Play Bingo U.K Style

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 26th, 2010

Each year millions of U.K. Pounds are spent and won by people who play bingo in the United Kingdom. These large amounts are spent on the two formats available, the online form of the game and the numerous bingo halls spread across the United Kingdom where people can play bingo.

The U.K. version plays with numbers between 1 and 90 inclusive. People play bingo with 'tickets' in the United Kingdom whereas in the United States they play with 'cards'. Each ticket is made up of 3 rows or lines and 9 columns. There are 5 numbers in a row and each ticket has 15 numbers. A 'book' can be purchased to play bingo; these books are a group of 6 tickets and will cover all 90 numbers. When buying tickets to play bingo, a player must buy enough to last him a session. These sessions generally last for 1 hour and between 3 and 8 games are played per session.

Obviously when people play they want to win money. For this to happen when they play bingo, 1 of 3 things must happen:

1) The player gets all 5 numbers in the first row of his ticket.

2) The player gets 5 numbers in both the first and second line.

3) The player gets all the numbers in the 3 lines, this is known as a full house.

When people play bingo and 1 of the 3 mentioned scenarios occur, the player must then call out "house" to claim his win. If a player gets the 5 numbers in the first row, the game is paused to validate the win and the winning ticket is shown on a screen. The game continues until all 3 lines on a ticket have been won. To claim for a multi-line win, the lines must be on the same ticket. The prize pool is split between the 3 winning combinations, where the bigger portion of the pool goes to the player who wins with a full house.

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