Bingo is a very social game with a lot of chatter and interaction with other players. One of the best ways to be a good conversation partner at the bingo table and to know what people are talking about is by getting to know and familiarize yourself with the most important bingo terms. We have prepared a list for you of both the more popular and the more obscure bingo terms, so you never have to feel left out from a conversation in the bingo hall or in an online chat room.
30-ball bingo: This smaller and faster bingo variant is played on a 3x3 card, where a blackout (full house) pattern is the only way to win the bingo; this game is also known under the name: speed bingo.
75-ball bingo: This is the most popular bingo variation played in the United States and Canada. It is played on a 5x5 grid with numbers ranging from 1-75, these are depicted on the bingo card, with a free space in the middle. The word 'bingo' is written at the top of the card with a letter at each column.
80-ball bingo: This bingo variant is more likely to be found in online casino logins than in a bingo hall. The bingo card consists of a 4x4 square with numbers ranging from 1-80.
90-ball bingo: The most popular bingo variant played in the UK and Australia. The bingo card consists of 9 columns and 3 rows, with numbers ranging from 1-90, as indicated on the bingo card.
Entrance Pack (Admission pack): In some bingo halls and casino logins there is a minimum requirement of cards that must be purchased per bingo session. Exactly how many cards this are will vary, but normally it concerns 3 to 6 cards. This is also the access to the special bingo games.
After Games: A bingo game that starts after the regular bingo session (s). This does not apply to online casino logins, where you can play bingo at any time.
Any way: This is a term that refers to the way in which a bingo pattern can be won. When you can 'somehow' win a bingo pattern, it means that a pattern can be played not only the right way, but also upside down or down, to the left or to the right.
Auto Daub: When playing online you can choose to have your numbers automatically checked off by the computer, using the auto-daub function of the online casino login. Players can then leave their computers or phone for a moment and the game will continue checking their cards as long as the auto daub function is enabled.
Beano: This was the first name for bingo when it was played by children in "county" fairs in the United States. Beans were used to cover the numbers and "Beano" was called when a full line was covered.
Bingo: The modern name of the game, which came from the word 'beano'. Nowadays, when you play bingo in the bingo hall, with friends or in a casino login, you shout 'Bingo!' as soon as you have been able to tick off a winning line or pattern, before the next number is announced.
Bingo Board: If you are playing bingo in a bingo hall, the last called number will be shown on a display called the bingo board. This allows anyone to still cross off that number in case they couldn't hear it or happened to miss it when it was called.
Bingo Booklet: If you want to buy a large amount of bingo cards it is more profitable to purchase a bingo booklet, this is a set of cards that you can buy at a lower price than if you were buying the same amount of cards separately.
Bingo Card: This is the card with squares containing numbers (and sometimes blank spaces), usually on a piece of paper or cardboard in the bingo hall, where players mark their numbers to form a winning pattern. In 75-ball bingo, the card has 5 rows and 5 columns, with a letter at the top of each column spelling out the word "B-I-N-G-O". There is also a blank space in the center of the card..
Bingo Marker: The pen used to mark the numbers on the bingo card. Also called a 'dauber'.
Bingo Ticket: A number of bingo cards that contain all the numbers from a bingo game in a sequence for example: - All 75 numbers for 75-ball bingo, 80 numbers for 80-ball bingo, 90 numbers for 90-ball bingo and 30 numbers for 30- ball bingo. Some winning patterns are just on a bingo ticket, usually to win a progressive jackpot.
Blackout: A winning bingo pattern in which a player must cross off every number on the bingo card. Also called 'overall' or 'full house'.
Bonanza Bingo: A progressive jackpot blackout version of bingo. Depending on the bingo hall, 45 to 48 numbers are announced and indicated on the cards. If no winner emerges after 48 numbers have been called, the number of numbers drawn will increase daily until there is a winner. In other casino logins or halls, players keep signing until someone wins.
Buy-in: Buying bingo cards to start playing.
Caller: The person who will call out the number on the ball if it is drawn in the bingo hall during play.
Card: Same as Bingo card.
Cash Ball: A progressive jackpot ball that is won by reaching a bingo pattern when the ball with the jackpot number is drawn, after which you will receive the progressive jackpot.
Chat Comps: These are matches played directly from the chat rooms of an online bingo casino login where the players can win extra prizes.
Chat Games: Games that are played within the chat room - apart from the general bingo game that is now being played at the online casino login.
Chat Lingo: Short words used in the chat room among the players.
Chat Monitor: The person responsible for monitoring the conversations within the chat rooms and for announcing games and competitions.
Chat Room: In online bingo casino logins, the chat room is the online place for players to interact with each other in an informal way while the game is in progress. This mimics the social part of the live bingo it is famous for.
Consolation Price: If there is no bingo winner, a consolation prize worth less than the original prize will be awarded during special matches.
Coverall: A winning bingo pattern where players must cross off every number on their bingo card. In 30 ball bingo, this is the only winning pattern you can have. Also called 'blackout'.
Dauber: A particular marker with ink and a foam top that is used by players to mark called numbers on the bingo card.
Deposits: Money that online casino login players deposit into their account in order to purchase bingo cards and packs.
Diagonal: A winning bingo line where numbers are marked out from corner to corner in a diagonal line.
Diamond: A winning bingo pattern where the numbers are marked in the shape of a diamond with the points of the diamond on all four sides and in the center of the card.
Early Bird Bingo: Bingo games that are played before the general bingo session.
Face: An individual 5x5 bingo card with 24 numbers and a single free space in the center of the grid. Also known as a bingo card.
Fair and Square: A bingo variant where all players can buy the same amount of tickets to keep the game fair and equal among all players, without certain players having the advantage of more tickets than the rest.
Flimsies: Bingo cards that are printed in groups of three, six or nine on a sheet of paper-thin paper. Also known as 'throwaways'. They are often cheaper to obtain than regular bingo cards due to the materials used for printing.
Four Corners: A winning bingo pattern where players must cross off numbers in each of the four corners of the bingo card.
Free Bingo: A bingo game that occurs at online casino logins where you can play for free, without depositing any money. This can be used to practice before actually paying for bingo cards in an online bingo casino login.
Free Space: The empty space in the center of a bingo card that does not have a number on it. The free space is for all bingo cards.
Full House: This is the term for a player who has checked every number on their bingo card - also known as 'blackout' and 'overall'.
G.T.I .: The acronym for GameTech Inc. - the company that developed the electronic dauber system called T.E.D that allows players to buy multiple cards and have them checked off automatically while playing online bingo.
Game Board: Normally this is part of the bingo board - an electronic board in the bingo hall that shows the winning patterns during a bingo game.
Game Room: In order to control the number of players simultaneously playing a bingo game session online, the players are divided into separate game "rooms".
Hard Card: These are older, more traditional bingo cards that have "hatches" that players can close over the numbers instead of checking them off. It is quite rare to come across these because most bingo halls now use flimsies or because the players nowadays play online.
Hardway Bingo: Any winning bingo pattern where the players are not allowed to use the free space on the bingo card to reach the pattern.
Home: Another way of referring to a casino login or gambling facility, including the bingo hall.
Inlaid Cards: Bingo cards built into the table you are sitting at, rather than sold as cards or paper tickets.
Instant Bingo: A ticket that you can easily open, for example because it is issued in the form of a scratch card. Winning instant bingo cards will show a full pattern under the scratch coat.
Jackpot: A prize that is larger than normal and is awarded for reaching more difficult patterns that you can get on a bingo ticket or for a blackout pattern with a certain amount of balls. The pattern must be achieved with a predetermined amount of bingo balls.
Late Night Bingo: Bingo sessions that start very late at night in a casino login or bingo hall and are played until the very early hours of the morning.
Lights Out: The last bingo game played in a live casino login or hall before they close.
Main Stage Bingo: The main bingo game in a casino login or hall when multiple bingo sessions are played at the same time.
Maximum Tickets: The maximum number of cards you can buy in a single bingo game, this changes from casino login to casino login.
Minimum Buy-In: The minimum number of tickets you can buy in a single bingo session. Same as 'admission'.
Moneyball: A number that a player chooses before the game starts, allowing the player to double his winnings if the player has "bingo" on his previously chosen "moneyball".
Moonlight Bingo: The last bingo game of the night, which often starts very late at night. Same as 'Late Night Bingo'.
Multiple Winners: When two or more players call bingo at the same time and the prize money must be split equally between the two players.
Nine-Pack: A popular winning pattern where the player must cross nine numbers on the bingo card in the form of a block.
On: A bingo player is 'on' if only one number has to be crossed off before calling 'bingo'.
On The Way: When a bingo card is used to play a game for a winning pattern as well as for a blackout on the same card. First, a winning pattern is checked, then more numbers are called out until the player (hopefully) wins with a blackout.
Online Bingo: With advancements in technology, it is now possible to play bingo using a computer or mobile device instead of visiting the bingo hall. When playing online all you need is an internet connection, a computer or mobile device and an account at an online bingo casino login. Online bingo players can talk to each other through the bingo chat feature, can play on multiple cards at the same time, and can choose to have their cards ticked off automatically.
Pattern: a predetermined shape or line that bingo players must mark on their bingo cards while the numbers are announced by the announcer. There are numerous bingo patterns, the more common ones being a vertical, diagonal or horizontal line, and certain specific shapes, such as a diamond or letters.
Pay-out: The players receive money if they win the bingo after the bingo hall has deducted its commission from the amount.
Stamp: A winning bingo pattern where players must cross four numbers in a 2x2 square in one of the four corners of the bingo card.
Pre-paid Bingo: This term is used in online bingo when players buy cards and then activate the auto-daub feature meaning the player does not need to be online to play as the cards are automatically checked during play on broadcast numbers at the online casino login site.
Progressive Jackpot: A jackpot that applies to multiple games at the same time and continues to increase when the winning pattern or number is not won in a single game. There is normally a limit to the number of numbers called out in a game that determines whether the progressive jackpot will be moved to the next game. In some progressive jackpot variations, the number of numbers called out will increase with the next game instead of the amount of the progressive jackpot.
Quickie (Blowout): A blackout bingo game where the numbers are called out faster than normal and continuously. Players then have to quickly search for the numbers on their card to avoid accidentally missing a number and thus not having the option to call out bingo..
RNG: Acronym used for a Random Number Generator - software used to randomly select numbers at online casino logins.
Serial Number: The number that you will find printed on each set of bingo tickets and cards. The serial number is the same on a set of tickets and will contain a minimum of five numbers.
Series: The number of individual cards within a set of bingo cards. If the serial number is 5000, the set of cards will have 5000 unique cards.
Session: A full bingo program that is played both during the day and at night. Different variations of bingo can be played during sessions at different times.
Sheet: The piece of paper or cardstock with a bingo grid printed on it and numbers on all squares. A sheet can have multiple bingo cards printed on it.
Side Games: Other games that bingo players can play online while the main bingo game is in progress. These are often offered in the chat room, and some other games in the online casino login, such as slot machines or blackjack.
Shutter Board: These are the traditional bingo cards, usually made of plastic, with numbers permanently marked on them. They have shutters that can cover the numbers instead of the marker that the player normally uses to cross off numbers. Also called a 'Hard Card'.
Special: Bingo played on separate cards and at an additional cost that is higher than the regular admission cards for the general bingo games. Special games often also offer special prizes and / or a progressive jackpot.
Speed Bingo: A very fast version of bingo where the bingo numbers are announced very quickly in succession. Also called a 'quickie' (quickie).
Split Pot: When the winner of a bingo game shares his winnings with the rest of the people present at the bingo hall.
T.E.D .: An electronic program that automatically marks bingo numbers on players' bingo cards when they play bingo online. Developed by GameTech Inc (G.T.I), this system allows players to play multiple bingo cards simultaneously while automatically checking and checking them out.
Texas Blackout: A bingo variant similar to bingo blackout. The first number drawn in this game determines whether all odd numbers on the bingo card are "Wild", which is the case if the first number drawn is an odd number. But it could also be that all even numbers are Wild if the first number drawn is an even number. Then the goal is the same as in blackout bingo, namely to cover every square on the bingo card.
Throwaways: Bingo cards that are printed on very thin paper. Also called 'flimsies'.
Up's: This word is used to indicate how many sheets are in a ticket book for a bingo session. If the book is 10 Up, then the ticket book contains 10 separate pages, also called "sheets".
Warm Up: Bingo games played before the start of the general bingo session.
Wild Number: A wild number is normally the first number drawn in a game, if it is a double digit number the second number will be the wild number. For example, if the number 27 is drawn, 7 in this number would be the "wild" number. If 7 is the wild number, then all numbers containing the number seven can be crossed out 7,17,27,37,47, etc..
Withdrawals: Money that the player can withdraw from his / her account at the online casino login through winnings he / she made playing an online gambling game.
Wrap up: The last game of a bingo session.