Almost everyone is familiar with 75-ball Bingo. It can appropriately be called Classic Bingo because in recent years several variations have been developed. Bingo players who prefer 75-ball often enjoy playing a different version of Bingo as a change of pace. But they always come back home to 75-ball. There's nothing like the tension that is created in a bingo hall as the number count rises and no one has yet called BINGO!
The card in 75-ball Bingo is familiar to all. There are 5 columns and 5 rows. The letters B-I-N-G-O head the columns in order. The center square is the Free Place. So, there are 24 numbers on a 75-ball card. You might think that there aren't so many possible cards using this configuration. There are, in fact, several hundred million different card faces for 75-ball. Anyone who buys multiple cards for 75-ball can be sure to find cards that have no numbers in common. Finding diverse cards is a big strategy in Bingo because once all the players have selected their cards, have gotten set up at a table, and the caller is ready to start the evening's entertainment, luck pretty much takes over.
The caller calls out the numbers and the players cover the numbers on their cards until one player completes the pre-selected pattern and calls BINGO. Sometimes more than one player "wins" at the same time. Then the cries of BINGO can rattle the windows!
There are hundreds of patterns in 75-ball bingo. Most players love watching as their cards fill up. Online, the computer will tell you how many numbers you need to win. The color of your card will change when you are "three away", then change again when you are "two away", and again for "one away". Whether you play one card or many cards, you feel tremendous excitement when the color of your card changes because you are close to winning.
A somewhat humorous sidelight of 75-ball Bingo is that often a player will finish the last game's pattern or a different game's pattern before they finish the present game's pattern. Then they moan at their luck because winning one game "late" is the Bingo equivalent of losing game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Bingo is a game that leads to much friendliness and camaraderie. Many people who like 75-ball do so because they love the tension that builds slowly as more and more numbers are called. And online chat rooms enable players to talk to each other, recreating some of the attraction of Bingo halls.
Posted by Nick David
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