This is seen as a much more niche version of the game than say 90 or 75 ball bingo, and you will notice straight away that the tickets look very different.
A 4×4 grid is the structure used here, and all 16 squares on the grid will have numbers in them, so there are no blanks.
You might notice that there are four different colours on the grid, and these are to signify which set of numbers go where:
This means you need 16 out of 80 numbers to fall your way in order to get a full house, so it is harder to complete a card here than in 90 ball bingo.
The calling of the numbers and marking them off on your card is the same as always, but there are a few alternative ways to win:
- Horizontal Line – Any horizontal line of 4 numbers marked off.
- Vertical Line – Any vertical line of 4 numbers marked off.
- Diagonal Line – Any diagonal line of 4 numbers marked off.
- Four Corners – The four corner squares marked off.
- Square – The four central squares marked off.
- Full House – All 16 squares marked off.
There is more scope for change here, so not all of these ways to win will necessarily be available in every game; for example some games might be using ‘square’ as a win while others might not, but the qualifying wins should be made clear from the start.
There are also 2 and 3 line wins available sometimes, and these can be made up from any combination of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines; so you might have two horizontal rows and one diagonal row marked off for a 3 line win.
80 ball bingo tends to move at a much faster pace than 90 ball, so you will get through more games in a similar amount of time. This, coupled with the additional potential winning lines and more chances to win during each game makes it ideal for players who want more action.