75 ball bingo is the North American version of the classic bingo game that is played in land-based bingo halls and online bingo sites from around the world. Although its actual origins are not clearly known, this game is said to have evolved during late 1920s at a carnival in Atlanta, USA. In comparison to the 90 ball bingo, which is the European variant of bingo, 75 ball bingo is slightly more complex and is played with a different set of rules and cards. This version of bingo can be played at a number of bingo halls and also online bingo sites across the UK today.75 Ball Bingo Cards75 ball bingo is played using a 5X5 square shaped card with 5 rows and 5 columns that contain 24 numbers. All the spaces or boxes on this bingo card, except the centre one, have randomly arranged numbers on them. On top of the bingo card, above the columns, the word ‘BINGO’ is written, with each letter of the word assigned to each column. The rows are numbered 1 to 5.
The numbers on the bingo card are arranged in such a way that the first column or column B has numbers between 1 and 15, column I has numbers between 16 and 30, and so on with the last column O having numbers between 61 ad 75. All the rows and columns, except row 3 and column N, have 5 numbers each, with no free spaces in between.
How to Play 75 Ball Bingo
Like in other forms of bingo, players of 75 ball bingo have to mark numbers, when they are called, on their bingo cards and create a specific pattern to win. This is also a multiple player game that can be played with 5X5 bingo cards, a bingo board, bingo numbered ping-pong balls and a moderator.
To play online, just look for a site that offers the North American version of bingo, make a deposit and select a card you want to buy. In online bingo, numbers are picked by a random number generator or RGN software and players have to mark numbers on their virtual cards card by clicking on them.
North American Bingo Winning Patterns
Along with the complete row or column line patterns of the European 90 ball bingo, 75 ball bingo has a variety of other winning patterns that form numbers, alphabets and shapes like star, cross, etc. The most commonly used patterns include –
Coverall – all the numbers on bingo card should be marked
Straight line – a complete row or column has to be marked
Star – Numbers marked should form the shape of a star
Cross – Numbers marked should form a ‘Plus’ or ‘+’ symbol
Alphabets and Numbers – players have to mark numbers to form the specified alphabet or number to win
In all cases, the first player who forms the specified pattern wins.
Play 75 Ball Bingo Online
To play 75 ball bingo online, you need to look for a reliable site that offers this variation for real money. But before choosing a site, ensure that it is licensed, has secure options for banking, and also offers deposit or welcome bonuses which can be used to your advantage.