Online Bingo may seem like a quiet gambling sport, but many New Zealand players who have tried it list it as one of their favourite online games. If you have ever wanted to try online Bingo or are just looking to sharpen up your skills, our guide to online Bingo in 2017 is a must read for New Zealand players.

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The history of Online Bingo in New Zealand

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Bingo has been around since the 16th century in Italy where it was known as ‘Lo Giuoco Del Lotto d’Italia’, and is still played today. The game then travelled to France in the 1770’s and was played as a lotto game known as ‘Le Lotto.’ Bingo was first introduced to America in 1929 at a carnival in Atlanta Georgia, where New York businessman Edwin Lowe discovered a few people playing a game called ‘Beano’. This game involved placing dried beans on cardboard cards. On his return home he adapted this ‘Beano’ game into the game we know today by drawing up numbers in rows on 5×5 cardboard cards. The game was so popular that one man shouted Bingo instead of Beano and thus the name was born.

Edwin Lowe’s love for the game did not stop there, and he went to a maths professor named Carl Leffler who designed these bingo cards setting each with a pattern of different numbers. By the 1940’s word of the bingo game spread and travelled. Bingo halls sprung up all over the world, with many churches and charities using the game as a fund raising event. By the 1990’s these bingo halls and events moved right to the players homes allowing them to participate in their favourite game, without the travel time.

Playing Online Bingo in 2017

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The popularity of online Bingo has grown, with many Kiwi players opting to play the game from the comfort of their homes rather than visiting bingo halls. New Zealanders have even given online Bingo its own nickname known as Housie. The widespread popularity of housie can be credited to the fact that it is a simple game that is easy to understand, and fun to play. So first, let’s take a look at what the game is all about. Online Bingo follows a similar pattern to a land-based Bingo hall, except there are no noisy crowds and no caller.

The aim of the game is to be the first person to mark off, or ‘daub’, all the called numbers on their card in a row. In online Bingo, each player receives one or more Bingo cards that consists of columns and squares. All of the squares except the middle square, which is known as ‘Free’ space, contain numbers. Players mark off the called numbers on their card as they appear on the screen. Once you have the numbers in a row, or correct pattern, you can click the Bingo button. If you daub the correct numbers in a row with a free space you still win as the free space acts as a free pass. If you miss the social aspect of Bingo, many online Bingo sites provides a live chat option so you have the chance to message other players during the game.

Online Bingo variations in New Zealand

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The two main types of housie include 90 Ball Bingo and 75 Ball Bingo. Both of these games have the same aim as the basic Bingo variation with slight differences. Let’s take a look at these variations in more detail.

90 Ball Bingo

This housie variation was first introduced in the UK and is now a popular variant all over the world. In this online variation the Bingo card consists of 90 squares with nine columns, three rows and five numbers in each row, with the remaining numbers left blank. In order to win, players need to daub the number in either one line, two lines or three. Bedsides the number of squares, the other main difference is that there is no free space.

75 Ball Bingo

This version of online Bingo is perfect for beginners as it is the closest to basic housie. The Bingo card consists of five columns and five rows with the words BINGO appearing across the top of the columns. Each letter forms the head of a column which contains a specific range of numbers. In order to win players need to daub the numbers in a specific pattern. Some of these patterns include the airplane, turtle, ladder, L, T and Z.

The column numbers are:

  • B: 1-15
  • I: 16-30
  • N: 31-45
  • G: 46-60
  • O: 61-75

Online Bingo rules for Kiwi players

The rules of the game are simple in that you must daub all of the called numbers in a pattern in order to win. These patterns differ according to the variation of online Bingo played. Some of the patterns include vertical, horizontal; diagonal or a full house, to name a few.

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Tips and strategies for Online Bingo in 2017

  • Make sure that the online Bingo site is licensed by a reputable regulating authority. This ensures that the online Bingo games are fair and that the casino is legal.
  • It is easy to get carried away when playing housie, therefore it is a good idea to set a bankroll before you start playing so you know your spending limit.
  • Understand that Bingo is a game of chance and you do not have a great influence over the game. Knowing this will help you keep your cool if things don’t go your way.
  • Play with more than one Bingo card in a game as it increases your chances of winning.
  • Try playing the simple Bingo variations such as 75 ball Bingo, before you move on to more difficult variations. This will help you gain a better understanding of the game so you can play better.
  • Make friends in the online Bingo community using the chat option as it will make the game more entertaining and provide you with extra advice and help if need be.
  • Look into special online Bingo nights as many online casinos offer these online Bingo nights with more bonuses and higher chances of winning.
  • Play the game in automatic mode if you are playing with more than one Bingo card as this will make it easier to keep track. Automatic play means that the numbers will automatically be daubed for you.

Online Bingo glossary for Kiwi players

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Bingo board

The board on which the called numbers are displayed during the game. In most online Bingo games this board is displayed on the right side of the screen.

Blackout

When all the numbers are daubed on the Bingo card. Also known as a Coverall.

Bubble

The minimum amount of numbers needed to win the game. In most online Bingo games the bubble is five.

Buy-in

Refers to the number of tickets bought at the beginning of each Bingo session. Also known as an Admission packet.

Caller

Refers to the person calling out the numbers in land based Bingo halls. In online Bingo the numbers automatically appear on the Bingo board.

Dauber

Refers to the pen used to mark off the numbers in land-based Bingo halls. In online Bingo this is usually done automatically by the software, or can be done using the computer mouse.

Free space

The space in the middle of the bingo card that can act as any number needed to complete a Bingo win.

Frequently asked questions about Online Bingo in New Zealand

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