How to Play Bingo

Title : How to Play Bingo
Description : Learn how to play bingo by adopting right strategies and following the correct tips.
Keyword : How to play bingo

Tips and tactics on how to play bingo

There is very little one can do to influence or predict the outcome of a bingo game. Bingo is purely a game of chance in which each player has one or more cards printed with differently numbered squares on which to place markers when the respective numbers are drawn and announced by a caller. The first player to mark a complete row of numbers is the winner. Nevertheless, we shall provide you with some valuable tips to optimize your chances of winning a bingo game. But first, let’s go with the game itself.

Presently, bingo is being played in a variety of formats both at the bingo halls as well as online. Two among these are more popular among the people. In the first one each bingo card has five rows and five columns with 24 different pre-printed numbers and a free spot in the center. In the second, every bingo card is divided into three rows and nine columns. Column one has random numbers between 1 and 10, column two numbers between 11 and 20 and so on with column nine having numbers between 81 and 90. Here every row has five numbers and four blanks. The player who covers all the numbers on an entire row first is declared the winner.

Generally, bingo players participate in more than one bingo card at a time. If six bingo cards are played in one bingo game then every possible number from 1-90 is covered and therefore, a number is crossed off at each bingo call. Earlier, the bingo numbers were printed on ping-pong balls which were randomly blown through a plastic tube when they didn’t split to be announced by the ‘bingo caller’. Of late bingo clubs use computerized random bingo number generators and the bingo numbers appear on screens around the bingo club as well as being announced by the ‘bingo caller’.

Bingo prize arrangements vary from game to game, but are commonly available for ‘a line’ – the first player who is first to correctly cross off a horizontal line of numbers; then for two such lines and finally for crossing off all the numbers on a bingo card (a ‘full house’). When bingo players complete the appropriate number of lines, they must shout ‘House’ or ‘Here’ to attract the bingo caller’s attention before the next number is called to stop bingo play. The last number called must be on the bingo card in the winning combination because a ‘late call’ is invalid. Winning bingo cards are carefully checked and the bingo prizes handed to the winners. The cash in the envelope should also be carefully checked it’s yours.

Although we mentioned earlier that bingo is purely a game of luck and little can be done to manipulate its results, below are some useful tips.

  1. Never play more cards than you can watch or you may end up going nuts trying to watch all your cards.
  2. Paper cards with lower card numbers (free space #) tend to have the numbers closer together card #1 (B-1, 2, 3, 4 & 5; I-16, 17, 18, 19 & 20). Longer games tend to draw numbers in spurts close together. 16 17 then 19 and 20 come out. To win more coveralls, try to come in early and get the first set of paper cards issued.
  3. If you want to win at bingo, play on nights that are usually slower for the operators (Monday – Thursday have less players than weekends). Being a game of chance if there are fewer players then there are fewer cards in play and this optimizes your chances of winning.