75 ball bingo is a highly popular type of bingo game and the most popular type of bingo in the USA. In contrast with 90 ball bingo, 75 ball bingo does not use lines on the bingo card and instead focuses on creating patterns.
These patterns can vary depending on the game, but the way to win is to mark off all the numbers to create the required pattern. The winner of a 75 ball bingo game will usually scoop the entire jackpot!
75 ball bingo games are played with a bingo card containing a 5x5 grid of numbers and one black square at the centre of the card.
As the name of the game suggests, there are 75 numbered balls in play in a game of 75 ball bingo. Normally you will find the letters BINGO written above each of the columns on the card with the numbers beneath each letter.
The first column on a 75 ball card has five random numbers from 1 to 15, the second column on the card contains five numbers from 16 to 30, and the third has four numbers from 31 to 45 and one blank space in the middle of the column.
The fourth column on the card has five numbers from 46 to 60 and the fifth and final column has five numbers from 61 to 75.
You simply have to mark each of the numbers called on your card, which will create a pattern – and potentially a win!
In order to win when playing 75 ball bingo, you have to complete the required pattern in the fewest calls. There are many different patterns but the most common is the ‘coverall’, which is where every space is covered on the card.
Other patterns can be geometric shapes, such as diamonds and squares, or an X pattern, which consists of two diagonal lines of numbers running from each corner to the opposite corner.
You can even find patterns that create fun shapes, such as shoes, rockets or Easter eggs! These types of patterns are often used on themed bingo games.
When playing 75 ball bingo, you can daub the card yourself as the numbers are called or you can use the auto-daub function. Don’t worry about missing any numbers as the system will register everything for you.
If you are playing more than one card it can be hard to notice all the numbers, so the automatic system is really helpful!
When you win a game in 75 ball bingo, the system will automatically register your winning card and credit your account. You will also find celebratory messages in the chat box from fellow roomies!
Normally in 75 ball bingo there is only one winner – the roomie who manages to complete the pattern first.
This means the jackpot in 75 ball bingo is often larger than in 90 ball bingo, as it doesn’t need to be shared. However, it is harder to win a prize as there is usually only one prize up for grabs, whereas in 90 ball bingo there are normally at least 3 prizes available.
The jackpot in 75 ball bingo is usually determined by the price of the tickets and the number of players in the game.
Sometimes there can be a guaranteed jackpot, which means you can win a set amount, no matter how many roomies join in the game.
75 ball bingo is a great game to choose if you don’t mind the lower chances of winning and don’t want to share your prize!
Other jackpots available in 75 ball bingo games include community jackpots, where the winning player scoops the largest prize and all roomies who bought into a game get a smaller share of the pot.
You can also find linked jackpots, which can link up a number of different 75 ball games, sometimes across more than one bingo site.
Progressive jackpots are another popular option and these games have jackpots that keep on growing the longer the game plays. If no one wins within a certain number of calls, the prize can roll onto the next game to create a monster prize pot!
Although 75 ball bingo usually has the ‘winner takes all’ set up, there are other types of 75 ball game that can award prizes to more than one winner.
One good example is More Winners bingo, which can have 5 winners. This is played in a similar way to 90 ball bingo games in that players are looking to complete lines instead of patterns.
As there are 5 lines on a 75 ball bingo card, you get 5 chances to win! You can win with 1 line, 2 lines, 3 lines, 4 lines or all 5 lines – which is a Full House.
These More Winners bingo games will usually have lower prize payouts than the regular 75 ball games, as the jackpots are split 5 ways.
But these are a great option if you are looking to improve your chances of winning a prize from your bingo play.
You can also find other multi-prize 75 ball games called High 5 bingo or Swedish bingo, which play in a similar way using the columns to create multiple lines.
Although the technical aspects of online 75 ball bingo are dealt with by the system, there are a few strategies that can be sued to increase your chances of winning.
During a bingo game, it is most likely that the numbers called will include an even spread of high and low numbers, even and odd numbers and numbers ending in the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
So it makes sense to pick your own bingo cards with an even selection of numbers, rather than leave it to the computer to choose a random selection for you.
Try to select bingo cards with different numbers from your other cards. The more randomly you can spread your numbers, the greater your chances of hitting a win.
The reasoning is that at the start of a bingo game, the odds of any number from 1 to 75 being called are equal. But after the game has started playing, the odds will change.
It also makes sense to buy a large number of bingo cards if your bingo budget allows, as the more cards you play with, the greater your chances of winning.
You can also look out for special offers and BOGOF games, where you get one free card for every card you purchase.
It is also possible to win free bingo cards by participating in chat games or taking part in other promotions.
Remember too that the more expensive a bingo card is, the bigger the jackpot prize will be, so take this into consideration when choosing your 75 ball bingo games!
Catherine Stirland is a copywriter, digital marketer and former professional croupier with over 10 years of experience writing about iGaming and has worked at top online casinos including Bgo, Costa Bingo, Fancy Bingo and XBingo. Catherine is passionate about casinos and enjoys playing poker as well as slots and online bingo.
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