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Before the bingo balls start hopping and the numbers are called, it is better to understand some commonly used terms and definitions.
An event game is referring to a type of pull-tab game or seal card that is designed so that certain prizes are determined by the first or last draw of a bingo ball or end pattern of the bingo game.
A predetermined pattern that is required to win a bingo game. The pattern for each game is announced by the Bingo Caller and is displayed on the bingo program and on various display boards throughout the Bingo Hall.
A daily schedule of all of the games that will be played during each session. Bingo programs are available throughout the Bingo Hall.
Bonanza (Tear Open)
A single game of face(s) that are folded and sealed concealing the pre-called numbers until tear open.
The necessary purchase required to participate in a bingo session. The buy-in or Admission can be purchased at the main Bingo Hall entrance located in the front.
Coverall (Full Card)
A bingo pattern that requires all 25 squares on the bingo card face to win.
A bingo game that rotates the specific pattern to similar images that can be won also.
Bingo ink marker used to daub papers. These can be purchased in our retail shop.
If you are looking for the easiest way to play bingo, electronic “Champ-e” is the best bet. It is a hands-free Bingo device that allows you to play multiple cards at once—up to 300 faces per game!
A lighted, wall hung unit where numbers and bingo patterns are displayed. These electronic boards light up showing the pattern, ball monitor, the number of balls called and highlights the last number called by flashing or blinking.
A designated Bingo employee responsible for all sales, prize awards, and payouts.
A set of general rules and regulations for management. The House Rules are displayed on posters throughout the hall.
A special progressive award that is purchased at Admissions that gives you a chance at a progressive jackpot during every regular game.
Pre-printed paper that contains numbers in 25 squares arranged in five vertical columns and five horizontal rows and includes a free space in the middle “N” column. This is the least expensive way to buy-in to a bingo game.
The prize amount set for each Bingo game or the percentage of gross sales paid out by the house.
Pull Tabs / Instants
A game of chance using a folded or banded paper ticket or card with perforated break-open tabs. Each pull tab or instant ticket has multiple chances to win prizes.
The number printed above the “N” of each bingo face to identify the authorized paper in play for each session.
These are bingo games that are optional with your buy-in. The special games are usually 3-on single sheets that may be purchased at Admissions or from a Bingo Floor Associate.
Warm-ups / Early Birds
Special games played prior to the start of the regular/main bingo session. They consist of double bingo games and patterns with a split pot prize award for each game.
A bingo game and pattern in which the first number called is a wild number. Daub all numbers ending in that number.
These are some important terms to learn so you know your way around the bingo hall. You can also be ready with all the latest items by visiting www.abbottbingo.com where we have everything you need for bingo.