Guide to Playing 90-Ball Bingo
Learn how to play 90-ball bingo with our simple 90-ball bingo guide. 90-ball bingo is the most popular version of bingo played throughout the UK, and that’s for a reason. It’s fun, thrilling and if your luck’s in, it can be rewarding too. At Mecca Bingo, we think 90-ball bingo is a fantastic game to play in person or online.
Whether you’re a bingo veteran or a beginner looking to get into playing 90-ball bingo, there’s something for you in our guide. Polish your knowledge of the game or learn how to play from scratch. Here we explain the rules, the game ticket, how to win, and give you some hints and tips for playing this popular bingo variant.
How to Play 90-Ball Bingo
One of the reasons 90-ball bingo is so popular is that, as well as being so exciting, it is quick to learn and easy to play. You’ll be ready to jump right into a game after reading this quick 90-ball bingo guide.
You play the game online by first buying at least one bingo ticket for a round of the game. Your ticket contains 15 numbers from one through to 90.
In a live bingo hall, a bingo caller draws numbers at random and calls them out, and players mark the numbers off on their card if they have them. In our online 90-ball bingo, the numbers are selected automatically by our software, just like a bingo dealer would, and we mark the ones you have automatically on your ticket. During a game, each number will only be called out once.
Players win in 90-ball bingo when they mark off all the numbers in one line across their bingo ticket, when they mark off two lines, or when a player marks off all 15 numbers, called a “full house”.
The prizes for winning can vary by game. They’ll be shown to you at the start of the game before you begin playing.
The Rules and Patterns of 90-Ball Bingo
There are three possible winning patterns across a 90-ball bingo ticket, and these differ from other versions of bingo, like 75-ball bingo and 80-ball bingo.
The three patterns you’re looking to complete in 90-ball bingo are: one line, two lines or a full house.
How to Win 90-Ball Bingo
In most games of 90-ball bingo, players compete to be the first to win prizes in three ways:
- One line – one completed horizontal line of 5 numbers across a single ticket.
- Two lines – two completed horizontal lines of 5 numbers across a single ticket (10 numbers in total).
- Full house – all three completed horizontal lines of 5 numbers across a single ticket (15 numbers in total).
These three prizes can usually only be won once, and the game will pause briefly when one of these prizes has been won to let all the players know. Just because someone else wins the one line prize before you, doesn’t mean you’re out of the running. You can still win the two line prize, or best of all, you might still be the first player to complete your ticket and win the full house prize.
Payouts and Jackpots
If you play 90-ball bingo for money at Mecca Bingo, you’ll be in with a chance of winning cash prizes.
The first player to complete one line of numbers of a ticket will unlock the first prize, then the second player to complete two lines will win the second. The biggest prize on offer goes to the first player to mark off every number on a ticket, granting them the “full house” jackpot.
The exact payouts and jackpots you can win will differ by 95-ball bingo room, but you’ll see that higher prizes can be won in games with pricier tickets. The more people that are playing in a game, the higher the jackpot that will be on offer too.
90-Ball Bingo Game Ticket
When you play 90-ball bingo, you’ll see the game has its own unique bingo ticket, distinct from the tickets used in 80-ball bingo and 75-ball bingo.
A 90-ball bingo ticket is divided into three rows of 9 squares (27 squares in total). In each row, 4 of those squares will be empty, but 5 will contain numbers (15 numbers in total). A strip of 90-ball bingo tickets is a group of 6 tickets. Each strip will contain 90 numbers in total (6 x 15 = 90), and will contain every number from 1 to 90.
In bingo halls, when bingo balls are drawn, a caller calls out the numbers. You then mark the number on your card if you have it. With our online bingo games, it’s even simpler. A host will call out the numbers drawn in each bingo room, but our software will automatically mark the number for you on your bingo tickets.
To get started playing this game with Mecca Bingo, first register with us to create your account. Then, log-in and deposit some money to play with. Click “Play 90-Ball Bingo Now” to enter the lobby. The available rooms will be shown. Join on, and before the next game begins, you’ll be able to purchase your bingo tickets (the maximum number you’ll be able to buy will vary by room).
90 Ball Bingo Strategy and Tips
Due to its slower pace than other bingo games, this variant is a big hit with beginners. It moves at a speed that helps you quickly learn the game.
Although 90-ball bingo is essentially a game of random chance and luck, there’s plenty you can do to improve your odds of winning. When it comes to playing 90-ball bingo, try to:
- Know the rules of the game you’re playing – understand how to play before you spend any money. Make sure you know what prizes are on offer before each game begins.
- Check the price of the game – there are higher winnings on offer in the games with the more expensive tickets.
- Play at the right time – the jackpot for every game is shared by the winners of the game. By playing on less popular days, at less popular times and in less busy games, you improve your odds of being one of those winners.
- Buy multiple tickets – the more bingo tickets you have in a game, the more numbers you hold and the more likely you are to have a winning combination of numbers on one of your tickets.
- Keep your eye out for offers – we offer plenty of rewards and bonuses for our online bingo games.
Play 90-ball Bingo with Mecca Bingo
Now you’ve learned how to play with this trusty bingo guide, head over to our bingo lobby to start playing thrilling bingo online.
Bring all the excitement of the bingo hall into your home, play with friends or by yourself, and play for real money. Create an account with us, deposit some money, and you’re ready to play your first game.