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Bingo Glossary & Terminology

August 1 LuckyLady
Bingo Glossary & Terminology

Bingo has been increasing in popularity throughout the last few years and seems to be ever-evolving it’s image. Once viewed as a ‘soft-game’ to other casino game offerings, Bingo is now fashionable to many online game players drawing modern and younger crowds that are in their late 20s to early 40s.

Bingo has a long history in different cultures around the world and the use of special bingo terms adds alot of fun to the game. Here at Lucky Lady Games Casino portal, we have put together a collection of BINGO terms that will help you understand that quirky BINGO caller is saying.

Here is our list of BINGO LINGO…!

75 Ball Bingo
Bingo played in the United States and Canada are traditionally played with 75 Balls. The bingo cards have numbers on a 5×5 grid and the numbers range from 1 through 75.

90 Ball Bingo
Bingo played in European Countries are traditionally played with 90 Balls. The bingo tickets have 15 numbers in nine columns and 3 rows. Each row has 5 numbers along with four blank spaces. The first column has the numbers 1 through 9, the second column 10 through 19, the third 20 through 29 and so on, up to the last row that has the numbers 80 through 90.

admission packet
A minimum number of cards that you have to purchase to gain admission to a Bingo game. Generally, you need to purchase three to six cards for a regular game.

after game
A Bingo game played after the end of a session of Bingo. Refers to live games of Bingo. Online bingo is different as it allows you to play an online bingo game at anytime.

ball gate
The flap through which each ball passes on its way out of the ball dispensing machine.

ball lifter
The mechanism that lifts a ball from below the play field to the tip of the ball shooter.

ball shooter
The spring loaded plunger with a rubber tip used to launch the ball into the playfield area.

basket Bingo
Games of Bingo in which basket prizes are given.

Bingo board
A display board that lights up to show each number as it’s called.

Bingo books
Bingo sheets or cards bound together in one game at a Bingo session. They are usually bound in the order in which they will be played so that it is easily flippable.

Bingo marker
A crayon or ink dabber that you use to mark called numbers on a Bingo game card.

A device that uses forced air to mix the Bingo balls and dispense them out to the Bingo caller.

Bonanza Bingo
A progressive coverall jackpot version of the game usually played as the 13 th game in the session. At the beginning of the session, 45 numbers are drawn and they are marked on separate cards. The countdown normally begins at 48 numbers and goes up by one number per week until 52.

Initial money invested to play Bingo. Usually by buying Bingo cards or an admission pack to gain entry to a Bingo hall.

Buzzword Bingo
Game played using buzzwords in place of numbers. Might be used in a special event such as a baby shower Bingo game.Players mark words and phrases on their card as they are spoken. The first player to mark five phrases or words in a row calls “bingo” or replaced word.

The person or machine that calls out the Bingo numbers for players.

chat room
An online Bingo term, referring to a web area you can use to type in messages and chat with other Bingo players.

consolation prize
The prize or prizes offered on some special Bingo games if there is no winner after a predetermined number of calls.

An ink-filled bottle or pen with a foam tip for marking called numbers. When you touch the Bingo card with the foam tip, it marks the square.

early bird game
A Bingo game that starts before ‘early’ or earlier than regularly scheduled games. Usually has special deals associated.

The individual Bingo sheet containing 24 numbers plus a free space.

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 nine-card formats. Also sometimes called “throwaways”.

free space
The middle square of a Bingo card, which does not have a number assigned to it. It’s like a joker or wild square. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.

four corners
A Bingo pattern where you must cover the corner numbers of the card. If you get those four numbers, you win.

Full House
A winning pattern in which a player has marked off all the numbers on their ticket.

Game Board
An electronic display board situated next to the bingo board which shows which pattern is currently being played out in order to win the game.

Game Room
The online bingo room is sometimes divided into smaller game rooms.

An electronic dauber system used by players holding multiple cards in one game

Hard Ball
The first number drawn at the start of the bingo session.

Hard Card
A bingo card made from hardboard usually with shutters in order to cover the numbers called.

Hardway Bingo
Bingo pattern in a straight line, without using the free space.

A gambling property or establishment, such as a casino or bingo hall. Also the phrase called in some games of bingo when a winning pattern is achieved.

Inlaid Card
A pre-printed 4×4 number card usually set into a table.

Inside Square
A bingo pattern in 75-number bingo in which players must cover all the numbers in the I, N and G columns surrounding the free space, in order to win.

The largest cash prize, usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern or filling the entire board.

Late Night Bingo
A late night bingo session, usually beginning after 10pm at night.

Lucky Jar or Kitty Jar
A pot of money which is a special prize handed if a person bingos on the lucky number. The lucky number is usually the first number called at the beginning of the session. May depend on the type of Bingo game played.

Main Stage Bingo
The main event of a session of bingo games.

Minimum Buy In
The minimum amount which must be spent in order to be eligible for a prize.

Money Ball
A number drawn before the game begins which doubles a player’s prize if bingo is hit on that number.

Moonlight Bingo
Similar to late night bingo, a playing session beginning around midnight.

Multiple Winners
If more than one player wins a bingo game at the same time, the cash prize is divided or split between them.

Bingo displays grouped together in a mushroom-like shape, with a narrow tubular base, and a wider top. 6-8 players can sit around the mushroom to play.

BINGO Nicknames
A humorous way of calling the numbers.

Nine Pack
9 numbers in a block on one bingo card.

A player is ‘on’ when one or more of their cards are only one number away from a bingo.

On the Way
A game played on the way to a blackout game. A pattern is chosen before reaching the blackout pattern and the caller continues with the same numbers after the first part is won, to reach the blackout pattern.

Short for participation bingo which is slot or cash bingo with a cash prize. Inlaid or shutter cards are generally used for parti bingo.

The shape or pattern which needs to be covered in order to win a game of bingo.

The amount of money paid out by the bingo hall in percentages. Average payout in bingo halls is 75%.

Pod Top
The unit on top of the barrier that contains all the mechanisms used in the game, such as coin mechanisms, credit displays and claim buttons.

Postage Stamp Pattern
A pattern that covers four numbers in a postage stamp formation (a 2 x 2 grid) in any of the four corners on a bingo card.

Prize Bingo
Bingo is played for prizes and not for money – usually dependent on the laws of the country.

Progressive Jackpot
A jackpot which increases in size until it is won.

A bingo game in which the numbers are called as quickly as possible and the player’s card must be fully covered to win.

Rainbow Pack
A paper pack which allows players to play for a few different prize values at once.

Rebound Rubber
A rubber disk located at the top left of the playfield, allowing the ball to bounce off if shot hard enough.

Replay Counter
A mechanical device placed inside a machine which keeps count of how many credits a player has achieved in different wins.

A random number generator which is a machine used to select the numbers in a game of bingo (and other gambling games) on a totally random basis.

A series of bingo games made up of regular and special games. Usually lasting 2.5 – 3.5 hours, played in the morning or evening.

Single Line Across
A pattern in which a player has marked off all the numbers on one row of their card.

Six Pack
Six numbers in a block on a card.

A bingo game played on a different set of cards (usually flimsy) than those bought at the admission.

Speed Bingo
A variation whereby the numbers are called very quickly and only a small section of the board needs to be covered in order to bingo.

Split Pot
A game where the winner shares the sales of the game with the bingo hall.

Table Board Bingo
A lottery scheme in which players purchase a table board card. To win, players must complete specified arrangements or patterns of numbers on the Table Board from numbers selected at random.

An electronic dauber system allowing multiple play.

Texas Blackout
A variation of bingo where the first number calls determines whether all the odds of evens on a card are covered. Numbers are then called normally and the game is played until a blackout is won.

See term flimsies – bingo cards printed on thin sheets of paper.

Two Lines Across
A pattern in which a player has marked off all the numbers on two rows of their bingo card.

The number of bingo sheets used to make up a book.

The eligibility needed in order to win extra jackpot amounts.

Warm Up
A bingo game which is played before the start of the regular session to warm the player up for more Bingo Play.

Wild Number
A wild number is usually played on a double bingo that leads into a triple bingo. The first number drawn usually determines the wild number.

Wrap Up
The last game of the bingo session.

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