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Everything you need to know about playing 80-ball bingo

You know when a Fun-size bag of chocolate treats is too small, but a bumper pack is just too big? Well 80 Ball bingo fills the gap between 75 Ball and 90 Ball and offers something new.
80 Ball is one of the newer games to come on to the market and learning how to play is as simple as working your way through an entire fun-size bag of chocolate goodies while watching a chick flick.

Simply put, it’s a mixture of the 90 and 75 ball games. It is sometimes referred to as shutter-board bingo because it was once played with these boards, which had little windows and shutters you closed over them, as the numbers were called. These days, it is almost always called 80-Ball online.

For something a bit different; the 80 Ball game is slightly shorter than the 90 ball variety and a little longer than the 75 ball game. It also offers a different way of winning; patterns are used on the card, just like in 75 ball bingo, with the only real difference being in the actual design of the play card.

The card is 4 rows x 4 columns, with each column in a different colour (red, yellow, blue and silver)

The numbers called are 1-80 and the game is made all the more interesting by the fact that patterns are able to be printed onto the cards, because it is a square grid. The patterns used may be the classic X, four corners (requiring you to mark off all four corners of the ticket), other letters, horizontal, diagonal or vertical, and of course the Full House (Coverall). That said - almost all Bingo Clubs pay the most fab, top prizes to the first player of this game to mark all 4 corners of their card, which is the equivalent of the ‘Full House’ in the 90 Ball or 75 Ball game.
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