The Ultimate Bingo Dictionary

If you’re new to bingo, whether land bingo or online, you’ve no doubt noticed that it’s a special world.
Even if you’ve been playing bingo forever, you might just come across a bingo hall or website that uses words you’ve never heard.
Ultimate Bingo Dictionary
Lucky for us, the special language of bingo doesn’t take years to learn. And there’s no need to use Google Translate! Just take a look at Winkly’s ultimate bingo dictionary, and you’re likely to find everything you’ve ever needed to know.
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75-Ball Bingo

A variety of bingo played on a square-shaped card with 5 rows of 5 columns each and a free square in the centre of the card. The columns are labelled with the letters B-I-N-G-O and include possible numbers of 1 through 15 in the B column, 16 through 30 in the I column… up to 61 through 75 in the O column. A player wins a game of 75-Ball Bingo when he or she completes a pre-announced pattern on the bingo card (with literally hundreds of winning patterns available!) 75-Ball is the most popular form of bingo in the United States and Canada and has also gained popularity on online bingo sites all over the world. To learn loads more about 75-Ball Bingo and to see how it stacks up against its 90-Ball counterpart, check out our full 90-Ball vs. 75-Ball Comparison.

1TG & 2TG

TG refers to the number of squares a bingo player has to fill on his or her ticket before winning a game. So, as you can imagine, 1TG means “one-to-go,” and 2TG means “two-to-go.” These terms are used commonly in bingo chat rooms as the excitement about winning a game begins to build.
Of course, it can be frustrating to almost win… Especially if it feels like it happens all the time. To keep things more interesting, lots of bingo sites have started designating certain games as 1TG and 2TG games. These games allow players to win prizes even when they have one- or two-to-go before an actual win. Hmmm… I wonder if there are prizes available for two-to-go to 2TG!

5-Line Bingo

Don’t be fooled by appearances! 5-Line Bingo may look a lot like its 75-Ball cousin, but it’s actually a lot more similar to 90-Ball. Also known as Swedish Bingo, 5-Line Bingo is a fast-paced game offering 5 chances to win: the first win for any one line, then any two, any three, any four, and finally (surprise, surprise!) any five lines – also called a Full House. (Depending on where you play, the winnings may increase right along with the number of lines completed.) The game is played on a bingo card laid out like American 75-Ball, but it doesn’t have a free square in the centre.
You don’t have to travel to Sweden, eat meatballs, or shop at IKEA to play 5-Line Bingo. With its speedy pace and lots of opportunities to win, 5-Line Bingo is starting to become popular on bingo websites all over the world – especially among avid players looking to mix things up a bit.

90-Ball Bingo

The most popular form of bingo by far in the UK, 90-Ball Bingo is played in 3 rows of 9 columns each. There are 5 numbers and 4 blank spaces in each row, with a total of 15 numbers on each card. It’s usually played in strips of 6 cards each, with all of the numbers from 1 to 90 appearing exactly once on each strip. Each game of 90-Ball Bingo gives players three different chances to win: the first win for filling all 5 numbered squares in any one line straight across, the second for completing two lines, and the third for completing all three lines (usually called a “Full House”). Check out our in-depth 90-Ball vs. 75-Ball Comparison to learn all the ins-and-outs of 90-Ball Bingo and to find out which form of bingo reigns supreme.
(link to: 90-Ball vs. 75-Ball: The Great British Bingo Off)

Admission

Admission refers to the minimum number of cards you need to buy in order to enter a bingo hall (in land-based bingo) or play in a specific game (in online bingo). These requirements can vary significantly from hall to hall and website to website. To enter a bingo hall, admission may not simply involve the purchase of a minimum number of tickets in any combination, but often requires the purchase of a specified admission pack.

Admission Pack/Packet

A pack of bingo cards that is purchased to enter a bingo hall. Admission packets vary widely among bingo halls, but they often contain three to six tickets for every game in a bingo session, and sometimes tickets for special games as well. Purchasing an admission packet is generally required in order to enter the bingo hall and participate in the games. Occasionally, instead of requiring the purchase of a packet, a hall may simply include in the pack special games that are available only to players who purchase one.

After Games

The games played after a regular bingo session is over. (Now that makes sense, doesn’t it??)

Any Way

When a bingo game is played “any way” this means that the winning pattern can be completed in any direction. (In other words, it doesn’t have to be straight up and down as it appears on the bingo card. Instead, the pattern could be lying on its side or even upside down.)

Autodauber/Auto-Dauber/Autodaub/Auto-Daub/Auto-Play

A feature of some online bingo sites that automatically marks called numbers on a player’s bingo cards during game play – making it easier to play multiple cards at once and never miss a call.
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Basket Bingo

A popular type of community fundraiser (often held by churches, fire departments, and other charity organizations) in which bingo players win prize “baskets” containing various types of prizes. These prizes could include any range of options: gift items, gift cards, gourmet foods, etc. And sometimes, the prizes are actually baskets!

Bingo

In order to win a game of bingo, the player who completes the winning pattern must yell “Bingo!” loud enough so that the caller can hear and the card verified. Generally, if the player does not yell “Bingo!” before the next number is called, he or she forfeits the winnings – a good reason not to doze off while you are playing! (Online bingo tends to be a bit more forgiving – with many websites featuring autodaubers and automatic win for players with winning cards.)
So, how did “Bingo!” become the all-important exclamation? When modern bingo was in its infancy back in the 1920s, dried beans served as bingo markers, giving the game the name “Beano.” Legend has it that, once, a friend of one of the game’s inventors became so excited upon winning, she accidentally cried, “Bingo!” The rest, as they say, is history…

Bingo Alias/Nickname

A bingo alias (or “nickname”) is the name a player gives himself or herself when she creates an account on a bingo website. In order to protect the player’s privacy, this is the name that other players see when he or she wins a game or is online in the chat rooms. A creative alias can show a bingo player’s creativity and personality (and sometimes superstitions).
So who knows? When you’re chatting in a bingo chat room with BingoPrincess#1, you might actually be chatting with a princess!

Bingo Board

A large board (usually electronic) at the front of a bingo hall that displays the numbers that have been called during a game. Online bingo rooms usually have an equivalent – a section of the screen dedicated to showing the numbers that have been called during the game.

Bingo Bonuses

A slew of different types of bonuses offered by online bingo sites to their players. These can include bonuses designed to entice new players to the site, bonuses to encourage initial and/or re-funding of an online bingo account, bonuses to reward referring friends to the site, and more.
Most bingo websites make a distinction between bingo bonuses and instant game bonuses – the former being bonus funds available only for playing bingo games, and the latter being bonus funds available only for playing the different types of instant games available on the website. For more details on the types of bingo bonuses you are likely to encounter along the bingo road, check out A Journey to the World of Online Bingo Bonuses and Promotions.

Bingo Book/Bingo Booklet/Bingo Pad

A group of bingo sheets bound together to be played in a single session (one sheet per game). Often (but not always), each sheet has a different colour, allowing it to be easily identified and matched to the relevant game.
Bingo books vary in the number of individual sheets they contain (see ‘up’s) and the number of individual bingo cards (faces) visible on each sheet (‘on’s). For example, you may hear bingo books described in this way: “6 on 8 up.” This means a booklet of 8 pages with 6 individual cards visible on each page. (Another way you might hear this book described is “6 to view, 8 games.”)

Bingo Caller

See caller.

Bingo Calls

See calls.

Bingo Card

An individual game grid on which bingo is played. In 90-Ball Bingo, a bingo card is 3 rows long by 9 columns wide and contains 15 numbers (from 1 to 90). In 75-Ball Bingo, a bingo card is 5 rows long by 5 columns wide and contains 24 numbers (from 1 to 75) and a free space in the centre.
For land-based bingo, different styles of bingo cards are available. Most commonly now, cards are printed on paper sheets (also called flimsies) and bound together in bingo books of various formats. Manufacturers often print bingo cards in series of 6,000 or 9,000 unduplicated cards, each identified by a number that allows for easy verification of the winning numbers.
In online bingo, games are played on the digital equivalent of bingo cards. Bingo sites vary widely in the way players purchase cards: some give players the option to select their own cards; some issue randomly-generated cards; and some issue randomly-generated cards but allow players to change to a different randomly-generated set if they don’t like the cards they’re issued.

Bingo Dauber

See dauber.

Bingo Deposit

See deposit.

Bingo Payout

See payout.

Bingo Etiquette

The generally-accepted (but usually unwritten) rules of behaviour that govern the way bingo players interact with each other and the house. For land-based bingo, these generally include rules such as maintaining quiet while numbers are being called, not repeating numbers as they are called, and smoking only in designated areas. For a nice summary of land-based bingo etiquette, click here.
In the online bingo context, the rules of bingo etiquette generally involve the ways players interact with each other and with the chat host in the chat rooms. Click here for some useful online bingo etiquette tips.

Bingo Hall

A land-bingo club in which bingo is played – often for cash prizes. In the UK, they are mainly run as commercial enterprises, while in the U.S., they are dominated by local charity organizations, churches, and Native American casinos.
Bingo halls in the UK came into existence following the passage of the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960. While still extremely popular today, bingo halls have suffered a decline as a result of online bingo’s growth and immense popularity.
For fact-filled history of bingo in the UK, including lots more about bingo halls, check out Carolyn Downs, A Brief History of Bingo.

Bingo Jackpot

See jackpot.

Bingo Lingo

The nicknames callers use in the UK to refer to bingo numbers as they are drawn. Some of these calls date back to pre-WWII, and most rhyme with the number of the ball being called. For a full list of the traditional calls, see Bingo Calls – Kelly’s Eye to Top of the Shop.
In 2003, Butlins holiday camps reinvented bingo lingo to include references to more modern pop culture. Take a look at Winkly’s It’s B4, Not Before. We Speak Bingo Here! to make sure you are hip to the jive.

Bingo Marker

The tool used to mark called numbers on a bingo card as the game is played.
As bingo has evolved, different objects and methods have been used as bingo markers. Early in the game’s history, beans were commonly used. Later, coloured plastic disks became the norm.
Today, for bingo halls that use hard cards, markers are often little shutters that are slid over numbers as they are called. But now that most bingo halls use paper bingo sheets (or flimsies), cards are generally marked with a specialised ink pen called a dauber. While other types of pens or writing implements can be used, the rules of most bingo halls require the use of a dauber.

Bingo Odds

Bingo odds involve the probabilities of winning a game of bingo within a certain number of calls. Of course, these odds vary widely by the variety of bingo you are playing (for example, 90-Ball Bingo or 75-Ball Bingo).
There are many theories, systems, and strategies for beating the bingo odds (from the intensely mathematical to the use of lucky charms). For closer look at the math behind it all, check out The Wizard of Odds analyses for 90-Ball and for 75-Ball bingo.

Bingo Pattern

See pattern.

Bingo Player

Recent statistics indicate that even outside the UK, there are over 100 million live and online bingo players around the world. Long thought of as a game for older women, bingo has undergone a rebirth, with bingo players between the ages of 18 and 34 making up about 29% of online bingo players. And with ever larger numbers of bingo players using their phones, tablets, and laptops to play the game, this number is growing!
For additional fun facts and a cool infographic about who is playing bingo these days (and where), check out Who is Playing?

Bingo Promo Codes

Bingo Promo Codes are a type of bingo promotion in which you have to enter a certain code on the website in order to claim the benefit of the promotion. You can often find bingo promo codes on websites that compile them from scores of online bingo sites. But the surest way to get your hands on all the current promo codes is to subscribe to updates from your favourite bingo website (either by email or SMS), log on to the promo page of the site itself, or hang out in the site’s bingo chat rooms, where the chat hosts and your roomies will be sure to give you all the latest scoop.

Bingo Promotions

Everything from no-deposit bonuses, loyalty points, refer-a-friend, guaranteed jackpots, and more… bingo promotions are all the goodies that bingo websites offer to attract new players and keep them playing longer and more often.
Bingo promotions are often subject to wagering requirements and other terms and conditions, so be sure to check out the fine print wherever you decide to play. In the meantime, join us on A Journey to the World of Online Bingo Bonuses and Promotions for loads of additional information.

Bingo Rooms

Bingo rooms are the online bingo equivalent of land-based bingo halls; they are the virtual spaces in which online players gather and individual games of bingo are played. Bingo rooms are generally differentiated by the type of bingo played (such as 90-Ball, 75-Ball, and 5-Line), the cost to buy tickets, and by the promotions and jackpots offered at different times. Most bingo websites offer free bingo only in certain rooms at certain times, limiting other rooms only to funded players. Rooms can also be differentiated by the types of people that like to play and chat there (with some catering to newbies, moms, etc.)
In order to play a game of bingo, a player enters the room, buys bingo tickets, and waits for the game to begin. (Often, players use the time before or between bingo games in a room to play instant games or to chat with other players in the chat room.)
Generally, each bingo room has an associated chat room, where the players can interact with each other and the chat host.
For Winkly’s own extensive exploration of bingo rooms, head on over to All You Need To Know About Online Bingo Rooms.

Bingo Sheets

Bingo sheets (or “tickets”) are the pages on which land-based bingo cards are printed. Usually a number of individual bingo cards (or “faces”) are printed on each sheet. Common formats include one, two, three, four, six, or nine cards per sheet.
Bingo sheets are generally bound together in bingo books containing one colour-coded sheet for each game to be played in a session.
Sheets in technologically-advanced bingo halls may include bar codes that are used in order to verify winning numbers.

Bingo Slots

(1) A type of instant game commonly found on bingo websites, bingo slots give you an opportunity to try your luck on virtual slot machines in between bingo games (or even during them if you like multi-tasking). Bingo slots can range from the simple to amazingly sophisticated 3D works of art. (As an example of the latter, Winkly is particularly proud of our own Treasure Fair.) With some offering huge progressive jackpots, bingo slots offer a lot more excitement than the average way to pass a little time.
(2) A type of slot machine sometimes found in land-based casinos that look and feel like Vegas-style slot machines but are said to be based on a virtual game of bingo being played with others in the casino. Also known as Class II slot machines.

Bingo Tickets

In the context of land-based bingo, bingo tickets are the pages on which bingo cards are printed (usually multiple individual cards on each page). See bingo sheets.
In the context of online bingo, one bingo ticket usually refers to one individual bingo card.

Blackout

See coverall.

Blower

A machine that mixes bingo balls and chooses the ball to be called using forced air. The numbered ball is then distributed to the caller who calls the next number – bringing someone closer to bingo!

Blowout

See quickie.

BOGOF Bingo (Buy One Get One Free)

An online bingo promotion in which the player pays for one bingo ticket and gets the second one free – doubling the chances of winning.

Bonanza Bingo

A special coverall bingo game that is usually played immediately after the regular session. The exact rules can vary among bingo halls, but the game usually follows something similar to this format:

  • 45 to 48 balls are called and recorded prior to the start of the session.
  • Players purchase special sealed Bonanza Bingo cards throughout the session.
  • When the cards are opened, if someone has a coverall bingo, they win the jackpot.
  • If no one has a bingo, the number of calls is increased by one for the next night, and the jackpot rolls over (a progressive jackpot); alternatively, additional balls are called and the first player to achieve bingo wins a consolation prize.

Break Open/Breakopen/Break-Open Tickets

Tickets used for type of special game played at some bingo halls or as fundraisers. The paper tickets are folded and sealed with perforated pull tabs. Certain tickets are pre-designated as winners with a winning combination of numbers, letters, and/or symbols (similar to lottery scratch-off games).

Buy-In

In the context of land-based bingo, see admission.
In the context of online bingo, the buy-in is the purchase of bingo tickets with funds (either real money or bonus) in the player’s online account at the website.
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Caller

The person who calls the numbers as they are drawn. The balls themselves are usually drawn at random by a bingo machine (or blower). Bingo calling has become something of an art form, with competitions to find the most gifted and some bingo callers becoming known for their charismatic styles.
Online bingo websites often employ virtual bingo callers to add variety to the game (with some sites even offering players a choice of bingo caller voices).

Caller’s Choice

A game in which the bingo caller gets to choose the winning pattern for the game, which is usually not announced until just prior to the start of the game.

Calls

(1) The actual number of balls called in a game, or the maximum number to be called for winning a jackpot. For example, if a jackpot is offered for a coverall in 52 calls, this means that a player must cover his or her entire card on or before the 52nd ball is called in order to win the jackpot. If no one wins within this number of calls, the game may continue with the awarding of a consolation prize for the first player to achieve bingo and/or the jackpot may roll over until the next session (a progressive jackpot).
(2) The creative and often rhyming nicknames bingo callers in the UK use to refer to the numbers as they are called. See bingo lingo.

Card

See bingo card.

Cash Ball

A type of progressive jackpot game in which the jackpot is won when bingo is achieved with the calling of the pre-determined cash ball. (The cash ball itself is usually drawn prior to the start of the game.) If a player calls bingo on a number other than the cash ball, he or she may win a consolation prize.

Cash-in-Prize

Bingo in which the prize is determined by a percentage of the cash paid in by the players when buying tickets, with the rest going to the house. Gaming regulations may determine the maximum percentage of wagers that can be retained by the house, thus determining the minimum cash-in prize percentage.

CH

A common abbreviation for chat host.

Chat Game/Chat Room Game

Side games that are played in the chat rooms alongside the regular bingo games on bingo websites. These games are announced and moderated by the chat host who explains the rules for the game and the available prizes (often in the form of bonuses or loyalty points). Generally they require players to pay close attention to the numbers being called in the regular game and a quick response on keyboard!

Chat Host

The person who monitors and moderates a chat room on a bingo website. Usually an employee of the site itself, the chat host keeps the room lively and full of fun. The chat host also runs chat games and keeps players up to date on the website’s various events and promotions.

Chat Lingo

Shorthand abbreviations used by roomies in a chat room when they are talking with each other. Considered incomprehensible to the uninitiated, it’s actually quite easy to pick up and makes it easy and fun to chat even when you’re playing on your mobile phone. AFAIK it’s the way to go!
(To learn the meaning of AFAIK and the other 10 most common chat lingo abbreviations, check out It’s B4, Not Before. We Speak Bingo Here!)
A virtual room connected to an online bingo room where players gather, swap stories and gossip, catch up between games, encourage each other, and compete in chat games together. Each chat room is monitored by a chat host, who facilitates that chat games and encourages conversation and community.
In computer terms, a chat room is just an interactive text box, but to many online bingo aficionados, it’s the main reason they log on. Some roomies have become lifelong friends, and the sense of community is anything but virtual – it’s as real as it gets!

Chat Room Game

See chat game.

Consolation Prize

A smaller prize given to a player who achieves bingo in a special jackpot game, but not within the number of calls required for winning the jackpot. (See calls.)

Cookie Jar

A jackpot offered in some bingo halls. The rules can vary from hall to hall, but the cookie jar usually works something like this:

  • The first number called at the beginning of a session becomes the lucky number.
  • Every time the lucky number is called during a game (without anyone calling bingo on that number), money is added to the jar.
  • When someone does hit bingo on the lucky number, he or she wins the money in the cookie jar.
  • Usually the cookie jar can only be one during the play of regular games.

Coverall/Cover All/Coverall Game

Also known as a “blackout,” a coverall is a pattern in 75-Ball Bingo that requires that you cover every number on your card in order to win (in other words, covering all 24 numbers on your card plus the free space).

Coverall Jackpots

Usually, it takes 50 to 60 calls (of the available 75) to achieve a coverall. Therefore, coverall games often offer a jackpot prize if someone is able to achieve this feat in a predetermined number of relatively few calls.
For example, a jackpot may be offered if someone hits bingo in just 45 calls. If no one wins in this number of calls, the jackpot may rollover as a progressive jackpot and/or the game may be continued with a consolation prize offered to the player who achieves bingo in the fewest number of calls.

Dauber/Dabber/Dobber

A specialised type of ink pen that a player uses to mark his or her bingo cards as the numbers are called during a game. Usually a small plastic bottle filled with see-through ink and a sponge tip, daubers have become a favourite for bingo players express their individuality and personality. (Some online bingo sites extend this creativity into the virtual world by giving players the option to choose their own virtual dauber.)
Some bingo halls also make electronic dauber systems (such as TED) available, making it possible for players to play many more cards at once.
Take a look at Top 10 Facts About Bingo Daubers to get up to speed on all your dauber trivia.

Deposit

An online bingo player funds his account on a bingo website with deposits. Depending on the website, a player can make deposits via credit card, debit card, and online money transfer services such as PayPal and Neteller.

Deposit Bonus

Deposit bonuses are a type of bingo promotion offered by online bingo sites to encourage players to make deposits and fund their bingo accounts. Deposit bonuses usually multiply the amount of a player’s actual deposit by a certain percentage up to a stated maximum (for example, 200% of your deposit up to £75). Many bingo sites offer initial deposit bonuses and redeposit bonuses (with the initial deposit bonus as the most generous/enticing).
Often, deposit bonuses differentiate between bingo bonuses and instant game bonuses, and deposit bonuses are almost always subject to wagering requirements (which can vary significantly by website).
For lots of additional details along with example deposit bonus calculations, join us on A Journey to the World of Online Bingo Bonuses and Promotions.

Double Bingo

A winning pattern in 75-Ball Bingo requiring that a player complete two lines in order to win (any combination of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal).
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Early Bird Game

Some bingo halls refer to the first game of a session as the early bird game (see also warm-up).
Others use the term to refer to a game played prior to the first game of the regular session (in which case, the cards for this game are usually purchases outside the regular admission pack).

Electronic Dauber

A system offered at some bingo halls that checks numbers as they are called across multiple bingo cards and marks them for the player. This makes it possible for a player to play a large number of cards at one time, without worrying that he or she will miss marking a called number. In some locations, the player must manually enter the called number into the electronic dauber, allowing it to check the cards. In other locations, the unit is connected to the hall’s bingo management system, so it can mark cards without any action at all by the player.
Halls that offer electronic daubers usually charge a rental fee for their use and limit them to one per player.
The most widespread of these systems is called TED, and this name (or that of its manufacturer, G.T.I.) is sometimes used as a general term to refer to electronic dauber systems.

Face

An individual bingo card or playing area as described when appearing on a bingo sheet of multiple cards. For example, a sheet that includes 9 individual bingo cards is said to have 9 faces.

Flimsy/Flimsies

One-time use bingo cards printed on thin sheets of paper, typically with a number of faces printed on each sheet.
Historically, in most bingo halls, flimsies were sold and used for special games, whereas a session’s regular games were played using hard cards. In this context, it became common in some areas to refer to flimsies as “throwaways.”
Today, most bingo halls utilize flimsies for all games (both regular and special), with the sheets for the regular games bound into bingo books/admission packs.

Four Corners

A pattern requiring that the four corners of a 75-Ball Bingo card be covered in order to win.

Free/No-Deposit Bingo

The opportunity offered to players by some bingo websites to play without making a deposit to a bingo account. Websites usually limit free bingo to certain bingo rooms at certain hours. There are also fairly small limits to the amount a player can win while playing free bingo. (See also no-deposit bonus.)

Free Space/Free Square

In 75-Ball Bingo, the free space is the centre square of the bingo card. It has no number assigned to it and is considered covered in all games. However, certain patterns require a player to achieve bingo without the use of the free space. (See, for example, hardway bingo.)

Full House

The completion of all three lines in a game of 90-Ball Bingo.

Funded Player

A player who has made an actual deposit to an online bingo account (exclusive of bonuses he or she has received from the website). It is common practice for bingo websites to limit certain bingo rooms and promotions only to funded players.

G.T.I./GameTech International

Manufacturer of the electronic dauber system known as TED/T.E.D. (It’s not uncommon for the system itself to be referred to as G.T.I.)

Game Board/Gameboard

An electronic display, often part of or attached to the bingo board. The game board is essentially an electronic representation of a bingo card that shows the winning pattern for the game being played. The online bingo equivalent is a section of a screen in the bingo room that shows the pattern being played.

Game Pattern

See pattern.

Game Rooms

See bingo room.
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Hard Card

A bingo card printed on heavy cardboard, often designed with small shutters to cover the numbers as they are called. Historically, these were used in bingo halls for the regular games in the session, as distinguished from the flimsies sold for special games.
However, today, hard cards are becoming increasingly rare, as most bingo halls have begun utilizing bingo books made up of one-time-use bingo sheets for both regular and special games.

Hardway/Hard-Way/Hard Way Bingo

A 75-Ball Bingo game whose winning pattern requires completion of straight vertical or horizontal line that does not include the free space.
House
(1) Similar to the exclamation of “Bingo!” In some UK bingo traditions, players shout “House!” upon winning. In some places, it is customary to shout “House!” only upon completing all three lines (or a Full House) in a 90-Ball Bingo game (whereas the term “Line!” is used upon completing one or two lines). In others, “House!” is called for completing one, two, or three lines. Legend has it that the Queen calls “Palace!” instead of “House!” when she plays bingo.
(2) The owner/operator/proprietor of a gambling establishment or casino. In the context of bingo, the house is the bingo hall or the bingo website.

Initial Deposit/First-Time Depositor Bonus

A type of deposit bonus offered by bingo websites to encourage new players to make first-time deposits to their accounts. Usually designed to multiply the amount of the player’s deposit by a specified percentage (up to a certain maximum), an initial deposit bonus is likely the most generous deposit bonus offered by a website.
Initial deposit bonuses are almost always subject to wagering requirements and are generally designated as either bingo bonuses (which can be used only for playing bingo) or instant-game bonuses (which can be used only for playing instant games).
For loads more information about all types of bingo bonuses, check out A Journey to the World of Online Bingo Bonuses and Promotions.

Inlaid Card

Used in some bingo halls for playing mechanised cash bingo. These plastic 4×4 bingo cards are built into the table tops, and numbers are covered with small plastic chips as they are called.

Instant Bingo

A type of break open ticket that includes printed bingo cards and pre-printed “called” numbers (often hidden by scratch-off film). If the player achieves bingo when the hidden numbers are revealed, he or she wins.

Instant Games/Instant-Win Games

Games offered by bingo websites in addition to bingo. Instant games commonly include bingo slots, casino-style games like blackjack and roulette, and virtual scratch-off games.
Players on bingo sites often enjoy instant games between bingo games, while they are waiting for the bingo action to start.

Jackpot

A cash prize, generally larger than the usual bingo prize. Commonly won by completing a coverall, full house, or other difficult pattern within a designated (relatively small) number of calls.
A jackpot can be a guaranteed prize, but most cannot be won unless a player wins under the specified jackpot conditions. Many bingo jackpots are set up as progressive jackpots.

Late Night Bingo

A bingo hall session that begins late at night (commonly, around 10:00 p.m.) Sometimes referred to as “Moonlight Bingo.”

Loyalty Program/Loyalty Points

Like an online bingo site’s “frequent flyer” plan.
Frequently, a points-based program that credits players with points each time he or she buys bingo tickets on the site. Once a player collects enough points, he can redeem them for additional bingo tickets or convert them to funds in his account.
Often, there are many additional ways players can earn loyalty points, including winning chat games, referring new players to the website, etc.

Lucky Jar

See cookie jar.
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Main Stage/Mainstage Bingo

The primary game (or games) played in a bingo session, involving paper or electronic tickets typically purchased before the bingo session starts.

Mechanised Cash Bingo

A form of participation bingo played in many UK bingo halls in addition to main stage bingo. Mechanised cash bingo features 80 numbers and reusable bingo cards of 4 rows and 4 differently-coloured columns (either inlaid cards or shutter boards). Players buy into the games by inserting credit into a coin slot, and the numbers are called very quickly by an automated caller.
To increase interest and make available prize money greater for each game, mechanised cash bingo is often played in large games of many bingo halls linked together.

Minimum Buy-In

In the context of land-based bingo, see admission.
In the context of online bingo, the minimum buy-in is the smallest number of bingo tickets a player can buy in order to be eligible to play a game.

Money Ball

A number drawn immediately before certain games. If, during that game, a player hits bingo when the money ball is called, his or her winnings will be doubled.

Moonlight Bingo

See late night bingo.

Multiple Winners

Two or more players hitting bingo in the same game on the same call. In this case, the cash prize for the game is divided equally among all the winners. When a game has multiple winners, it does not make a difference which player calls bingo first.

Mushroom

A group of 6 to 8 electronic bingo terminals grouped together in a mushroom-like shape.

National Bingo Game/The National

A lottery-like game of bingo played twice each day in the UK – every day of the year other than Christmas Day. The game is played in 100 to 200 bingo halls linked together by computer, thereby offering the possibility of huge prizes.
The player who hits a full house on the fewest number of calls in each bingo hall wins the Club Prize. (The National has no one- or two-line wins.) The player who wins in the fewest calls across the country wins the National Prize. If a player winning the National Prize hits bingo on a number highlighted by a star on the winning bingo card, he or she wins the National Jackpot Prize.

Nine-Pack

A pattern that requires that the player to cover 9 squares on the card in the shape of a block in order to win. (Also referred to as a “block of nine.”)

No-Deposit Bonus

An amount of bonus money offered by some bingo websites to a new player even before he or she makes a deposit. Sometimes referred to as “welcome bonus” or “new-player bonus.” A new player can generally receive this bonus by registering for the website and providing some basic contact information.
It is common practice for bingo websites to limit in various ways the activity of players who have not yet made deposits, including:

  • the amount of money they can win;
  • the rooms in which they can play; and
  • the number of tickets they can buy per game.

Additionally, no-deposit bonuses are generally subject to wagering requirements.
Despite the limitations and requirements, no-deposit bonuses can be a great way for new players to try out a bingo website and decide whether or not to make a real-money deposit.
For detailed information about the endless variety of bingo bonuses and promotions available on bingo websites, take a look at A Journey to the World of Online Bingo Bonuses and Promotions.

On

You are “on” when need only one number to hit bingo on one or more of the cards you are playing. (See also, 1TG.)

On-the-Way

A pattern is said to be “on-the-way” when it is played in the same game as a coverall. In this type of game, the player who hits the pattern is the first winner; then the calls are continued until someone hits the coverall.

‘On’s

Not to be confused with on (as defined above), ‘on’s refers to the number of individual bingo cards (or faces) that appear on a bingo sheet. So, if a bingo sheet contains 3 faces, it is said to be “3 on.” (You may also hear this referred to as “3 to view.”)

Parti

A common nickname/abbreviation for participation bingo.

Participation Bingo

A type of slot bingo/cash bingo in which the cash prize is determined by a percentage of the money paid in by the players. Mechanised cash bingo is the most well-known participation bingo game in the UK.

Pattern

The shape that must be covered in order to win a 75-Ball Bingo game. In bingo halls, this pattern appears on the game board. In an online bingo room, the pattern appears in a designated area of the screen.
There are literally hundreds of possible patterns, but common ones include lines (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), letters of the alphabet, numbers, and other shapes (like a heart, diamond, or flower.)

Payout

(1) An amount that is withdrawn from an online bingo account. See withdrawal.
(2) The percentage of the money paid in by players that is eventually paid out as winnings. For example, if the players of a bingo game bought a total of 100 cards for £1 each, and the winners received a total of £50, the payout is said to be 50%.

Playthrough/Play-Through Requirements

See wagering requirements.

Postage Stamp

A winning pattern in 75-Ball Bingo consisting of a 2×2 square in any of the four corners of the card.

Prize Bingo

A type of bingo popular in some bingo halls and British seaside resorts. Generally played on bingo slot machines, winners receive points, vouchers, or tokens instead of cash prizes. These can then be redeemed for merchandise prizes in the arcade shop.

Prize Draw

A type of bingo promotion in which the player is entered into a random drawing to win cash or merchandise prizes. The number of entries the player receives is generally based on the value of bingo tickets he or she purchases during a defined period.

Progressive Jackpot

A jackpot that increases until it is won. Jackpot games can vary in their rules, but generally involve achieving a coverall, full house, or other difficult pattern within a fixed number of calls.
If there is no winner under the jackpot terms, calls may continue with a consolation prize offered to the player who hits bingo. The jackpot then rolls over and becomes larger the next time the jackpot game is played. (In some games, the maximum number of calls may also increase.)
Progressive jackpot games are typically specials that require a separate buy-in.

Pull-Tab

See break open tickets.

Punchboard

A lottery-type game played in some bingo halls and for organizational fundraisers in which the player pays for the opportunity to “punch out” a hidden paper game slip from a hole in a wooden board. The board consists of many holes/game slips – some of which are winners based on the numbers and symbols appearing on them.
Ultimate Bingo Dictionary Q/R/S

Quickie

A quickie (also known as a “blowout”) is a coverall game in which the numbers are called out as quickly as possible. Usually played as a special outside the regular session.

Rainbow Pack

In some bingo halls, players can purchase bingo books of different colours. The colour of the bingo tickets the player is playing determines the amount he or she is eligible to win. A rainbow pack is a ticket package or book that includes tickets of different colours – allowing the player to play for multiple prize denominations at once.

Reload/Redeposit Bonus

A type of deposit bonus offered by bingo websites to encourage players to make continued deposits to their accounts. Similar in structure to an initial deposit bonus, it is usually designed to multiply the amount of the player’s deposit by a specified percentage (up to a certain maximum). Generally, though, reload bonuses do not have quite as generous terms as initial deposit bonuses.
As are initial deposit bonuses, reload bonuses are almost always subject to wagering requirements and are generally designated as either bingo bonuses (which can be used only for playing bingo) or instant-game bonuses (which can be used only for playing instant games).
Some sites regularly offer reload bonuses on all deposits; others only offer them periodically or require entry of a promo code at the time of the deposit.
To learn more about all types of bingo bonuses, check out A Journey to the World of Online Bingo Bonuses and Promotions.

RNG

Random number generator. A computer program that randomly generates the bingo numbers to be called, an RNG is essentially the digital equivalent of a bingo blower or ball-mixing basket.
All online bingo sites rely on random number generators to determine the numbers that are called during a game.

Roomies

Players who are chatting together in a bingo room/chat room.

Serial Number

One of the security devices in place to ensure the integrity of the game and verification of the winner, the serial number is the unique number printed by the manufacturer on each set or series of bingo cards. The same serial number is printed on each ticket or sheet in the series.

Series

A set of bingo cards containing a specific number of unduplicated faces. Series are denominated by the number of unique faces they contain; for example, a series with 6,000 unduplicated faces is known as a 6,000 series. (That’s logical, right?)
The most common series are 6,000 and 9,000.

Session

In bingo halls, a session is a program of regular games played in succession. A session may be broken up by intermissions and may also include special games played before, in-between, and after the regular games. A typical session requires the purchase of an admission pack.
Scheduling can vary widely between bingo halls, and it is common for a single evening of bingo to include a number of individual sessions (such as early, main, and late.) A typical main session includes between 12 and 20 games and takes around an hour to play.

Shutter Board

Used in some bingo halls for playing mechanised cash bingo. Shutter boards are hand-held, plastic bingo cards laid out in a 4 row by 4 column format. They get their name from the small shutters that are closed over the numbers to mark them as they are called.

Single Bingo

A winning pattern in 75-Ball Bingo requiring that a player complete one horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line in order to win.

Six-Pack

A pattern that requires that the player to cover 6 squares on the card in the shape of a block in order to win. (Also referred to as a “block of six.”)

Special

A game played in a bingo hall outside the regular session. The tickets for specials are generally sold on the floor during the session – separately from the session’s admission pack. (In some locations, admission packs do include tickets for some of the specials to be played during the session.) Specials often offer different types of games and various jackpots and prizes higher than those of the regular games.

Speed Bingo

A variation of regular bingo that is played on a 3×3 card and utilizes just 30 balls. Numbers are called very quickly and a player can win in as few as three calls. Usually played before or after a regular session.

Speed Game/Speedgame

See quickie.

Split Pot

See cash-in-prize.
Ultimate Bingo Dictionary T/U/V/W

TED/T.E.D.

An electronic dauber system that has become so prevalent that the name TED is sometimes used as a general term to denote all electronic daubers. You may also hear people refer to a TED system as a G.T.I., which are actually the initials of its manufacturer, GameTech International.

Table Board Bingo

A lottery-like game played on a mechanical table board bingo device containing permanent bingo boards and shutters. Table board bingo events are often held as fundraisers in conjunction with regular bingo events.

Texas Blackout

A variation of a coverall game. If the first number called in the game is even, all the even numbers on the cards are considered “wild” and can be marked. If the first number called is odd, all the odd numbers on the cards can be marked. After the first call, the game continues until the winner covers all the spaces on his or her card.

Throwaway

See flimsy/flimsies.

Tickets

See bingo tickets.

To View

See ‘on’s.

Triple Bingo

A winning pattern in 75-Ball Bingo requiring that a player complete three lines in order to win (any combination of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal).

‘Up’s

The number of bingo sheets that are bound together in a bingo book. So, if a book has 10 pages, you are likely to hear it referred to as “10 up.”

Validation

An extra amount that a player must pay in advance in order to be eligible to win special prizes or jackpots. If a jackpot requires validation and the player meets all the other conditions for winning but hasn’t validated, he or she would forfeit the jackpot.
For an example of how validation works and a sample calculation of whether or not it’s worth it to validate, see Bingo – When to Validate.

Wagering Requirements

Wagering requirements (also referred to as “playthrough requirements”) specify a certain amount of money that a player is required to wager before he or she is able to withdraw winnings from his online bingo account.
Wagering requirements arise just about every time a player accepts a deposit bonus on a bingo website and are usually measured as a multiple of the bonus amount (and/or the amount of the related deposit).
For bingo bonuses, usually only wagers on bingo games will count towards meeting the wagering requirement. For instant games bonuses, generally only wagers on instant games will count towards meeting the wagering requirement. (Wagering requirements for instant games bonuses are generally much higher than those for bingo bonuses and are comparable to those you are likely to find on online casino sites.)
For all the ins-and-outs of wagering requirements, be sure to check out Wagering Requirements For Those In The Know.

Warm-Up/Warm Up

In most bingo halls, the warm-up is the first game of a session. (See also early bird.)

Wild Number

A wild number is a number that all players are allowed to mark if it is found on their cards. Rules for determining wild numbers among bingo halls and games vary, and not all games feature wild numbers.
One common method for determining wild numbers is based on the last digit of the first call of the game. For example, if the first number called in a game is 25, all numbers ending in 5 will be considered wild for that game.

Winner-Take-All/Winner Take All/WTA

A winner-take-all game is a game in which the winner wins 100% of the money paid in by the players, with the house keeping none of the proceeds for that game. WTA games are usually coveralls.

Withdrawal

Money that a player takes out of his or her online bingo account. Rules and methods for making withdrawals vary widely and are based on the terms of use of each website, so it’s important to check them out before making a deposit. Particularly important to take note of are wagering requirements and other restrictions related to the withdrawal of bonus funds. (Sometimes referred to as a “payout” or “cash-out.”)

Wrap-Up/Wrap Up

The last game of a bingo session.

How Bingo Can Improve Your Health

The typical bingo player likely enjoys the game because it is easy to play and doesn’t demand the same level of stressful focus and attention that other forms of gaming.

Bingo Health

What many enthusiasts don’t know though is that bingo has long been considered one of the best forms of gaming available for adults in regards to added physical and mental benefits. From making improvements to the mathematical portions of the brain to general stress relief, there are many ways that even casual players can reap multiple health rewards.

Memory

Your memory centers are one of the first parts of the brain that get stimulated when you play bingo. Players have to recall numbers as they are being called and mark their cards accordingly. It might not seem like a fruitful exercise, but think back to the first time you played bingo and how frantic you were while trying to keep up with the bingo ball caller when playing a single card, versus how easily you’re able to now move around multiple cards and follow any caller’s pace.
Memory
Anytime your mind has to recall and retain information, your memory is being activated, and just like working out any muscle group, the more you stimulate it, the more responsive it becomes. If you want to actively try to improve your memory more on your own using bingo, you can do so by giving yourself more cards per round to have to follow. This will ensure that you have very little time to slow down in-between calls, which requires that you push yourself to locate number positions on different cards and mark them as quickly as possible.

Concentration

Anytime you have to pay attention to what’s going on around you, your concentration is being used. Bingo sits at the lower end of the gaming spectrum when it comes to how much concentration is required to correctly play, which is actually a good thing when it comes to the impact it has on your overall health. Poker players would be the top of the spectrum, having a lot to worry about with each hand they’re involved in, from bet sizes to hand strength and even having to keep track of any physical tells the other players may be giving off. Slot machine players would be right at the bottom, as all they need to do is pull the handle and the machine literally does everything else, as there’s nothing to keep track of.
Concentration
Bingo is a happy medium between these two extremes, as it asks that players keep track of their tickets, the numbers being called, and the different ways to win depending on the bingo type being played. There is little stress involved, meaning there’s not much in terms of health risks, but there are mental benefits to be had since your brain is firing to a mild capacity in an effort to follow the action.

Stress Relief

Possibly the best positive health factor to derive from bingo is its ability to act as a stress reliever to players. Due to its natural easy-to-follow nature, bingo games are a great way to unwind after a long day at work or as a mental break from any of the stressful things that may occur during your day. This holds true regardless of your preferred way of playing bingo, whether it be in a brick and mortar location, online, or through a mobile app.

Even if you aren’t feeling particularly stressed, a few rounds of bingo serves as a great distraction from anything you may need a break from, such as a long study session or a work project. It allows you to clear your mind, adjust your focus on to the game itself, and then later return to your other tasks with a refreshed mindset. This can be a much more effective way to get a mental break from something rather than simply taking a walk around the block or having a snack. Those are physical solutions, but what your body actually needs in those situations is mental relief, something that a simple game of bingo can provide in a snap.
Socialising and Feeling Good

Social Benefits

Of all the different gaming types, bingo is by far one of the most social. A table of blackjack players may make the occasional comment to each other, the same goes for a standard poker group, but you don’t make a lot of friends while playing those games. Bingo is almost the complete opposite, as the social element is just as important to many of the players as the game itself. Go to any live bingo hall and you’ll see conversations happening amongst regulars that visit the hall all the time, brand new players that haven’t never been there before, and casual players that come every once in a while.

By engaging in conversation with fellow players and soaking up the positive atmosphere, you can dramatically affect how much enjoyment you get during your time playing. Imagine a scenario where you’re playing in a bingo hall, sitting in the last chair in one of the last rows. You don’t talk to anyone, you play for two hours and then you go home. How much fun does that sound? Now flip the situation around and find yourself conversing with all kinds of different players both in-between games and even while games are in progress. Tell some stories, listen to a few from others, etc. What you’ll find is that you’ve added a whole other level of enjoyment to your bingo sessions, giving you reason and motivation to play more frequently.

This isn’t limited to live players only though. Online bingo players can experience the same level of social interaction using their preferred gaming site’s provided chat tools. You’re also much more likely to build a larger friend base online than in a live setting, as you’re naturally exposed to a much greater pool of players online than when you physically visit a bingo hall. This is especially true of younger bingo players who are already accustomed to engaging socially via digital chat.

The Reward System

Your body reacts in a positive manner when you are rewarded, regardless of what that reward is. For live bingo players, there’s not much that can replace the thrill of getting a winning card. And if you ask most bingo veterans, what excited them more about winning was knowing that they won, not the monetary payout. This is the brain’s reward system in action. The rush of adrenaline and endorphins released in your body when you hit a bingo can have a great impact on your mental happiness.

Additionally, you don’t even have to be playing for money to receive this reward system benefit. Participating in free games online or on a mobile device (where the pace of bingo is normally considerably faster than in a live setting), can provide a sense of satisfaction when you win. For younger players, it’s like when you beat a hard level on a video game. The moment is fleeting and there is no true physical reward, but mentally you feel accomplished and your mindset becomes more positive in nature.

Bingo and Alzheimer’s

For those afflicted by Alzheimer’s, bingo has shown to be an effective tool to help patients slow the degenerative process that the disease causes. Studies have proven that different types of bingo used at different stages of treatment for Alzheimer’s showed a significant improvement in the retention abilities of elderly patients.

Relaxation

Ultimately, isn’t one of the main reasons anyone gets into bingo in the first place is because it’s a great source of relaxation? What makes bingo perfect as a way of getting away from it all is that it is truly accessible and easy to understand to players of all ages. The median age of bingo players in a live setting has and probably always will be skewed towards an older generation of players looking for a social, fun and interaction gaming option. But with the invention and popularity of online bingo, the digital playing age has dipped significantly.

Online poker used to be the absolute dominating gaming choice for young to middle aged players both for competitive and relaxation purposes, but that fever has diminished over time, with bingo gaining ground and increased player bases spawning from these demographics. It has become a more widely respected outlet in the eyes of the gaming community and will likely continue to grow further for the foreseeable future. This can be directly attributed to how easy bingo is to pick up and play and the enjoyment it provides.

Your Bingo Health

How bingo affects you and your health is completely in your hands. You can tailor the way you play and how often you play to suit your own individual needs. If you want to improve your memory and concentration, bingo can help with that. If you just need the occasional break from the world and want a game where you play for as much or as little as you want, bingo can be that resource. Most importantly, have fun when you play, knowing that you are making an active improvement in your mental and physical health as a result.

References:

Bingo enhances cognitive performance in people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

Bingo vs. physical intervention in stimulating short-term cognition in Alzheimer’s disease patients

‘BINGO!’ game helps researchers study perception deficits

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Millionaire Genie

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Rainbow Riches

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Treasure Fair

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Starburst

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  • White Wizard is based on the classic arcade game.
  • The game contains 5 reels and 25 paylines.
  • You can multiply your bet by 3000 times.
  • White Wizard offers a 95% payout.

White Wizard

To Sum It Up

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How Strong is Your Bingo Game?

Bingo is a great game – any game which has lasted since the 16th century has to be, right? Over the years the game has picked up a few strange words, terms and pieces of slang. Some people may find these endearing – being part of a crowd with a shared bingo lingo – others may be utterly confused by the notion of someone on the stage shouting out Two Little Ducks. So which camp do you fit into? How strong is your bingo game?
How Strong is Your Bingo Game?
If you think you know your bingo lingo, it’s time to put your skills to the test. We’ve devised a fun little way to test your bingo knowledge. We’ve got 10 questions for you to see whether or not you know your bingo. Don’t worry if you can’t get them all – with 90 different bingo calls to hear, it may be a while before you hear them all. At the end you can check your score and see if you’re the Queen B when it comes to bingo, of if you need play a few more rounds of bingo before you test your knowledge One More Time…
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7 Signs of a Trusted Online Bingo Site

A common misconception by inexperienced or first-time players is that all gaming providers must be legit and on the up-and-up since they are online and in business. This unfortunately could not be farther from the truth.
7 Signs Of A Great Bingo Site
Thanks to the huge boost that originally spawned from the poker boom, the internet gaming community drew the attention of dozens of companies and individuals that saw an opportunity to quickly put a site online and take advantage of the elevated interest. Many of these online outlets were created using turn-key software devoid of most of the high-end features that all gaming enthusiasts should want. What this led to is an abundance of gaming sites that were poorly constructed, lacked basic security and regulatory measures, and did not have the right financial foundation in place that would ensure that customer’s money was protected and accessible.

To make sure you don’t make the same mistakes of so many players that preceded you, here are 7 indicators to look for to make sure your bingo provider is trustworthy.

1. Security and Protection

First and foremost, the steps taken by an online bingo provider to provide a secure gaming environment should be the number one factor you look at. Top bingo sites have to be monitored and audited by multiple organization’s whose job it is to make sure that the business is legal, adheres to current gambling laws, has a valid gaming, and employs the most up-to-date anti-fraud software.
There’s a few ways you can find out if your bingo provider is legitimate. First, they will have a dedicated section on their website full of details on the measures they use to keep your money safe. Good operators won’t hide this information, as they know that smart players will come looking for it.

Secondly, do an online search and visit reputable websites who rank and catalog gaming providers and see if the one you’re interested in playing on is listed. These websites have already done the in-depth research to make sure that the site’s that appear on their “approved provider” pages comply with their standards.
Security and Protection

2. Banking and Deposit/Withdrawal Options

The best online bingo providers post lots of detail on how their primary financial institution works and also offer you multiple options when it comes to making deposits and withdrawals. If the site you’re looking at only provides a single payment processor for getting your money in and out, you’re likely dealing with a company that is incredibly small and doesn’t have the infrastructure you should be looking for.

This is also another area where the internet can be of great use. See if you can find chat boards and forums online where others discuss their experiences playing on the providers you’re interested in. See if other users have had bad experiences regarding a delay when withdrawing funds (which could mean that the gaming site doesn’t have enough cash in the bank to be able to easily handle the withdrawal), a major red flag.

3. Active Gaming Population

Try to avoid gaming sites that don’t have a lot of active users. You might think of it as a good opportunity to increase your bingo odds by playing against less players, but ask yourself the question “if this place is so great, why aren’t there more people playing?” A great site with a solid marketing plan, promotions, jackpots and software should be able to draw in participates, especially if they’ve been in operation for some time. If they aren’t able to attract the standard player, something is amiss and you should move on to another site.

4. Large Game Selection

Just like when picking a great online poker room, you want a bingo site that offers the most popular and largest variations of the game available. Think of it this way, if a poker room only offered No-Limit Texas Hold’em and excluded Limit Hold’em, Omaha, Razz and 7-Card Stud, you wouldn’t want to play there because you would be extremely limited in game type. The same goes for bingo. Operators that value and care about what their player’s want do everything they can to keep up with popular trends and make sure that their sites have just about every type of game imaginable.

If the selection is weak, you’re looking at a provider that was trying to rush their site to market and cut as many corners as possible.
Large Game Selection

5. Ongoing Jackpots and Promotions

Online bingo portals with limited cash flow will not be actively pursuing to keep a lot of ongoing jackpots and promotions running on their site for fear of cash flow issues. Most legitimate operations will have many different specials running at any given time, including promotions for first-time customers, players that accumulate a lot of points, and unique events.

6. Good Customer Support

Does the site offer live chat, is there a customer service support system in place for making sure that player issues are dealt with in a timely manner? Having reliable customer service is another hallmark of a strong operator, as it proves that they have dedicated the resources and manpower necessary to put the needs of the player first.

7. Watch the Media

The most successful bingo sites have the working capital and know how to go out and aggressively market for new customers. They’ll run ads online and possibly even television commercials. Giving your time and money to these sites is normally a safe bet because the operators know that by making themselves high profile, it puts a lot of attention on them from regulatory committees and other establishments who will want to make sure they are operating legally.
Watch the Media
By following the guidelines provided here, you should have the information and tools you need to confidently decide if your bingo site is secure. Don’t be afraid of putting in a little personal research time and doing some independent study, because when it comes to your money, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your investment safe.

Charity & Bingo, The Perfect Combo

Charity bingo came about when Pastor Charles H. Hagus approached Lowe for help in raising funds to refurbish his church. Their charity bingo game was a huge success and this method of fundraising became a hit from then on.

The Origins of Charity Bingo

Charity Bingo
The fun and sociable game of bingo dates back to 1530 when it was derived from the Italian lottery game, “Lo Giuoco del Lotto”. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that American Edwin S. Lowe adapted and transformed the game into the bingo that we know and love today.

Lotto and bingo have always had somewhat of a conscience. Most national lotteries give a huge chunk of their winnings back to society in the form of charity or investment in local social causes. Bingo too, has a raffle-like quality about it, making it an ideal game for charity initiatives and events. Due to its fun and sociable nature, bingo has an added advantage over raffles and lotteries, making it even more suitable for charity fetes and events. Even though there are occasional cash prizes, most UK bingo halls serve as some form of charity and participants play just for fun, receiving a token prize such as a kettle or a toaster.

In the US, bingo events are mostly hosted by churches and charity organizations. With the growing popularity of online bingo, it was only a matter of time before websites started to offer charity bingo as well. These days, online charity bingo is becoming increasingly popular along with the raised sense of social awareness.

  • Bingo originates from lotto, the Italian word for lottery.
  • Bingo and lotto games are often used to raise money for charity.
  • Charity bingo games usually take place in church halls, regular bingo halls and at charity fetes.
  • Charity bingo events are fun and encourage charitable giving.
  • Many online bingo sites now offer charity bingo to support the spike in social awareness.

Regulatory Aspects of Charity Bingo

Commercial “for profit” bingo games usually take place in casinos, bingo halls or websites that have a gambling license (which is not easy to obtain). In order to be classed as a charity, a bingo institution or bingo event must follow certain rules and regulations. Naturally, these rules vary from country to country and state to state, however the following guidelines usually apply:

  • A charity bingo event should be non-profitable and for fundraising purposes only.
  • Charity bingo initiatives are not supposed to retain any private profits.
  • Proceeds of charity bingo should go towards a good and trustworthy cause.
  • Charity bingo participants should be informed of the cause they are supporting.
  • Charity bingo initiatives must be privately operated without political interference.
  • Depending on the local laws, charity bingo games have a limit to their jackpots, prize value, prize money distribution and amount of games.
  • The majority of the funds should go to charity. The Association of Charity Lotteries in the EU dictates that, “ideally, the operational costs of the lottery do not exceed 20% of turnover, with the remaining 80% equally divided between donations to charities (40%) and prize money (40%)”.

Regulatory Aspects

The Good and the Not So Good of Charity Bingo

Like all things in life, charity bingo has its upsides and downsides. Here we examine both sides of the coin to help you decide whether charity bingo is right for you:

The Good…

  • In charity bingo the incentives are high… Players are able to enjoy themselves, contribute to worthy causes and maybe even receive something in return!
  • Charity bingo is gambling with a conscience. By taking part in a worthy cause, players remove the focus from themselves and give back to others. Whether you win or lose, the outcome is good.
  • Charity bingo can be played in countries where gambling is prohibited as it is classed as a not for profit game.

The Not So Good…

  • The prizes and jackpots in charity bingo tend to be smaller than for-profit bingo.
  • Some organizations and website are not sincere about the proceeds of their charity bingo games, therefore people can be duped and misled. It is always best to play with reputable charitable institutions and online gaming sites owned by larger gaming providers.

The Good and the Not So Good of Charity Bingo

Playing Charity Bingo Online

Online charity bingo has become hugely popular. Players love the fact that they can now enjoy their favourite online game as well as contribute to a worthy cause. There are many different kinds of charity bingo sites to choose from. Some give out larger prizes whereas others focus on giving most of their proceeds to the needy. There are websites that only donate a percentage of their profits to charity, whereas others might donate a percentage of deposits. Sites which are owned by registered charities are obliged to donate all of their proceeds.

Some profitable online bingo sites have the occasional charity offer, where there’s a one off game to raise money for something in particular. Alternatively, they may have a monthly charity draw of some sort. A perfect example of this is the pairing of top bingo site Wink Bingo and the Peter Andre Fund. Popular celebrity, Peter Andre, set up his cancer research fund following the sad loss of his brother to kidney cancer in 2012. Wink Bingo got together with Andre and created a campaign to raise £50,000 for his charity. The Hearts of Gold bingo special donates 100% of its profits to this worthy cause. The six month promotion hit its target way ahead of schedule and continues to raise funds to this day, proving that bingo and charity can go hand in hand.

So it would seem that commercial companies have a conscience too, and they like to give back from time to time. As we mentioned earlier, not all websites and charitable institutions are as they seem. Always read the fine print when you play charity bingo. Find out where your money is going and how much of it will be donated. To recap, here are some of the different online charity bingo sites that are available:

  • Some websites donate a percentage of their profits to charity.
  • Other websites only donate a percentage of player deposits.
  • Charity owned bingo sites are supposed to donate all of their earnings.
  • Commercial online bingo sites sometimes have special charity games that are seasonal or monthly.

Playing Charity Bingo Online

Conclusion

It is comforting to know that there has been a shift towards charitable giving in online gaming. There are more and more charity bingo sites to choose from, supporting a whole selection of causes. Even if you like playing for massive jackpots and large winnings, it can be nice once and a while to play for a worthy cause that is close to your heart, and who knows, you might even win something too!

How to Play 80-Ball Bingo

Although not as widely played as its 75 and 90 ball siblings, 80-ball bingo has earned a niche following for bingo players looking for a unique twist on the game.
80 Ball Bingo
80-ball bingo is ideal for enthusiasts who feel that 90-ball bingo is too slow and cumbersome to play, and who also think that 75-ball bingo is a little too traditional.

Card Layout and Pattern

80-ball bingo cards feature a 4×4 grid layout containing a total of 16 numbers. Each of the four columns is presented in a different color, and the numbers themselves are divided into each of those four colors, with 20 numbers comprising each group.

  • Red – Numbers 1 through 20.
  • Yellow – Numbers 21-40.
  • Blue – Numbers 41-59.
  • Silver – Numbers 60-80.

80 Ball Bingo Card Layout

How to Play

The numbers 1 through 80 are used in a standard 80-ball bingo game. In a live hall, a bingo caller will call each number one at a time until the winning card/s are identified. The same goes for an online game, though the computer software will select the balls. During a game, each number will only be called out once.

When a number is called, locate it on your card and use your dabber to mark it. In an online game, you’ll likely have the option to have the computer auto-dab your numbers for you, or you can do it manually. Some players like to dab their own tickets when playing online because it creates more of an interactive feeling, but the choice is completely up to you.

In a live hall, there will be an electronic board or screen that displays what numbers have been called, which will assist you in keeping track of the balls in play. Online, many sites will have an area on the screen that show the last 4-6 numbers called. In 80-ball bingo, the call board contains five rows of sixteen numbers, which are also represented by the four colors containing the 20 number intervals.

How to Win

Much like 75-ball bingo, there are multiple winning patterns used in most 80-ball games depending on how your provider has structured the round. Some examples include:

  • Diagonal, Horizontal and Vertical Bingo:- Complete a single line in any of these rows.
  • Four Corners:- Complete the four numbers that make up the four corners of your card
  • Full House:- Complete all the numbers on your card.

80 Ball Bingo Card Pattern

Payouts

The amount you can win is typically determined by how much the price of each ticket was and also by how many players are participating. The higher the price of a ticket and the more players that are involved in the game, the higher the prize money will be. Many halls and online providers will have guarantees attached to some of their games, which ensures that a designated minimum amount of prize money will be offered to the winners regardless of how many players are in the game.

80-ball Tips and Strategy

  • Know the Rules:- While 80-ball bingo is played the same way almost universally, each hall and online provider has their own set of rules and ways of operating that you should know about. This way you don’t have to worry about doing something wrong or accidentally making a mistake that could cost you prize money.
  • Watch for Special Promotions:- Every bingo provider has unique games and promotions that they run. Participating in these games are a good use of your buy-in money as whatever the promotion is, chances are you’re getting a higher value when compared to a standard bingo round. Some places will offer a buy one/get one special where for every ticket you purchase, a free one will be added. Save your money for these games, especially if they offer a guaranteed minimum prize pool, and you’ll be stretching your bingo money wisely.
  • Don’t Play During Peak Hours:- When it comes to bingo odds, the math is simple. The more players you’re playing against, the harder it’s going to be to win. Instead, try to adjust your schedule so that you can focus on playing during off-peak hours. This is possible both in a live and online setting, as all you have to do is a little research to find out what games/start times attract the most players and then avoid those games. This is a quick and easy way to maximize your odds of winning.
  • Play in Inexpensive Games:- If you’re playing on a tight budget, you can always find bingo games from your preferred provider with lower-priced cards. By playing in these games, you can increase the number of total matches you can participate in, thus giving you more chances to win overall during your session.
  • Play with Multiple Cards:- Another way to put the odds in your favor is to purchase multiple cards for each round, rather than playing on a single card. This can affect your budget, so take that in to consideration before buying too many cards for a round. In a live game, it takes a lot of concentration and fast reflexes to be able to play multiple cards at once, so only accept that challenge if you feel you can handle it. Online, simply select the option that will enable the computer to mark all of your cards for you.
  • Combining Tips:- By putting a few of the above tips together, you can really put the odds on your side. Find games with low-priced cards that are taking place in off-peak hours. Then, if your budget allows, purchase multiple cards for those rounds. You’ve now given yourself about just as good a chance of winning as any experience bingo player could hope for.

80 Ball Bingo Tips

Most importantly, don’t forget that bingo is ultimately about having fun, so find the 80-ball games that you enjoy the most and you’ll never find yourself unhappy with a session.

How to Play 75-Ball Bingo

75-Ball Bingo is one of the most popular forms of bingo across the globe and hands down the favorite style played in the United States. Its popularity peaked early on in the 1940s and remains to this day as what most players think of when they think of traditional bingo.
75-Ball Bingo

75-Ball Bingo

To buy into a 75-ball bingo game, all you need to do is purchase numbered bingo tickets from a bingo representative in a live hall or from the digital host in an online game.

Card Layout and Pattern

The tickets for a 75-ball bingo game consist of a 5×5 grid of numbers with five across and five down. The word BINGO is displayed along the top of the card and each column of numbers is placed under a letter.

  • The B column contains five random numbers ranging from 1 through 15.
  • The I column contains five numbers ranging from 16 through 30.
  • The N column contains four numbers (with one black space) ranging from 31 to 45.
  • The G column contains five numbers ranging from 46 to 60.
  • The O column contains five numbers ranging from 61 to 75.

In the middle of each card in the N row is a blank free space that all players may use to complete their patterns.
75-Ball Bingo Card Layout

How to Play

The numbers 1 through 75 are used in a standard 75-ball bingo game. In a live hall, a bingo caller will call each number one at a time until the winning card/s are identified. The same goes for an online game, though the computer software will select the balls. During a game, each number will only be called out once.

When a number is called, locate it on your card and use your dabber to mark it. In an online game, you’ll likely have the option to have the computer auto-dab your numbers for you, or you can do it manually. Some players like to dab their own tickets when playing online because it creates more of an interactive feeling, but the choice is completely up to you.

In a live hall, there will be an electronic board or screen that displays what numbers have been called, which will assist you in keeping track of the balls in play. Online, many sites will have an area on the screen that show the last 4-6 numbers called.

You can play 75-ball bingo with as little as one single 5×5 card. Expert live players will have a dozen or more cards per round, and online you can have dozens of cards in play.

How to Win

To win at 75-ball bingo, players must complete a pre-determined pattern by marking all of the numbers on the card to create the pattern.

In its purest version (known as Single Line Bingo), players need only to complete a single line either down, diagonally or across in order to win the game. Throughout the years, bingo organizers added more patterns and game types to 75-ball bingo, with more than 300 various patterns now available. The bingo provider you’re playing on will determine what the winning pattern for the current game is. Here are some of the more popular patterns that are commonly used:

  • Double Line:- Complete two full lines of any combination of down, diagonal or across.
  • X:- Complete two diagonal lines that form an “X” shape on the card.
  • Blackout:- Cover all the spots on your card.

75-Ball Bingo Patterns

Payouts

The amount you can win is typically determined by how much the price of each ticket was and also by how many players are participating. The higher the price of a ticket and the more players that are involved in the game, the higher the prize money will be. Many halls and online providers will have guarantees attached to some of their games, which ensures that a designated minimum amount of prize money will be offered to the winners regardless of how many players are in the game.

75-Ball Tips and Strategy

  • Know the Rules:- While 75-ball bingo is played the same way almost universally, each hall and online provider has their own set of rules and ways of operating that you should know about. This way you don’t have to worry about doing something wrong or accidentally making a mistake that could cost you prize money.
  • Watch for Special Promotions:- Every bingo provider has unique games and promotions that they run. Participating in these games are a good use of your buy-in money as whatever the promotion is, chances are you’re getting a higher value when compared to a standard bingo round. Some places will offer a buy one/get one special where for every ticket you purchase, a free one will be added. Save your money for these games, especially if they offer a guaranteed minimum prize pool, and you’ll be stretching your bingo money wisely.
  • Don’t Play During Peak Hours:- When it comes to bingo odds, the math is simple. The more players you’re playing against, the harder it’s going to be to win. Instead, try to adjust your schedule so that you can focus on playing during off-peak hours. This is possible both in a live and online setting, as all you have to do is a little research to find out what games/start times attract the most players and then avoid those games. This is a quick and easy way to maximize your odds of winning.
  • Play in Inexpensive Games:- If you’re playing on a tight budget, you can always find bingo games from your preferred provider with lower-priced cards. By playing in these games, you can increase the number of total matches you can participate in, thus giving you more chances to win overall during your session.
  • Play with Multiple Cards:- Another way to put the odds in your favor is to purchase multiple cards for each round, rather than playing on a single card. This can affect your budget, so take that in to consideration before buying too many cards for a round. In a live game, it takes a lot of concentration and fast reflexes to be able to play multiple cards at once, so only accept that challenge if you feel you can handle it. Online, simply select the option that will enable the computer to mark all of your cards for you.
  • Combining Tips:- By putting a few of the above tips together, you can really put the odds on your side. Find games with low-priced cards that are taking place in off-peak hours. Then, if your budget allows, purchase multiple cards for those rounds. You’ve now given yourself about just as good a chance of winning as any experience bingo player could hope for.

75-Ball Bingo Tips
Most importantly, don’t forget that bingo is ultimately about having fun, so find the 75-ball games that you enjoy the most and you’ll never find yourself unhappy with a session.

Wink Bingo Mobile – A Guide to the UK’s No.1 Mobile Bingo App

Wink Bingo Mobile allows you to enjoy the full experience of Wink Bingo, on the go! No need to wait until you are home in order to play your favourite online bingo games.

What is Wink Bingo Mobile?

Bingo Apps
Now you can play, wherever you are! No matter whether you have an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet, Wink Bingo will provide you with a version of their gaming platform that is optimized for your device.

  • Bingo on the go!
  • Available for Apple and Android mobile devices.
  • Can be added to your smartphone or tablet.

What Does Wink Mobile Have To Offer?

Games, Games & More Games…

Wink Bingo Mobile provides all the features you would expect to see in your regular Wink Bingo game. You can choose 75 ball bingo or 90 ball bingo, depending on your preference. There is also a full range of exciting games on offer. Wink Bingo Mobile Games Include:

  • Winkers  Freebie
  • NEWBIES Room
  • Fab 5
  • Tutti Fruitie
  • Get Lucky
  • The Bunny Club
  • Daily Sweeps
  • Monthly Sweeps

Wink Bingo Mobile Games

Slots…

Wink Bingo Mobile doesn’t just offer bingo games. There are some great slots games available too. As well as some of your favourites from the Wink Bingo website, you will also find a variety of mobile slots games that are exclusive to Wink Bingo Mobile. Mobile slots games include:

  • Disco Dollars
  • Filthy Rich
  • Gold Rich
  • Knight Quest
  • Poseidon
  • The Slot

Wink Slots

The Best Promotions…

As well as a generous assortment of games to pick from, there are always some great bingo promotions on offer. Here are some different types of promos you can expect from Wink Bingo Mobile:

  • Guaranteed Jackpots :- Your daily opportunity to win wads of cash and some amazing prizes.
  • Progressive Jackpots :- Take a spin at winning one of the fun progressive jackpot games, such as  Fluffy Favourites and Sugar Train.
  • Peter Andre’s Hearts of Gold :- Not only can you win some dosh, but this promo also raises money for Cancer Research UK.
  • Newbie’s Room :- Play for FREE and win up to £300 a day, no deposit is required!.

Best Promotions

Bonuses…

No bingo site would be complete if it didn’t offer some great bingo bonuses. Wink Bingo Mobile is no exception! When you deposit via Wink Bingo Mobile for the first time, you can expect to receive a welcome bonus which will provide as much as 200% extra cash. If you deposit £10, you can receive an additional £40, giving you a total of £50 to play with! Keep a vigilant eye out for other special offers such as a whopping £60 Xmas bonus, as well as other holiday treats.

  • Bingo bonuses are available on mobile too.
  • Receive a generous first deposit bonus.
  • Watch out for seasonal bonuses and other special offers.

Bonuses

Amazing Visuals…

Visually speaking, Wink Bingo Mobile games are perfectly organized and displayed, even on the smallest of screens. Your bingo cards are all nicely laid out in one view. There are notifications indicating your bonus amount, time left and amount of people in the game. The call to action buttons are intelligently placed and easy to find. You can easily reach the Lobby or Banking panel, plus you can switch between Game and Chat room in just one click. Expect to receive due warning when a game is about to start, and when the bingo balls are called, they pop up on your screen in a beautifully animated fashion. No online bingo game would be complete without an auto-daub (automatic marking) feature, Wink Bingo Mobile executes this perfectly, which is super helpful in this fast paced game. Winners are clearly announced at the end of each game.

  • Great visuals and layout, no matter how small your screen.
  • Notifications and buttons are easy to navigate.
  • Animated alerts ensure you don’t skip a beat.
  • Auto daub keeps you up to speed.

Amazing Visuals

How To Go About Playing

Playing Wink Bingo Mobile couldn’t be easier. There are four different ways in which you can download the App, just pick which ever method is easier for you:

  • Search Google for Wink Bingo Mobile to locate a download link (be sure to download from a reliable source).
  • Go to App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android) and search for Wink Bingo Mobile.
  • Text the word WINK to 88811, and a link for the mobile App will be sent to your mobile device (standard phone charges apply).
  • Go to www.winkbingo.com/mobile/ and scan the QR code seen in the middle of the page, this will automatically send the download link to your phone.

Once the Wink Bingo App is downloaded, just follow a couple of short and simple steps to register. Both the mobile and desktop versions of Wink Bingo are accessed using the same username and password! Deposits may be made via your mobile device, however withdrawals and bonuses may only be accessed via the desktop version. Remember to always read the game terms & conditions thoroughly!

And Finally… Why Pick Wink Bingo Mobile?

True, there are plenty of other mobile bingo games to choose from. However, Wink Bingo Mobile is based on Wink Bingo, which is the number 1 home for online bingo in the UK. Not only that, Wink Bingo is brought to you by 888 Holdings PLC, which is among the top online gaming providers in the world! 888 Holdings is fully licensed and upholds the highest of standards. They take their craft very seriously and put their players first. 888 Holdings also reinvest their earnings in the production of their games, so you can expect nothing but the best quality play, with top notch graphics and cutting edge technology. Still not convinced? Then why not let the game speak for itself!

What Are The Odds? Bingo Odds

Like most casino and lotto type games, bingo contains an element of chance. Whether it is offline or online, bingo is one of the more fun and social games available where many people play to let off steam and make new friends.
Bingo Odds
However, there are seasoned players who take their game more seriously and place their focus on winning. As it happens, bingo is not purely a game of luck. Serious players think strategically in order to increase their winning odds. Let’s take a look at some of the different elements that may affect your bingo odds:

Cards

The first rule of thumb is, the more cards you buy, the larger your odds of winning. This is the most basic and surefire way to increase your potential number of wins. The reason being, if you purchase one bingo card and there are 9 other players in the game who also buy one card, your chances of winning are 1 in 10. On the other hand, if you purchased eleven bingo cards, your odds significantly increase to 10 in 20.

Some online bingo sites will actually tell you how many cards are in play in your current game. This is very valuable information because it allows you calculate your odds precisely. If few cards were purchased by others, you don’t need many to double your chances. However, if it is a popular game with many card purchases, you may want to invest in more cards in order to have the upper hand.

  • The more cards you buy, the higher your odds of winning.
  • If you can see how many other cards were purchased in the game, it is much easier to calculate your odds.

Cards

Calls

Each bingo card contains a certain number of potentially winning calls. A caller will call out numbers that have been picked from a bag or generated by a random number generator. In 90 ball bingo there are 90 calls and in 75 ball bingo there are 75 calls. Each game has various winning combinations and patterns. You could say that your odds of winning increase as the game progresses, this is because there are less balls left in the bag (or number generator).

So your odds of winning on the 10th call will be incredibly low, as opposed to the 40th call where your odds significantly increase. As the calls increase, so does the sense of excitement, which is why so many love bingo! When patterns determine a win, you could say that the more complicated patterns yield lower odds, whereas simpler patterns have higher chances of winning sooner. For example, the odds of winning a simple line on the 18th call are pretty much the same as winning a Z pattern on the 43rd call.

Players

Just as you can calculate your bingo odds by knowing how many cards are in a game, so too can you make a similar assessment by observing the number of players. If there are more players in a room, it also means there are more cards and you would have to purchase a higher amount in order to up your odds. The same is true in reverse, if the room has fewer players, your odds of winning are higher. On the other hand, more players also equals a higher jackpot.

Bingo games often have progressive jackpots which increase in value if more people buy into the game. So you need to find a balance between amount of players vs. amount of money to be won. Your best bet is to find a room with an average amount of players. If a bingo room is empty in a progressive jackpot, your winnings will be minute! It is also worth paying attention to how the player numbers change during different times of day. For example, daytime hours are usually most empty because many people are at work. During the evenings and weekends, on the other hand, bingo rooms might be packed!

  • You can calculate your odds by observing the number of players in a game.
  • More players means that more cards have been purchased.
  • In the case of progressive jackpots, more players also equals a higher value cash prize.
  • Bingo rooms are usually quieter on weekdays and busier during the evenings and weekends.

Players

Games

In the previous paragraph we talked about the issue of more players meaning higher jackpots but lower odds. One way to get around this is to simply play more games! If you play more games with an average amount of players and average jackpots, you spread your bets, thus increasing your odds. Of course, playing more games means that you are investing more money, but at least this way you are more likely to stand a chance of winning.

  • By playing more games you spread your bets and increase your odds.
  • More games means spending more money, but at lease you’ll have a shot at winning big.

Games

Conclusion

Bingo is mostly a game of chance, but there is also an element of strategy involved. Follow a few simple guidelines to increase your odds, but try not to take it too seriously… because above all, bingo is about having fun – Enjoy!