 9 cards to mark off out of 52 or 54 involves a lower hit rate than collecting 15 numbers out of 90 or 25 numbers out of 75. This could explain why only one such game – Cinco – is really popular.
Cinco is Tombola‘s bingo style card game. Each hand has 5 cards to match, each player can have up to 5 hands in play and the prize for matching all 5 cards depends on the number of hands sold. With 5p, 10p, 20p and 40p rooms available this game can be played quite cheaply, and there is also a maximum of 75 players per room. Cinco has three jackpots for winning in 5, 6 and 7 calls.
Flash Fives started to appear at 888/Dragonfish sites in Spring 2016, beginning with Foxy Bingo where it was called Foxy Fives. It is very similar to Cinco but without a progressive jackpot. Hands are priced at 5p or 10p each and initially (as in Cinco) there was a maximum of 5 hands per player. An important difference between Fives and the other card based games is that in the other games, buying max hands is equivalent to buying a strip of tickets and in Fives it isn’t – in other words, when you buy 5 hands in Cinco they will consist of 25 different cards but in Fives there will be some duplicates (e.g. the 9 of hearts and 7 of clubs in the game below). Rather confusingly, Fives has different names at different sites – at Costa Bingo, for instance, it is called Bingo Vegas and across the Dragonfish network it is called Bingo 52.
The 2018 version of the game has one big difference to the original – the 5 hand limit has been removed and players can now buy up to a massive 96 hands per game.
Housey Bingo is the Virtue Fusion version of the 52 ball game, launched at many sites at the start of 2020. It is a multi stake game (stake levels are generally from 5p to 40p) and there’s a limit of 5 hands per player per game. To win the progressive jackpot requires bingo in 7 calls.
In this type of variant, while the game has enhancements that provide both extra entertainment and the opportunity to win extra prizes, the base game is some form of bingo as we know it – in most cases 90 ball bingo with a feature round.
Deal Or No Deal Bingo was the first bingo variant to be themed on a TV show and is still extremely popular across the Virtue Fusion network. It comes in both 75 ball (5 line) and 90 ball versions and as well as the standard bingo cards and regular prizes, the red boxes of the TV show are present; 21 of these have numbers on them and these are marked off as the numbers are called, with the sums that the boxes contain also being removed from the list of possible contents. The 22nd box is given to the player who wins full house and (assuming that only one player wins) they get to play the bonus feature game to decide whether to accept the Banker’s offer for the box, or open the box (and everyone else in the room gets to vote on which they should do to help them choose). If they don’t decide in time, more than one player wins, or there are no other boxes left in the game then they get the contents of the mystery box.
Exclusive to Jackpot Joy, this is a regular 90 ball bingo game with two jackpots and an optional skill based bonus game in which free tickets to the next game can be won (to take part in the bonus game you have to buy at least 6 tickets to the bingo game). The progressive jackpot is triggered if bingo is called in 40 balls or fewer, and is shared 50-50 between the winner and all other players with tickets to that game; there is also the Fantastic 51 room jackpot which is paid to the winner if bingo is called in 51 calls or fewer and this is fixed at 1000x the ticket price of the game in which it is won. The Game Show Bingo bonus games are Sumo, Bungee and Balloon Pop; in each game you can win up to 6 tickets for the next game based on your personal score and another 6 based on the community score of everyone who takes part.
Coronation Street Bingo, which is exclusive to Gala Bingo and Coral Bingo, is 90 ball bingo with a special room jackpot, the Golden Cobbles Jackpot. This is a bingo game within a game, with a special golden 90 ball card always in play. At the end of each game, if the ball that bingo was called on matches a number on the special card that hasn’t already been marked off, it is marked off and the FH winner gets an extra prize; a fixed £5 for any number and a room jackpot amount for a line win or full house. In the picture, the jackpot is ready to blow and will drop when a game is won on a call of 10. The FH winner of that game will win an additional £661.36 (or whatever the jackpot has grown to by then).
This soap opera themed 90 ball variant, which is exclusive to Gala Bingo (and at Ladbrokes and Coral, until Coral went off Virtue Fusion), only runs on the HTML 5 version of the Virtue Fusion platform. The game itself is regular 90 ball but (as in Rainbow Riches Bingo) there is an add-on game with extra feature prizes and jackpots. The add-on game is centered round a car which drives round and round a 90 step course; at the end of each game the car moves a number of steps equal to the number of the ball on which bingo was called. Steps 20, 40, 60 and 80 contain community jackpots and if the car stops on one of these the jackpot is shared between all those with tickets to the game. Step 90 contains a progressive jackpot which is paid to the FH winner of the game in question. Players also collect Country Miles representing the distance the car moves in games for which they buy tickets and when they collect 50 of these they get an Emmerdale bingo bonus.
The Chase Bingo is yet another HTML5 only Gala exclusive 90 ball bingo game with an additional feature prize. In this case the feature game is for the full house winner and is based on the TV quiz show of the same name. The player chooses which of the three prizes to play for – 3, 4 or 5 steps from home. The further from home, the bigger the prize but the higher the chance of being caught by the Chaser. If the player does not choose in time, the default 4 steps is played. A quiz sequence then takes place but as this is randomly generated, the player does not actually have to answer any questions. If the player reaches home without being caught they win the extra prize (as well as the regular full house prize).
Coconut Island Bingo is exclusive to Gala and Ladbrokes. It is actually just straightforward 50 ball bingo dressed up with a rather attractive tropical theme (e.g. the calls are in the form of coconuts dropping from a tree and smashing open to reveal the bingo balls) and two jackpots – a fixed jackpot for bingo in 18 or fewer calls and a progressive jackpot for bingo in 15 or fewer calls. Some games are multi-stake.
Lucky Numbers Bingo is 90 ball with a special add-on game. Choose three numbers from your cards and win fixed value extra prizes if any (or all) of them are the number(s) on which the line and FH wins are called.
This 90 ball variant is exclusive to Mecca Bingo and is very similar to Lucky Numbers Bingo, but with a progressive jackpot (the Judges Jackpot) on offer for when all three lucky numbers match the balls on which the line and FH wins are called. It is a community jackpot split 50-50 between the winner and the other players.
Mecca Bingo’s exclusive 90 ball variant is very similar to Gala’s Coronation Street Bingo but with different theming and fixed prizes replacing 2 of the progressive jackpots. The Judges Desk, which is analogous to the Golden Cobbles, pays out £5 bonus for a number, £50 for 1 line, £100 for 2 lines and the progressive jackpot for FH.
Cashline is Mecca’s exclusive version of 80 ball bingo (as played during the breaks in Mecca clubs) and it comes in a mini game version (that can be played while inside another bingo room) as well as a regular version. There are two progressive jackpots and in many of the games, a pattern is pre covered.
Bounce’T is a 75 ball bingo game available at Dragonfish network bingo sites (although not all of them have it). It plays just like a regular 75 ball game apart from the fact that the prize is not fixed and bounces around within a set range during the game (£10 – £30 for a 5p ticket game) regardless of the number of tickets sold.
Roll On Bingo is a twist on both 75 and 90 ball bingo that is found at Virtue Fusion bingo sites and also at the Relax Gaming powered Bingo.com. In a Roll On Bingo game, the game starts and is won as normal but balls continue to be called after someone completes full house (or the pattern) until a specified further number of players have completed it and they all win consolation prizes (typically bingo bonus rather than cash).
Bingo Royale is the Gamesys version of Roll On Bingo. The Royal Pardon feature is triggered randomly in 30% of games in this bingo room. Instead of there being a quota of extra winners, up to 5 extra balls are called (depending on how many times the Royal Dog barks) and a community jackpot is shared by everyone who wins as a result of the extra calls.
Cashpot Bingo is a Gala 90 ball bingo game. The feature game, the Cashpot Wheel, is played by the full house winner or winners only; it awards an extra bonus prize. The really special thing about this bingo game, though, is the £500 community bonus which drops randomly once a day (if it doesn’t, it is paid to the players with tickets for the final game before midnight).
Blox Bingo is a 90 ball bingo game by Gamesys and can be played at Heart Bingo. Like other Gamesys 90 ball variants, it has a bonus round which can be played by anyone with 6 or more tickets to the game it follows. The bonus round is a game of Blox Blitz; players have to create lines of three or more by swapping Blox and if they score highly enough and/or the community scores highly enough they win tickets to the next game.
Love Island Bingo is a 90 ball bingo game that is exclusive to Sky Bingo. Players with 6 or more tickets to a game collect drops of water – fill the bottle to collect a £1 bonus, split between Love Island Bingo and the Love Island Date Night slot. There’s also a Spin The Bottle feature at the end of some games only – if the bottle stops on one of the three (rather small) jackpot segments all players with tickets in play get a share of the corresponding jackpot.
Crystal Maze Bingo is a Gamesys 90 ball bingo game themed on the cult TV show. The feature round plays at the end of every game; players who bought more than 6 tickets can try to click on as many golden notes as possible (and avoid silver notes) to win tickets to the next game; the community score counts as well as individual scores.
Age of the Gods Bingo is a 90 ball bingo game available across the Virtue Fusion network, themed on the Playtech suite of progressive jackpot slot games. It is a standard 90 ball bingo game with a feature round where the full house winner turns over coins from an array of 9 until they match 3 to trigger a prize payout. How this is split depends on which of the 4 Gods is matched – it can be all for the winner, all for the community or 75-25 split either way.
Friends™ Bingo is a themed 90 ball bingo game which is exclusive to Foxy Bingo. It is standard 90 ball bingo with two extra features – the Central Perk ticket which works like the Golden Cobbles in Coronation Street Bingo, but with all prizes fixed rather than progressive, and the Team Community Pot which pays out in every game.
Fluffy Favourites Bingo is a Virtue Fusion 90 ball bingo game with a bonus game for the full house winner; there are three possible feature games and a slot reel animation to show which if any is awarded. All three are based on bonus round from the slot games and award mystery cash prizes, some quite large.
Cash Out Bingo is a 90 ball bingo game at Foxy Bingo with a novel twist. There are no 1L and 2L prizes; instead, the game is paused just before the last call and all players with 1TG are shown how much money is in the Cash Out pot and how many other players have 1TG – they can choose to take a share of the pot or play on in the hope of winning the full house prize.
The Voice UK Bingo is a TV tie-in bingo game exclusively at Buzz Bingo. It is 80 ball bingo with a bonus jackpot game very similar to the one in Coronation Street Bingo. Instead of the golden ticket there’s four coaches’ chairs each with 4 numbers on and these are marked off when someone wins full house on that number. The full house winner gets £5 for one number and £50 for turning a chair around – unless it’s the last chair, in which case it’s £500.
These bingo variants all either have some previously unheard of ball and card configuration, or some feature that materially alters how the game plays out.
Rainbow Riches Bingo is a fast paced and visually rich 40 ball bingo variant themed on the much loved Rainbow Riches slot and played across the Virtue Fusion network. The base game is played on cards with 8 numbers arranged as 4 leaf lucky clovers; in some games the prize is for 1 clover, in some for full house and in some for both. The game has two bonus features. The Wishing Well bonus is built up by a player individually when they play with at least 5 cards; they pick a magic number and if that is called during the game a coin is added to their personal wishing well. After collecting 100 coins they receive a bonus for the bingo game and for the slot. Rainbow Clovers are extra balls that may appear during a game (there are 2 of them) and at the end of the game the number that came up determines whether the leprechaun moves 0, 1 or 2 spaces up the 50 space Rainbow track. Progressive community jackpots are won at spaces 10, 25 and 50; if the leprechaun overshoots the space 50% of the jackpot is paid out and the rest goes back into the pot.
Cash Cubes is a 36 ball variant by Playtech and is available at a number of sites on the Virtue Fusion network -but since it is HTML5 only, many of them just have it on mobile and tablet and not desktop. Each card has 12 numbers arranged around 4 cubes and the prize is for full house, with any completed cubes collected towards a bonus. A progressive community jackpot is paid if the card is filled in 18 or fewer calls. Like Mecca’s Emoji Bingo and Tombola’s Pulse (see below), Cash Cubes is a multi stake one ticket game; players pay 10p, 50p, £1 or £2 to buy in and the prize they get should they win is proportional to stake size.
Emoji Bingo and Burst Bingo are rooms running a 50 ball bingo variant that is exclusive to Mecca Bingo and available on mobile and tablet only. Players are restricted to 1 ticket each and instead of 10 numbers it contains 10 emojis (Emoji) or balloon animals (Burst). Pop them (manually or automatically) when a match happens. The games are all multi stake, with the prize money a multiple of the chosen stake. There are also 2 progressive community jackpots (50-50 split between the winner and all other ticket holders), one for 16 or fewer calls and one for 19 or fewer calls. This game contains many of the elements of Tombola’s Pulse game (see below) which predates it.
Pulse is a fast moving bingo variant which hardly looks like a bingo game at all! Designed for play on mobile devices (but also available on desktop), it is exclusive to Tombola and has 36 balls and 12 numbers. There are two jackpots, for 16 calls and 19 calls, and a regular prize; all games are multi-stake with a range of selectable stake levels from 10p – £2 and all prizes multiples of the stake level. A maximum of 75 players are allowed per room and each player has one set of numbers only; these do not come on a card but on a set of floating bubbles and when a matching number is called you have to pop the bubble (this can be set to happen automatically). Pulse has an RTP of more than 80%.
Roller Coaster is another exclusive Tombola game. It has 40 balls; instead of numbers the balls all have faces and names and instead of cards the players have 5 seater carriages (these cost 25p each and there is a maximum of 4 per player). Each time the rollercoaster goes past, a ball falls out and if its name matches a name on one of the carriages it falls into its seat. The winner of the game is the first to fill all 5 seats in a carriage and there is a £500 fixed jackpot for doing this in 6 balls and a £5000 fixed jackpot for doing it in 5.
Bingo 60 is exclusive to Tombola. In this multi stake 60 ball game, you pay for one set of tickets, with the prizes set by stake level (25p, 50p, £1 or £2). The tickets you receive contain all the numbers from 1 to 60, but the unique twist is that the tickets are different sizes, ranging from the 6 number orange ticket to the 18 number blue ticket, and each ticket has its own prize and its own jackpot, fixed as a multiple of stake value (for instance, 4000x stake for winning with the 15 number purple ticket in 30 calls).
Mystical Bingo is exclusive to Sky Bingo and is HTML5/mobile/tablet only. It is a multi-stake single ticket game with 50 balls and 10 numbers on the card; these appear on the backs of cute insects, a different one for each stake level. The prize is for full house only and there is a community jackpot split 50/50 between the winner and everyone else – so although it looks quite different, this is essentially the same game as Mecca’s exclusives Emoji and Burst.
Bingo Bowl is another Playtech/Virtue Fusion HTML5 only 50 ball bingo game and is exclusive to William Hill. Themed on a bowling alley with the numbers on the 10 pins, it plays much the same as Mystical Bingo but offers an additional jackpot similar to that in Coronation Street Bingo. An extra golden set of pins is in play at all times and the numbers are marked off when someone wins bingo on a matching number; there’s £5 for marking off a number and a progressive Kingpin Jackpot for completing the set.
Winning Headlines is a single ticket multi stake 6 ball bingo game that is exclusive to Sun Bingo. The ticket takes the form of 12 floating newspapers and there are 30 numbers and 6 special symbols. The Headline Jackpot is won (and split 50/50 between the winner and all other players) when all six special symbols are called in the course of the game and bingo won on the last one. There are also room jackpots for 16 and 18 calls.
Brit 50 Bingo is Sun Bingo‘s exclusive version of the Playtech single ticket multi stake 50 ball game. Again, it plays like Mystical Bingo but the ticket is based on British iconography (phone box, Big Ben, the Loch Ness monster etc) against a London skyline backdrop.
Tipping Point Bingo is exclusive to Sky Bingo and is a TV tie-in with the ITV quiz show of the same name. It has 40 balls and 8 numbers per card which is the same game mechanic as Rainbow Riches Bingo, and as in the other game there are prizes for 1 cluster and full house. Instead of the rainbow track of the other game there is a straightforward progressive jackpot, split 50/50 between the winner and the other players on full house in 12 or fewer calls.
The actual experience of playing the game is quite different to Rainbow Riches Bingo, however, as what makes Tipping Point Bingo really exciting is the way in which the balls – or, rather, counters – drop. In the screenshot, number 13 is being called but until the counter reaches the bottom of the screen all that is known is the drop zone (in this case, 11-20) and whether the number is odd or even (black for odd and white for even). It certainly enhances that 1TG feeling!
Tipping Point Bingo also has a Win Zone feature game which runs during certain sessions. After each game, an animation plays and players can watch the counters drop; each counter – and up to 10 can drop per game – is worth £20 cash and the special jackpot counter is worth £1000. The total sum from the dropped counters is split 50/50 between the FH winner and all remaining tickets. There’s also an exclusive Tipping Zone slot and scratchcard.
Bouncy Balls Bingo is yet another Playtech/Virtue Fusion HTML5 only bingo variant and is essentially a reskinned version of Cash Cubes, with the cubes replaced by bouncy balls from the slot of the same name. In all other respects including the stake levels and the community progressive jackpot, it is the same as Cash Cubes.
Blocks is a Tombola original. It is a multi stake single ticket game played on a 6×6 grid with 60 balls (Blocks) which come in 6 different colours. The aim is not to complete lines or house, but to destroy all six Blocks of one colour (any colour). A secondary prize is given for the highest points score based on Blocks of the same colour starting adjacent to each other, or becoming adjacent as the game progresses and Blocks drop down to fill gaps.
BOB aka Best Odds Bingo is a 50 ball bingo game only at Mecca Bingo. What makes it different from regular 50 ball bingo is the limit of one card per player and 25 players per room – when the room is full another parallel room opens and this all happens invisibly. The prizes in BOB are modest but there is a much better chance of winning than there would be in a regular busy bingo room (72% chance of winning within an hour, they say).
Buzz Bingo Blast is exclusive to Buzz Bingo. It is a 36 ball game with one ticket per player and all 12 bubbles have to be popped to win – and if you think that sounds familiar, you’re right! The Playtech 36 ball bingo engine behind Cash Cubes has been tweaked to produce something very similar to the much loved Tombola game Pulse. Buzz Bingo Blast can be played from just 4p a ticket.
Bingo Roulette at Dragonfish is the same game as the playing card based Bingo 52, dressed up with an animated roulette wheel spitting out the numbers. The Tombola version has a unique game engine designed to match the 37 numbers on a roulette wheel; the 8-number cards appear as chips on a roulette mat and players can have a maximum of 4 per game.
Picture Bingo at Tombola is a 45 ball bingo game played on a 5 x 3 grid, with all the numbered balls replaced by themed picture tiles. There are three themed rooms to choose from and each picture has its own special animation which plays when it is called.
Mystic Meg Bingo is a Sun Bingo exclusive based on the 50 ball single ticket multi stake bingo engine which also powers Brit 50. Instead of numbers on a card, there are horoscope themed symbols in floating bubbles.
Potion is a rather complex and very beautiful 45 ball multi-stake single ticket bingo game at Tombola which has an RTP of more than 80%. The aim of the game is to complete potion recipes and there are three of these per game, each with its own prize and own jackpot; players collect ingredients each time they open one of the 18 numbered bottles they start with.
Morph is a 36 ball single ticket multi stake bingo game, again at Tombola. Instead of numbers there are 36 different combinations of colour and shape and player have to mark off 16 of them arranged in 4 groups of 4. There are prizes for 1 group and full house, and the game even has a colour blind mode so everyone can enjoy it.
Bingo Beats is exclusive to Gala Bingo and was introduced in late 2019. It is based on the Virtue Fusion single ticket multi stake 50 ball game and has the numbers in floating bubbles, like Pulse. Originally launched rather ambitiously in 4 rooms, it is now in 2 rooms with a player limit of 70 per room and tickets from 2p.
Here we look at a few terms which you might think would refer to variant forms of bingo, but don’t really.
This term is used to refer to different things at different bingo sites. It usually means a regular 90 ball game with the calls done much faster than normal, but sometimes it is one of the fast playing variants such as 30 ball (described above).
This term is used to refer to a series of regular bingo games where instead of buying tickets for each game individually, you can only buy tickets for the entire session e.g. buying 6 tickets for the session gives you 6 tickets for each game in the series. The games themselves are no different to regular games, although several types of bingo can be mixed up in one session.
Team Bingo used to be a common type of promotion at many different bingo sites. Sometimes it lasted for a whole month but more commonly it ran in specified rooms at specified times or on specified games. The bingo games themselves were just the same as normal and in most versions of team bingo the aim was to be on the team that got the most bingo wins; prizes were usually bonus or loyalty points. A version found at some Virtue Fusion sites was a bit different – it involved an extra Team Bingo jackpot and if someone who was part of a Team won a Team game, they got 50% of the jackpot and the rest of their team split the other 50%. This no longer seems to be available and at most sites team bingo seems to have been superseded by regular chat games which don’t require the player to join a team. Because all the games play as normal regardless of whether the players are part of teams or not, team bingo cannot really be considered as a true bingo variant.
One of the most important defining characteristics of a played for money bingo game is that you are playing against other real people and that one of the real people (possibly you) will win the money. A few games that include the word bingo in their name are actually solo games where you are pitted against the house – so basically, not really bingo at all. As well as bingo themed slot games such as the Gala Bingo Slot and the Kitty Bingo Slot, there are instant win games such as Super Bonus Bingo by Microgaming and the various Video Bingo games by Jumpman, where the player selects some numbers or cards, a number of balls are released all at once and payouts are made for any matches. Although these instant win games may superficially look like a game of bingo, they are actually far more akin to slot machines – or single player Slingo – than to bingo.
Although Bingo Millions – which was originally exclusive to Buzz Bingo and is now available to play at Jumpman bingo sites – looks and plays very much like a 90 ball bingo game, it is actually a form of lottery with the player pitted against the house rather than against other players. The game plays twice a week and apart from the huge progressive jackpot the prizes are fixed, can be won by multiple players and have nothing to do with ticket sales.
Finally, here is a selection of bingo games that have been available to play at various sites over the last few years but are no longer running – in some cases because they needed Adobe Flash and were never upgraded to HTML5 and in others because they failed to catch on with players.
Joker Jackpot, which was found at many Virtue Fusion sites, was a Flash bingo style game played with an array of 9 playing cards instead of a bingo card. Cards were dealt from a full pack (including 2 jokers) instead of numbers being called, and there were prizes for the J pattern and for a full hand (full house), plus a fixed jackpot for winning full hand in 16 or fewer cards and a progressive jackpot for winning full hand in 14 or fewer cards with a joker as the final card.
Super Snap was a networked bingo style Flash card game by Gamesys. Each hand contained 5 cards and a player could buy up to 5 hands per game (potentially expensive as they were £1 each). Super Snap included 3 ways to win. The first way was Match Bonus and this was what happened if your 5 cards formed a scoring poker hand. Each type of poker hand paid a multiple of the £1 hand price, from 2x for 2 pairs up to 250x for a Royal Flush (not a lot given that the chances of being dealt one are approximately 1 in 650,000) . The second way was the Lucky Charm Bonus. To get a Lucky Charm, players had to buy the maximum 5 hands. At the end of the game all players with the Lucky Charm that was called (there were several) would share in the Charm Jackpot. The third way was to call snap by matching all your cards and the prize for this was determined by the number of hands sold. There was also a progressive jackpot which can be won by matching all 5 cards in 7 calls or fewer (at a probability of around 1 in 120,000 per hand); the winner got 40% and the other players in the game in question got 60%. Some Gamesys sites had a version of Snap without the community progressive jackpot. Instead, if you called Snap in 5,6, or 7 calls you won a multiple of the hand price.
Royal 5s was Playtech’s version of the Cinco/Snap/Flash Fives bingo card game which was exclusive to just one site – Mecca Bingo, where it first appeared in December 2016. All games were multi stake and players could buy hands for 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p or £1. Unlike in the other versions, not all hands were shown on screen, just the best performing ones. The room had a progressive community jackpot (split 50/50 between the winner and all other players) which dropped if someone completed a hand in just 6 calls. This game was clearly unpopular with players as it disappeared from the site a few months later.
Take Me Out Bingo by Gamesys was a standard 75 ball bingo pattern bingo game with a bonus game. Thirty ladies appeared at the top of the game area corresponding to the numbers 1-30. When the number was called the lady switched her light off. If 18 or more lights were still on when bingo was called the community jackpot was paid out and split evenly between all players who held at least 6 tickets to the game. If 6-17 lights were still on they would win 1, 2, or 3 tickets to the next game. 5 or fewer was a black out.
Bejeweled Bingo was a Gamesys 90 ball variant that was exclusive to Jackpot Joy. The bonus game was the Bejeweled Challenge where you had one minute to play the classic match 3 game and beat a target score to win free tickets to the next game and as usual with this type of bonus game there was the opportunity to win tickets based on both individual and community score. In Bejeweled Bingo there was a progressive jackpot that would be won if bingo was called in 38 or fewer calls and it is this particular jackpot that was responsible for the UK’s biggest online bingo win back in 2012 when one lucky player took away more than half a million pounds (larger sums have been won at other sites but on slots, not bingo). Bejeweled Bingo was a Flash bingo game and it has essentially been replaced by Blox Bingo.
Available at some Virtue Fusion sites, this was themed on the iconic TV show but barely qualified as a variant form of bingo at all, as almost all of the time it ended up being a standard 90 ball game with regular prizes. There was an extra sliding jackpot but this only came into play, starting at £500, if the full house was won in 40 or fewer calls (not a frequent occurrence even on a busy network). The top prize was £1 million but the number of calls required to win it was a completely ridiculous 15-17 – making the odds against winning the million pounds with the purchase of a single card a jaw dropping 336 trillion to 1! Winning the UK lottery jackpot with a single set of numbers, at a mere 45 million to one, is an awful lot more likely – and the time it would take for 336 trillion games of online bingo to be played (assuming a game started every 3 minutes, 24/7) is a staggering 1.9 billion years (ten thousand times as long as the entire history of the human species). The game no longer seems to be on offer.
Linka-Balls Bingo was another Mecca Bingo exclusive and was 90 ball bingo with feature prizes for players with 6 or more tickets in play. As the bingo balls dropped, they pile up adjacent to the playing area. Each time there were three balls on the same colour in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) a feature prize was awarded and this could happen once per colour per game (in theory all 6 prizes could be awarded in the course of just one game). Feature prizes were split equally between all qualifying players. The game was removed in Autumn 2018 to make way for BOB.
The 49 ball variant Bingo Lotto was a Gala Coral exclusive. Each card had just 6 numbers (with a maximum of 49 cards per player per game) and there were prizes for 3, 4, 5 and 6 numbers, plus a hefty progressive jackpot (seeded at £25K) which could only be won by getting all 6 numbers in the first 6 calls.
Wizard of Bingo was a 75 ball variant by Cozy where the aim was NOT to get full house first. In this game, which was loosely themed on the Wizard of Oz, 10 of the balls brought the Witch on to curse any card bearing that number (unless protected by the Magic Shoe ball which lasted for 5 calls) . When a card was cursed for the third time it was destroyed. Cards that completed the coverall would be removed by the Monkey and the last card or cards left in the game would win.
Elimination Bingo was available at GameVillage and sister sites only (originally on a proprietary platform and subsequently on Cozy). It had a similar concept to Wizard of Bingo but was less interesting. It was played with regular 75 ball cards and when the number of squares shown in the “Matches to Elimination” box was covered, the card disappeared. The last card or cards left in the game won. The game disappeared when network rooms from the main Cozy networks were introduced to GameVillage.
Immortal Romance Bingo was a 90 ball bingo variant by Microgaming based on the very popular online slot. The four characters who preside over the different bonus rounds in the slot – Amber, Troy, Michael and Sarah – each added a different feature to the bingo game, and in each game one of the four was active. Each special feature acted on a strip of 6 tickets so tickets could only be purchased in strips (and the room was cash only). Amber added an extra ball (the Scatter Ball) to the game and when it was called up to two numbers per strip would be daubed. Troy assigned each strip a special number and when it was called vampire bats flew in and randomly daubed up to 3 numbers. Michael also assigned each strip a special number and when it was called all the numbers in that column, all the way down the strip, were counted as daubed for the next 5 calls. Sarah’s Wild Vine feature worked like Troy’s but the number of random daubs was 4. Each strip contained at least one special Medallion number and if one of these was called the player got a notch on their personal power up bar. When a player had collected 20 notches they could enter the Chamber of Wins to spin the jackpot wheel. There were minor, major and mega jackpots to be won plus a consolation prize of free spins on the Immortal Romance slot.
Sadly the game was Flash only and Microgaming do not have any plans to release an HTML5 version.
Candylicious was a 52 ball bingo game found at Dragonfish network bingo sites and some other 888 bingo sites. All the bingo balls were replaced with sweets and basically it was just a reskinned version of the playing card based Bingo 52, played at breakneck speed – and that’s not an exaggeration. The sweets exploded from the candy machine so quickly that the entire game was over in seconds – if you didn’t pay attention you could easily miss the whole thing! This was not popular with players – indeed, what were they thinking? – and it was retired in Summer 2018.
Slingo is a cross between 75 ball bingo and a slot machine and was widely available as a social and partially skill based game until it was bought by Gaming Realms and turned into a real money game of chance. There are several versions of real money Slingo but the only one that can be classed as a bingo variant is Slingo Boom, the multiplayer version which debuted at Slingo.com and was then rolled out to other Gaming Realms (aka Bear Group aka River iGaming) sites. The other versions are single player and are essentially slot machines.
In Slingo Boom each player had a 5 x 5 card which was basically a 75 ball card without the middle square marked off. The numbers appeared on the five reels at the bottom of the play area and while each player had different numbers on their card, the numbers spun on the reels were the same for everyone in the room. Win by marking off all the numbers in 1 or 2 lines (known as Slingos) or getting full house. The reels did not just contain numbers, however; to make it a bit more interesting they also contained jokers, super jokers and devils. These will be familiar to anyone who has played Slingo in one of its earlier non real money incarnations, but in Slingo Boom their effect was purely automatic. The joker randomly marked off a number from the column above the reel it appeared on, the super joker randomly marked off a number from anywhere on the board, and the devil was a null symbol ensuring no-one coul mark off a number from that column on that spin. Unlike all other versions of Slingo, Slingo Boom had no maximum number of spins and play continued until someone wins.
Slingo Boom had a further unique twist in that players who just missed out on the full house were sometimes given the opportunity to buy an extra spin for the chance to win a prize equal to the full house prize.
The game never achieved sufficient player numbers and was quietly retired some time prior to Easter 2019, with the sites themselves closing later that year.
Hot House Bingo was exclusive to Gala Bingo and was a radical take on 90 ball bingo. Each player had a strip of 3 tickets and all 90 balls were called. The calls were divided into 5 unequal ranges and the aim was to complete tickets in a number of calls that fell within a scoring range (3 of them score and 2 didn’t). All the tickets that were completed in a range shared the prize pot for that range. If no tickets were completed within the range (which happened occasionally with the lowest range) the prize was added to the other scoring ranges. The ranges moved around from game to game.
The game was retired in Spring 2019 due to lack of popularity with players, perhaps caused by the blatantly terrible RTP in some of the games.
Big Banker Bingo was only available at Ladbrokes, Gala and Coral and was only playable on HTML5 (mobile, tablet, and the new bingo lobby). It was essentially the same as the 90 ball version of Deal Or No Deal Bingo but with the red boxes replaced by golden safes and (because it was exclusive to the three sites rather than running across the Virtue Fusion network like the original game) fewer players competing for smaller prizes.
The room was retired in June 2019.
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