The Joy of Bingo
It’s hard to believe that online bingo has been around for 20 years now. But it’s true: The first internet game, Bingo Zone, made its debut in 1996 in the United Kingdom. They do bingo a little differently in the UK, using 3X9 “tickets” instead of cards, and calling out the numbers 1 through 90. In the US and Canada, it’s 75-ball bingo using the familiar 5X5 cards. That version was popularized by toymaker Edwin Lowe, starting in 1929. It was based on a similar game called Beano, where players used dried beans as markers.
Conveniently enough, you can play both types of bingo at Slots.lv. European Bingo lets you buy up to 100 tickets at once, and you can choose to draw either 45, 55 or 65 balls per game; your payout increases the fewer balls you draw. Select your bet size, buy your tickets, and the computer does the rest. With American Bingo, you purchase up to 100 cards and draw either 35, 45 or 55 balls. Slots.lv also has 30-Ball Bingo and 80-Ball Bingo games available on the Specialty menu.
Frame by Frame
The scoring in these bingo games might be a bit different than what you’re used to. The object in European Bingo is to complete as many rows as possible; each row has nine spaces to fill. A ticket with a single row pays out at 5X; two rows gets you 275X, and all three rows (also known as a full house) is worth 10,000X your original bet.
American Bingo is a bit snazzier. Any standard bingo, including those with the free center square, is worth 2X, but there are other ways you can win. A card with all four corners pays out at even money, a double-bingo gives you 20X, a “frame” (all four bingos on the outside edges) is 5,000X, and getting all 25 spaces for a “coverall” pays 10,000X.
The pay table for 30-Ball Bingo is much simpler. The game uses 3X3 cards, and the sole object is to cover all nine spaces for a payout of 80X. Last, but not least, 80-Ball Bingo uses 4X4 cards with a similar payout structure as American Bingo; this time, the double-bingo is worth 15X, the frame is 1,000X, and the coverall is still 10,000X. You can see the pay tables for all four games at Slots.lv by playing in Practice Mode – no daubers required.