Bingo balls are obviously essential to any bingo game. In fact without them lets face it there would be no game. Over the years they have changed greatly and modern day bingo balls come in all shapes and sizes. Early bingo games were often played with wooden balls and some bingo halls still use these wooden bingo balls for a nice authentic feel. Well that or they can’t afford new ones!
There are loads of different bingo balls designs out there and everyone has their own personal favourites. The most important factor where bingo balls are concerned is number visibility. If you can’t make out the number then you aren’t going to be having a very efficient game! Usually you will find, even with coloured bingo balls that the numbers are written quite large and in black surrounded by a white background to avoid any confusion.
People do not realise but there is a big difference between bingo balls and lottery balls. On a lottery ball you will find the number written multiple times and all the balls will often be the same colour. Well bingo balls are a bit different as they only have the number written on once and some of the nicest sets will be colour coded by number. For example 1-10 might be blue and 11-20 might be green.
If you are planning to have a few friends round and you want to play bingo then a great tip to save some money if you can’t afford a full set of bingo balls is to just buy ping pong balls and write the numbers on. You should have no problem finding enough ping pong balls to do the job perfectly for you.
With your bingo balls your are always going to need a master board. This is a place where you can keep the bingo balls once they have been taken from the cage. If you use a master board to store your bingo balls on then you won’t have them rolling all over the place and you will be able to keep track of what numbers have been drawn much much easier!
Wooden Bingo Balls
Wooden Bingo balls were the first type of bingo ball to be used. They had a few problems with splinters though and you had to make sure no one had any sand paper in their handbag!
Titan Bingo Balls
Titan bingo balls are ping pong ball size and represent a classic bingo image with the blue number inside the red circle. Apparently the numbers printed on the inside of these bingo balls never wear off. One half of the ball is white, and the other half can be any of the five following colors: blue, red, white, green or yellow or an assortment of these colors.
TV System Bingo Balls
TV System bingo balls are special because they are printed double sided for ease of reading. TV System Bingo Balls are numbered B-1 through O-75. These balls measure 1 1/2? in diameter.
Sampson Bingo Balls
Sampson bingo balls are numbered B-1 through O-75. These balls are labeled on one side, multi-colored on the other and are printed on the inside to extend the life of the ball. Samson bingo balls are produced to the strictest specs, making it one of the finest bingo balls on the market.
Bingo Ball Masterboard
Here is an example of a bingo ball masterboard. Once the balls are drawn from the cage then they are placed in the depressed areas to keep track of the game that’s currently in progress.