80 Ball Bingo Overview
Even though 80 Ball Bingo is not offered at all online bingo rooms, it has become a very popular online bingo game. For those that have played bingo with either 75 balls, or 90 balls, learning to play 80 Ball Bingo will be easy to do.
Those who choose to play 80 Ball Bingo may simply be looking for something a little different, or perhaps feel that 75 balls are too few, or that 90 balls are too many. 80 Ball Bingo gives players the chance to enjoy a happy medium.
Online 80 Ball Bingo has its origins in the United Kingdom, and is similar to the land based bingo games ShutterBoard, or CashLine.
80 Ball Bingo Cards
Usually, the 80 Ball Bingo cards are laid out in a 4 x 4 square, which means that each board has 16 numbers on it. These games often use patterns such as an X, horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, the center square made up of the four bingo numbers in the center of the board, blackout bingo, in which all numbers need to be covered.
There are four color groups used, and each line corresponds to a different color. Each set of 20 numbers that are on the calling board are represented by different colors, with 1 – 20 being red, 21 – 40 are yellow, 41 – 60 are blue, and 61 – 80 are silver. Usually, each line of four numbers is from a different color group.
In land based 80 Ball Bingo, shutter boards are used. Shutter boards are simply boards that have little shutters that can be slid over the numbers as they are called. Players do not actually daub the numbers, and the boards can be used again and again. In online 80 Ball Bingo, even though players obviously cannot pull shutters over the numbers, the players are most likely to see the numbers shaded out instead of daubed in the usual manner.
The 80 Ball Bingo Game
To begin with, players purchase bingo cards, or tickets, at their favorite online bingo site that offers the 80 ball bingo variation. As with bingo that is played with either 75 balls, or with 90 balls, the bingo caller, or the virtual bingo caller, calls out numbers and players mark off those that appear on their online bingo tickets.
When the bingo player has managed to cover all the numbers for the pattern that is being used in the game, they will shout out “Bingo!” or simply press the bingo button on their computer screens.
When playing in online bingo rooms, it is possible to use auto-daub, a feature that will automatically mark off any numbers that have been called. This is done by using the online bingo software, and it also makes it easier to play more bingo cards in each game, since the software will keep track of the numbers, and the bingos.