Bingo: How to Play + Best Casinos (2021)
Bingo in online casinos is a game of chance, exactly as its land-based counterpart. However, there are some obvious differences between them that are caused by “online” nature of Bingo in online casinos.
Bingo is a lottery-based game, and, as you may have guessed, there will be drawing involved. In order to play Bingo (both land-based and online) you would need these equipment pieces:
A ball machine in land-based casinos. There are 90 of balls inside , and each ball has a unique number assigned to it, from 1 to 90.In online casinos there is no physical drawing in place. Instead, this job is done by RNG (random number generator) in the background, and online casino players can see the results of the drawing in the same way (they are presented with pictures of drawn balls).
A card with some numbers on it. It is an essential part of any Bingo game, and both land-based and online versions have it in place. A player is going to interact with a card during Bingo rounds.
There can be more just one card. Actually as many as a player wish, but in practice those numbers are limited as a player have to keep track of all numbers on them. In online casinos this job is done automatically by a computer program so players can afford to grab more cards than they normally would in land-based casinos.
Playing online Bingo is very easy and straightforward.
Step 1. A player is supposed to choice how much to bet on each card.
Step 2. A player needs to choice how many cards to have. Each new card increases chances of winning, but it costs extra money to get them. This concept in Bingo is very similar to paylines in video slots.
That’s how ready for drawing set up (here a player has 6 cards) can look like in online casinos.
Step 3. The fun part of the game starts here, and a ball machine is going to draw one ball at a time. A player is supposed to cross numbers on the cards that coincide with drawn numbers. In online casinos it is done automatically.
The goal of the game is to get all numbers crossed according to some predetermined patterns. The most well-known pattern is a row.
Please notice, that a ball machine has got 90 balls inside, but only some limited number of them will be drawn (depends on particular Bingo type, but 65 is very common).
After all balls are drawn (65 in our case) the winning will be paid according to pay table.
That’s how completed rows look like after 65 numbers were drawn.
Payouts structure can be very different, but often everything comes down to how many rows a player has managed to cross on one card (each card pays separately). The more rows the better prize.
Also it is important to point out that amount of numbers to be drawn affects payouts in a big way. Less numbers a player draws, less chances to get row crossed and less generous payouts as a result (and vice versa).
In our particular example , where a player draws 65 numbers, payouts are:
Pays 20 to 1: when all 3 rows of a card are crossed
Pays 2 to 1: when any 2 rows of a card are crossed
Pays 1 to 1: when any 1 row of a card is crossed
About RTP and House Edge
Online Bingo does not have fixed RTP or House Edge percentage, because of diversity how the game can be implemented by a particular software provider (amount of numbers to be drawn impacts RTP in a big way). And, in that sense, Bingo is similar to online slots, where each slot has its own RTP level.
As for my experience, it is hard to find online Bingo with RTP higher than 95% (or House Edge of 5%) on the market, and it is very common to see these numbers even as low as 80-90% (or House Edge of 10-20%).
Given that, there are thousands of casino games on the market (mostly slots and classic casino games) that provide online casino players with far more lucrative RTP %, than Bingo does. However, if you are a fan of online Bingo, you’d better pick up the game very carefully since they are not equal in terms of RTP.