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Bingo Glossary


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Bingo Terms 0-B

75-Ball Bingo: A common variation of Bingo popular in the United States in which 75 numbers may be called (each printed on a ball).

90-Ball Bingo: The traditional Bingo variation, which is played with 90 numbered balls.

Admission: A requirement that has to be fulfilled in order for a player to take part in a game of Bingo.

Admission Packet: The number of cards, strips or tickets that must be bought for a player to be allowed to participate in a given Bingo game. How many tickets are required may vary between games and Bingo halls.

After Game: A supplementary Bingo game played directly following another game.

Auto-Purchase: A feature offered by most online bingo softwares which buys new tickets or cards for players automatically.

Ball Gate: The part of the ball dispensing machine through which each ball passes before entering the playing area.

Ball Lifter: A mechanical device used to raise a Bingo Ball from the Ball Gate into the Ball Shooter.

Ball Runway: A channel or pathway through which Bingo balls are launched into the main playing area by the Ball Shooter.

Ball Shooter: the rubber-tipped spring-loaded launcher used to release Bingo balls into Ball Runway.

Barrier: A section of a Bingo hall separated from other areas where slot machines and other games may be played.

Basket Bingo: A Bingo Game in which a non-cash prize is awarded inside of a basket.

Beano: The precursor of modern Bingo. Read more under Bingo history.

Bingo Bango Bongo: A variation of golf based on Bingo.

Bingo Board: A display board, usually electronic, which shows each number as they are called.

Bingo Booklets (also known as Bingo Books): A series of Bingo cards bound together, each to be used one after another for different games of a Bingo session.

Bingo Card: A piece of cardboard or paper filled with numbered squares, which are checked off by players as the corresponding numbers are called. The shape, size and amount of squares depend on the Bingo variation being played.

Bingo Marker: In traditional (offline) Bingo, special markers are used to indicate which numbers on your card(s) have already been called.

Blackout (also known as Coverall): A Bingo variation in which the objective is not only to create a line of called numbers on your card, but to cover every single space on it. In 75-Ball Bingo, typically 50 to 60 numbers must be called before a winner is determined.

Blower: A device that uses air to dispense Bingo balls at random.

Bonanza Bingo: A Bingo game usually played as the 13th game of a session. Typically it is a Coverall game with a progressive jackpot offered as a prize, whose value is dependent on the number of tickets sold for the game.

Book: See ‘Bingo Booklets

Break Open: A multiply card made out of paper or cardboard with perforated “breakopen” tabs to conceal numbers or symbols, some of which have been designated in advance as prize winners.

Buzzword Bingo: A game of Bingo played using “buzzwords” instead of numbers.

Bingo Terms C-G

Caller: The person responsible for calling out numbers as they are called during a game of Bingo.

Card: The playing card used to mark off bingo numbers as they are called.

Cash Ball: A progressive jackpot that is paid out if a player completes their pattern on a particular predetermined number.

Cash In Prize: A game of Bingo in which the prize is a cash payout, put together from the money paid in by players.

Chat Games: Side games that take place in an online Bingo chat room.

Chat Master (CM): A person employed by an online Bingo website who provides entertainment in chat rooms and helps players with problems or questions.

Chat Room: A virtual room found at online Bingo sites where players can communicate with each other by typing in messages.

Consolation Prize: A prize sometimes offered if no winner is determined within a predetermined number of calls.

Coverall: A pattern in which every number of a Bingo card must be marked off in order to win.

Early Bird Game: A Bingo game that starts before another regularly scheduled game, sometimes played as the first game of a session.

Face: A term used to refer to a Bingo card used in 75-Ball games containing 24 numbers and a free space in the middle.

Flimsy (or Flimsies): Bingo cards printed on thin sheets of paper, usually with three cards per sheet. Wins on these cards tend to pay out more than wins on a regular game.

Four Corners: A pattern on a Bingo card requiring all four numbered corners to be marked off in order to win.

Free Space: The blank square, usually in the center of a Bingo card with no number assigned to it. The free space counts towards a winning pattern in 75-Ball Bingo and should be covered at the start of every game.

Full House: A pattern similar to a blackout or coverall where all 15 numbers in a 90-Ball game of Bingo must be covered.

Game Board: A (usually electronic) display attached to the Bingo board to show the pattern needed to win in the particular game being played. The game board typically resembles a bingo card.

Game Room: In online Bingo, games are divided into different rooms.

G.T.I. (or T.E.D.): A device used to mark off multiple Bingo cards at one time.

Bingo Terms H-N

Hard Ball: The first number to be drawn when a Bingo session begins.

Hard Card: A special kind of Bingo card used in live games printed on heavy cardboard, wood or plastic with “shutters” over each number, which are drawn when they are called.

Hardway Bingo: A game of Bingo in which in order to win, a line must be completed without using the free space.

House: The establishment where Bingo games and other similar games are held. May also refer to Full House, a Bingo Pattern.

Inlaid Card: A type of Bingo card used with small buttons or discs to cover the numbers.

Inside Square: A pattern played in 75-Ball Bingo Games in which all the numbers around the center square (the Free Space) must be marked to win.

Instant Bingo: A Bingo game in which players must complete a given pattern, usually involving letters or completing a “word” on their Bingo sheet.

Jackpot: A large cash prize awarded for winning certain Bingo games, usually for completing a particularly difficult pattern. Jackpots may be progressive, meaning they grow in size over time.

Late Session: An additional game of Bingo held following the completion of the main session.

Lucky Jar (or Cookie Jar): A jar or container filled with cash, with more money added to it when certain numbers are called (making it a kind of progressive jackpot). The rules for winning its contents may depend on the Bingo room or game being played.

Main Stage Bingo: The main event or game in a Bingo session.

Minimum Buy-in: The minimum amount a player must spend in order to participate in a real-money Bingo game. Buy-in levels vary by game.

Money Ball: Used in some games, this is a ball which, if drawn, will award double prize money to a player who wins with that number.

Moonlight Bingo (or Late Night Bingo): A game of Bingo held late at night, usually after 10pm.

Multiple Winners: In the event that two or more players complete a winning pattern on the same number, the prize money is usually split among them.

Mushroom: A group of Bingo displays, so named because of its mushroom-like shape.

Mystery Intervals: The concept that classifies Bingo as a game of chance and bases on the idea that a player may or may not win once a ticket has been purchased.

Bingo Terms O-Z

On: A player is said tob e “on” if one or more of their cards for the current game needs only one number to win.

On The Way: The stage of a Bingo game played immediately before Blackout.

Outside Square: A pattern used in 75-ball Bingo requiring every number on the outer edge of a Bingo card to be marked to win.

Pack (or Nine Pack): A block of nine numbers printed on a single a Bingo card.

Parti: An automated Bingo game in which the prize money is determined based on the number of players taking part. The term is short for Participation Bingo.

Pattern: The arrangement of squares on the Bingo card that need to be marked off in order to win a game.

Payout: The amount of money taken in by a Bingo room that is paid back out to players in the form of prizes, usually given as a percentage.

Postage Stamp Pattern: A winning combination made up of four numbers in a “postage stamp formation” (a 2x2 grid) in any corner of a Bingo card.

Prize Bingo: A Bingo game which awards a set prize instead of cash to the winner.

Progressive Jackpot: A jackpot which continues to increase over time if not won.

Quickie: A Bingo game in which numbers are called at a far quicker pace than usual. Typically all numbers on a player’s card must be covered to win.

Rainbow Pack: A set of Bingo cards which can be used to play for a series of winning combinations at once.

RNG (Random Number Generator): The electronic mechanism (live games) or algorithm (online games) used to pick the numbers called in Bingo.

Session: A period of time during which games of Bingo are played. In live games, this usually lasts between two and two and a half hours. Online Bingo imposes no time limits for a session.

Single Line Across: A winning pattern, common in 75-ball Bingo, made up of a straight line of five numbers.

Six Pack: A group of six marked numbers on a Bingo card.

Special: Individual Bingo games that make up an additional part of the main session. Tickets for these events  are purchased separately from main session tickets.

Speed Bingo: A variation of Bingo in which numbers are called very quickly and players can win after as few as three numbers have been called. Speed Bingo is usually played before or after a regular session.

Split Pot: A game in which the winner splits the pot with the house. The player usually gets a larger percentage, with a typical split being 60-40 in favor of the player.

Table Board Bingo: A Bingo variation in which a small table board is played along with a regular main session ticket with separate prizes available for both.

Tickets: Printed pages of numbers used in main session Bingo games.

Two Lines Across: A pattern in which a player marks off all the numbers in  two rows of their Bingo card.

Ups: The number of Bingo sheets that make up a book.

Wild Number: The first number drawn that is played on a double Bingo leading to a triple Bingo.

Wrap Up: The final Bingo game played in a main session.

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