About Bingo Patterns
There are many games of chance, and Bingo is one of them. The game is also very addictive, and can be extremely fun to play. Many would know the basic rules on how to win a Bingo game, and they would also know that there is a difference between a UK 90 ball Bingo and the American version with 75 balls. With that being said, the ways to win these 2 Bingo variations are different.
Generally, in order to win a game of Bingo, the player needs to either complete a diagonal, vertical or horizontal row. The big win is when the player has marked off all the numbers on their board. There are also special Bingo patterns, which are used to win special Bingo games.
Special Games – Bingo Patterns
You will come across different Bingo patterns throughout your Bingo playing days. Essentially, the vertical, horizontal and diagonal ways to win are patterns. For the purposes of this explanation, I would call that the “normal patterns”. Special Bingo patterns are when the winning lines create different patterns on the Bingo card, for example the letter H. This is most common on the American version of Bingo where the card has 25 squares.
If special Bingo Patterns are in play at a Bingo hall, the cards would very likely already be highlighted with the particular pattern. This allows for the players to easily recognise the patterns that need to be created to win the Bingo round.
Bingo Pattern Categories
The patterns on the Bingo cards can be categorised into 3:
- Static – As the name suggests, the pattern is static, which means it cannot be moved around on the Bingo card. The game is won when the highlighted pattern is marked off on the card.
- Crazy – The player is allowed to rotate the card in 90 degree increments to create a winning pattern.
- Wild – Wild patterns are essentially scattered patterns. They are static, however can be found anywhere on the card.
Names of Bingo Patterns
The patterns on a Bingo card are generally named after how they look on the card. With this in mind, creating Bingo patterns is all up to imagination of the pattern designer.
Patterns can be almost anything, however the most common patterns are letters from the English alphabet. For example, the patterns could resemble the letters H, X, L, T, etc.
Bingo Patterns are also named according to its similarity to objects, such as:
- Postage Stamp – Four squares are marked and the pattern is located in any of the 4 corners of the card. A variation of this is the double stamps, triple stamps and 4 leaf clover.
- Outside Edge – All four edges of the Bingo card is crossed off.
- Railroad Tracks – The 2nd and 4th vertical rows are crossed off.
- Plus Sign – The 3rd vertical and horizontal rows are crossed off, displaying a plus sign.
- Six Pack – Similar to the postage stamp, but with 6 squares marked off.
- Cross – The 3rd vertical and the 2nd horizontal lines are crossed off.
- Lucky 7 –The 1st horizontal row and a diagonal line from the top right to bottom left creates number 7 when marked.
- Love Letter – the letter L is shaped by marking the 1st vertical and last horizontal line, with a postage stamp on the top right hand corner.