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What are the different types of bingo?

What are the different types of bingo?

Ever since the first game was played in the late 1920s, bingo has continued to appeal to new generations of players. One of the main reasons it remains so popular is because of the way it has evolved over the years. New formats of the game continue to be introduced, including online bingo.

What are the most popular bingo games?

Today, there has never been a wider variety of bingo games available to play, and we have exclusive games available at tombola.

bingo90/90 ball bingo

90 ball bingo is the most popular format of the game in the UK. Each ticket consists of 3 horizontal lines and 9 columns. In each line, you have numbers ranging from 1-90 and the aim of the game is to be the first player to complete either One Line, Two Lines, or the Full House.  

bingo90 was one of tombola’s original games and remains one of the most popular to this day. Not only are there great One Line, Two Line, and Full House prizes up for grabs in bingo90, but there’s a progressive Jackpot to be won too. To get to know tombola’s 90 ball bingo game a little better, check out our complete guide on how to play bingo90.


Despite being relatively new to the bingo world, 80 ball is becoming increasingly popular. Played on a 4 x 4 grid, each ticket will consist of 16 random numbers from 1 – 80. In bingo80, which is tombola’s version of 80 ball bingo, there are One Line and Full House prizes up for grabs in every game. There’s also a £500 Jackpot to be won if you can complete the Full House in 45 calls or less.

How to play

  • Choose your Chat Room from a choice of two – Cream or Peach.
  • Select the number of tickets you would like to purchase from the four available. Each ticket costs 25p.
  • If you would like to change the numbers on your tickets, click ‘swap boards’.
  • To secure your tickets for the next game, press confirm.
  • While the game is playing, you can either manually mark your tickets or use the auto-dab.
  • Win the One Line prize by being first to complete a horizontal line of 4 numbers, or the Full House prize by marking off all 16 numbers before anyone else.


Another type of bingo that is growing in popularity is 75 ball bingo and we have two different forms of the game at tombola. 75 ball bingo is the most played form of bingo in the USA and is the inspiration behind our bingo75 shapes game. Our newest 75 ball bingo offering is called bingo75 lines and is inspired by the Swedish variant of the game. Although both games are played on a 5x5 grid, they are very different to play.

How to play

Unlike many other types of bingo, bingo75 shapes does not focus on lines and uses patterns instead. The aim of the game is to be the first player to mark off all the numbers within the pattern. The pattern will change for each game, so no two consecutive games are the same.

There are two chat rooms to choose from in bingo75 shapes. After choosing either Stars or Stripes room, you can buy into the game. Ticket prices range from 10p for one ticket to £1 for four strips. Once the game starts, the winning shape will be highlighted on your ticket and the first person to mark off all numbers in the shape is the winner. A Jackpot of £500 can also be won if you complete the shape in less than the number of calls shown next to the Jackpot. The number of calls needed to win the Jackpot varies from game to game depending on the pattern.

In contrast to bingo75 shapes, there are no patterns to complete on bingo75 lines and there’s not just one prize up for grabs in every game either, there’s five! Ticket prices range from 20p for one ticket to £2 for four strips. Once you have confirmed your purchase, you are in the game. Complete One Line, Two Lines, Three Lines, Four Lines, or Five Lines horizontally before anyone else and you are the winner of the prize. Mark off all 25 of your numbers within 52 calls or less to win the £1,000 Jackpot.


Our popular bingo60 game is exclusive to tombola and totally unique. One of the main reasons it’s so popular is because it’s great value for money with five chances to win on each game. Not only does each of the five tickets have their own prize, but they have their own Jackpot too! 

How to play

  • Select your stake from a choice of four - 25p, 50p, £1, or £2
  • Click buy to confirm your purchase and you are bought in for the next game
  • You will get 5 different coloured tickets to play
  • Each coloured ticket has its own prize amount depending on your stake
  • The Jackpots for each ticket vary, from £125 on the orange ticket with a 25p stake up to a whopping £20,000 from a £2 stake on the blue ticket.


If you are looking for a shorter form of traditional bingo, bingo50 could be the game for you. The aim of the game is to be the first player to mark off all numbers on a horizontal line to win a 1-Line prize, or all 10 numbers on a ticket to win the Full House prize. bingo50 was a a trailblazer for many future tombola games as, with four different staking options available to choose from between 25p and £1, it was our first ever game where the prizes up for grabs differ depending on your stake.   

How to play

There are two Chat Rooms to choose from in bingo50 – Apple or Strawberry. Once you have picked your room, you can select your stake from the options of 25p, 50p, 75p, and £1. Although the prizes will vary depending on your stake, you will always receive 5 different coloured tickets to play with. As with all our games, you can manually mark your tickets yourself or use the auto dabber. There are One Line and Full House prizes up for grabs in every game, as well as a Jackpot of up to £1,000 to play for. To win the Jackpot, you need to clear all 10 of your numbers within 19 calls or less.

What other games are available?

If you play bingo with tombola, you will notice that we not only have all the traditional and most popular types of bingo, but we have completely unique bingo games too. All our games are made in-house, so even the most traditional forms of bingo have the unique tombola style. However, you won’t find games such as our pulsating bingo game Pulse, our numberless games Morph, or our card-based bingo games Nevada and Cinco anywhere else!

Player safety is also one of our top priorities. That’s why we also have many low stake bingo games for our players to enjoy. You can play from just 1p per game in our penny bingo game Paper or enjoy 90 ball bingo from just 2p per ticket in bingoLite. Games start from just 5p in our funfair-themed bingo game Roller-Coaster, our picture-based bingo game Picture bingo, and our spooktacular game Potion.

If you’re new to the online bingo world and want to know more about how to play, our how to play bingo online guide is a great place to start.

How to play bingo responsibly

Not only do we offer a wide variety of low stake bingo games to help you stay safe while playing online bingo, but we also have a host of other handy safe gambling features. Our dedicated safeplay team are available for a chat 24/7 and can be found via email, live help, or telephone. It's always worth checking out our safeplay tools too.

  • Deposit Limits
  • Stake Limits
  • Game Freeze
  • Time Keeper
  • Cool Off
  • Self Exclusion

If you’re new to the online bingo world and want to know more about how to play, our how to play bingo online guide is a great place to start.