How to Play Bingo: A Complete Guide for Online Bingo


If you’re new to playing bingo, here is a bingo guide containing some useful tips to get you started.


In bingo, whether online or in a club, each player has a card with rows of numbers. This is usually called a ticket. Players cross off the numbers on their ticket as they are called out. The aim of the game is to be the first to cross off all your numbers.

The type of game you are playing is decided by how many numbers there are on your ticket. The numbers on your bingo ticket correspond to the numbers that can be drawn out by the caller. In the past, these numbers were printed onto balls; hence, the games of bingo are described as 90 ball, 80 ball, 75 ball, and so on. However, now that many bingo games are online, the numbers are drawn electronically. Playing bingo gives you several opportunities to win each game.

In most bingo games, prizes are given for completing one line on your ticket and for a full house, which is when all the numbers on your ticket have been called. Read on for some online bingo tips and descriptions of the different games available and get ready to play bingo.

Bingo Rules

So how does bingo work? Whether you are playing bingo in a club or playing online bingo, first of all you will need to buy your tickets. These tickets are available before the game starts. Once you have your ticket, you’re ready to play!

How do you play bingo? The game begins when the first number is called – if it is on your ticket, you can cross it off. Great!

In online bingo, the system will mark the numbers for you. In a club, the pace can be fast so you have to be alert and ready to keep up. This is where the excitement comes in, as keeping up with the caller is all part of the fun. Numbers are called with their nicknames until someone has crossed off enough to win a prize. If there are more prizes to be won, then the numbers keep on coming until more lines or a full house are found. A full house is when all the numbers on your ticket have been called.


Bingo Schedule

Bingo is a game that requires multiple players and so games are planned to begin at set times. Online bingo sites have frequent games starting every few minutes, so you never have to wait too long to join a new game. Online bingo takes place round the clock, all year round.

Bingo Rooms

Each bingo game takes place in a bingo room. Players choose a game and click to enter the room.

Here’s a bingo guide to William Hill’s bingo rooms:

There are a range of bingo rooms available on William Hill’s online bingo site including 90-ball Bargain Basement and Deal or No Deal with extra prizes after a full house; 80-ball Party bingo; 75-ball Diamond Bingo and Stars & Stripes; as well as special 50-ball Bingo Bowl, and 36-ball Cash Cube bingo.

Players choose how many cards (tickets) they want to play in each game.


While you’re in the bingo hall, you might hear some strange phrases.  Here’s a few to get you started:

1. Kelly’s Eye – At the Beginning – Nelson’s Column: Number One.

2. One Little Duck – Me and You.

3. Cup of Tea – You and Me – One Little Flea.

4. Knock at the Door.

5. Man Alive.

6. Half a Dozen – Tom Mix.

7. Lucky Seven – God’s in Heaven.

8. Garden Gate – One Fat Lady.

9. Doctor’s Orders – apparently this one has military origins and was slang for laxative pills during WW2!!

10. Boris’s Den – This one might change with an election!

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Different Bingo Games

The main difference between the different games of bingo is how many numbers there are available. There are several different types of bingo that you can play online at William Hill, including:

  • 90-ball bingo
  • 80-ball bingo
  • 75-ball bingo
  • 40-ball bingo
  • 36-ball bingo

Read more here about bingo terminology.


How to Play Bingo Online

Find out how to play bingo at William Hill Bingo.

If it’s your first time playing online bingo the instructions are simple and clear: read the bingo guide and find out how to play each game. When you’re ready to play, click on the game title and the directions will walk you through how to play. Look out for bingo tips and user-friendly guides to each game!

If you have any questions after reading how to play your chosen game of bingo, then you can always ask the community chat moderators for help.


How to Register at William Hill Bingo

To register to play at William Hill Bingo, just fill in your name, date of birth, email address, phone number and home address. Choose a username and password, then select a security question. Choose your currency and set yourself a daily, weekly or monthly deposit limit. If you have a promo code, you can add it to the box. Then, all you need to do is agree to the terms and conditions, click to create your account and you’re ready to play.