HOW TO PLAY TOMBOLA
Tombola is the Italian version of Bingo. However, unlike the American version, where you can make Bingo horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, In Tombola, only horizontally counts.
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On each card there are 3 rows and 9 columns.
Column 1 contains numbers from 1-10,
Column 2 contains numbers from 11-20,
Column 3 contains numbers from 21-30, …
Column 9 contains numbers from 81-90.
Note that in each row, only 5 of the 9 columns are occupied by a number. The other columns are intentionally left blank.
Numbers are called out of a rotating drum, just as in American Bingo. The person who pulls the number out of the drum is called the tombolone. Instead of using a regular tombola card, the tombolone uses a special sheet on which the numbers from 1-90 are written in sequential order. This is the equivalent of playing 6 regular tombola cards.
The tombolone will proceed to pull numbers from the rotating drum one at a time. He/she will then typically announce the number in Italian (and sometimes in English, depending on the audience). Each number typically also has a little rhyme that goes along with it, which the tombolone will also announce.
If the number 25 is called, then the tombolone will shout out “Venticinque—Natale”. (The connection being 25 is the date of Christmas, which in Italian is Natale.)
If the number 33 is called, then the tombolone will shout out “Trentatre—Ll’anne Gesu Cristo”. (The connection here is that Jesus lived on Earth for 33 years.)
Many of the rhymes have religious themes. However, some others are what we would call “politically uncorrect”.
Just as in American Bingo, as each number is called out, players cover that number on their cards. However, instead of using poker chips to cover the numbers, most tombola sets that you can buy come with little plastic beans, or fagioli. (You can even use real beans if you run out of the plastic ones.)
Tombola is tradtionally played for money. Each card costs a set amount (i.e. a dime or quarter). Players can purchase as many cards as they wish, except for the tombolone, who must purchase 6 cards. The total pot will be divided into 5 smaller prizes. Each prize goes to the winner of the 5 individual rounds which make up a complete tombola game.
The 5 rounds of a tombola game are:
Ambo: 1st person to cover 2 numbers in a row
Terno: 1st person to cover 3 numbers in a row
Quaderno: 1st person to cover 4 numbers in a row
Quinto: 1st person to cover 5 numbers in a row
Both teams to score form. Tombola: 1st person to cover all 15 numbers on the card
When one person has covered 2 out of the 5 numbers in a horizontal row, he/she will call out Ambo. Then the game stops and the person collects his/her prize. The game continues, with prizes are collected for the winners of the Terno, Quaderno, and Quinto rounds.
The person who finally covers all of the numbers on his/her card calls out Tombola, and is considered the winner of the game. (Usually the pot for the Tombolaround is larger than those of the other rounds.)
Here are the rhymes which correspond to each number in Tombola, given in Neapolitan dialect (top), standard Italian (middle), and English (bottom). An explanation is also provided for some numbers.
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New player offer
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Tombola offers a selection of bingo games that are unique to the site.
- Bingo 90
- Bingo 80
- Bingo 75
- Bingo 60
- Bingo 50
- Bingo Lite
- Bingo Roulette
- Tombola Roulette
- Hamster Race
- Lucky 7
Withdrawal and wagering
- Minimum withdrawal: £10
- Processing time: 48 hours
- Bingo wagering requirement: Any winnings can be withdrawn = bonus funds can never be withdrawn.
See website T&Cs for more details as requirements may have changed since the time of writing.
Id and proof of address and payment type may be requested before a withdrawal is made and will absolutely be requested each time a total of £2,000 in withdrawals is reached.
Help and support
Support is available 24/7 –
- Live help
- Tel: Freephone – 0800 29 888 73 from a landline or 0330 124 0700 from a mobile – they aim to answer your call in 8 seconds.
- Email: [email protected] – 4 hours is average response time.
- Post: tombola, Wylam Wharf, Low Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR1 2JR.
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Mobile and tablet
Access tombola Bingo via any mobile device on the relevant mobile browser. The design of tombola’s homepage is different to any other bingo sites on mobile. The homepage page focuses more on tombola’s announcements, such as big winners or new promotions that are happening. The styles of the layout of these articles are similar to how Twitter’s newsfeed, short but informative pieces that get the message across.
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The games do take a more of back seat on the homepage, there is a navigation bar at the top of the screen that shows what type of games are available. The menu button in the top left only contains the ‘My Account’ section.
Overall, tombola works huge on mobile, even though the app design is very different to many bingo apps out there, the navigation is easy and simple to understand. The games work great and scale correctly to mobile screens.
iOS App Store – There is a tombola iOS app to download. It’s layout and experience is equal to its mobile browser version.
Google Play – tombola Bingo was among the first operators to have an app available in the Google Play Store when it became offered to pay to play gaming in August 2017. For those familiar with the tombola in-house app fro android phones the user experience will not change much, they may just find it quicker and more responsive.
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Android – Presently tombola does provide another way of downloading the app to your android phone, simply go to ‘bingo app’ at the tombola website and they will give you a step by step instruction on how to make it work.