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Is There A Specific Bingo Variant For UK Players?




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We’re huge fans of bingo, and if you’re reading this you probably are too! There’s nothing better than your numbers being picked and being the first to shout ‘BINGO!’, with the laid back nature of the game securing it as a permanent staple of the casino world - play bingo today.
The game has become so popular that it is played all across the world in many different ways, but the way we play in the UK is named ’90 Ball Bingo’. Read on to find out more!

What is 90 Ball Bingo?

90 Ball Bingo is a classic variant of bingo, invented and most-commonly played in the UK. The variant has had a massive impact on the world of bingo, with many other countries adopting it as their main way of playing, such as:           
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Sweden
You’ve probably played 90 Ball Bingo already, but you may not know the difference between the USA version, 75 Ball Bingo. Well, it’s more simple than it may seem – in 75 Ball, there are just 75 balls, and usually only one chance to win! In 90 Ball, everyone has three opportunities to hit the jackpot, and the additional 15 balls makes for a longer, more enjoyable bingo experience – perfect!

Are there any other big differences?

There is one more pretty major difference, but it’s not actually related to the rules of 90 Ball Bingo, rather, it’s the presence of the wonderful bingo calls that we know and love in the UK! If you’re from the UK this is probably pretty familiar and will bring a smile to your face – for anyone else, we’ll give you a few examples. They’re basically catchy, amusing and clever phrases or nicknames for numbers, such as:
  • ‘Number 35, jump and jive!’
  • Number 88, two fat ladies!’
  • ‘Number 83, time or tea!’
These may not seem like a big deal, yet when you ask a British person about bingo they’ll probably start by mentioning one of these calls! Some rhyme, some are cryptic, some are cheeky and some have historic significance. Overall though, they simply add another layer of detail and fun to what is already a fantastic game! Other countries such as the USA have tried to match the brilliance of UK bingo calls, and all have failed… well, in our opinion. You just can’t beat a good British bingo call!

90 Ball Bingo – A British Classic

Overall, there are many variants of bingo available to play in the UK, but by far the most popular and easily our favorite variant is none other than 90 Ball Bingo. It’s a long game if you want it to be or a quick bite-sized bingo session if you prefer that. The prizes are great, and best of all you get to hear the wonderful bingo calls of the host, bringing nostalgia, smiles and laughs to all who are playing. So many variants of bingo out there, and we don’t want to be biased – but UK 90 Ball Bingo is definitely our cup of tea.

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