One of the most popular aspects of bingo has always been its simplicity, with very few rules to learn and an intuitive system that’s friendly to beginners. In fact, it is rated among the simplest gambling games out there to play.
The game starts with players getting one or more bingo cards, with traditional bingo halls using pen and paper and more advanced or online bingo games using digital cards instead. Each card is entirely randomized, and the range of numbers being played can vary from provider to provider, but the standard number would be between 90 and 99.
The bingo caller, whether it’s a human or a machine, will draw one number at a time, and players will mark it off on any of their cards where it appears. Depending on the specific provider, there are numerous combinations that can be used to get a prize:
- Single-line: On a standard 5x5 card, this would be crossing off any line of five numbers, whether that’s horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
- Two lines: Both lines must be on the same card but it doesn’t need to be on the same card as the single-line win.
- Four corners: Crossing off all four corner numbers on the card.
- Full house: Crossing off every number on a single card. These are usually the highest-value wins available and may carry jackpots with them.