Bingo Terminology/Glossary

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The Importance of Bingo Terminology

The game of Bingo is a social one, and the glossary for it that players make use of allow everyone taking part to know what is going on. Learning bingo terminology should be the first task for anyone interested in playing the game, as it helps players to understand exactly what is happening as the play for it unfolds, and ensures that everyone involved in game is on the same page.

The Explanations for Various Terms

When bingo terminology refers to “75-ball bingo” it is understood to be the version of the game enjoyed by American players. The bingo card for this variation has 75 squares on it, and players are required to either cover all of these, or just those that form a particular pattern. The first player to manage this calls bingo and wins.

“90-ball bingo” is bingo terminology for the game favoured by players from the United Kingdom, and offers players the chance to win a one-line prize; a two-line prize and a full-house prize. The player that manages to cover these first is deemed to be the winner.

The glossary for the game covers things like the amount of tickets players are required to purchase in order to take part in a game, known as the “admission”; and the jackpot and progressive jackpot, with the latter being a prize that keeps increasing in value until it is won underneath a certain ball count.

The Random Number Generator, or RNG, is the name given to the computer software system that is used to call the numbers, and multiple winners tell players that the prize will be divided equally when there is more than one frontrunner.

“Four corners” refers to a particular pattern that players need to cover on the four corners of the bingo card; and the pattern denotes the shape of the numbers players need to collect in 75-ball bingo games. A coverall game is a 75-ball game in which the players need to cover all of the numbers on the bingo card, and a chat room refers to the areas on various bingo websites where players are able to interact with both chat moderators and their fellow players while a game is unfolding. The centre of a 75-ball bingo card has an area where no numbers are displayed, and this is known as free space.

Popular Number Calls Used for the Game

Bingo calls are a fun part of the game, and there are some great examples of rhyming that add to the enjoyment.  Some of the most popular terms in the glossary include:

  • Two fat ladies, 88
  • Two little ducks, 22
  • Legs eleven, 11
  • Kelly’s eye, 1
  • Unlucky for some, 13
  • Tweak of the thumb, 51
  • Winnie the Pooh, 42
  • Down on your knees, 43

Bingo websites have these announced by means of the audio options for online players, and callers make use of these and many others to announce the results of the draws.