About 90-ball bingo
A British classic, today 90-ball bingo is still one of the most popular types of bingo, played both online and in the real-world. People like it so much, it’s also being played all over the world. What makes it such an exiting game is you’ve got three chances to win in every round, but with 90 balls in play, winning involves a sharp eye as well as luck.
How to play 90-ball bingo
Although you can use any amount, traditionally, 90-ball bingo is played using a full strip of cards. Six individual bingo cards make up a strip, with all 90 numbers scattered amongst them. During each round, all 90 balls are called in random order. On any card, you can win by dabbing out all the numbers on one and/or two lines, or by completing an entire card – the iconic full house.
In any round of 90-ball bingo, each number can only be called once. This is why it’s ‘eyes down’ time. It’s also when a jam-packed, buzzing bingo hall suddenly falls silent. To win, all one-line, two-line and full house winners must shout bingo for it to be valid. Also, cards are usually checked by an independent party before play commences or a new round begins.
You can organise the prizes however you like, but generally the prize value increases with each win:
- 3rd prize: all the numbers on any one-line, on any card.
- 2nd prize: all the numbers on any two-lines, but on the same card.
- 1st prize: all the numbers on one card, equalling a full house.
Because it’s a bit like winning the lottery, some bingo rooms have a special jackpot for anyone who wins all three in one round.
90-ball bingo card design
Each 90-ball bingo card design is set out like a grid: 9 columns and 3 rows, totalling 27 boxes. For ease, from left to right, column values increase by values of ten:
- Column 1: numbers 0-9.
- Column 2: numbers 10-19.
- Column 3: numbers 20-29, etc.
- The last being column 9: numbers 80-90.
Each row is what’s referred to as ‘a line’ in one and two-line wins. Some boxes are blank; unlike 75-ball bingo’s wildcard, here they serve no purpose.
Play in a group, alone, anywhere
With our printable 90-ball cards and digital bingo caller, you can play anywhere, anytime you fancy, alone or with friends. Once you’ve printed your cards and loaded Bingo Machine 90, you don’t need even need an internet connection to play a game.
Print 90-ball bingo cards in 3 simple steps
Okay, you’re almost there. It’s time to think about drinks and snacks and locate your best dabbers while your shiny new 90-ball bingo cards print off. Printing should be a breeze, just follow these 3 simple steps.
Tip: using the cards you can see on-screen now, print a test sheet first.
First step: pick a colour
We’ve given you a choice of 7 great rainbow colours to choose from: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue, violet. Be sure to check you’ve got enough ink in your print cartridge before you choose one and remember to set your printer to colour. Otherwise, just select black and white.
Second step: set print dimensions
Make sure your printer is set to a standard A4 print format, or portrait size, and formatted in the upright position. These dimensions should already be set by default, but it’s useful to use the print preview function before burning through sheets of paper and wasting playtime.
Third step: create and print
Now you’re ready to roll, using the control panel (underneath colour options), select ‘create new cards’ and then hit ‘print’. You’ll no-doubt be excited, but try wait a few minutes for the print to dry before you grab them. Your friends should be pretty impressed by your bingo card creation, but smudged numbers and dirty finger prints won’t win any prizes.