American Bingo

Published:26 July 2021


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American Bingo is a bingo-style game featuring a free square played on a 5 by 5 card. A total of 75 balls are used. The player competes against the game rather than other players and is compensated for covering the highest paying pattern on each card.

Rules of American Bingo


American Bingo Pay Table
EVENT 35 BALL DRAW 45 BALL DRAW 55 BALL DRAW
Coverall 10,000 4,000 25
Frame 5,000 1,500 4
Double Hard Way 20 2 1
X 20 2 1
Single Hard Way 2 1 1
Single Diagonal 2 1 1
Four corners 1 1 1


Only horizontal and vertical lines are eligible for one and two-line wins. In a Vegas bingo hall, this would be referred to as the "hard way." One line must be vertical, and the other must be horizontal to win for two lines. The game regulations make no mention of this rule. As proof, I've included a screenshot of a card with two horizontal lines covered, but just one row indicated as a win.


35 Ball Draw
EVENT PAYS PROBABILITY RETURN
Coverall 10000 0.00% 0.00%
Frame 5000 0.00% 0.24%
Double Hard Way 20 1.95% 38.93%
X 20 0.13% 2.54%
Single Hard Way 2 19.02% 38.03%
Single Diagonal 2 6.10% 12.21%
Four corners 1 1.83% 1.83%
Loser 0 70.98% 0.00%
Total 100.00% 93.78%


45 Ball Draw
EVENT PAYS PROBABILITY RETURN
Coverall 4000 0.00% 0.06%
Frame 1500 0.01% 11.32%
Double Hard Way 2 15.88% 31.75%
X 2 0.80% 1.60%
Single Hard Way 1 39.10% 39.10%
Single Diagonal 1 8.23% 8.23%
Four corners 1 1.65% 1.65%
Loser 0 34.34% 0.00%
Total 100.00% 93.71%


55 Ball Draw
EVENT PAYS PROBABILITY RETURN
Coverall 25 0.01% 0.24%
Frame 4 0.34% 1.35%
Double Hard Way 1 57.34% 57.34%
X 1 1.52% 1.52%
Single Hard Way 1 30.51% 30.51%
Single Diagonal 1 3.50% 3.50%
Four corners 1 0.40% 0.40%
Loser 0 6.38% 0.00%
Total 100.00% 94.87%


The table below displays the return based on the number of balls in the draw. As you can see, the 55-ball draw has the highest return of 94.87%. If you really must play, go for the 55-ball draw.

American Bingo Summary
BALL DRAW RETURN
35 93.78%
45 93.71%
55 94.87%

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