Basic Rules In Bingo

The game of bingo is usually played in halls. Although depending on the location, rules and payouts may differ. Brochures explaining particular games, rules and payouts are usually provided at particular locations.

Bingo players are provided with cards with a grid consisting of unique number combinations, and in some countries, blank spaces. The desired winning pattern on the card is announced. Numbered balls are selected by a caller from a container and calls out the number to the participants. The ball is then segregated so that it cannot be selected again. A player locates the announced number in his card and when he does, marks that number. The skill element in the game is the player's ability to locate the called number in his card at the soonest time possible before the next number is announced.

The caller proceeds in selecting and announcing numbers until such time that a player forms the desired pattern on their card and shouts "Bingo!" Some examples of bingo patterns are full card, blackout and cover-all. Canadian and American cards allow the forming of patterns horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Inner and roving squares and kites are required to be completely filled and can be made anywhere on the card.

Basically, players purchase bingo cards with numbers on them in a 5 x 5 grid representing the five letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Numbers such as B-2 or 0-68 are randomly selected (from 75 possible numbers in American Bingo, and 90 in British and Australian Bingo) until one player completes a desired pattern such as five numbers vertically, diagonally, or horizontally lined on one of their cards and grabs the prize at stake. There are many available patterns to play for.

Players have thousands of unique (unduplicated) cards to select. Some designers print unduplicated patterns consisting of 6,000 cards. There are also patterns of 9,000 cards that can be chosen. Hard cards and Flimsy cards have a series number indicated on them.

The caller quickly calls out the numbers so you must be alert on them and mark them on your cards as quickly and accurately possible.

The caller continues to announce the numbers until more than one of the players shout "Bingo." The game goes to a halt as the numbers are checked. If there is a winner, the prize is awarded and a new bingo game commences with new cards. If multiple winners are declared, the prize is divided among the winners.