Bingo rules and how to play
Bingo is played in halls. Bingo rules
and payouts and play variations vary from place to place.
Bingo brochures detailing particular games, rules and payouts
are usually available at each respective location.
Basically, players buy cards with
numbers on them in a 5 x 5 grid corresponding to the five
letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Numbers such as B-2 or 0-68
are then drawn at random (out of a possible 75) until one
player completes a 'Bingo' line with five numbers in a vertical,
horizontal or diagonal row on one of their cards and wins
The numbers are announced quickly,
so you must pay careful attention to the numbers that are
called and mark them quickly and accurately on your card(s).
The caller keeps calling numbers
until one or more players claim BINGO. Then the game stops
and the numbers are verified. If there is a winner, the
prize is awarded and a new bingo game begins with new cards.
If there is more than one winner, the prize is split among
all the winners.
In Las Vegas many variations including
'Letter X', 'Six Pack', 'Coverall' and 'Indian Style Papoose'
Bingo are offered. Additionally, some places offer special
progressive payouts as high as $10,000.
When playing online, your bingo cards
are randomly selected for you. Most online games give you
3 or 4 cards. Other games let you take more.
Every online bingo game has a caller
or a display board for the bingo numbers. The game pattern
is also displayed. Some games automatically mark the numbers
on your card for you.
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