Bingo Balls

In the game of Bingo, numbers are generated using special balls that are mixed and randomly dispersed.

Balls To Bingo

Lucky bingo ballsIn classic 75-ball games, Bingo balls are all marked with a letter from BINGO as well as a number from one to 75.

In 90-ball Bingo games there are of course 90 balls, which only have numbers.

During the game, the balls are mixed and released for the caller to announce. Once a ball has been used, it is withdrawn from the game. The game then continues until the player who has gotten all of their numbers shouts ‘Bingo!’ This could be anything from 30 balls to 60 and above, and varies per game.

Bingo Cage

The traditional method of mixing and releasing the balls is by placing them into a Bingo cage.

The cage resembles a large wire barrel on a stand with an opening on one end and a handle on the other end. The Bingo balls are placed inside and the handle is turned quickly to shake them up well. Once the balls have been mixed, a single ball is released through the opening.

Advantages of using cages are that they are not very expensive and that they are easy to transport to venues. They are also not very large, so they do not take up much space.

Bingo Blower

Many modern parlours use a Bingo blower to sort the balls.

Blowers are special machines that resemble bubble gum dispensers. The base is usually solid plastic or wood, and the container is made from glass. A high pressure air jet is fitted into the base, and when the balls are inside and the machine is switched on, the pressure causes the balls to blow up into the glass container. A built-in timer blows and releases the balls at regular intervals.

Blowers are ideal for large Bingo groups, especially if they can be kept at the Bingo venue. While they are not cheap, it would be a good investment as a well-made blower will last for many years.

Cages Or Blowers?

It’s up to you whether you prefer your Bingo balls shaken or blown – as long as they’re sorted!