52-5 bingo is a relatively new version of the classic bingo game. Unlike 90-ball and 75-ball bingo, the game is played with playing cards instead of numbered bingo balls.
Just like in classic bingo, players purchase bingo cards to a game. Each card is called a ‘hand’ and includes 5 playing cards out of the standard 52-card deck (jokers excluded). A caller calls out playing cards randomly and if they appear on the player’s card, they are covered by a chip. The first player to cover all 5 playing cards on a card wins the game.
52-5 Bingo Cards (Hands)
Cards sold at 52-5 bingo games each contain 5 playing cards out of the standard 52-card deck.
The cards are revealed immediately upon card purchase.
52-5 games only have one winning pattern, the Full House, which occurs when all 5 cards on at least one purchased card are covered.
Payouts and Jackpots
In most cases, the size of a game's payout is determined by the cost per card and the number of players who opted into the game. The higher the card price and the more players who join a game will cause the prize to be larger. Occasionally, we offer a fixed minimum prize regardless of the number of players who participate and the price of the cards. Extra jackpots can also be on offer in a select number of bingo games.
Card Selections & Purchase
In order to play, it is required that you purchase at least 1 card in a game of 52-5 bingo.
In a single game, you can purchase up to 5 cards maximum.
Before purchasing cards, you need to fund your bingo account with the right amount of money.
You'll be able to see the price per card on the each card’s purchase button. All card prices in a game are the same.
Manual Selection of Cards
Each card is purchased separately by clicking the “Buy for Xp” button and confirming the purchase using the “Confirm” button.
When purchasing a card, its unique identifier will appear next to it as a reference for communicating with support agents.
This number will also be available in the game history section of the player’s “My Account” menu.
Funding Your Account
The perquisite for entering a bingo game is the purchase of at least 1 card.
It is only possible to purchase cards after you have funded your bingo account with sufficient funds. You'll always be able to view your account balance at the top of the bingo screen. To deposit into your account anytime, click the "Cashier".
Playing the Game
After you purchase cards for a bingo game, the next step is to wait for the game to begin. You can keep track of the time left until the game starts by checking the buy time countdown, which appears in the top left corner of the bingo screen.
When there are only 30 seconds left to game start, the timer will turn red and will alert you by sound that you should hurry up and purchase your cards.
New bingo games begin every few minutes so the wait is never long. Once the game begins, the caller will reveal the next card from the shuffled deck.
If you missed a few calls, you can always check which cards were called in the ‘Calling Board’ tab on the right side of the screen.
Additional game information is available on the game info panel on the left, including the number of players who have entered the game (purchased at least one card), the available jackpots and how to win them and a “how to play” button with a tutorial on how to operate the game.
Covering Your Numbers
52-5 bingo currently offers only an “auto cover” option, which automatically places chips on called playing cards.
The speed in which your card is automatically covered doesn’t affect the outcome, so even if your connection speed is slower than that of another player, and you have the winning card, the prize is yours no matter what!
If a player gets a Full House on their bingo card, the game will end and a winning message will appear including the names of the winners.
Since it’s possible for multiple winners to win a single game, the jackpot will be distributed evenly between the winners or by the proportion of winning cards, depending on the specific game played.
If you weren’t in the room in time to see the winning message, don’t worry, you’ll still be awarded your wins and you can see details of previous games in the “game history” section of the “my account” menu.
The game Return to Player (RTP) in Bingo 52-5 is affected by card price and number of cards purchased in each game.
Some 52-5 game may offer a progressive jackpot. A progressive jackpot is an accumulative reward that is given when a certain criteria is met.
Our bingo progressive jackpots are awarded when a player achieves “bingo” in less than a certain amount of calls.
To know the criteria for a game you’re considering buying into, simply hover over the progressive jackpot icon in the info panel on the left and a tool tip will appear with the specific number of calls you need to bingo in.
If a progressive jackpot is won, you’ll see both the game jackpot and the PJP (progressive jackpot) rewards on a single winning message, like this:
updated on 09/09/2014