Bingo has always been a popular leisure activity among Canadian gamers. It is only recently, however, that the game has seen such a surge in popularity, a fact which is mostly due to the introduction of online bingo. Now, players who would not normally be caught in a land-based bingo hall are logging on and playing this popular numbers game, including teenagers, males and students. Bingo is a very simple game, which is why it has gained so many fans. All players need to do in order to win is purchase a bingo card and match the numbers on the card to the numbers called. There are different variations of the game, which require particular squares to be matched, but the most common incarnation of the game requires the entire card to be called.
There are two main versions of Bingo: 90-ball bingo, which is played in Europe, Australia and South American, and 75-ball bingo, which is played throughout North America. Besides the number of balls that are used, each game has distinct differences that provide players with a variety of opportunities to win.
90-ball bingo is played on three 9x3 grid, with 3 free spaces scattered across it. The game is played in three stages, as the players to complete the first, second and third line all receive prizes. In 75-ball bingo, the game is played on a grid with five rows and five columns, and one free square in the middle. In this game, there is usually only one way to win, which is by completing your whole card. However, the caller will often mix things up by changing the pattern, allowing players to win by completing the shape of an X, one line, multiple lines or any number of other patterns.
The appeal of bingo is clearly understood, thanks to its rich history and sheer simplicity. The game is highly entertaining, combining social aspects with a competitive streak. With no real skill needed, and lots of money up for grabs through progressive jackpots and bingo cash, there is no doubt that the popularity of bingo will continue to grow for years to come. Some online bingo sites offer players the chance to play for free, before going on to play for real money, as a way to familiarize themselves with the games and software.