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There was a time (it seems so long ago, now) when bingo was a game that was played only when people got together in one room, brought out the cards and physically handled balls that were called in random order. It’s still a great game; the traditional 75-ball classic will never go out of style, after all. However, there’s a newer version available on the web: the 90-ball variety, and though it has been around for only a couple of years, it has become the most fashionable game online. Here’s why 90-ball bingo is the most popular online bingo game – and how you can play.

The traditional 75

The traditional version (with 75 balls) is easy to understand. Each player is given a card (or several cards) on which there are 25 squares in a 5 by 5 grid. Each square has a number in it – a random number from 1 to 75 – except for the number in the middle (column 3, row 3). This middle square is free for everyone. The aim of the game is to have ‘bingo,’ which happens when the balls drawn form a straight line on your card, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Of course, that’s not all: you shouldn’t forget to shout ‘Bingo!’ once the line is formed!

Add some balls

The more popular version, nowadays, works in the same way, but some balls are added – 15 to be exact, so you play with 90 balls instead of 75. This means that it requires more balls to be drawn on average before anyone gets bingo. Not only does this make the game more exciting, it also allows for more different cards to be created (as there are more numbers to put on the cards) and therefore more players to join. This, of course, translates into bigger prizes.

Playing it online

The exciting 90-ball bingo version can be played online, just like other varieties. Even more exciting – there are different varieties, versions in which the object is not to create bingo by forming a straight line, but by creating a pattern on the card. The options are endless.

And here’s another perk of playing 90-ball bingo online through online bingo sites: you are not confined by space or time; you can play it anywhere, at any time because it’s always bingo time somewhere on this small planet of ours. Not to mention the different players you can meet – players from different countries with different backgrounds and different cultures, players with various levels of experience and with multiple stakes on the table. It’s not just a game – it’s a great 90-ball party that’s happening online. And it’s not just great fun – it could be very profitable, too!