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Understanding Bingo Patterns


Bingo has been around for eons – with the first documented Bingo-like game having been played in 1530, in Italy. Traditionally played mostly on a Sunday, the lotto-like system soon evolved from a very simple game into the more creative and engaging pastime that we know today. It was only a matter of time before the traditional straight line patterns became line combination patterns, lucky 7 patterns and even one resembling the American flag.

To those who are accustomed to the game, Bingo patterns may feel like the natural next step in order to spice things up, but having to identify some of the more complicated patterns in a short period of time may be a daunting notion for beginners and a basic explanation may be in order.

Taking It From The Top - The Straight Line Pattern

Straight line patterns appear in a regular game of Bingo (five numbers in a row must match those called out by the caller), in double regular Bingo and also triple regular Bingo. There are no restrictions with regards to the direction of the lines – winning numbers may appear horizontally, diagonally or vertically across the Bingo card. The same applies when engaging in a game of double regular or triple regular Bingo. It would even be possible to make up a winning line in each direction.

The Next Step: Line Combo Patterns

Line combo patterns are no more complicated than straight line patterns – as the name suggests, these are merely combinations of straight line patterns that make up new arrangements. For example, two vertical lines together make up what is known as a railroad track. Unlike in Blackjack Canada games there are only set patterns that result in a win, and you can’t change the pattern like you would with an ace to make it equal 1 or 11 as you require..

Letter Patterns And The Lucky 7 Pattern

Letter patterns are exactly that – straight lines combining to resemble the shape of a specific letter of the Alphabet. It becomes necessary at this point to draw a distinction between a regular pattern and a pattern that has been identified as “crazy”. Whenever the caller indicates that the crazy rule applies, the letter pattern (or any other specific pattern, for that matter) may be formed in any which way – upside down, lying on its side, etc. It does not necessarily have to appear the right way up on the Bingo card.

The lucky 7 pattern is also quite straightforward – a horizontal line that runs along the top edge of the Bingo card, coupled with a line running from top-right to bottom-left.

Other Favourite Pattern Combinations

The number of patterns enjoyed online as well as in live Bingo halls are unlimited, and include old favourites such as the postage stamp pattern, American flag pattern and diamond pattern.

Once familiar with the basic structures of patterns, it does tend to become easier and a great deal quicker to recognise when a pattern has been completed on a Bingo card. Seasoned players all agree that the quick recognition of a pattern - even a more complicated one - is a skill that is acquired by playing frequently.