The increasing interest in the game has lead to the introduction of many new BINGO PATTERNS though there is countless number of traditional bingo patterns too. The bingo patterns may be simple or complicated. Even the simple patterns may give a blue to the inexperienced players as with the number of blotches on the card it becomes difficult to recognize the pattern. The game needs to be played with concentration. With the complicated ones being displayed to make it a bit easier the game still demands skill. There are few “crazy” patterns” which implies that the pattern can be pointing in any direction. For the inexperienced players, the trick is to keep the game simple by breaking the patterns into small pieces.
STRAIGHT LINE PATTERNS
There are several straight line patterns which may include a combination of vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines. One-line bingo can be won by completing any single line whereas the double line bingo needs two straight lines which need not be parallel necessarily. There are also few line combination patterns like a bow tie, asterisk etc.
These patterns take forms of the alphabets and the crazy pattern makes it all the more easier.
LUCKY SEVEN PATTERNS
This pattern is a double bingo that forms the number seven consisting of a horizontal and a diagonal edge.
COVERALL, ODD-EVEN, SPEEDBALL PATTERNS
In coverall the player tries to scratch the 24 numbered spaces in specific number of calls as decided before the game begins. If this doesn’t happen then the further procedure can be decided further.
Odd-even is a variation in coverall where the player is instructed to blot either even or odd numbers.
Speedball is another form of coverall in which the caller rapidly calls out numbers.
PICTURE FRAME PATTERNS
This frame includes every single edge of the card. Yet another classification of this pattern is a broken picture frame which includes all the spaces along the edge which begins from the corner.
The pattern takes the shape of a diamond with the centre of each edge forming a part of the pattern.
POSTAGE STAMP/DOUBLE POSTAGE STAMP PATTERNS
In this the corners of the card need to be scratched in order to win. The number of corners is specified in the name of the pattern.
SIX PACK/BLOCK OF EIGHT PATTERNS
It includes a block of eight numbers i.e. two rows each of four squares.
This is a classification of the postage stamp which includes any one corner and a diagonal till the opposite corner.
AMERICAN FLAG/CASTLE PATTERNS
This pattern includes three top horizontal lines and a corner vertical line either on right or left.
It consists of five squares forming a zigzag line which begins with the second square of first column.