WHAT IS 90-BALL BINGO?This game is traditionally played in the United Kingdom and Australia. 90-Ball Bingo gameplay is similar to 75-Ball Bingo, where players purchase cards, and then they mark the numbers on the cards from the balls that are called, hoping to be the first one to form the winning pattern.
While the basic foundation remains the same, there are some differences between 75-Ball Bingo and 90-Ball Bingo though. As the name implies, in 90-Ball Bingo, the balls are from 1 to 90 (instead of 1 to 75). Also, players buy cards in sets, where each set is composed of 6 cards.
90-BALL BINGO CARDS:
A 90-Ball Bingo card has 3 rows and 9 columns. Each row has 5 squares filled with a number, while there will be 4 random FREE squares per row.
A set is composed of 6 cards. Every possible number from 1 to 90 is distributed ONCE (and only once) to these 6 cards. Therefore, for each ball called, one number can be marked on any of the 6 cards.
Here's a sample set, with the corresponding 6 cards:
Note that the numbers 1 to 90 appear just once per card set. Each column can also contain the following numbers only:
|Column 1||1 - 9|
|Column 2||10 - 19|
|Column 3||20 - 29|
|Column 4||30 - 39|
|Column 5||40 - 49|
|Column 6||50 - 59|
|Column 7||60 - 69|
|Column 8||70 - 79|
|Column 9||80 - 90|
Each game has 3 winning patterns, so players get 3 chances to win in the same game. 1st Pattern will be a horizontal line. Depending on the game, this can be Row 1, or Row 2, or Row 3. When someone forms the 1st Pattern, another line will be added to the pattern, which will be the new 2nd Pattern. When this is formed as well, the last remaining line will be added. So the 3rd Pattern is always a Full Card game (ie all 3 lines need to be filled).
Each winning pattern has a separate Bingo Pot prize associated with it. The cost of all purchased cards contribute to the Bingo Pot, a portion is added to the Jackpot, and the rest is split to the 3 patterns. 1st Pattern gets 15%, 2nd Pattern gets 25%, and the 3rd Pattern (Full Card) gets 60% of the pot. The Bingo Pot displayed in the game is already the actual winning pot. The minimum pot for the room is applied to all 3 game patterns. The Bingo Pot is evenly DIVIDED to all winning cards if there is more than 1 winning card or player.
The Jackpot amount is awarded if the player gets a Full Card and the last ball called is any of the 3 winning balls displayed in the game. Note that there is NO jackpot for the first 2 patterns (ie you can only win the Jackpot in Full Card pattern games).
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