Bingo dauber is ink-filled bottle/pen with a foam tip on it used to mark 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 another regularly scheduled game.
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 9-card formats. Typically a flimsy sheet costs one or two dollars and a win on a flimsy on a special game usually pays quite a bit more than a win on a regular game. Also called ‘ Throwaways ‘ in some areas.
The center square of the card, which does not have a number assigned to it. It’s like a Joker or a Wild square. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.
The middle square of the card. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.
An electronic dauber system used to play multiple packs at once. These usually require a rental fee and only one is allowed per player.
Game Board, Gameboard
An electronic display that is attached to the bingo board to show the pattern needed to win that particular game. It looks like a bingo card and shows what variation of bingo you are playing on that particular game on the program. For example: four corners, chevron, regular, blackout, etc.
Some online games divide the players into game rooms.
Some online games divide the players into game rooms. The smaller group makes a more manageable chat room.
A bingo card printed on heavy cardboard material usually with shutters to cover each number as it is called out.
Hardway Bingo, Hard-Way Bingo
Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space.
A big prize usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern (such as a blackout) within a specified number of balls.
Lucky Jar, Cookie Jar
A container with cash. You win the contents of the lucky jar if you bingo on the lucky number. The lucky number is usually the first number called at the beginning of a session. Money is added to the jar every time the lucky number is called or if the caller makes a mistake in announcing the game. Usually you can win the lucky jar only on regular games. There is no lucky number in play on special throw-away games.
The least amount you must spend to be eligible for prizes.
A number drawn before the game that will double a player’s winnings if bingo is hit on that number.
Session of bingo that starts late at night, usually about 10:00 pm .
Two or more players bingo at the same time. When this happens, the cash prize is divided among them. For example, if there are five winners on a $500 game, they each receive $100.
This is a way of announcing or repeating the Bingo number drawn in a humorous way. In a crowded, noisy room, it also helps to confirm the number called. Bingo play using nicknames persisted in British Bingo halls until faster computer draws replaced air-blown balls. Click here for a full nicknames list.
On The Way
The game played on the way to the blackout game. It is played prior to the blackout on the same card. First the preliminary game(s) are played and then more numbers are called until there is a blackout.
A player is said to be On when one or more cards they are playing lacks only one number for a bingo.
The shape you need to cover on your card with called out numbers. You only need the numbers that form the pattern to win the game. The most basic patterns are straight lines in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. One popular pattern is the “blackout” or “coverall” where you have to cover the whole card to win.
The percentage of sales paid out by the House. The average payout among all bingo halls is approximately 75 percent. This compares with a payout of approximately 45 percent on state lottery games.
Postage Stamp Pattern
Matching four numbers to form a postage stamp (a 2 x 2 grid) in any of the four corners.
A Jackpot that gets bigger until it is won. It builds daily, weekly, or monthly if it is not won in a specific number of calls. If there is no winner in X number of calls, consolation prize(s) of lesser dollar amounts are paid. Different variations of progressive games add dollars or numbers, or both, to the jackpot. There is usually a separate buy-in for Progressive Jackpot games.
A paper pack that allows players to play for three or four different prize denominations at once.
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