Bingo games are believed to have their roots in Italy in 1530. It was known as “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” in the 16th century before it spread to France and Europe.

Since then, it has become a popular pastime in both land-based and online casinos across the world. In fact, several bingo variants have emerged over the years, several of which have become staples in most Maltese online bingo sites due to their popularity.

The best part is that these sites have online chat rooms that allow players to interact among themselves.  So, if you are looking for a way to socialise with other internet users in your free time, we have reviewed the most popular types of online bingo games for you. Enjoy!

1.   The Classic 90 Ball Bingo 

The classic 90 Ball bingo tops the charts in popularity. Also known as “Housie,” 90 ball bingo is an excellent tool to spend time with friends. So, why is it so popular? Well, 90 ball bingo gives players three chances to win per game. Besides, since it attracts more players, its prize usually grows bigger than in other types of online bingo games.  

Just imagine 90 numbers, 27 squares, and 15 number bingo cards! You feel tempted to shout “BINGO” even before the game begins. The strips usually come in strips of six consisting of three rows and nine columns.

To play, just get the tickets and mark the numbers off as they are being called. You’ll win if any of the stated patterns are filled out.

2.   30-Ball Bingo

Also known as speed or pattern bingo, 30-ball Bingo is a variation of traditional Bingo characterised by its quick and dynamic gameplay. Despite being one of the newest additions to the bingo family, it has particularly become a popular variant for time-conscious gamers.

30-ball Bingo is easier to play and understand than other bingo variants. The fast-paced Bingo is set on a 3×3 grid featuring numbers 1 to 30. That means you’ll only have nine numbers to mark.

There are no hidden tricks in 30-ball Bingo. So, if you know how to play classic Bingo, it is all downhill from there.

3.   75-Ball Bingo

This variant is most prevalent in India, Canada, and the US. In this case, you’ll have a 5×5 grid and 75 numbers in total, meaning each card hosts 25 squares. Don’t worry about too many numbers clouding your focus. The middle square is empty and considered marked before the game begins.

Once you have your cards, stay attentive as the caller calls out the random numbers. The randomness in this game comes from the fact that players aren’t limited to horizontal, vertical or diagonal pattern movements. You are free to experiment with more complex patterns as long as you stick to the rules. Speaking of which, it’s worth noting that the rules in American Bingo vary based on the site you are playing at.

4.   80-Ball Bingo

The 80 Ball bingo or shutter board bingo is especially common in Britain, Ireland, and Scotland and fits well in the online gaming realm. This online casino game consists of 80 balls organised into 16 squares on a 4×4 grid. Just like in 75-ball Bingo, the middle square on your card will be empty.

What’s unique about this particular bingo variation is the use of colours to denote a specific range of numbers. Common colours used for an exciting and immersive experience include white, red, blue, and yellow.

Each group of 20 will have a specific colour allocated to it. So, you’ll be completing patterns based on numbers called based on specific colour formats.

As usual, you’ll need to stay attentive when the numbers are being called. There are four ways to win in this game:

  1. Line: A line win requires you to have a four-number line in any direction.
  2. Two lines: In this case, you need to have two complete lines marked off in any direction.
  3. Full House: To claim a full house win, you must mark off all 16 numbers on your card.
  4. Four corners: As the name suggests, you’ll win if you mark off all four numbers on your card. It marks a jackpot hit in 80-ball Bingo.


Bingo isn’t a complicated and boring offline game like it used to be. You can play it anywhere and anytime, provided you have a smartphone/computer and a stable internet connection.

By Grace