What are Bingo PatternsThu, 29 May 2008 17:51
What are Bingo Patterns
A deeper look on bingo patterns.
In a game of bingo, the patterns are as important as the numbers and the cards. As bingo players already know, every game is carried out with a featured pattern, which should be completed at the earliest time possible. Early in this sense means in the first few number draws or less.
To fully understand the significance of knowing everything about bingo patterns, let us have a quick review of the bingo basics:
The numbers in bingo range from 1 to 75 and they are evenly distributed by 15's into five columns. Each of these columns bears the letters B, I, N, G, and O at the top, and gets five random numbers taken from a certain number range. All the 75 numbers with their corresponding letters are raffled off and drawn one by one at random. Every letter-number combo drawn will only have significance to the player if it appears on any of his bingo cards and helps complete a winning pattern.
In other words, bingo patterns build the competition. The first player who completes a pattern and shouts "Bingo!" -- or hit the "Bingo" button in case of online players -- takes home the prize.
Bingo Patterns Make Game Variety
There are countless patterns used in bingo games every where. Since creating a pattern is limited only by imagination, you can expect any thing but a shortage of it. Bingo patterns are the frames of bingo games; without them, the game is senseless.
Bingo patterns come in different shapes and designs. The basic ones are the diagonals, horizontals, verticals, single piles, and all fours. The rest can be in a form of a letter, a thing, a sign, or sometimes, even an animal. There is also a bingo pattern that asks the players to completely clear all the numbers on their cards. The lesser squares required to be cleared for a pattern, the lesser time it takes to complete it. Generally, bingo patterns can be classified into three:
* Standard or static bingo patterns. As the name implies, this type of bingo patterns never shifts or moves on a bingo card. When playing a static bingo pattern, you need to mark all its squares to win. Examples of static bingo patterns are letter bingo patterns -- F, N, T, O, C, U, T, and E.
* Crazy bingo patterns. This type of bingo patterns can be rotated on a bingo card, usually in 90-degree increments. To win, all the required squares of the pattern must be marked. Examples include Straight Line Down, Straight Line Across, and Diagonal.
* Wild bingo patterns. Unlike the two previous types of bingo patterns, a wild bingo pattern is unpredictable. It can either be static or crazy. It can stay in one place or be shifted to another part of the bingo card.
Tips on Creating Bingo Patterns
Creating bingo patterns can be very tricky, especially if you are playing many cards. More often than not, you tend to overlook some of the numbers, which results in an incomplete pattern. To avoid this, you need to have a "strategy" in marking your cards. The trick is to only mark the numbers that fall into a pattern. This way, you'll be able to see how many more squares you need to fill out to complete the winning pattern.