Bingo, also known as Lotto, is an old game of luck with cards on which a grid of dots make a straight line up to a number, and a column of those make up a winning number when they are selected at random. A banker randomly chooses numbers, generally from up to ninety or sometimes up to seventy, and calls out the corresponding numbers. The name, according to some sources, was derived from the Latin word, meaning “a string of stones.”
There are different variations of the game, most of which are played in land-based bingo halls, although some are played over the Internet as well. Online versions are becoming increasingly popular due to many different reasons. Some people find the game too hard to learn, and so prefer to play bingo over the computer, because the interface is easier to control. Playing bingo over the Internet is also more convenient because, for one, the game can be played at any time of the day or night from anywhere that has a computer and Internet access, whereas playing bingo in a land-based hall would require the player to be available the whole day, every day of the year.
In land-based bingo halls, players sit in chairs and play bingo cards. In online bingo halls, players sit at their computers and manipulate the graphics on their bingo cards. However, in both situations, the objective is the same, which is to win the jackpot. This jackpot, also known as a “bingo,” may be won by playing combinations of up to a maximum number of times indicated on the bingo cards.
To play bingo over the Internet, players need to enter a pattern into the “chase” portion of the interface, followed by a short keyword to confirm that they want to play bingo. The winning number, or “prize,” will then be drawn in an image to be sent to the player’s email address. The player will know the winning pattern and number due to the programmed random number generator. However, because there is no physical prize, there are no guarantees that the winning pattern will be the same each time.
A regular five-card deck with two jokers is used for regular games, and a single deck of 52 cards is used for the coverall game. After the initial set-up, the coverall game can be played with just a single hand. However, when making a coverall game, the number of possible combinations (numbers in the pattern) is as high as the number of cards in the deck. The possibilities are endless, since bingo cards can be made up of any number of cards.
There are several things that make a Bingo site different from, say, a land-based Bingo hall. First, a Bingo site has no prizes at the end of the game played, except perhaps the large amounts won through jackpot prizes, which can be won either during regular sessions or by using a combination of regular tickets and “probation” tickets. Also, there are no physical prizes at the bingo site, and players never do win anything during the game itself, unless they use a combination of their own and their opponents’ tickets. Finally, no physical cash, prizes, or merchandise is ever offered to players, nor are there services such as banking or other financial transactions. These factors distinguish a Bingo site from, for example, a real-world casino, and any player should be aware of these facts before choosing a Bingo site.