What is 90 Ball Bingo?
90 Ball bingo is an easy bingo variant and the layout is easy to follow. The 90 ball bingo grid has 27 squares and three horizontal with nine vertical lines. The columns are divided, the first column is numbered 1 to 9, second column from 10 to 19 and the third column from 20 to 29 and so on. Every bingo card has 15 numbers which are randomly placed in the squares.
History of 90 Ball Bingo
Bingo goes way back and has its beginnings in lottery type games. 90 Ball bingo is mostly played in the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand. This game has its origins in games such as lotto, tombola and house-housey. 90 Ball bingo it seems has strong ties to the armed services, as tombola was a popular game on navy ships during the 19th century. During World War I, the game housey-housey was a favourite pastime of soldiers in the trenches. BINGO was called out if someone got a winning line, even though the game had a different name at the time. The word bingo seems to be a slang term used during the 1860s.
Tombola or lotteries were used to raise funds and this was usually done by civilian groups like churches and this was then combined with returning servicemen, which is the reason why the game grew in popularity. These lottery type games were actually illegal and police often came and broke up the games, especially in the larger cities like London. This continued until the start of World War II.
Although the growth of these games continued in the cities, they also became popular at fairgrounds and travelling fairs. These games were played for prizes and not cash. By the time World War II started the game was called bingo and was being played in the same way as it was being played in the cities. Fairground bingo was mostly played for fun and prizes while in the cities it became a form of gambling and was played for cash. The fairground variation did not necessarily use 90 balls because there were limitations of the mechanisms.
Bingo became more and more popular and this popularity continued together with other types of gambling such as online Blackjack Canada, even though there was talk of making these games illegal. During the 1960s bingo was given a legal footing when bingo clubs were set up and bingo clubs were legal from 1961. In 1968 stricter gaming laws were introduced and this led to a drop in bingo players. The game however remained very popular and still is today.
Online 90 Ball Bingo
With the advent of the internet, 90 ball bingo became a popular option along with other variations such as 75 and 80 ball bingo. Many more players can now enjoy this fun and entertaining game and with it being online, there is a variant of bingo for everyone. The online option also allows players to try out the various types of bingo for free, before signing up to play for real money.