What is ‘Two Lines Across’?
In bingo, two lines across or simply two lines is a win for the player made by matching two full rows or lines on their ticket – and doing so before any other player. It appears most often in 90-ball bingo with 15-number tickets, though this pattern is also used in some other bingo forms. In 90-ball bingo, two lines across is usually the second round of three and precedes the full house.
‘Two Lines Across’ Explained
In the UK, the most common form of bingo is 90-ball bingo. There are 90 numbers in the game, and each bingo ticket consists of three rows of five numbers, totalling 15 numbers. Unlike American bingo, there is usually no free square given as players are not aiming to make exact patterns on the ticket. Instead, players aim to complete one line of numbers, then two and finally all three. Occasionally, games will replace the ‘first line’ round with a ‘four corners’ round. This means matching the first and last numbers on the top row, and the first and last numbers on the bottom row. When all lines on a ticket are completed before any other player, this is known as a ‘full house’.
To win ‘two lines across’ or any other round, players must match every number in the two rows with the ones called in the game. They must also be the first person to do this. Once two lines have been completed and a prize allocated, the full house round begins. If a player makes two lines across after it has been called, there is no win to be had. It is possible for two players or more to get the ‘two lines across’, a single line or the full house at the same time, in which case they will split the prize equally.