Unique ways to play bingo

Unique ways to play bingo. People have been playing bingo for centuries, and its continued popularity is a testament to the game’s easy and enjoyable nature. However, having too much of a good thing can become boring.
Keep the game interesting by exploring these ideas for unique ways to play bingo, from themed parties with friends to introducing your own rules.

1. Organise a party.

One of the easiest ways to give bingo a new lease of life is to organise a party with friends where the game is the star.

You can replicate a traditional bingo hall by handing out sheets and dabbers and acting as the host. You can also play as a group online by using your smartphones. If you choose to play online, make sure you use a provider that has a license for running online bingo and protects your private information.

Why not include a theme for the party to make the occasion extra special? You could bill the event as a casino night and encourage cocktail attire, or keep things fun with festival dress where guests can take inspiration from the latest Glastonbury looks.

2. Play different games.

Another way to add interest is to play different games of bingo. 90-ball is the traditional format in the UK, but there are plenty of other variations including 75-ball bingo that’s popular in the USA.

In 75-ball bingo, players have a 5×5 grid with a blank central square and are aiming to be the first to complete one line either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. There’s an additional prize for the first to reach two lines, and the game ends when the winner achieves a full house.

Inventive spin-off versions of the game can be found online, including the television show mash-up Deal or No Deal bingo where players open boxes to try to complete sections corresponding to a prize amount.

If you’re playing in person and don’t want to make things too complicated, you could simply change the pattern needed to win the first round. For example, instead of a line players could aim for an L-shape or be the first to get all four corners of the grid in a 75-ball bingo game.

3. Introduce new rules.

If you’d rather keep the game the same, consider introducing new rules to keep players on their toes.

These rules should be silly and promote a sense of fun. Examples include asking players to fill out their sheet with their non-writing hand, creating your own bingo lingo to announce the numbers, and shouting out a different word to flag being the first to a line or full house.

Fun forfeits can be given out to players who forget the new rules, such as acting as a waiter for the rest of the night or having to sing their favourite song.

To elevate the competitive atmosphere and sustain the tension throughout the night, incorporate ‘surprise swapping’ where players have to swap sheets with one another at a random point during the game.

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