90-ball bingo is sweeping across the Internet. Many experts are saying that it is the future of online bingo, but why? And, more importantly, what is it, how's it different from regular bingo, and how do I play? 90-ball bingo is a variation of bingo that's generally played in Europe and South America, but can be found the world over. It's has many similarities to the B-I-N-G-O bingo (75-ball bingo) that is common in America, but B-I-N-G and O are not among them.
The 90 balls of 90-ball bingo are not letter specified. There is no B column containing the numbers 1 - 15. Instead there are 9 unspecified columns (a bingo card stretched out) and three rows (then squished up).
Numbers 1 - 90 are randomly placed in any position on the bingo card, which is called a ticket. The ticket, aside from the obvious dimensional differences and lack of B-I-N-G-O, has one other difference that's a key to winning the game. Each of the three horizontal rows on the bingo ticket has five numbers in it, leaving four blank spaces, which are given as free spaces. Every game of 90-ball bingo has three winners.
The winners are the first people to get a bingo in the three distinct ways. The first bingo is one row, meaning the first player to have all five numbers of one row called wins the first jackpot. The second bingo is two rows, the first player to cover two horizontal rows. The final jackpot is called the 'full house,' which, like the blackout in America, is when a bingo player covers an entire card or ticket.
Now that you know the basic rules of 90-ball bingo you're ready to play. There are several bingo websites online that currently offer 90-ball bingo. Logging on to one of these websites is just like joining any online bingo room.
Even if you have never played online bingo it's very easy to do. You fill in some information, make a small deposit and start playing bingo. The difference in playing 90-ball bingo online and regular bingo is in ticket buying.
You can buy one ticket or you can buy a strip of 6 tickets. On a strip of 6 tickets all 90 numbers are represented. The other difference is the projected jackpots that may come.
Experts say that 90-ball bingo is the future of online bingo because the way the game is played lends itself to bigger prizes. With the 'full house' being the final prize of every game the games will last longer and allow money to accumulate in the jackpot. Plus three prizes are given away every game. In many ways the game seems more like a lottery, where the winner has to get all five numbers first, but unlike a lottery there is always a winner.
Jeffrey Davis is a expert on Bingo and a marketing executive at Triumph Marketing, you can find more of Jeff's Bingo Articles and play bingo at http://www