Guide to Playing Bingo: Game Rules, How to Play

Bingo is a classic game that has been bringing communities together for centuries. It's undoubtedly fun and helps build concentration, multi-tasking skills, and money management skills.

The concept of the game is simple, and it's used to teach children multiplication to this day. Further, it's essentially a game of chance. But that doesn't mean the game doesn't involve skill and doesn't get competitive.

Playing the game online can help you get faster at tallying and increase your odds of winning. You can try Bingo online for free at .

Here's a guide to everything you need to know to become a master at Bingo.

History of Bingo

The origins of the game have been traced back to Italy, circa 1530. It was initially known as Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia. The lottery game stayed a part of the country's culture exclusively for about two centuries before appearing in France.

In eighteenth-century France, the game was expanded and polished with the use of playing cards and tokens. The numbers on the cards were read out loud to help everyone playing keep track.

It soon spread to Germany, where the game was deemed engaging enough to be used as a tool to teach kids multiplication tables, spelling, and animal names. It's used for instructive purposes to this day in Germany and classrooms worldwide.

New developments weren't made to the game until it appeared in America. It was first played at a traveling carnival close to Atlanta in 1929. The modern-day Bingo initially went by the name "Beano" since it involved playing with cardboard sheets, dried beans, and rubber stamps.

Edwin S. Lowe, a toy salesman from New York, observed people playing the game. It wasn't hard for him to notice how engaged the players were in the game.

When he returned to New York, he introduced the game to his friends and conducted it in the same way the locals were playing it back in Atlanta. The group enjoyed the game, and the story goes that one of the players was so excited to win that they yelled "Bingo!" when they meant to yell "Beano!"

It didn't take long before the game was polished more, and it began to sell under the name "Lowe Bingo Game." Two versions were created: one with 12 cards and the other with 24 cards. The game was a wild success and reached all corners of the country.

Soon after the game hit the market, a Catholic priest from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, approached the Lowe to use the game to raise funds for the church.

Going through with the plans, the game spread to churches, becoming very popular. It is estimated that by 1934, 10000 games of Bingo were played weekly.

It's not surprising that the North American crowd spends over $90 million on the game weekly.

Setup and Objective

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The game involves using a scorecard with the letters B - I - N - G - O printed on top. There is a vertical column beneath each letter, and every column has five rows.

Every box is assigned a number, bearing in mind some restrictions:

Players can only put numbers between 1 and 15 in the first column under the "B." The second column can only have numbers between 16 and 30, the third column between 31 and 45, the fourth column between 46 and 60, and the fifth column between 61 and 75.

Further, the box dead center in the matrix is marked "FREE" or "FREE SPACE," and players cannot put any number in it. It's important to note that a scorecard cannot have any number repeated on it.

In the online version of the game, you're given a scorecard with random numbers on it. Of course, the numbers are put there according to the game rules.

In the traditional version, a non-participating individual calls out numbers between one and 75 randomly. Often, there is a bucket of numbered balls from which the caller draws, so the numbers are truly random.

However, if the balls are not available, the numbers are called out with their corresponding letters. For instance, the caller may say "B7," "G47," or "O71" to indicate the column and the row where the players can find the number.

The online version of the game shows you the number you need to find on the screen.

The objective of the game is to mark five numbers in a row in any manner: vertically, diagonally, or horizontally.

How to Play

There are seventy-five possible numbers that you may see appear on the screen. The idea is that when you see a number that is on your scorecard, you must mark it.

In the traditional version of the game, you are given a set of Bingo chips to place on the number on the scorecard when the caller announces it. Sometimes, coins, poker chips, and small pieces of paper are used. Other times, people mark off the numbers that are called out with a pencil or a pen.

However, in the online version, clicking on the number that appears will place a Bingo chip on the number.

If the number that appears on-screen isn't on your scorecard, wait for the next number to appear.

The conventional game goes on until some player in the crowd has marked off five numbers in a row. The game stops until the card is verified, and if they have a winner, a new game is started. There's always a winner in these games.

In contrast, you must how many numbers the computer caller displays on the screen.

You are given in-game cash to bet on your game. You can alter the amount you bet depending on your level of confidence in playing.

Once the computerized caller has displayed all of the numbers, the game ends, and you win or lose the amount according to your scorecard and corresponding multiplier.

If you lose all of your in-game money, you must start a new game.

Since you're playing online, you won't have to call out "Bingo!" when you win. But playing online is a great way to work on your tallying speed.

Just like a traditional game of Bingo, you can play with multiple scorecards. But it will be more difficult for you to keep track of the numbers that the caller displays and check them off your scorecards.

So, there's a trade-off there - while the chances of you winning go up, you will need to put in more effort to keep a tally of the numbers on your scorecards.

After you practice playing Bingo online for a few hours, you will get a lot more comfortable with the game, and you can expect to beat the average player's speed in an offline game.

Chances of Winning Bingo

New players often question how many unique scorecards can exist to understand if the game even gives a chance of winning.

That question can be answered with a simple equation, multiplying the possibilities of four columns with the fifth column.

= (15 × 14 × 13 × 12 × 11)4 × (15 × 14 × 13 × 12)

= 5.5244647e+26

But what's interesting about this answer is that the numbers have nothing to do with a player's chances of winning.

Every game of Bingo has a winning scorecard. Therefore, the chances of someone winning depend on the number of cards in the game and the number of cards they're playing with.

For instance, if a game has 1000 cards, and a player is playing with ten cards, the player's chances of winning is 1 in 100.