90 Ball Bingo

90 ball bingo is the most popular type of bingo played in the UK. If you’ve ever spent any time in bingo halls or playing bingo online, you’ll most likely already be familiar with the rules of the game.

Sometimes known as classic bingo, 90 ball bingo is very popular online, and here at PlayOJO, we have lots of different 90 ball bingo rooms.

In this guide, we’ll share some tips on how to win and go over the rules of the game. Whether you’re a diehard bingo fan or you’re completely new to the game, this guide will help prepare you for some online bingo fun.

90 ball bingo is simple to play, but you can find all the details about the game and its rules below. We want to make sure all of our players have the chance to win and have fun, so make sure you read how to play 90-ball bingo before you join any of our room.

The History of 90 Ball Bingo

Bingo started out all the way back in the 16th Century. A game similar to what we know today as modern bingo was played in Italy during the 1500s and eventually found its way across Europe. Over time, the game transformed as new rules were developed to make the game more enjoyable and easier to play.

In the 1920s, the game was mostly played at carnivals and fairs, but it soon caught the attention of a toymaker who saw its potential. He helped develop the game that we’re familiar with today, releasing bingo tickets and popularising the game.

In the UK, large cash prizes were legalised by the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960, allowing bingo to be played for cash prizes. Soon after, dancehalls began to be converted into bingo halls, offering bingo to the British public.

The games they played in these bingo halls mostly involved 90 ball bingo and allowed bingo to quickly spread across the UK. People would travel to their local bingo hall on the weekends to relax and socialise while potentially winning cash prizes.

Over time, bingo halls have become less popular, but bingo 90 is more popular than ever. The emergence of online bingo games like PlayOJO bingo now means that players can enjoy 90 ball bingo from the comfort of their own home. Bingo has gotten safer, more accessible and more fun than ever before!

How to Play 90 Ball Bingo

90 ball bingo is incredibly simple to learn. If you’ve never played before, you have nothing to worry about, as we’ll explain all the details below.

If you’ve played other types of bingo before, you might already have a good idea of how to play, but it’s always worth brushing up on the 90 ball bingo rules before joining a room. Read on to find out how to play 90 ball bingo online.

90 Ball Bingo Tickets

In any version of bingo, the most important things in the game are the bingo tickets. Just as the name suggests, you’ll need at least one ticket to play. The ticket will contain random numbers on it, and to win a game, you’ll need to match these numbers as they’re called out.

You can check the rules before you enter the room to see if there are minimum or maximum ticket limits, as in most cases, you can buy lots of tickets to increase your chances of winning.

In 90 ball bingo, each ticket contains 27 spaces in total, set across a 3x9 grid. Each ticket will contain a total of 15 numbers and 12 blank spaces. These numbers are assigned randomly, but specific columns will contain specific groups of numbers. For example:

Column 1: Numbers 1-9

Column 2: Numbers 10-19

Column 3: Numbers 20-29

Column 4: Numbers 30-39

Column 5: Numbers 40-49

Column 6: Numbers 50-59

Column 7: Numbers 60-69

Column 8: Numbers 70-79

Column 9: Numbers 80-90

Each ticket you buy is randomly generated to ensure total fairness. Each row of your ticket will contain five numbers and four blank spaces. Each column is generated individually to provide a random spread of numbers. The layout of the card makes it easy for you to find and mark off your numbers as they’re called.

Although PlayOJO automatically checks your ticket for winners at the end of the game, it’s really easy to follow along and daub your ticket as your numbers are called out.

Still, if you prefer, we also offer an auto-daub feature. This lets you do something else while the game is in progress, enjoying our bingo chatroom or playing some of our popular online slots.

Rules of 90 Ball Bingo

If you want to play 90 ball bingo, you’ll first need to head over to our 90 ball bingo rooms. We have lots of different bingo rooms offering classic bingo live 90 here at PlayOJO so you have plenty of options to choose from.

Read through the rules carefully before you join a game, as some rooms have different rules on prizes, jackpots and ways to win.

Finding a Room

90 ball bingo is the most popular type of bingo in the UK, so we have lots of different 90 ball bingo rooms for you to play - Amigo room, the Equaliser room, Fab Friday room and Super Saturday room.

Always check the details of the room before you play. You can see all the important information such as bingo type, opening hours, ticket prices and whether there’s a jackpot or not.

When entering a room, you’ll also be able to see how many tickets have already been sold for the upcoming game and the prize pot on offer. Consider all these details and then decide on which room is best. If you’re still not sure, we recommend our Amigo room as it’s one of our most popular rooms.

Buying Tickets

Once you’ve chosen a room, it’s time to buy your tickets! You can play at any of our 90 ball bingo rooms with just one ticket, or you can buy multiple tickets in strips.

The choice is yours, just know that your chance of success does increase if you buy more tickets. Of course, you’re not guaranteed to win just because you bought lots of tickets, and there’s always a chance to win with a single ticket.

Most rooms have limits on how many tickets you can buy, and in our Equaliser room, everyone must have the same number of tickets. You can move the slider to choose the specific number of tickets you want or choose one of the presets to instantly buy a certain number.

At PlayOJO, we let you choose from specific tickets, allowing you to pick the tickets you want. This is perfect if you have lucky numbers, as it gives you more control over the numbers on your tickets. Once you’ve bought your tickets, you’ll be ready to join the next available game.

Don’t forget that you can prebuy tickets for games that are only scheduled at certain times. Players often prebuy for our Hero and Superhero rooms which take place at a specific time.

Playing the Game

Depending on which room you’re in, you’ll usually have a few minutes to buy your tickets before the next game begins. The time on the ticket buying screen will tell you exactly how much time is left until the next game, letting you know if you have time to pop off and make a quick cup of tea before the game starts.

Once the timer reaches zero, the next game will begin, and this is where the fun begins! The game will randomly choose numbers between one and ninety, and you can mark matching numbers off your ticket.

At PlayOJO bingo, you have the option of manually daubing your tickets or using the auto-daub feature. Auto-daub makes things a lot easier, giving you more time to enjoy the chatroom or play some slots.

Still, a lot of players prefer to daub manually, and you can even customise your dauber, changing the colour and shape to brighten up your tickets.

Another little feature we added to make your life easier is the best ticket sorting option. This is automatically turned on and will arrange your tickets to show the ones with the fewest numbers left at the top.

This makes it easier to see how close you are and to keep track of your progress. You can change all of these options easily in the settings menu, which won’t interrupt the game.

How to Win 90-Ball Bingo

As the game progresses, you’ll be daubing numbers on your ticket left and right. The more numbers that are called, the more chances for matching numbers you have and the more numbers you’ll daub on your tickets. Eventually, the objective of the game is to complete either 1 line, 2 lines or a full house.

  • 1 line – This is the fastest bingo prize as it only requires you to mark five numbers on your ticket. A 1 line win is a single horizontal line across one of your tickets where all of the numbers on that row are daubed.
  • 2 lines – As you might expect, this is just like the 1 line, only with 2 lines instead of just one. Both lines have to be on the same ticket, and they must both contain five numbers horizontally.
  • Full house – The final prize of the game is awarded to the player or players who reach a full house. This is where every single number on a single ticket has been called out. The full house signals the end of the game, and anyone who hasn’t won a prize will hopefully have better luck next time.

Other ways to win at bingo include xTG and roll on. xTG or x To Go offers more winning opportunities and chances for players to win prizes. Instead of simply rewarding players that win a full house, players who have 1, 2, 3, 4 or more numbers left to go can also win.

As an example, a room might offer a 1TG prize. This means that a player who has just one space left on their ticket can still win a prize, even if they don’t get the full house.

Roll on also provides more chances to win, as unlike in regular rules, a full house doesn’t mean the end. When the roll on feature is active, multiple prizes can be won after the first full house. That means you could still be a winner even if someone beats you to the first prize!

Once you’ve achieved one of these, the game will automatically notify you that you’ve won. Even if you’re not playing the game, you’ll still win if you have a winning ticket, and you’ll still get your prize the next time you log in. The exact prize depends a lot on the room you’re playing in and a few other factors, which brings us to the next section of our guide.

90 Ball Bingo Payouts

Payouts when playing bingo can vary quite a lot. Most rooms will have different types of prizes, and some may even have different ways to win. Always check before you play and read the room details to find out how to win and the prizes on offer. Most bingo rooms will have one or more of the following types of payouts:

Standard payouts – In most games of bingo, the prizes are determined by how many tickets are sold. A percentage of each ticket price goes towards the prize pot, meaning that the more tickets are sold, the bigger the prize is.

Jackpots – Some bingo rooms, including our 90 ball Amigo room, offer a special jackpot prize. This is a bigger than usual prize that can usually be won in special circumstances. You can read more details about the size of the jackpot and how to win it in the game details.

Guaranteed prize pot – Most bingo prizes depend on how many tickets are sold, but the guaranteed prize pot is a little different. This prize is always the same amount, no matter how many players join the room and buy tickets. That means you could bag a big prize even if the room is nearly empty!

90 Ball Bingo Tips and Strategy

90 ball bingo, just like any game of bingo, is based on random chance rather than skill. Numbers are randomly chosen, and there’s no way to influence the outcome of the game.

However, there are still a few 90 ball bingo strategy and tips that will help you get the most out of your game and have more fun:

  • Budget well – With any type of real money gaming, it’s always a good idea to keep track of how much you’re spending. Always make sure you’re playing responsibly and don’t play with more money than you can afford to lose.
  • Play at quieter times – When there are fewer players in the room, your chances of winning are higher. Of course, unless you’re playing in a room with a guaranteed prize pot, the available prizes will also be smaller.
  • Make the most of bonuses – When you play bingo online, you can claim special bingo bonuses such as free tickets. At PlayOJO, we refund 1.5% of what you spend with free tickets, letting you play longer while spending less for higher chance to win
  • More tickets means more winning potential – If you want to boost the chance of having a winning ticket, you can buy more tickets. Try looking specifically for games that offer cheap tickets so you can buy more.


In some 90 ball bingo games, like our Amigo room, you can find jackpots. These are special prizes that you’ll need to complete a certain goal to win. Not every jackpot will be won in every game, and there are lots of different types of jackpots.

Some examples of 90 ball bingo jackpots we offer at PlayOJO include:

  • Community jackpots – Community jackpots are a big favourite among bingo players. When a community jackpot is one, the winner will get a prize, and everyone else in the room will also get a slightly smaller prize. These jackpots ensure that everyone has a chance to experience the thrill of a jackpot win.
  • Progressive jackpots – Progressive jackpots are probably one of the most exciting bingo prizes. These prizes aren’t won from every game and will continue to grow over time. As more players join the room and buy tickets, the jackpot grows until it’s finally won.
  • Must drop jackpots – A must drop jackpot is a special prize that must be won within a certain time. If the players of the room haven’t won it before the end of the day, for example, the prize becomes easier to win. This ensures that the jackpot is won more regularly, letting more players win big.

How to Play 90 Ball Bingo at PlayOJO

Now you’ve completed our 90-ball bingo guide, how about a quick game? First, you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for action.

Follow these steps to make sure you’re ready to play 90 ball bingo with OJO:

  1. Sign in or sign up, creating a new account if you don’t already have one. We only require a few details, and the process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
  2. Make your first deposit or at least £10 into your account using one of the accepted payment methods.
  3. Claim your welcome bonus of 50 free bingo tickets and ten free spins with no wagering requirements. Your bingo tickets are valid for games up to 25p in our Amigo room.
  4. Join one of our 90 ball bingo rooms and buy tickets for the next available game. We recommend the Amigo room as it’s a popular room, plus you’ll have your free tickets to play with.