Learning how to play bingo is very easy. But new players might be confused by the wide range of terminology that has evolved over the years. Lets take some time to explain some basic Bingo terminology.

The bingo card or face is printed with the letters B, I, N, G, and O printed across the top with numbers in vertical columns underneath the letters. Cards are purchased in an admission packet which is called a buy-in.

A felt-tip marker called a dauber is generally used to mark out numbers on the card.

At the beginning of the game, a money ball may be drawn. If bingo is hit on that number, the player’s winnings will double.

There are an endless variety of patterns that may be used for bingo.

One popular pattern is “blackout” or “coverall”, where you have to cover the whole card to win. A hard way bingo is when you must achieve a straight line pattern without the use of the free space in the centre of the bingo card.

Speed bingo is a variation of regular bingo. Numbers are called very quickly and you can bingo in as few as three numbers. Speed bingo is usually played before or after a regular session.

Early bird games are warm-up games and wrap up is the last game of a session. Moonlight bingo usually starts around 10:00 pm, and night owl bingo is usually for the “bingo junkie” who just can’t go home.

Learn more about Bingo:

- How To Play Bingo
- Bingo Hall Etiquette
- Bingo Strategy
- The History Of Bingo
- Play Mobile Bingo