One embodiment of an electronic bingo game uses a processor 14 to select a first outcome set, including twenty-five indicia. Once the indicia are selected, the processor compares the selected indicium to those on the cards, noting any concordance. Optionally, the processor controls the display 16 to indicate a match. The display may flash, change color, superimpose a mark at the coordinate location, or any suitable means of indicating a match.
Some electronic bingo games may include a virtual player. In such a game, the player will compete against computerized opponents, or against one another. The virtual player’s cards may be presented in addition to player cards. If the player’s card matches the predetermined bingo patterns, the processor notes the matches and awards the winner the prize. A second outcome set may be selected if the selected indicia do not match the indicia on the player’s card.
In another embodiment, a player may choose to regenerate their bingo card before the game ends. The regenerated card may be used for subsequent play. This method may be helpful in improving the pattern on the player’s bingo card. The player is paid on the first pay table if the match is not present on the second set. The player may also alter the seed of the RNG before it generates new indicia. Regardless of the type of game, the player can enjoy the benefits of both types of outcome sets.
While playing an electronic bingo game will not save a stadium, the popularity of the game is expected to grow. State charity leaders are enthusiastic about the new game. In fact, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is currently licensing NexLevel to distribute the game in the state. And while bingo will not save the stadium, it will certainly help to increase funds for nonprofit organizations. And in terms of technology, the electronic bingo game is just the thing to boost fundraising for your favorite state charity.
In addition to a data processor, an electronic bingo game can also include a video display. In a conventional bingo game, a player must press a button to initiate play. An electronic version of a conventional game includes one or more bingo cards, which are either five-by-five matrices with discrete indicia in each column. A common example of an electronic bingo game is a machine that simulates the classic bingo card.
The electronic version of a bingo game is programmed to display the first outcome set in different colors, while the second outcome set uses a clock to determine the winner. During play, the processor compares the corresponding locations from the two sets to determine if any additional coordinates are necessary to make the game a winner. It then issues an award to the winner based on the winning patterns. The game is also easy to operate and allows even the most inexperienced player to participate in the fun and excitement of an electronic version.
In an alternate embodiment, the player may be given the option to retain or regenerate a bingo card from the previous game. In this case, the player may be prompted to select another bingo card or select a different set of indicia. The player may also be allowed to select an indicia for his or her own Bingo card. A player’s first and second wagers may be compared to determine the outcome.