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The origins of gambling
Anthropologists agree that data collected in the 20th century demonstrated that gambling took place within a large portion of the population of the greatest societies to have existed. Historical and archaeological evidence validate the existence of gambling throughout the ages and culture of most civilisations.
Earliest exhibits of gambling are dated as far back as 2300 B.C. in ancient China where gambling artefacts have been excavated.
A set of ivory dice dating from before 1500 BC were salvaged from Thebes, while specific writings mentioning gambling were found on a tablet in the Pyramid of Cheops.
Bingo 90 is a large commercial business in the UK with over 600 licensed bingo halls and the quality of the venues reflect the demand. (see our bingo history section). The main bingo operators in the UK are Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo. However the smoking ban introduced in July 2007 is having a great impact on the industry.
The principle of 90 balls is similar to 75 and the main distinctions are found in the amount of number drawn, the tickets and the winning patterns.
Like Bingo 75, 90 balls players must purchase tickets prior to the game. The tickets are coloured and colours represent a game to be played at a specific time of the day. Each ticket is printed with 15 random numbers spread over a grid of 9 columns by 3 rows. The first column represents random numbers ranging from 1 to 9, the second from 10 to 19, the third from 20 to 29, the 4th from 30 to 39, the 5th from 40 to 49, the 6th from 50 to 59, the 7th from 60 to 69, the 8th from 70 to 79 and the last from 80 to 90. Tickets can be sold as a unit, strips (set of 6 tickets) and books (set of 6 strips). Each ticket is unique and the prices vary from 1p to 5 GBP per unit.
Unlike 75, the 90 balls winning patterns are always the same and consecutive: 1 line (marking off all numbers on one row, horizontal), 2 lines (marking off all numbers on 2 rows, horizontal) and full house (marking off all of the 15 card numbers). Each game might offer just one winning pattern, or two or all three in sequence. Sometimes it's possible to win 3 payouts in a single game by being the first to mark off any 1 line, then any 2 lines, and then a full house.
The prizes vary greatly and depend on the number of ticket sold for the game in play. There are also additional jackpots prizes which may be won if the full house is completed within a certain number of number drawn out. In the Uk, there is also a Bingo game which is linked nationally and allow players to win much greater sums of money (reaching millions!). This is called the national bingo game (more information can be found at the following link: http://www.nationalbingo.co.uk).
Understanding bingo chat abbreviations - An exhaustive Chat Abbreviation list
A important Bingo room feature is the chat room where players and users communicate. It is also a place where players win freebies administered by the chat moderators. However you may find that chatting online involves many words that have been shorten or abbreviated. If you are not used to those, you may find it hard to understand their meanings.
When playing bingo, you will often hear phrases after each number called. An experienced player who may have played in bingo halls or clubs will be used to it but many new online users may wonder what this is all about.
The phrases allow players to precisely distinguish a number from another to avoid any confusion. Within a bingo club environment, the noise level can sometimes affect the clarity of hearing and this method allowed drawn numbers to be audible by the entire audience. This was particularly important in clubs as in order to win (should the card be complete), the winner(s) has to be the first to shout bingo. Failing to do so, the next player completing their bingo card who shouted "bingo" first would become the winner. As the online bingo games are fully automated the importance of such a method is far lesser. However, operators have kept the tradition going.
The sentences used tend to rhyme with their respective number. It demands a little get use to it before getting fully familiar with each number/ sentence association so to help you in that process, we have provided the complete list of already made phrases in relation to their respective numbers:
75 Ball Bingo
75 ball bingo has only very recently, within the last few years, gained popularity in the UK. 75 ball bingo is actually the type of bingo played in the USA and Canada, but since the launch of online bingo, this version of bingo can now be found at most bingo sites, and is just as, if not more popular than the classic, favoured 90 ball bingo game. A game with 75 balls,10 more ticket numbers than 90 ball, and often only one winner per game, 75 ball bingo is an exciting, more rewarding game.