Online bingo articles 5Bingo lingo.... makes you're bingo life easier

We've gathered around a whole bunch of bingo terms, so next time you chat around with your friends while playing online bingo(or even free bingo at home with friends), you'll be the one who knows the drill and hopefuly, wins the whole deal.

First thing's first, in order to get into a bingo game (assuming it's not a free game) you'll need to purchase an Admission Packet: Admission packet, is a a minimum number of bingo cards that you must purchase, as it costs like the admission price, ofcourse you may buy more cards than the Admission Packet minimum, it's your choice. On a reguler bingo game you'll have to purchase an Admission Packet, which contains three to six cards for every normal game and may be also contains some special game cards. The contents of the Admission Packet is bound to vary from bingo to bingo.

Bingo Board: A display board, most common one is electronic, that lights up showing each selected number, as it's being called.

Blackout bingo: A pattern where you must cover all of the numbers on the card, in order to yell bingo, Usually 50 to 60 of the 75 bingo numbers have to be called to cover all of the numbers on a random card, but blackouts in as few as 43(!) numbers have been recorded.

Blower: That thing that shoots out the bingo balls, you wanted to know it's name... Well now you know it! Blower, Forced-air device that mixes the bingo balls and dispenses them to the caller who then announces the number of the ball and displays it on the Bingo Board.

Bonanza Bingo: A progressive coverall jackpot that is seldom played as the 13th game of a bingo session, forty-five numbers are pre-drawn and players mark them on seperate cards which are set aside for later. There is an addintional fee to play this game, usually no more than $1. A countdown begins, starting at 48 numbers or less, and go up one number per week, to 52 numbers OR untill won. the amount of the jackpot is determined by card sales for the specific bingo game.

Buy-In: The buying of bingo cards (or Admission Packet). Converting raw money into how winning bingo cards.

Caller: The Person (or computer) who calls out the winning bingo numbers for the players.

Card: A Card containing 24 numbered spaces, and one free space (blank), with which you play BINGO. The numbers are randomly assigned on each and every card and are arranged in fice columns of five numbers each by five rows, hence making it 25 in total including the blank square (5X5=25). The numbers in the B column are between one and fifteen, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free bingo space) between 31 and 45, in the G clumn between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75. Playres have thousands of unique (on of a kind and unduplicted) cards to choose from. some manufactures print unduplicated of 6,000 cards, there are also series of 9,000 cards avaiable. Hard cards and Flimsy cards have a series number printed on them. For example, card number 1337 will always have the same numbers in the same spaces.

Chat room: When playing an online-casino, you'll seldom find a screen displayed alongside your game where you can chat with other players.

Consolation Prize: The prize or prizes offered on some special games if there is no winner in a predetermined number of calls.

Coverall: Same as Blackout

Dauber: Bingo dauber is ink-filled botthle/pen with a foam tip on it, used to mark called numbers. When you touch the bingo card with the foam tip, it marks the square. One of the most important bingo accesories.

Early bird game: A bingo game that starts before another regularly scheduled game.

Flimsy, Flimsies: Bingo cards printed on thin sheets of paper. There are usually three cards printed on a single sheet but flimsies are also printed in one, two, four, six or 9-card formats. Typically a flimsy sheet costs one or two dollars and a win on a flimsy on a special game usually pays quite a bit more then a win on a regular game. also called 'Throwaways' in some areas.

Free Space: The center square of the card, which does not have a number assigned to it. It's like a Joker or a Wild square. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.

G.T.I., T.E.D.: An electronic dauber system used to play multiple packs at once. These usually require a rental fee and only one is allowed per player.

Game Board, Gameboard: An electronic display that is attached to the bingo board to show the pattern needed to win that particular game. It looks like a bingo card and shows what variation of bingo you are playing on that particular game on the program. For example: four corners, chevron, regular, blackout, etc.

Game Room: Some online games divide the players into game rooms. The smaller group makes a more manageable chat room, plus a more exclusive game.

Hard Card: A bingo card printed on heavy cardboard material usually with shutters to cover each number as it is called out.

Hardway Bingo, Hard-Way Bingo: Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space.

Jackpot: A big prize usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern (such as a blackout) within a specified number of balls.

Lucky Jar, Cookie Jar: A container with cash. You win the contents of the lucky jar if you bingo on the lucky number. The lucky number is usually the first number called at the beginning of a session. Money is added to the jar every time the lucky number is called or if the caller makes a mistake in announcing the game. Usually you can win the lucky jar only on regular games. There is no lucky number in play on special throw-away games.

Minimum Buy-In: The least amount you must spend to be eligible for prizes.

Money Ball: A number drawn before the game that will double a player's winnings if bingo is hit on that number.

Moonlight Bingo: Session of bingo that starts late at night, usually about 10:00 pm.

Multiple Winners: Two or more players bingo at the same time. When this happens, the cash prize is divided among them. For example, if there are five winners on a $500 game, they each receive $100.

Nicknames: This is a way of announcing or repeating the Bingo number drawn in a humorous way. In a crowded, noisy room, it also helps to confirm the number called. Bingo play using nicknames persisted in British Bingo halls until faster computer draws replaced air-blown balls.

On The Way: The game played on the way to the blackout game. It is played prior to the blackout on the same card. First the preliminary game(s) are played and then more numbers are called until there is a blackout.

On: A player is said to be On when one or more cards they are playing lacks only one number for a bingo.

Pattern: The shape you need to cover on your card with called out numbers. You only need the numbers that form the pattern to win the game. The most basic patterns are straight lines in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. One popular pattern is the “blackout” or “coverall” where you have to cover the whole card to win.

Payout: The percentage of sales paid out by the House. The average payout among all bingo halls is approximately 75 percent. This compares with a payout of approximately 45 percent on state lottery games.

Postage Stamp Pattern: Matching four numbers to form a postage stamp (a 2 x 2 grid) in any of the four corners.

Progressive Jackpot: A Jackpot that gets bigger until it is won. It builds daily, weekly, or monthly if it is not won in a specific number of calls. If there is no winner in X number of calls, consolation prize(s) of lesser dollar amounts are paid. Different variations of progressive games add dollars or numbers, or both, to the jackpot. There is usually a separate buy-in for Progressive Jackpot games.

Rainbow Pack: A paper pack that allows players to play for three or four different prize denominations at once.

Reno Night: An evening of casino games like blackjack and roulette. These are sometimes held in bingo halls but more often in restaurants and hotels, Eagles & Elks clubs and other fraternal organizations.

Session: An entire evening or daytime program of bingo consisting of regular games usually played on hard cards and special games played on throwaways, flimsies or paper sheets. A session usually lasts somewhere between two and a half hours and three hours and 15 minutes.

Six-pack, Nine-pack: Six or nine numbers in a block on one card.

Special: Games that usually are played with a different set of cards than the pack purchased at admission.

Speed Bingo: A variation of regular bingo. Numbers are called very quickly and you can bingo in as few as three numbers. Usually played before or after a regular session.

Speedgame, Speed Game: A bingo game in which the winner splits the sales of the game (the pot) with the bingo hall or House. For example, the winner might get 60 percent of the sales and the house would keep forty percent.

Speedgame, Speed Game: A coverall that is called very quickly. It is sold as a special game one card at a time.

Split Pot: A bingo game in which the winner splits the sales of the game (the pot) with the bingo hall or House. For example, the winner might get 60 percent of the sales and the house would keep forty percent.

Texas Blackout: A variation of bingo. The first number called will be either odd or even. If the first number called is Even then all the even numbers on all your cards are Wild (Jokers). Cover all the even numbers. If the first number called is Odd, cover all the odd numbers. The game then proceeds to a blackout.

Throwaways: Bingo cards printed on thin sheets of paper. There are usually three cards printed on a single sheet.

Validation: Eligibility required to win additional jackpot amounts. Price varies by number of cards played.

Wild Number: Usually played on a double bingo that leads into a triple bingo. The first number out of the hopper determines the wild number. For example, if 42 is drawn, all numbers ending in 2 should be marked off.

Wrap Up: The name of the last game of a session.

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