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Learn The Basics Of Bingo

Bingo’s routes date back thousands of years ago, but the game that most resembles what we enjoy now was made popular by an American travelling salesmen in the 20th century. Now, it’s an industry that grosses over half a billion US dollars a year, and it’s popularity is likely to increase as the online gaming industry continues to boom.

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The game is party popular because there are cash prizes to be won, but many people also consider heading out the bingo hall to be a fun night out. Of course, not everybody can be a winner every time, but you don’t need to invest all of your savings to enjoy this great game.

In addition, you don’t necessarily need to head to a bingo hall to play when sites such as Sun Bingo allow you to play on your phone wherever you are. People enjoy the social element of bingo, but most online versions of the game feature chat rooms where you can get to know the players.

The rules of bingo are relatively straightforward, and there are lots of online guides that explain how to play in detail. However, the game is often quite fast paced, so it’s worth knowing exactly what you need to do before you partake in a game if you want to have a real chance of winning.

Bingo: The Basics

A traditional bingo card is made up of 25 squares arranged into five rows and columns. Each column is headed by a letter, usually B-I-N-G-O, and each of the 25 squares contain another grid of five rows and columns that contain numbers.

The announcer will shout out a randomly generated combination of a letter and number, and you have to locate that number of your card and mark it with a pen or marker. The aim of the game is to get five numbers in a row in any of the 25 squares, whether it’s horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

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Once you have crossed off five numbers in a row, you have to shout out ‘Bingo’ to let the announcer know you’ve won. In most versions of the game, this will end the round, and you will receive a prize of some sort, usually cash.

Alternative Names for Bingo

There are many other slang terms in the UK used to refer to numbers in the game, and it’s not always obvious what they refer to. You might want to learn the lingo before you partake. Some terms include:

  • Kelly’s Eye
  • One little duck
  • Half a dozen
  • Tom Mix
  • Unlucky for some
  • The Lawnmower
  • Two little ducks

Bingo used to be a game associated with the older demographic, but increasingly, the youngsters are getting involved too. It looks like this great game isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so you might want to learn the rules now so you can get in on the action. Just make sure that if you play, you gamble responsibly.