There are many different ways to play BINGO. Starting with the very basics, a Bingo card has 24 numbered spaces with one free space in the center. There are thousands of randomly generated cards with BINGO written across the top.
The first column under B has numbers between one and 15; I column 16-30; N 4 numbers plus one free space between 31-45; G column 46-30 and O 61-75.
To play bingo, the caller from a round cage, which he / she spins using a handle and randomly numbered balls drop down a chute, pulls numbers 1-75. The caller keeps calling numbers until 1 or more players call BINGO. The game stops and the numbers are verified.
As I stated before there are many different ways to play bingo between the traditional game, where 5 called numbers match up horizontally, diagonally or vertically.
Here are some other different ways to play, which may be new to you:
- Blackout: all the spaces are covered
- X pattern and 4 corners should be self-explanatory
- 6 pack: fill a pattern of 6 numbers (2 rows of 3 horizontally or vertically)
- Large picture frame: fill every space around the outside of the card
- Small picture frame: fill the numbers surrounding the free space
- Postage stamp: fill 2 squares of 4 numbers on a single card, each in the corner of the card
- Kite and tail: fill a diagonal and one of the corners and across the diagonal making a pattern looking like a kite
- Top and bottom: fill top row and bottom row
As you can see there are many ways to play bingo, which really expands the fun and anticipation of winning beyond the traditional route.