Bingo Terminology Explained

Players new to online bingo can easily be confused by all of the new terms used at bingo websites. For most land based bingo players the transition to online bingo is usually smooth. No special computer skills are required to play online bingo and bingo providers have gone to great lengths to make online bingo one of the easiest games to play. Most bingo sites offer a combination of 75 and 90 ball bingo games. In the UK and Europe 90 ball bingo is the most popular bingo variant. There are several types of online bingo jackpots that new players may not understand. Jackpot types vary at different bingo sites and at most sites a combination of several jackpots are available. Here are a few of the jackpot types players are likely to encounter.


Progressive jackpots can get huge and players can win life changing amounts of money. Generally progressive jackpots start with a fixed amount that increases with the sale of each bingo card. The more cards sold the larger the jackpot. Most bingo games with progressive jackpots require players to ‘bingo’ in a specified number of calls. When the jackpot is won it is reset and starts growing again. Many online bingo network hold progressive jackpot games using the player base of the whole network. These jackpots can get huge and are popular with players. Most bingo sites offer 75 and 90 ball progressive jackpot games.


Guaranteed jackpot games are played for a guaranteed cash jackpot. If more than one player wins the jackpot is split. Guaranteed jackpot games are available for both 75 and 90 ball bingo. Most bingo sites hold guaranteed jackpot games.


Coverall jackpots are awarded during ‘coverall’ games. A coverall game requires the player to cover all of the squares on the bingo card within a certain number of calls. Because of the differences between the 75 and 90 ball card grids coverall games are limited to 75 ball bingo games. Coverall games usually start with a fixed jackpot and once a certain number of calls have been made the jackpot is reduced. If a player is lucky enough to cover all of the card squares the player will receive a jackpot based on the number of calls.


Snowball jackpots increase until the jackpot is won. The difference between snowball and progressive jackpots is that the number of calls required to hit the jackpot increases along with the jackpot.


In addition to huge jackpots bingo sites provide players with plenty of free bingo and player incentives and perks. Most offer generous welcome bonuses and the bonuses available at Sun Bingo are typical of most welcome bonuses. For online bingo players, times have never been better!