Bingo Cards

By | December 14, 2011

Bingo cards are playing cards designed to facilitate the game bingo. There are two types of bingo cards. One is a five-by-five grid meant for American bingo (the seventy-five ball), and the other is a nine-by-three grid or the so called ninety-ball bingo of the United Kingdom. These cards are usually called tickets in the UK. The card contains three rows and nine columns, with grids corresponding to a letter-number combination. Each row contains five numbers and four blank spaces randomly distributed.

Bingo Cards

In the early 1500s, the people in Italy played a game called Lo “Gioco del Lotto d’Italia”, which means lottery of Italy. The game was more like the modern lottery as players placed bets on the chances of certain numbers being drawn. A version of the game was later played in France by the year 1700s, where papers were first used to keep track of numbers drawn by the caller. Cards were reusable; players used tokens to mark called numbers. The number of unique cards was limited as randomization had to occur by hand. Cards were then printed on card stock and disposable paper. An evolution to very thin paper resulted to overcome increasing cost. With its high technology, now appear electronic bingo cards so as to overcome the difficulty of randomization.

Bingo Cards

The odds of winning the game has no relation to the number of bingo cards that can be created, the number of patterns allowed, or the nature of the patterns. Completing the elements of luck, attentiveness to the caller, and quickness to shout “bingo!” would stand against these odds. Nevertheless, this is a matter of chance and luck after all.