Playing Basic Bingo
Whether it is a real setting or an online site, bingo games are taken over by a caller. The caller basically calls out numbers and validate the winning tickets. The prizes are announced before the start of each bingo game. Once the game starts, the caller will call out the numbers in a random selection as they get selected. The random number selection is done through either an electronic Random Number Generator or by drawing counters from a bag. Sometimes a mechanical draw machine is used as well by using balls. Calling is done by following a simple repetitive action. For example, “two and four, twenty-four”, or “both the threes, thirty-three”.
Players coming to the venue can buy a book of tickets. In the UK, playing is divided into many sessions with different books and each has a designated number of pages. Players in the UK usually buy books with 6 tickets that contain all possible numbers in the different combos.
As each number is called by the caller, the players check if that number is on their ticket. If it is, they will mark that with a specially marked named ‘Dabber’ or ‘Dauber’. Once all the numbers are called out to win a prize, the player will call out wither ‘Line’ or ‘House’ depending on the prize. An official will then check the claim and give out the prize accordingly.
In large clubs in the UK, the auto-validate systems are now being incorporated. The system employs a 1 to 8 digit security code and it is read out by a staff member. This is also checked against the entry for the ticket on the system. This saves time and energy on calling out each number on the ticket.
Often times, the bingo game will have an interval in the halftime. Most UK bingo halls will have mechanized cash bingo to play.
The step by step guide to playing online bingo is as such:
- Choose your favorite online bingo site.
- Buy a card that contains a random selection of numbers arranged in a grid format.
- Players will then learn whether they are looking for a full house, a line or some other pattern.
- The caller will then read out random numbers. The numbers will show up on the game console.
- The player will have some time in between the calls to match the numbers on their card.
- At the end, a winner is announced as all the numbers required to win are matched in a card.
Online Bingo Strategy
There is not much in terms of strategy for bingo, as you can’t really predict the numbers that are going to be called out. For both online and halls, the numbers are taken and called out randomly. You don’t have to practice a lot either to better your skills to become a bingo pro, which is another reason why bingo is such a popular game both online and offline.
However, there are some tricks which can still help you to better your chances of winning in the online bingo. You can have a winning pattern by trying out some of the tricks we mention here. For example, if you buy more cards to play, you increase your chances to have a card with a winning pattern. Also, if you play at less popular times, you can reduce the competition. You can find out about more prizes to win via the chat function.