Different Bingo Card Layouts

Bingo, is being played all over the world with very similar rules, however, the basics stays the same. There are 2 main different kinds of the Bingo Card Layout, yet the aim of the game does not change. The called number will always be marked to achieve the desired pattern until ‘Bingo’ is achieved. Since there are different types of Bingo games, naturally there would be different types of Bingo card layouts. These Bingo Card Layouts are explained below.

American Bingo Card Layout – Also known as 75 Ball Bingo

The American version of the Bingo game has 75 balls, while the Bingo Card Layout are squared 5 numbered spaces across and 5 numbered spaces down, therefore totalling 25 spaces. Across the top of the squares, in line with the vertical rows is the word ”Bingo”. The centre square of the Bingo card does not contain a number but the word “free” or “free space” or may be left blank. Each of the remaining squares are strategically filled with numbers, making it virtually impossible for two players to have the same selection of numbers on their cards in the same Bingo hall.

The layout is done as follows:

The column labelled “B”  contains the numbers (1-15),”I” (numbers 16-30), “N”(numbers 31-45), “G”(numbers 46-60), “O”(Numbers 61-75). Across the top of the card, the word BINGO is typed. So that is 5 letters in the word Bingo, 1 letter per vertical column. As the columns are labelled, the numbers in the squares are strategically associated per letter.

UK/Australian Bingo Card Layout – Also known as 90 Ball Bingo

Players in the UK and Australia enjoy a different kind of Bingo experience, however the basic foundation of the game remains the same. The Bingo Card Layout and winning patterns however differ from that of the American Bingo card layout. For example, 90 numbers are used unlike the 75 numbers in the American version and Bingo cards in the UK based version are also known as Bingo Tickets.

The layout is done as follows:

There are 9 vertical columns and 3 horizontal rows, consisting of 5 numbers in the boxes of each horizontal row and the rest of the remaining boxes are left blank. The vertical rows will either have 1, 2 or 3 numbers in it, it will never be completely blank. This leaves the ticket with a total of 27 boxes on a Bingo ticket. The columns are divided into different segments, the first column occupied by numbers 1 – 9, second 10-19, third 20-29 and so on, up to the final column which will only contain the numbers between and including 80-90. The numbers are arranged from top to bottom. Winning Bingo cards may be achieved in 3 parts, 1-line, 2-lines and finally Full House. For every part there are 3 winners.

  • One full line marked with 5 numbers in a horizontal row – Wins first prize
  • Two full lines marked – Wins Second prize
  • Full house is achieved when all numbers on the ticket is marked (All 15 numbers) = BINGO – Wins Full House Prize.