In traditional Bingo games, the game is played matching the numbers that are randomly selected to the bingo cards. These numbers are matched to form a pattern. This pattern is chosen before the person (caller) starts calling the number. The person who first matches the pre informed pattern shouts “Bingo” to let the caller know that he has won.
Based on the target population’s country, theonline bingo site can be based on European or US standard rules. The bingo numbers are 90 for European standard rules and 75 for US standard rules.
The numbers that are called is usually represented by a ball using the random number generator. The caller calls the number to be marked in the room. The players available in the room will mark the numbers after verifying all the purchased cards, if the numbers are available on the card. If the Auto option is selected, the number is marked automatically by the card manager or software. If it’s manual, then the player can mark the number by clicking on the number square. The card manager is the software used in the online bingo sites that does all the function if the player opts for the Auto option. The “BINGO” button is clicked, when the “bingo” pattern is displayed. For Auto option, it’s automatically done by the card manager. The best tip for the new users is to select the Auto option and they can enjoy the game until they get comfortable about how the game is played.
Depending on the bingo site and their software they use, the bingo cards can be maximized and minimized with “+” or “-“buttons. If maximized, the number of the player’s card displayed in the monitor will be few and have to browse through the other cards manually when the number is called.
Almost all the online sites have an additional feature called as “Best Card Forward”. When the cards are maximized to a larger version, this features brings the card that are close to the pattern that user is trying automatically. The card is placed in the first card position on the display.
The chance of winning depends on the number of the cards the player is allowed in a game and the number of the cards the player is playing. If the player has 6 cards in a game and he has around 600 cards, the chance of winning is 1 in 100.
In US standard bingo online sites, the columns are labeled form left to right with the letters ‘B’, ‘I’, ‘N’, ‘G’, ‘O’. The center space is left free. The cards are assigned numbers in each of the 25 spaces. The B column has the number ranging from 1 to 15, I column contains 16 to 30, N contains 31 to 45, G contains 46 to 60 and finally O contains 61 to 75. The number appears only once in the card.