30 Ball Bingo

30 ball bingo is officially the quickest way to play bingo. As you might have guessed from the name, it only features 30 balls, significantly less than most other bingo variations. This means that games are over in a flash, often taking no more than one or two minutes to complete.

At PlayOJO bingo, 30 ball bingo is perfect if you’re in a rush or feel like squeezing in a few quick games without needing to worry about waiting for a long time.

In this guide, we’ll share the rules of 30 ball bingo, going over how to play and giving you some tips on how to make the most of your online bingo experience and answering the question of how does 30 ball bingo work.

Whether you’re totally new to 30 ball bingo and online bingo in general, or even if you’re already a seasoned pro, you’ll find some useful stuff here. 30 ball bingo is simple to play, but you can find out more details about the game and its rules below.

At PlayOJO, we want all of our players to have as much fun as possible and have a real chance to win. Make sure you read the rules carefully before you play if you want to give yourself the best chance of success.

The History of 30 Ball Bingo

What’s better than one game of bingo? Multiple games of bingo, of course! The creators of 30 ball bingo wanted a way to allow players to get more games into a shorter space of time.

While classic bingo games like 90 ball bingo don’t take all day, 30 ball bingo was introduced to make games shorter and mean that players can experience more bingo action without needing to give up much of their day.

The game is based on 75 ball bingo, featuring similar bingo tickets with a square-shaped grid. Sometimes known as speed bingo, you can find lots of different versions of this game at bingo halls and online bingo sites all over the world.

Although 30 ball bingo was first played in bingo halls, it wasn’t until online bingo sites became popular that it really started to take off. 30 ball bingo is the perfect game to play online, as it means you can quickly get a few games in whenever you feel like, and you don’t need to wait around long for a new game to begin. If you have a busy lifestyle, this version of bingo is perfect for you.

How to Play 30 Ball Bingo

30 ball bingo is really simple to learn, and there aren’t any complicated bingo rules that you’ll have to memorise. Even if you’ve never played bingo before, there’s nothing to worry about, as we’ve explained all the details in our super helpful guide below.

Before you join our Bingo Blast room, or any other 30 ball bingo room, make sure you brush up on the rules if you want the best chance of success while playing.

30 Ball Bingo Tickets

Whenever you join a 30 ball bingo room, you’ll need to purchase tickets if you want to play. You’ll need at least one ticket to take part in the action and be in with a chance of winning.

Your tickets will contain random numbers, which you can daub off if the numbers on your ticket are called out during the game. More tickets will give you a huger chance of winning, but most rooms have a maximum number of tickets you can buy.

In 30 ball bingo, each ticket contains a 3x3 grid, with each of the nine squares filled by a number from one to thirty. The numbers are assigned to your ticket at random, but you can find groups of numbers in specific columns. For example:

Column 1: Numbers 1-10

Column 2: Numbers 11-20

Column 3: Numbers 21-30

This helps to make things easier for you when you’re trying to find a specific number on your ticket. Every ticket you buy contains randomly generated numbers to make sure that the game is fair.

If you like, you can choose specific tickets from the ones shown, or you can simply buy them all random. Unlike some other types of bingo, there’s no free space, so your ticket should be completely filled with numbers.

At PlayOJO bingo, all of your tickets are automatically checked for winners at the end of the game, However, playing along and daubing the numbers off your tickets as they’re called out is really simple and fun. If you’d prefer to chat or play some slots while the game is in progress, you can also select the auto-daub option, which will automatically daub off matching numbers on your ticket as they’re called.

Rules of 30 Ball Bingo

If you want to enjoy some of the best online 30 ball bingo, you can join us at PlayOJO bingo. If you’ve never played before, you can check the rules of how to play bingo below. These rules below apply to almost any type of 30 ball bingo you can come across online or at bingo halls.

Finding a Room

30 ball bingo is more of a niche bingo variant than some of the more popular game types, such as 90 ball bingo. As a result, we only have one 30 ball room for you to play at.

That’s not a bad thing, of course, as it makes the process of finding a room to play in much easier! You can check the details of the room before you play, seeing the opening hours of the room, the type of prize available and any other useful information.

When you enter the room, you’ll also be able to check how many tickets have been sold for the current game and the size of the prize pot available. Consider all these details before you play in order to make sure you’re happy with what’s on offer.

Buying Tickets

In order to play, you’ll need to buy 30-ball bingo card. Check the ticket price and the maximum number of tickets you can buy before you start. You can choose individual tickets or buy multiple tickets in strips.

Whichever you choose, it is up to do but remember that more tickets will increase your odds of getting a win. However, you are not guaranteed to win simply because you have bought a load of tickets. You could still win the game with just a single ticket.

When buying your 30 ball bingo tickets, you can move the slider to increase or decrease the tickets amount until you get your desired number. Alternatively, you can also choose one of the pre-sets, giving you a quick way to instantly buy a certain number of tickets.

At PlayOJO, you have the control over which bingo numbers are on your tickets. When buying, you can scroll through available tickets and choose the ones you like the look of.

This is perfect if you have some lucky numbers that you like to have while playing bingo. If you prefer, you can also just choose the random option to receive your tickets straight away.

Playing the Game

As 30 ball bingo games are completed quickly, you’ll usually only have to wait a short time before the game begins after buying your tickets. The ticket buying screen features a timer to let you know exactly how much time you have left before the next game starts. This will give you an idea of how long you have to buy your tickets and whether you’ll need to wait long for the next game.

Once that time reaches zero, the next game will begin, and if you’ve bought tickets, you will get to join in the fun. The bingo calls will randomly call out numbers between one and thirty. Every time one of the numbers from your tickets is called out, you can daub it off. To customise your ticket and create a more unique playing experience, you can choose the colour and shape of your virtual bingo dauber.

You can manually daub off the numbers as they’re called or choose the autodaub option if you prefer a hands-off approach. This gives you a chance to enjoy the chatroom or spend some time playing some of our slots as the game goes on in the background. The autodaub will check each of the called-out numbers to those on your ticket, and you’ll automatically be notified if you have a winner!

Another feature we’ve added to make bingo simpler is the ticket sorting option. When this is turned on, your tickets with the fewest numbers to go will be placed at the top of the list, making it easier to track your progress. You can easily change this setting and any of the other features by accessing the settings menu in the top right corner without needing to interrupt your game.

How to Win 30-Ball Bingo

As you play the game, numbers are called out, and you’ll be daubing off the matching numbers on your tickets. As more numbers are called out, the number of numbers you’ve daubed on your tickets should increase too. Unlike other forms of bingo, there’s only one way to win when playing bingo 30 live. This is the full house.

The full house is where you’ve managed to daub off every number on a single ticket. The first player to reach the full house will win the game and take home the prize. If there are multiple winners, the prize will be shared between them.

Even if you weren’t actively playing the game, you’ll still be notified if you won. If you weren’t online during the game, your prize will be added to your account, and you’ll get a message telling you that you won when you next log in. The exact prize available in 30 bingo usually depends on how many tickets were sold, and you can find this out on the ticket buying screen before you start playing.

30 Ball Bingo Payouts

Bingo payouts can vary quite a lot depending on where you’re playing, what variant you’re playing and how many people are in the room. 30 ball online bingo payouts tend to be smaller than other bingo types, but that’s ok because you can fit many more games into the same amount of time.

In most cases, 30 ball bingo game payouts can be grouped into three different categories:

  • Standard payouts – This prize is determined simply by the number of tickets sold. This is the most common type of bingo payout and the one you’ll see used the most for 30 ball bingo rooms. A percentage of each ticket sold will go towards the prize pot. In this case, the more tickets that are sold, the bigger the prize will be!
  • Jackpots – Jackpots are special payouts that are awarded to lucky players in some bingo rooms. These are often big, guaranteed prizes, and some can be progressive too, meaning they get bigger the longer they remain unwon. To win a jackpot, you might need to complete a certain bingo pattern on your ticket or reach a full house within a specific number of balls.
  • Guaranteed prize pot – While most of the bingo payouts depend on how many tickets are sold, the guaranteed prize pot remains the same no matter what. You always know exactly how much the prize for this game will be as it never changes from the stated amount.

Check the room details before you play to find out what kind of payout is on offer.

30-Ball Strategy and Tips

Bingo is a game of chance, and 30 bingo is no different. The balls are chosen through a random number generator to make sure the game is fair, and there’s no way to influence the result or use skills to get ahead. That said, there are still lots of tips and tricks that many a bingo player will use in order to have the best possible chance of winning.

If you want to make the most out of your 30-ball bingo game, simply follow these tips:

  • Plan your bingo budget – When you’re playing for real money, it’s important to plan out how much you’re going to spend. Always stay within your budget and don’t spend more than you can afford to lose. Responsible gaming is always encouraged here at PlayOJO, and you can find plenty of features to track how much you’re spending.
  • Play when there are fewer people online – If you want to increase your chances of winning, you’ll need to play in a room that has fewer people in it. You can usually find quieter rooms during the weekdays at off-peak hours, and this is a great time to play if you want to improve your chances of getting a win. Of course, the prizes will often be smaller at this time too.
  • Don’t miss out on bonuses – One of the most exciting parts of playing bingo online is claiming the bonuses that are available. Here at PlayOJO, we offer 50 free tickets plus ten free spins to all new players. You can also claim 1.5% back on every ticket you buy, claiming free tickets and helping you to enjoy 30 ball bingo for longer.
  • Claim more tickets to improve your odds – The more tickets you have, the more chance you have of winning. Many players take advantage of this fact by buying the maximum number of tickets in each game they play, although you should know that this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll win. If you want to buy lots of tickets without spending much, you can stick to the rooms that offer the cheapest tickets.


Some bingo games offer big jackpots to lucky players, and 30 ball bingo PlayOJO is no different. These are special prizes which players need to complete a specific goal in order to win. In most cases, these prizes won’t be won every game as they’re a lot rarer than simply getting a full house.

Examples of how you might win a jackpot include getting a certain pattern on your ticket or reaching a full house within a certain number of balls. There are lots of different types of bingo jackpots which each offer a unique prize to those that win.

Some of the most popular types of jackpot on offer here at PlayOJO include:

  • Community jackpots – With a community jackpot, the prize is shared between every player in the room, making them a big favourite of the bingo community. The lucky player who wins will claim most of the prize, but the rest will then be distributed evenly among all the other players.
  • Progressive jackpots – Progressive jackpots are potentially the biggest and most exciting type of jackpot on offer in bingo. Each time you buy a ticket to a room with a progressive jackpot, part of what you pay is added to the jackpot. Over time, it continues to build until it’s finally won by a lucky player who takes the lot.
  • Must drop jackpots – Unlike the other types of jackpot available, a must drop jackpot will always be won within a specified time. For example, there are daily drop jackpots that must be won by the end of the day. If the jackpot still hasn’t been won by the final game, the requirements for winning will be made easier to make sure that someone wins.

How to Play 30-Ball with PlayOJO

Now you’ve read our guide, you’re almost ready to start enjoying everything PlayOJO’s 30 ball bingo game has to offer. Before you join a room and start having fun, take a look at our checklist below to make sure you’re all set to play.

  1. Sign up or sign in. You can create an account if you don’t already have one or sign up with your current PlayOJO account. The signup process is fast and simple and shouldn’t take you more than a minute or two to complete.
  2. Make an initial deposit into your account. You’ll need to deposit at least £10 using one of the supported payment methods.
  3. Claim your PlayOJO welcome bonus, giving you 50 free tickets and ten free spins. These tickets are available for the Amigo room, so you won’t be able to use them to play 30 bingo.
  4. Join our 30-ball bingo room and buy your tickets to get started. Don’t forget to ask for assistance in the live chat if you need it.