Bingo Rules

 

The Rules of Bingo

Bingo is a game that has existed in one form or other for hundreds of years; but while the game may have changed in appearance, the rules have always remained the same. When you play the game, the aim is simple – numbers are selected by one person and marked off on the tickets of others. The first person to cover a specified group of numbers is the winner.

The Basics – Bingo Hall Playing

Whether you are playing bingo in a bingo hall or online, the first thing that you will need to do is purchase your tickets. In a bingo hall, these are often bought in books of six tickets per game and have several pages in the books, one page for each game. Games can rush by quite quickly in the bingo hall so beginners may find it easier to ask for three tickets rather than six to start with. Printed on each page of tickets are the numbers 1-90 in three rows of five numbers. Here is an example of four pages of bingo tickets:

Most often, games in the bingo hall are broken into three parts. A one-line win, a two-line win and a full house (three-line win). This means that you get three chances to win in each game. A computer system or machine will generate each number and a caller will call out each number as it is produced by the machine. These numbers are generated randomly, and in the case of electronic machines are tested on a regular basis to ensure that they are fair and impartial.

When the numbers are called out the players mark each number off on their card. So for example, if you are playing on the green card above and number 60 was called you would mark off the number 60 on the top line of the top card. Mark off the number 2, 42, 54 and 83 on that line too during a 1 line game and you’ve won.

Calling and verifying wins

Any player who wins needs to yell out to stop the caller from continuing the game. This must be done before the next number is called otherwise the win is lost. It is therefore very important to yell out loudly and clearly. Common calls are ‘Here’, ‘House’ and ‘Winner!’

If the game play is stopped for this reason, another staff member will verify your win by checking the numbers of your card against the numbers that have been called. To do this, card numbers are usually supplied for an electronic game (the small numbers running up the right-hand side of the cards above). When the bingo caller puts this card number in their computer system they can tell if you have won or not.

If, however, you are playing in a church or at a fun day there may not be an electronic bingo machine, instead an old school ball machine may be used. Winning calls on these games will have to be verified manually. A bingo colleague will read out each number marked off on your card and the caller will check the numbers against their list of called numbers. If both lists match, and the last number called is the number that you shouted on, you win.

How a Bingo Machine Works

With electronic machines the numbers are generated by the computer, but the ball machines are a little bit different. These machines resemble a National Lottery machine and balls are rotated in the drum before being drawn into a tube or gulley and presented to the bingo caller. The caller will then look at the ball and call the number out. Other than the means of generating each number there are no other differences in the game play from the electronic game.

More than one winner?

When playing bingo, it is important to note that more than one winner can call for a win at the same time. In the event of successful winning claims from more than one player the prize money (or prize item if money is not used) will be divided equally between the winning players. To share a bingo prize, you must call on the same number. Once a successful win claim has been made that game is completed and the next game begins.

Online Bingo

Online bingo offers a little more choice when it comes to game play, providing online players with 75 ball and 90 ball bingo rooms as standard. When playing online, numbers are called out by an automated system that is checked by external adjudicators to ensure that it is fair for all. The most recent number and its predecessors are displayed easily on the screen for a player to check their progress.

Players can choose to either mark off their numbers themselves using their mouse (or finger on a touch screen) or can allow the CPU to automatically do this for them. If choosing the latter option, players can take advantage of the larger amount of tickets available per game. While playing in person in a bingo hall allows you six tickets a game, online game players can buy up to 92 tickets a game. This is a great way of increasing your chances of winning.

Each game ticket is purchased individually, not in a book of tickets for several games, allowing players to keep an eye on their budget and bet according to their needs. Ticket prices vary between 1p-£1.00 per ticket, with larger ticket prices going hand in hand with larger potential winnings.

The major bonus of playing online is that you can play at a time that suits your lifestyle, rather than attending a bingo session at your local club at a fixed time. This means that if you find yourself bereft of something to do in an evening you can simply log on and play. Mobile bingo is also available, meaning that you can play while you are on the go regardless of location.

75 Ball Bingo

While online tickets for 90 ball bingo are identical to those found in a bingo hall, the game of 75 ball bingo is a little different. Here the ticket is divided into five rows of five numbers and games can be won in several ways.

Line, two-line, three-line, four-line, full house

Like the one, two and three-line winning possibilities in 90 ball bingo, the 75-ball bingo also has its own version, but considers all five lines. This offers more opportunities to win, but the prize funds are divided over five games instead of three.

Pattern bingo

Sometimes in lieu of completing lines, the player is required to mark off a pattern made up of numbers on their cards. Common patterns include the clock pattern, the windmill pattern and various animal patterns. Here is an example of the windmill pattern:

The winning party is the one who completes the desired pattern first. Sometimes these patterns have a fixed position on the ticket, other times it can be ‘crazy’ meaning it can be anywhere on the ticket or rotated in any direction to count as a win.

75 Ball Bingo

 

75 Ball Bingo

75 ball bingo originated in the United States and is played much more regularly in bingo halls over there than the 90 ball equivalent which we use in the UK. However, playing online has evened the score somewhat introducing a whole new audience to both games equally. If you’ve never played 70 ball bingo you’re in for a treat. Here is all you need to know about the American version of the game.

The Tickets

75 ball tickets are created using 5×5 grids and can contain either 24 or 25 numbers (24 numbers will be used if the middle space is free/blank). Tickets will usually have the letters of the word BINGO spelled out along the top of the card with one letter for each column. The numbers in the B column will be between 1-15, I will contain numbers 16-30, N houses 31-45, G column is home to 46-60 and the O column has numbers between 61-75 in it. When numbers are called in 75 ball bingo, the letter of the column the number is in will be called too, for example B3.

Game Variants

There are three different versions of a 75 ball bingo game and whether you choose to play online or in person, the winning method will be explained to you before the game begins. The playing methods are as follows:

One line and then a full house:

In this variation of the game, you first play to complete one line of your card. In games where a prize is awarded for one line you wouldn’t usually have any free squares in your game. However, this will vary from hall to hall so make sure that you know the rules before you begin playing. Once someone has called and has won the one line the game then continues until someone fills all the numbers on their card – this is known as a full house. For a line to count it can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Some games also allow wins if all four corners are covered in lieu of a line.

One line, two lines, three lines, four lines, full house:

This is more commonly seen in an online game than in a bingo hall game. Play begins like the one line and full house game, but after the one line in completed the game carries on to a two line game, then a three line etc until five rounds have been played. There are usually no free squares in this game.

Pattern Bingo

Unlike the two options above, this game is completed when a player has marked off all their numbers that create a specific pattern on their card. Common patterns include simple shapes such as crosses, hearts and champagne glasses. Other patterns may include letters or numbers. A variation on the pattern bingo game sees players try to complete a ‘crazy’ pattern – one that can be positioned at any angle on the bingo card. So, for example, a clock pattern with the hands pointing at 12 o’clock would be a winner, but so would a clock with hands pointing at any other time.

Prizes Available

Prizes vary depending on many factors, most notably the number of players and the number of claims per game. Larger numbers of players will attract larger rewards and smaller sums will be given for lower player numbers.

It is also worth knowing that prize sums are divided by the claims in the game, so in the case of the pattern bingo above, the prize money is only awarded on one game outcome – completing the pattern. In the case of the 1,2,3,4 and full house game, the prize funds have been divided five times, one for each part of the game, meaning more chances of winning, but lower winnings for each successful player.

Games where less is paid per ticket will also generally have a lower prize fund than those where tickets cost more, so this is something to weigh up when considering your gaming budget. In a bingo hall, it may be difficult to find out what the prize funds will be until you’ve purchased your tickets, but this is much easier online where the amount paid out per line and full house/pattern is readily displayed for you to check.

Gameplay Strategies

Know the rules

It goes without saying that any time you are playing a game where money is at stake you should take the time to familiarise yourself with the rules. If you are visiting a bingo hall and are unsure of the rules of the game or it is your first time playing, it is a good idea to ask a member of staff to run through how to play so you feel more confident.

If you are playing online, game rules are provided in the FAQ and usually in a link attached to the game itself for peace of mind. This way you can play worry free without making a mistake that could cost you a win.

Multiple Cards

A way of increasing your odds is to purchase multiple cards per game rather than playing with one. It goes without saying though that playing more cards will diminish your bingo budget more quickly, so calculate the benefits carefully. Also do bear in mind that if you are playing in person rather than online you will need to mark the cards off yourself, so make sure that you don’t purchase more than you can comfortably handle. Bingo games can go quickly, and if you’re struggling to keep up you are more likely to miss any potential wins. When playing online this shouldn’t be a problem as you can set your game to auto-daub so that your cards are marked automatically for you.

Play at Quiet Times

If you’re playing online and are looking to increase the odds of winning it is much more effective to play in quieter times to avoid larger numbers of players. With less players, you are going to have a better chance of winning, and by avoiding the busier periods you can get to grips with the game if you are a novice player. Take note of the busy times online (straight after work and weekends can be busy, for example) and try to build your bingo schedule around to avoid those times. You will find that with a bit of research you will come across those games that attract the most people and work out a time that best suits your needs.

90 Ball Bingo

 

90 Ball Bingo

It is fair to say that in the UK 90 ball bingo is the most popular bingo variation and is played in bingo halls and online every day. It also has a large following in Australia and New Zealand as well as in parts of Europe. You can also find the game in the US, although it is not as popular as the US version of bingo where numbers between 1-75 are called. If you’ve ever been interested in playing 90 ball bingo but don’t know where to start, or would just like to know a little more about the game have a read below as we run through all the bingo rules.

The Game

Playing 90 ball bingo is simple. All players have tickets and a pen or dauber to mark off their numbers. In the game of online bingo, the dauber is automatic, in a bingo hall the player will need to mark off their numbers themselves. A caller will read out a series of random numbers and the players will mark off these numbers on their tickets. Games are usually broken down into several sections with an opportunity to win on every line, two lines and full house (all three lines) available. The aim of the game is to mark off the line, two line or full house to win. Larger jackpot games may be played for a straight-through full house without wins for the line and two line games. While less options of winning may seem a negative thing, this is counteracted by a larger prize pot. Prize pots are divided by each win per game, so if there are three chances to win in a game the funds will be divided by three. In a straight-through full house the prize pot is not split,

If you’re lucky enough to win you need to call out to stop the game. This MUST be done before the next number is called to claim the win. If playing online the game will be stopped automatically for you and you will not have to call out. In a bingo hall, it is essential to use your loudest voice to make sure you’re heard.

The Tickets

The tickets, or cards as they are sometimes known consist of three horizontal rows and nine columns. Each of these rows will have five numbers and four blank spaces. Column 1 will have numbers between 1-9 in it, column 2 will have the numbers 10-19, column 3 will have numbers 20-29 and so on. In a bingo hall, you can purchase tickets in strips of up to six tickets per game. Six is the most commonly purchased amount per game although it is worth remembering that games in a bingo hall can be very quick, so purchasing less tickets may be better for brand new players to the game. Tickets are purchased in books which contain tickets for several games. When one game is completed players turn over the page of their book and begin a new game.

Online tickets work a little differently. When a player logs in to the bingo room they have the option to purchase individual tickets for each game. Online bingo halls usually give you the option of auto marking your numbers allowing you to purchase more tickets than you would usually have in a physical bingo hall. Some games have as many as 96 tickets per game, allowing you to adjust your ticket purchase to suit your budget. Ticket prices vary from 1p-£1.00 each.

Prizes Available

As mentioned earlier, game jackpots are divided by the amount of winning opportunities per game. So, for example, if you played a line, two line and full house game it may be divided like so:

1 line £10

Two lines £15

Full House £25.

Games can also be played with a progressive jackpot. This can be seen both online and in bingo halls. Progressive jackpots as the name suggests are cash prizes that progress – rise – each time they are not won. There are usually conditions attached to winning a progressive jackpot such as calling on a number to win or calling in a set number of calls (for example calling a full house in under 40 numbers) to earn the cash. The progressive jackpot is won in addition to the usual full house prize but is usually much bigger. The biggest online progressive jackpot ever won in the UK was £5.9 million pounds! Not bad for a day’s work.

Gameplay Strategies

When playing online there are various strategies you can put in place to make gameplay more enjoyable or increase your potential chance to win. Here are some tips to get you started.

Play multiple games

It’s a common fact that the more tickets you buy the more chance you have to win, so the larger the ticket purchase the better odds you will have. Do bear in mind that this has an impact on your budget, so make sure you can afford to play with the amount of tickets you have purchased. Purchasing larger amounts of cheaper tickets may be more effective in the long run and help to stretch your budget.

Play in Inexpensive Games

Following on from this, it is worth remembering that even one ticket can win a progressive jackpot, so even if your tickets only cost 1p each you still have the same chance of winning as someone who has purchased a £1 ticket in another game. By purchasing cheaper tickets, you can play more games and enjoy a whole evening playing bingo for a relatively cost-effective pastime.

Watch out for Bonuses

Did somebody say bonuses? When signing up for a bingo site you will usually be offered a bingo bonus which will give you additional funds to build up your bank roll. There are usually terms and conditions attached to this bonus, so ensure that you read the small print carefully for play through requirements (how many times you must bet the bonus before you can withdraw it).

Online bingo is big business, so don’t be surprised to see many other bingo bonuses and promotions on a regular basis. Taking advantage of these will help stretch your budget and increase your time spent playing. Some bingo clubs also have promotional games with buy one get one free tickets or ones that offer an opt in to a larger jackpot game. If you take advantage of these you can usually increase your long-term odds of winning and get more bang for your buck.

Online Bingo Introduction

 

Online Bingo Intro

If you’ve ever wondered what this online bingo malarkey is all about wonder no more. We’re here to explain to you everything you need to know to get started on one of our nation’s favourite pastimes. And the best bit? You don’t even have to leave your sofa to be in with a chance of winning big!

The game is really old

While online bingo has been around for 20 years now, the game of bingo itself is much, much older. It was first invented in the 1530s in Italy and was originally more of a lotto-type game. It then found itself spreading out into wider Europe before crossing the pond to our American cousins. It was here that the game evolved into the version we play today. Its name was originally going to be ‘Beano’ named after the dried beans that were used to cover the numbers on the cards, but when the American toy maker Edwin S. Lowe tested the game on his friends, one of them yelled out ‘Bingo’ instead of ‘Beano’ and it stuck!

Is it legal in the UK?

While some countries are strict on gambling online, in the UK it is a pastime that is enjoyed by many. In England, the game falls under the category of a lottery type game thanks to a definition given in the 1928 Royal Commission report. It is considered a game of chance as every participant is provided with a random set of numbers, which allows it to avoid the licensing issues that can flounder casino games.

How do you play online bingo?

Playing online bingo is really simple, and contrary to popular belief, players don’t miss out on the sense of community you can find in a bingo hall. This is in part down to that chat rooms that are run by friendly chat hosts to encourage conversation.

Much like in a bingo hall, games of both 90 and 75 ball bingo are played and because there are so many people online at the same time, jackpots can be huge. For example, in 2012 a grandfather from Lincolnshire won a staggering £5.9 million jackpot by betting just 30p on his card!

Games can cost as little as 1p a ticket, and max out at around £1 per ticket with the larger sums usually rising in line with larger jackpots. Players can purchase between 1-96 tickets per game, much more than you would usually find in a bingo hall.

The process works like this:

1. Players sign up for the site and are usually offered bonus funds for doing so. This adds to your bank roll, but do bear in mind that there are playthrough requirements attached before withdrawals can be made. Check out the terms and conditions when you sign up.

2. Players then deposit funds into the bingo site’s secure banking system. These are protected using the latest SSL security protection for peace of mind, ensuring that your personal details are kept safe.

3. Players then enter the lobby. Here you will find a selection of 75 ball and 90 ball games, each with their own jackpots and ticket prices easily displayed. There will also be a counter for each game telling you how long it is before the game starts. Simply select the game you would like to play to take you to the right room.

4. Once in the room you purchase your tickets. To do this there is usually a slider so you can select how many bingo cards you would like to buy. Cards are usually marked automatically for you, meaning you can purchase more than you would usually at a bingo hall without the fear of missing a number. You can, however, chose to mark your cards manually yourself if you prefer. Once you have selected your cards, you click ‘buy’ which than purchases your cards ready for the game to begin.

5. Sit back and watch as the numbers are called and displayed on your screen. These are usually audibly called out as well for those who prefer a more realistic feel to their bingo experience. In some bingo rooms video link is also available showing you the numbers being called by a real-life bingo caller.

6. Chat to your hearts content in the chatroom. Here you will find all the other players of the game you are playing as well as a friendly chat host. As well as getting everyone talking, the chat host will also organise chat games where you can win bonus points or cash prizes when you take part. Some chat games will require you to answer a question, whereas others may award you bonus points simply based on your positioning in the chat list.

7. Win! Well, hopefully anyway. You don’t need to claim for your win yourself, the computer does that for you so you can be sure you’ll never miss a prize. Good news if you want to wander away from your PC or tablet while you make a brew.

Types of games in online bingo

As mentioned above there are 75 ball and 90 ball bingo games commonly found online, although some sites also include 80 ball games. 75 ball games consist of cards of 5 rows of 5 numbers and sometimes have the middle or top left square marked as a free number. Some games are broken down into 1 line, 2-line, 3-line, 4-line and full-house rounds offering five chances to win per game. On other games, you are required to complete a set pattern to win the game.

In 90 ball games, there are usually three chances to win, a 1 line game, 2-line and full-house, although some larger jackpot games are played as a straight-through full-house game with no 1 line or 2-line rounds.

Each game has a kitty which is split over the rounds of each game. Say for example, a 90 ball game has the kitty of £50 to win. It may be broken down like this:

1 line – £10

2 lines – £15

Full house – £25

In addition to a kitty, many games also have a progressive jackpot. This is usually a much larger sum and is awarded to a full house winner if they win the game in a set amount of numbers called, for example under 40 numbers.

Thinking of giving it a try?

If you’re wondering if playing online is worth it we urge you to give it a try. Setting up an account is simple, and often you are given a free bonus just for signing up to get you started. Who knows, you could be as lucky as our chap in Lincolnshire and make yourself a millionaire!

History of Bingo

The History of Bingo

When you think of bingo you may think of grannies huddled around a table in a bingo hall marking off cards as they chase an elusive win, but bingo has in fact gathered somewhat of a resurgence in the past 20 years or so with the introduction of online bingo sites that offer the tempting chance to win cash while also keeping your street cred. This has led to a revolution in the bingo halls where it is common to see younger people flock to the halls in search of a cheap night’s entertainment and the chance to win big.

A Humble Beginning

But while the new-found youth movement in bingo has been a recent development, the game of bingo is anything but young. It may surprise you to learn that the game was first played in its original form in 1530, where it derived from Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia, a traditional lottery-type game. The game rose in popularity until it transitioned across borders to France in the late 1770s, where its name was simplified to ‘Le Lotto’ and was the game of aristocrats and the wealthy. This version consisted of 27 squares which were divided into three rows and nine columns which were filled with numbers between 1-90, much like our game today. There would even be a caller who would choose a wooden number token and read the number out loud to the players. Unlike players today, the players of 18th century France only needed to cover a horizontal line to win, so games were much swifter.

Bingo: The educator

In the 19th century, the game took on a more serious, educational role and was used as an aid to teach children essential information such as animal names, times tables and spelling. If you venture into a children’s toy shop today, you may well see variations of bingo designed for this very purpose, so obviously, those canny Germans were onto something.

The Game We Know and Love

It wasn’t until 1929 that the game was renamed Bingo and was created in the vision we see today with bingo cards for multiplayer games. It was thanks to a New York man called Edwin S. Lowe, a toymaker, who visited a carnival in the US state of Georgia and saw a group of people playing a game called ‘Beano.’ It resembled the French game ‘Le Lotto’ where a caller would take wooden disks and call them aloud. Rather than the pens and dabbers we use today, players would mark their cards using beans, hence the name ‘Beano.’ The game would be won when someone filled in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line with beans and yelled out ‘Beano.’

When Lowe returned to New York he was filled with excitement. Never before had he seen such frantic playing of a game before, and wanted to show his friends what he had discovered in Georgia. He created boards from cardboard and used rubber stamps to number them. In the pantry, he found dried beans to mark off the cards. He and his friends collected themselves and began playing, and he found that they enjoyed the game just as much as the people he had seen at the carnival. It is believed that when one of his friends won the game, instead of yelling ‘Beano’ as the people at the carnival had done, he yelled ‘Bingo’ in his joy, and Lowe decided that this was catchier, and it stuck.

The Professor

There was one thing Lowe needed though to market this game on a larger scale and make it stick – and that was maths. You see, it’s all very well and good printing cards using stamps and cardboard, but this poses problems with number probability and repeat patterns. He sold cards for $1 for 12 and $2 for 24, but he found that there were too many winners each time. He searched for someone who could help, and he found his match at the University of Columbia, a maths professor called Carl Leffler. Between the two, they decided that it would be better to increase the number of squares on the board and Leffler was left to the daunting task of mulling over the matter of probabilities. After a huge amount of effort, he came up with 6,000 unique bingo cards to solve the winning problem. The game also featured the numbers 1-75, unlike the French game of the past. Bingo went into mass production, and soon found an unlikely market.

Religion and Bingo

Once the game became ready to market, Lowe was approached by a member of the Catholic church, who asked if he could use the game to raise funds for his parish. Lowe, being a kindly gentleman agreed and before he knew it, the game was played in churches all over the US. In fact, by 1934 there were over 10,000 games played weekly by US citizens!

Across the Pond

Not long after this, the game came across to our shores in the UK, where it was an overnight success. Unlike the US game, the UK bingo game was played between the numbers of 1-90. Bingo callers would use popular references when calling out the numbers, drawing from music hall songs, celebrities and military terms for inspiration. Here it continued to grow and grow, reaching peak popularity in the 60’s where bingo halls could be found in near enough every town and seaside resort in the country, bolstered by the repeal of the Entertainment Tax that was first levied to provide war funds for WWI. The gaming act was also opened up in 1960, which aided the introduction of bingo halls, who were taking the places of struggling cinemas to fill the entertainment void. In 1968, slot machines could also be introduced into bingo halls, appealing to even more punters.

70’s Onwards

By the time the 70’s rolled around, bingo was big money, and it would not be unreasonable for a player to hope that maybe, just maybe their numbers would come up and change their life forever. The introduction of the ‘Link’ game, a game played by all clubs nationwide allowed players to complete for the chance to win thousands – sometimes hundreds of thousands – of pounds, adding to the popularity of the game. These games continue today, and in 2007 the first Bingo Millionaire was created.

Recently, playing bingo in clubs has been on a decline, partly because of online bingo playing (the first site was set up in 1996 called Cyberbingo.com) and in the UK it has also been affected by Health Act of 2005, which banned smoking in enclosed places; something which has also had a detrimental effect on pubs and nightclubs too. For some though, the social aspects of a bingo hall far outweigh playing online, and will always be king.

Moving Patterns

As the name suggests, these patterns have trouble staying stationary. With moving patterns, you may find that at the start of the game a pattern needs to be completed using the top rows of a bingo board, whereas half-way through the pattern may have shifted to the bottom right of the board. Sometimes moving patterns are combined with rotating patterns, meaning that you have two issues to contend with. This can add excitement to a game where you felt you had no chance of winning, or alternatively, luck may not be in your favour and render a very good card an unlikely winner. Not a game type for a beginner, but those who are feeling adventurous and have a little experience behind them should do fine playing moving patterned bingo.

What are Wild Patterns?

Wild patterns are a little like your run of the mill patterns in that you need to create a distinct design to win the game. However, with wild patterns there are no set numbers that the pattern must be formed from, meaning it can be found anywhere on the bingo board.
To explain this further, let’s take the clock pattern example from earlier. Let’s say for argument’s sake that the usual clock pattern is made with numbers B2, 3 & 4, I16 and 20, N31, 33 & 35, G46, 49 & 50 and O62, 63 & 64. Well, in a wild pattern, these numbers can be different as long as the pattern is still produced in the same way. So, where your clock may have started at B2, it may now not start until B10, incorporating the spaces around it to create the pattern.

What are Crazy/Rotating/Any Way Patterns?

Crazy patterns, or sometimes rotating patterns as they can also be known, are patterns which can be completed at various angles for a win. These are usually rotated in 90 degree increments. Take for example our clock pattern from earlier. As we mentioned, the hands of the clock point to the bottom right hand side of the clock; but on a crazy clock pattern, the circle of the clock could stay intact, but the hands may point to the top left of the clock and still be deemed a winner. A win would also be accepted if the hands pointed to the bottom left or top right of the clock too.

The Windmill Pattern

Like the other patterns on the list, the Windmill pattern is attributed to the 75-ball bingo game and resembles the blades of a windmill. It consists of seventeen numbers, making it the largest of the patterns on the list. Because of this, games are likely to last longer than some of their counterparts while players sit patiently waiting for their numbers to be called.

The Clock Pattern

The clock pattern is a circular pattern consisting of fourteen numbers. Two of these numbers make up the hands of the clock, and are usually positioned in the bottom right of the clock face. This is a very popular pattern, and has been used in many online bingo games over the years. Because of its number size, it can allow for longer games than some pattern games which can increase player enjoyment. It can also be found to be a wild pattern (a pattern that can be anywhere on the board) and a crazy pattern, where the hands of the clock may be found in a different position.