How to Play Bingo

How to Play 90 Ball Bingo

90 Ball Bingo is the most common form of bingo played in the UK and Ireland, having been something of a national institution in the UK since the 1960s. 90 Ball Bingo is open 24 hours a day and is very easy to play.

The object of the game is to mark off the numbers on your ticket(s) as they are drawn. You have multiple chances of winning:

  1. One Line Bingo, being a single line across (five numbers),
  2. Two Line Bingo, being two lines across (ten numbers),
  3. Full House, being when you hit the big time and cover all the numbers on a ticket (fifteen numbers)!

The Dotty Team increases the prize for each successful line with the jackpot prize awarded to the first player to complete a Full House. If more than one player lands a win, The Dotty Team will split the prize for that win.

So login and play now, enter one of our 90 Ball Bingo Rooms, and click on the 'Buy' button to purchase tickets. Each game differs but in general you can buy up to 96 tickets for most games. Each ticket is made up of 3 rows and 9 columns. Each row has 5 numbered squares; while there will always be 4 free squares per row.

The Dotty Team's Tip: A set of 6 tickets is called a strip, and in a strip, every possible number from 1 to 90 is distributed ONCE (and only once) across these 6 tickets. Therefore, for every ball called, one number can be marked on any of the 6 tickets.

When Can I Play 90 Ball Bingo?

Whenever you want 24 hours a day!

Simply login to play Dotty Bingo where you will find live games and our friendly chat hosts. The Dotty Team offers at least ten 90 Ball Bingo games per hour, and you can instantly join any game with less than 10 drawn balls.

So, now you know how to play, why not buy a bingo ticket OR take advantage of Dotty Pre-Buy offering, which allows you to purchase tickets for games up to 24 hours in advance!

Play 90 Ball Progressive Jackpots (PJP)

You can join a 90 Ball PJP Bingo game just by buying tickets, for your chance to land huge payouts! The PJPs in each room always start with at least 500.00 and increase in value each game until a player wins the jackpot.

At the start, you win the PJP in any of the rooms if you 'Bingo' in 36 balls or less. The Dotty Team increases the balls to Bingo by one ball every four days in each room until someone wins the PJP. So keep an eye out for the changing number of required balls to land the jackpot in each of the rooms!

The Dotty Team's Tip: The higher the number of balls to Bingo, the sooner someone is going to win the super PJP! So why not buy some tickets and see if today is your lucky PJP day with Dotty Bingo. You must be a depositing player to win a PJP.

How to Play 75 Ball Bingo

75 Ball Bingo is the most common form of bingo played in North America and Scandinavia. Our 75 Ball Bingo room is open every evening from 15:00 (UK time), and is very easy to play.

The object of the game is to mark off all your numbers in the bingo pattern displayed on your bingo ticket, and the first player to do this is the winner! With 75 Ball Bingo there can also be more than one winner. If this happens, The Dotty Team will split the prize between the winning players.

Each ticket is 5 x 5 (five columns by five rows) and made up of random numbers from 1 to 75. The Dotty Team will always mark the middle square on each ticket. Each column is headed by a letter B, I, N, G and O, which is also shown on the number board and bingo balls.

How to Play Chat Games

Whilst you are enjoying your game of bingo you can also join in the chat with your fellow roomies. The Dotty Team gives you a chance to win extra prizes in his fantastic chat games. So simply login, choose your bingo game and you'll be free to join in the fun of the chat room.

The Dotty Team's Tip: To keep The Dotty Bingo Chat Rooms a fun & friendly place, he kindly asks that you respect some simple, easy to follow rules on chat etiquette.

Chat Phrases

As Bingo has been around for ages, lots of fun lingo and phrases have popped up during games and many of them have stuck over the years. And just like with text messaging, online bingo has also developed its own lingo.

The Dotty Team invites you to brush up on your Bingo Lingo and Chat Phrases, so next time you're in the chat room you can WOW fellow roomies and have lots of fun!

The Dotty Team's Tip: Everyone likes to have fun, so please make sure you stick to The Dotty Team's Chat Etiquette guidelines!

If you come across any chat phrases that The Dotty Team has not included below, then please tell us to add your new chat phrase.

1TG - One To Go
2TG - Two To Go
3TG - Three To Go
BEHAVE - Oh behave yourself
BEST - All the best
BINGO - Bingo!
BOL - best of Luck
BRAVE - You're brave
BRB - Be Right Back
BYE - Bye
CBS - Come back soon
CU - See You
DAFT - Don't be daft
DAHLIN - All right, darling?
DBL - Don't Be Long
DCL - Don't cry love
FUNNY - Now that's funny
G2BB - Great to be back
GL - Good Luck
GLA - Good Luck All
GLEV1 - Good Luck Everyone
GOOD4U - Good For You
GS - Great Stuff
HB - Hurry Back
HEREUR - Here you are
HIA - Hi All
HIEV1 - Hi Everyone
HIT - Hit me
HOUSE - House!
HOWRU - Ho are you?
HURRY - Hurry Up Roomies
LADS - Away lads
LOL - Laugh Out Loud
LOSE - Do you ever lose?
MAMAMIA - Mama Mia
MMM - Mmm
MONEY - Show me the Money!
N2BB - Nice to be back
NP - No Problem
NT - You're Nearly There
OOPS - Oops
QUEEN - Save the Queen
SAY - You don't say
SHOUT - Shout it out
SMOKIN - Smoking!
SS - So Sorry
SUPER - Super Duper
TY - Thank You
TYU2 - You Too, Thank You
TYVM - Thank You Very Much
U2 - You Too
URBEST - You're the best
URMONEY - It's your money
WB - Welcome Back
WD - Well Done
WIN - Nice Win
WTG - Way To Go
YNT - You're Nearly There
YW - You're Welcome
Bingo Lingo
  1. Kelly's eye, Buttered scone, At the beginning, Little Jimmy, Nelson's column, B1, Baby of bingo
  2. One little duck, Baby's done it, Doctor who, Me and you, Little boy blue, Home alone, Peek a boo
  3. Dearie me, I'm free, Debbie McGee, You and me, Goodness me, One little flea, Cup of tea
  4. The one next door, On the floor, knock at the door, Shut the door, Bobby Moore
  5. Man alive, Jack's alive, One little snake
  6. Tom Mix, Tom's tricks, Chopsticks, In a fix
  7. Lucky seven, God's in heaven, One little crutch, David Beckham, One hockey stick, A slice of heaven
  8. Garden gate, Golden gate, At the gate, Harry Tate, One fat lady, She's always late, Sexy Kate
  9. Doctor's orders
  10. Downing street, Cock and hen (rhyming), Uncle Ben (rhyming), A big fat hen
  11. Legs eleven, Legs - they're lovely, Kelly's legs number eleven, Chicken legs, Skinny legs
  12. One dozen, One and two - a dozen, Monkey's cousin (rhymes with "a dozen), One doz' if one can
  13. Unlucky for some, Devil's number, Bakers dozen
  14. Valentines day, Tender
  15. Rugby team, Young and keen, Yet to be kissed
  16. Sweet sixteen, She's lovely, Never been kissed
  17. Often been kissed, Over-ripe, Dancing queen, The age to catch 'em, Posh and Becks
  18. Key of the door, Now you can vote, Coming of age
  19. Goodbye teens
  20. One score, Getting plenty, Blind 20
  21. Royal salute, Keyof the door, If onle I was.., Just my age
  22. Two little ducks, Ducks on a pond, Dinky doo, All the twos, Bishop Desmond, Put your 2 2's on
  23. A duck and a flea, Thee and me, The Lord's my sheperd (based on 23rd Psalm), A duck on a tree
  24. Two dozen, Did you score?, Do you want some more?
  25. Duck and dive
  26. Bed and breakfast (traditional price was 2 shillings 6 pence), Half a crown (equal to 2 shillings 6 pence)
  27. Little duck with a crutch, Gateway to heaven
  28. In a state, The old brags, Over weight, Duck & its mate
  29. You're doing fine, In your prime, Rise and shine
  30. Burlington Bertie, Dirty Gertie, Speed limit (in built-up area, UK), Blind 30, Flirty thirty, Your face is dirty
  31. Get up and run
  32. Buckle my shoe
  33. Dirty knees, All the feathers, All the threes, Gertie Lee, Two little fleas, Sherwood forest (all the trees)
  34. Ask for more
  35. Jump and jive, Flirty wives
  36. Three dozen, Perfect (as in 36-24-36)
  37. A flea in heaven, More than eleven
  38. Christmas cake
  39. Those famous steps, All the steps, Jack Benny
  40. Two score, Life begins at, Blind 40, Naughty 40
  41. Life's begun, Time for fun
  42. That famous street in Manhattan, Whinny the Poo
  43. Down on your knees
  44. Droopy drawers, All the fours, Open two doors
  45. Halfway house, Halfway there, Cowboys friend
  46. Up to tricks
  47. Four and seven
  48. Four dozen
  49. Copper, Nick nick, Rise and shine
  50. Bulls eye, Bung hole, Blind 50, Half a century, Snow White's number (five-oh, five-oh..), Hawaii five O
  51. I love my mum, Tweak of the thumb, The Highland Div[ision]
  52. Weeks in a year, The Lowland Div[ision], Danny La Rue, Pack 'o cards
  53. Stuck in the tree, The Welsh Div[ision], The joker
  54. Clean the floor, House of bamboo (famous song)
  55. Snakes alive, All the fives, Double nickets, Give us fives, Bunch of fives
  56. Was she worth it?
  57. Heinz varieties, All the beans (Heinz 57 varieties of canned beans)
  58. Make them wait, Choo choo Thomas
  59. Brighton line (engine 59)
  60. Three score, Blind 60, Five dozen
  61. Bakers bun
  62. Tickety boo, Turn on the screw
  63. Tickle me
  64. The Beatles number, Red raw
  65. Old age pension, Stop work (retirement age)
  66. Clickety click, All the sixes
  67. Made in heaven, Argumentative number
  68. Saving grace
  69. The same both ways, your place or mine? Meal for two, The French connection, Yum yum
  70. Three score and ten, Blind 70
  71. Bang on the drum, Lucky one
  72. A crutch and a duck, Six dozen, Par for the fourse (gol), Lucky two
  73. Crutch with a flea, Queen B, Under the tree, Lucky Three
  74. Candy store, Grandmamma of Bingo, Lucky four
  75. Strive and strive, Big Daddy, Granddaddy of Bingo, Lucky five
  76. Trombones, Seven n' six - was she worth it?, Lucky six
  77. Sunset strip, All the sevens, Two little crutches, The double hockey stick, Lucky seven
  78. Heavens gate, Lucky eight
  79. One more time, Lucky nine
  80. Gandhi's breakfast, Blind 80, Eight and blank, There you go matey
  81. Fat lady and a little wee, Stop and run, Corner shot
  82. Fat lady with a duck, Straight on through
  83. Fat lady with a flea, Time for tea, Ethel's Ear
  84. Seven dozen
  85. Staying alive
  86. Between the sticks
  87. Fat lady with a crutch, Torquay in Devon
  88. Two fat ladies, Wobbly wobbly, All the eights
  89. Nearly there, All but one
  90. Top of the shop, Top of the house, Blind 90, As far as we go, End of the line

Do You Know Your Bingo Terms?
Take a peek at The Dotty Team's glossary below and see if you are in the know... After all, you want to make sure you know your "Bingo Balls" from your "Bingo Calls"!!!!

This type of Bingo is Canada and the US’s most popular Bingo game. The game uses only 75 Bingo Balls, and to win you need to be the first to call 'Bingo' on a specific game pattern. The Dotty Team displays the winning bingo pattern you need at the start of a game, which comes in a variety of patterns like 'coverall', 'flower', 'heart' and of course the '$' sign!

This style of Bingo is Europe’s favourite! In many countries since the early 1960s, this form of Bingo has become a national past time and has been played in land based Bingo halls ever since. The name comes from the number of Bingo balls in play (90). You can win in three ways: firstly, a single line across, then two lines across, and finally the full house win where all the numbers are covered!

Bingo Bonus money! These are bonus credits The Dotty Team adds to your account, which can be gained in a variety of different ways:

  • On signing up for the first time you might have been awarded some BBz
  • Or when you made your first deposit!
  • Or perhaps you won some BBz in one of The Dotty Team's Chat Games!

The Dotty Team's Tip: BBz can be used to purchase bingo tickets. For more information on BBz please read carefully the rules for BBz.

These are the numbered bingo balls that are drawn at random from the overall set. In 90 Ball Bingo, the balls just have numbers on them. In 75 Ball Bingo, each ball has a number and a letter on them (B, I, N, G or O).

90 Ball Bingo is famous for its quirky sayings and rhyming slang when it comes to calling out the Bingo numbers. Do you know who Dirty Gertie, or Bishop Desmond is?!

Surprise surprise! It’s the actual ticket you buy to play Bingo.

This is a progressive jackpot (PJP) in Bingo that usually comes about on the thirteenth game of a session. There is usually an additional fee to joining in this game, where forty-five random numbers are drawn before the game starts, and players mark them down. A Bonanza game usually starts at 48 numbers and goes up one number every week until 52, or until the jackpot is won.

There are two definitions:

  • Convert your Bingo credits to their cash equivalent,
  • OR Buy Bingo tickets.

In online Bingo, you buy-in by purchasing Bingo tickets. The buy-in cost varies from game to game.

A fixture of land based Bingo. Callers are people who call out the Bingo numbers. On rare occasions, callers who call incorrect numbers get penalized, and cash might be added to a game pot to rectify the lapse. See Bingo Calls.

A very popular attraction to online Bingo players, chat rooms are great fun and let online Roomies socialize in a way very similar to land-based Bingo get-to-gethers. Dotty Bingo has a vibrant and fun chat community, adding that extra personal touch to your online Bingo game!

These games happen every hour at Dotty Bingo, and provide you with a great way of earning those extra BBz from The Dotty Team.

Your friendly online community Chat Hosts or Chat Managers, are the people who monitor The Dotty Team's online Bingo chat rooms, answer your chat room questions, run the Chat Games and randomly dish out Bingo Bonus money (BBz). They make excellent friends, and with their help, the fun never ends!

The Bingo game type (specific to 75 Ball Bingo) where you have to cover the entire bingo ticket before you can win.

This is an ink filled bottle or pen used to mark off called numbers on your Bingo ticket(s). Touching the ticket with the felt tip of the dauber marks the square. You don't have to worry about this at Dotty Bingo, as The Dotty Team marks your tickets for you as the numbers are drawn, using his auto-dauber.

The purchases you make at Dotty Bingo. The Dotty Team offers numerous payment methods like Ukash, and a variety of Credit and Debit cards, that allow you to make your deposits and to buy your tickets quickly and easily.

The Dotty Team offers some exciting deposit bonuses for all online Bingo players, including a new player bonus. These Bonuses change on a regular basis, so keep your eyes open for the latest bonuses and promotions!

For you Bingo fans who like to start off early, these games kick off before other, regularly scheduled games. You can check out the Early Bird Games The Dotty Team offers on the schedule page.

In 75 Ball Bingo, each Bingo ticket has a blank centre square that almost acts like a Wild or Joker. It’s free and it counts towards making a winning pattern. 90 Ball Bingo on the other hand has just empty spaces on your Bingo tickets. They are free, but they don't count for anything! Oh well...!

You are a funded player if you have deposited funds into your Dotty Bingo account using any debit, credit card or alternate payment method. Check out all the payment methods The Dotty Team offers at banking options.

At Dotty Bingo, The Dotty Team has a different room, with a different theme and prize for each game-type of bingo being played, hence the term ‘Roomies’. The Dotty Team encourages you to jump from room to room and experience the fun with the different Chat Hosts and Roomies. This adds to the fun, social side of online Bingo.

One for the hardcore fans! This is a type of game specific to 75 Ball Bingo that is played without the benefit of the free space (the blank) to make a winning pattern. That means there’s no Wild or Joker space to boost your winning pattern. Sounds tough to The Dotty Team!

The name says it all: These are online Scratch Card and Casino Games you can play in between your regular bingo games. The Dotty Team will bring you your chosen instant win game direct to wherever you are, be it in The Dotty Team's Bingo Lobby or any of his Bingo Rooms. With these exciting games, The Dotty Team instantly deducts your ticket costs from your account, and he also instantly credits any winnings to your account!

A fantastic cash pot that can be won if you call 'Bingo' on the lucky number. The Dotty Team will call the lucky number first at the beginning of a regular game that has a Lucky Jar in play. Every time the lucky number is called, more cash gets added to the jar.

One for the night owls! These late-night Bingo games usually start from about 10:00 PM and may run through the night. Dotty Bingo also offers these late night Bingo sprees. To find out more, check out the Bingo schedule.

This number is selected before a game starts. If you call 'Bingo' on the number, then your winnings are doubled!

If two or more players call 'bingo' at the same time, The Dotty Team will split the prize money evenly between them.

When you login to your account, The Dotty Team takes you to your 'My Account' area, also called the Bingo Lobby. From here you can check out your funds, transaction history and personal details. And play The Dotty Bingo, Slots, Casino and Scratch Card games, of course!

When you need just one more number in order to complete a winning pattern (call Bingo), that player is ‘On’ – just one letter or number away from winning.

A Bingo game played towards a Blackout game. This ‘on the way’ game leads up from initial games, with more numbers being called until the Blackout occurs.

This is where you can check out all activity and the current balance on your account at Dotty Bingo. You can select payment methods like Ukash, Visa and Mastercard, or keep track of how much you’ve deposited or wish to withdraw.

The phrases used in the chat room. Three of the most popular ones here are ‘GLA’, ‘WTG’ and ‘WD’. Brush up on your Chat Phrases & Bingo Lingo terms.

The act of withdrawing some of your hard-earned online Bingo winnings! A minimum of €/£10 may be cashed out of your account and will be processed within 24 hours. You also have 24 hours in which to reverse a payout, in case you want to keep playing for more!

Dotty Bingo holds these draws on a weekly and monthly basis. Prizes for these promotional draws range from iPods and laptops to coffee machines and gift vouchers. You can check out The Dotty Team's promotions & super draws.

Progressive Jackpots or PJPs are that extra bit of excitement The Dotty Team adds to the bingo games! In all of the games a separate cash pot is placed aside after each game, and this cash pot grows and grows. The Jackpots always start at a minimum of €/£250, and are won when a player calls "Bingo" within a set number of calls. If no one wins the PJP prize in a game, the entire pot is rolled over to the next game. The number of balls within which you have to call "bingo" to win the PJP increases by 1 every couple of days. This means that as the PJP grows, the chances of winning it also grows!

The Dotty Team's Tip: These Jackpots are only available to depositing players.

The collective term for online Bingo players. The term is used affectionately for the players specific to the online game rooms.

An evening or daytime program lasting from two to three hours.

A variation of regular Bingo with lickety split number calls. Players can even Bingo in as little as three numbers!

Similar to Speed Bingo, but usually played in coverall games.

A quirky variation of a blackout game. In Texas Blackout, the first number called will either be Odd or Even. If the number called is Even, all even numbers on a player’s card are Wild (Jokers). All of these numbers are covered and the game proceeds to blackout. The same goes for a game where the first called number is Odd.

The total amount staked at Dotty Bingo.

The Dotty Team's specialty! Every new player gets free Bingo Bonus money (BBz) from The Dotty Team when you join to play at Dotty Bingo! You don't even have to deposit any money to get them!

The Dotty Team's Tip: There are rules for BBz.

Any money that you withdraw from your Dotty Bingo account. There is a minimum of 20.00 that may be withdrawn in a transaction. Any withdrawal is credited to your bank account through your preferred payment method. For more information also see deposit and withdrawal methods.

The last game in a session.

Chat Etiquette

Out of consideration for our Chat Hosts and all our Roomies, The Dotty Team asks that all players abide by the following rules:

  • If you have questions for your Chat Host that are not answered immediately, please be patient and ask again when your Chat Host is ready. Sometimes the chat gets a bit hectic in the rooms!
  • Please have respect for your Chat Host's authority. Our Chat Host's love their jobs here at Dotty Bingo, but with all the action going on, sometimes it is quite stressful, so please bear this is mind.
  • Our Chat Hosts are not police officers; they will help out with your problems to the best of their ability but will never take sides in player arguments.
  • To differentiate themselves from other players, our Chat Hosts type in capital letters.
  • Chat Host impersonation is not accepted at Dotty Bingo. If a player is found to be trying to impersonate a Chat Host they can be banned from Dotty Bingo.
  • Please be courteous when choosing your nickname. Other Roomies don't want to see nicknames that are offensive, sexual in nature or contain crude references to body parts, bodily functions, curse words, etc. The Dotty Team also tends to take offence to that type of thing!
  • We all love winning, and just like in real life, players often go on lucky streaks. Please do not make them feel bad for having good luck as some day it will probably be you in that hot seat!
  • Please do not harass or bother other players at Dotty Bingo. If you do not like another player, just ignore them. The Dotty Team will take care of them...
  • Remember that not all Roomies like to chat. If another player is not replying to you, they may just be very shy, or maybe even on "auto buy" and away from their computers.
  • Improper discussion in chat may result in having your ability to chat suspended. Please voice your complaints to The Dotty Team and NOT in the chat room.
  • NO harassment, slander, abuse or any other kind of mistreatment of other players will be accepted by The Dotty Team.
  • NO soliciting or advertising for other bingo or any casino sites is allowed.
  • NO "Cyber Sex" or other chat of an overtly sexual nature, including the use of sexual terms or connotations is allowed.
  • NO racism, racial slurs or otherwise offensive remarks will be tolerated. Dotty Bingo players come from all walks of life.
  • Players are not allowed to ask for donations of any sort from other players.

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