What are Bingo Cards

Thu, 29 May 2008 17:50

What are Bingo Cards

A deeper and explaining look on bingo cards.

Bingo cards important to any Bingo game. Without them, bingo is pointless. A bingo card comprises of 25 squares arranged in neat columns and rows. On top the card are letters B, I, N, G, and O -- one for every column. Each column is comprised of 5 random numbers, except for the N column which has 4. The random numbers for the B column may range from 1 to 15, I from 16 to 30, N from 31 to 45, G from 46 to 60, and O from 61 to 75.
History of Bingo Cards

Before, the numbers on bingo cards are either hand-painted or rubber-stamped. This was to ensure that each card is unique and that no card has an advantage over the others. When bingo started gaining popularity, the need for more randomized cards increased. It was said that to meet the increasing demands, a bingo card manufacturer hired a mathematician whose job is to come up with as many randomly-numbered cards as he can. This task proved to be very challenging and demanding that the mathematician eventually ended up in the mental institution.

Bingo Card Varieties

The most common variety of bingo card is the one widely used in land-based and online bingo halls  today. This popular bingo card variety is comprised of 5 by 5 grids. Most cards are made of paper and cardboard, especially those used in traditional bingo halls. However, these days bingo halls are now starting to make use of computerized cards and flimsies. Flimsies are a set of bingo cards printed on paper and they often come in a number of formats. A flimsy may contain a minimum of one card per sheet and a maximum of nine cards per sheet.

The United Kingdom version of bingo, which is called Housie, uses a different kind of cards. Unlike the US bingo cards, UK cards are made up of nine columns and three rows. Each column contains three random numbers. The numbers in the first column may range from 1 to 9, the second column from 10 to 19, the third column from 20 to 29, and so on.

Can Bingo Cards Guarantee a Win?

Bingo fanatics know that the game is purely dependent on luck. If a player chanced upon a card or cards bearing all the right numbers that can complete the featured pattern, then he wins the prize pot. That's how simple the game is. However, acquiring more cards increases a player's odds of winning. This means that the more cards you have, the bigger your chances of completing the featured pattern and winning the prize. But having the most number of cards in a single game still doesn't guarantee that you'll win easily. Keep in mind that there are more than 16, 300, 000 different combinations of bingo cards, so it's hard to determine which ones will generate a win.

Tips in Managing Bingo Cards

When playing bingo, don't get too many cards. Having several cards may increase your odds of winning but it decreases your attentiveness. As such, get only the number of cards that you can manage.  Four or six bingo cards will do. This way you won't end up confused with so many cards to look after!