The typical US Bingo has many variations today. In this article the 4 most popular games are described.
“U-Pick`Em bingo” is a game, where the players select 25 random numbers. These are not pre-printed cards, but blank bingo cards and the player fills in the numbers themselves. In this game you can use your favourite and lucky numbers. Once the numbers are selected by the caller or the RNG machine your bingo card is matched up with the winning numbers and you can claim your win from the counter. This type of bingo is very similar to the ancient Chinese game called Keno, which is rather well known in Europe.
“Quick Shot bingo” is a game, where all (25) winning numbers are pre-drawn and players purchase pre-sealed envelopes containing their pre-printed bingo cards. Once the numbers are drawn, the players can open the envelopes and match up their cards against the drawn numbers. You only win the jackpot if you have the right numbers in a specified pattern on your card.
“Bonanza bingo” is a similar game to “quick shot bingo”. In this game the RNG machine draws 43 numbers unlike in the above mentioned game and players purchase pre-sealed envelopes containing their pre-printed bingo cards. Once the numbers are drawn, the players can open the envelopes and match up their cards against the drawn numbers. If there aren`t any winners, the caller will draw one more number to give the players a better chance to have a Full House. If no one has finished a full bingo card, players hold their cards for the next sessions, when 43 new numbers will be selected. This game is very attractive to gamblers as the jackpot increases as people buy more and more bingo tickets.
” Christmas Bingo” is a seasonal version of the traditional bingo played by friends at home. All players need to bring 3 presents wrapped in unmarked brown paper bags, which will be collected in one central spot. It is essential that none of the players know which present is from whom. The players receive a blank bingo card which they can fill with 25 numbers from 1-40, but numbers can only be used once on each bingo card. The caller (who can play a bingo card himself) will draw numbers from a hat and read them out loud. Each player who has the drawn number on their bingo card can now pick a present. Once all presents are gone, players need to steal the presents from each other if their numbers have been called. The game continues until all 40 numbers have been drawn from the hat. At this point players keep their presents they have obtained and the game is over. This is the time to unwrap your Christmas presents.
By Andy Wilson
There are different variatons of bingo and online bingo. The game has been popular for many years especially in the uk with companies such as Littlewoods Bingo.