For those players who find that 75-balls called are too little, but that 90-ball bingo is slightly too long for them, online bingo sites have created the perfect alternative for them in the form of 80-ball bingo.
The 80-ball bingo card differs from 75-ball bingo and 90-ball bingo cards in that it consists of 16 squares – four of them across and four of them down. Each column is usually presented in a different color (red, yellow, blue, and silver) to help players identify the numbers quicker.
80-ball bingo was actually introduced to players at traditional bingo rooms, before it moved online. It was originally called shutter board bingo as little shutters were used in order to cover the numbers as they were called out by the dealer. Today, the name of the game has been changed to 80-ball bingo in order to identify it from 75-ball bingo and 90-ball bingo played online, and shutters aren’t used to cover the numbers.
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The 80-Ball Bingo Call Board
As its name implies, 80 numbers (one through to eighty) are called out during a game of 80-ball bingo. The call board in this variant is similar to the one used in 75-ball bingo, however it contains five rows of sixteen numbers, for 80 numbers in total. The numbers are split into four groups of separate colors at twenty number intervals, as such:.
- Red group – numbers one through to twenty
- Yellow group – numbers twenty one through to forty
- Blue group – numbers forty one through to fifty nine
- Silver group – numbers sixty through to eighty
How to Play 80-Ball Bingo
Online bingo rooms seem to be having a lot of fun with 80-Ball Bingo in recent times, with the option of offering a variety of patterns which player need to complete in order to win bingo. Patterns will obviously vary from site to site, but most of them will offer the traditional Full House card, where players are required to complete all the numbers on the card in order to win a prize. Other patterns include diagonal bingo, horizontal bingo, vertical bingo, Big X, Four Corners, Blackout Bingo and Centre Square.
Players begin their game of 80-ball bingo by purchasing the cards they want at the online bingo site. Once they have selected the cards they want, they are purchased with a quick click on the ‘Buy Tickets’ button.
Once the game begins, the dealer starts calling out the numbers randomly, from one through to eighty. The numbers that have been called appear on the 80-ball bingo call board.
The player who manages to complete the pre-determined pattern first and calls ‘bingo’ is the winner of the game.
Some online bingo sites offer their players the opportunity to win top prizes by linking the 80-ball bingo games to progressive jackpots, whose prize pools increase every time the game is played. In addition, guaranteed jackpots are also found through this variant of bingo..
80-ball bingo is the perfect choice for players who want something slightly different out of their bingo gaming sessions, and who want to move away from the traditional 75-ball or 90-ball bingo games usually found at their favorite sites. As the popularity of 80-ball bingo grows, more and more online bingo sites are offering this variant as a choice, and sites are beginning to become creative through the introduction of different patterns and winning opportunities.
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