How to Play Bingo

All of your questions answered under one roof.


Bingo 101

+How do you play bingo?

You have the choice to play bingo on electronic terminals or on paper. On paper you will need to use a dauber (dabber) to mark off your cards. For electronics you will need to open a computer account.

+Is there a difference in cost for electronic versus paper play?

No. It will cost you the same to play either.

+How many cards can you play?

On electronics you can play anywhere from 3 to 60 cards per game. On paper you can play as many cards as you can manually dab.

+How long does it take to play?

You can play for as long or as little as you want as we run a drop in program where you can start or stop playing as you desire depending on when you arrive or want to leave.

+How do I collect my winnings?

If you win on electronics your prize will be added to your account. If you win on paper you will be paid out at your table.

+Do I need ID?

Yes. As we are an over 19 facility you are required to have government-issued picture ID to be in the building. Also, if you win a prize to be paid out by cheque we require a government-issued picture ID.

+What is a double win?

A double win is a 3up that can be played on electronics or paper that if you bingo on you will receive double the prize after the prize has been split amongst all winners. On Thursdays a double win will be 6 up for evening and afternoon regular games, and a 3up will be a triple win with the same rules for double wins but triple the prize.

+What does it mean when a pattern is called "HARD"?

"HARD" means you cannot use the free space for the pattern.

+What is AYCP?

AYCP is an abbreviation for a special package we sell called âAll You Can Playâ. This consists of 18 cards for the price of $10. This cannot be split up and must be played by one person. This is available on Sundays during the evening session. This is available on paper or electronics.

+What is "333, 666, 999"?

This is a guaranteed payout of $333 per regular game on Thursday evening regular games. You have the potential to win $666 on a double win and $999 on a triple win.

+Are the prices the same everyday?

No. Prices for books vary from day to day, however, specials are always the same price.

+Are you a drop in or session facility?

We do run sessions at our facility, however, we run it in a drop in style. You can come in at any time and start playing bingo. A book purchase is not necessary to play specials. Singles are available for patrons arriving after a book has started.

+Do I have to yell bingo?

If you are playing paper yes. If you are playing electronics, no.

+Can I share my cards?

All purchases made by a player are for the player. You cannot share cards but if needed you can get another player to help you with your cards while they are playing their cards.

+What is the difference between a book and a special?

A book is a booklet of pages designated for a set number of games with the same payout for all games. A special is an extra card for games not part of the booklet with prizes specific for that game including any jackpot prizes.

+What is a Jackpot prize?

A jackpot prize is a prize associated with a special. If the game is won under specific circumstances a jackpot bonus prize will be paid out to the winner by cheque. A win of this nature requires a government-issued picture ID.

+What does it mean by 9up, 3up, etc.?

This refers to how many card faces a book or special has.

+What does quick dab mean?

Quick dab refers to a button on electronic terminals that will dab off all cards when I number is called.

+Will I get paid by cash or cheque?

All regular payouts are by cash only. All Jackpot prizes are paid by cheque only and require proper government-issued picture ID.

+Do you take credit cards, debit cards or cheques?

We do not accept cheques, debit cards or credit cards. Cash only for bingo purchases. We do however, have several ATMs for debit or credit card use.

The Lingo

Alert Ball

This is a number drawn before regular games start. If a player has purchased the toonie pot game and they bingo on the number called after the Alert Ball they win the toonie pot prize.


Bingo Board

A display board, usually electronic that lights up showing each number as it is called.


Bingo Books/Booklets

A number of different colored bingo sheets/cards bound together to form a book/booklet to be played one for each game at a bingo session. They are usually bound in the order in which they will be played.  A “3 up” book will contain 3 Bingo Cards per page, a “6 Up”, 6 cards per page and a “9 Up”, 9 cards per page.


Bingo Card

A card containing 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank), with which you play BINGO. The numbers are assigned at random on each card and are arranged in five columns of five numbers each by five rows (5 x 5 = 25 in total including the blank square). The numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45, in the G column between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75. Players have thousands of unique (unduplicated) cards to choose from.


Blackout

A pattern where you must cover the whole card to win.


Bingo Board

A display board, usually electronic that lights up showing each number as it is called.


Bingo Books/Booklets

A number of different colored bingo sheets/cards bound together to form a book/booklet to be played one for each game at a bingo session. They are usually bound in the order in which they will be played. A “3 up” book will contain 3 Bingo Cards per page, a “6 Up”, 6 cards per page and a “9 Up”, 9 cards per page.


Bingo Card

A card containing 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank), with which you play BINGO. The numbers are assigned at random on each card and are arranged in five columns of five numbers each by five rows (5 x 5 = 25 in total including the blank square). The numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45, in the G column between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75. Players have thousands of unique (unduplicated) cards to choose from.


Blower

A forced-air device that mixes the bingo balls and dispenses them to the caller who announces the number and displays it on a bingo board.


Bonanza Bingo

It’s a different game every day. If you’re the first Bonanza winner, match three or more of the day’s lotto numbers and you automatically win cash! Six lotto numbers are picked fresh each day. Bingo in 48 numbers or less and win $1000. Match all six numbers and you win the jackpot!


Buy-In

This is a simple term that simply means depositing money in exchange for participating in a Bingo game as in buying an admission packet or opening an electronic account


Breakopen

A multi-ply card, with perforated breakopen tabs. The game play area of the card is covered to conceal numbers; some of which have been designated in advance as prize winners.


Caller

The person who calls out the bingo numbers as they are drawn.


Cashier

The person that sells paper cards and electronic accounts to the players. They are also the person in charge of making sure runners have everything they need to sell specials to the players.


Consolation Prize

The prize or prizes offered on some special games if there is no winner in a predetermined number of calls on a progressive game.


Coordinator

The person that issues and returns all the paper cards not sold in order to set a prize payout for the game being played.


Dauber

Bingo dauber is ink-filled bottle/pen with a foam tip on it used to mark called numbers. When you touch the bingo card with the foam tip it marks the square.


Doubles/Triples

A set of books, usually with less cards such as a 3up, that have been designated to pay at double or triple the prize. In most cases, a REGULAR game book must be bought first.


Early Bird (Sometimes called Warm-Ups)

A regular length or short game of bingo that precedes the main game. More than one game may be offered as a warm-up


Free Space

The center square of the card, which does not have a number assigned to it. It's like a Joker or a Wild square. You get it free every game and it can count towards your winning pattern.


Game Board

An electronic display that is attached to the bingo board to show the pattern needed to win that particular game. It looks like a bingo card and shows what variation of bingo you are playing on that particular game on the program. For example: four corners, blackout, etc.


Hardway Line

Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space.


Jackpot

A big prize usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern, such as a blackout, within a specified number of balls.


Late Night Bingo

Session of bingo that starts late at night, usually about 9:15 pm.


Pattern

The shape you need to cover on your card with called out numbers, usually it is in a straight line; horizontal, vertical and diagonal.


Payout

The percentage of sales paid out by the House.


Postage Stamp Pattern

Matching four numbers to form a postage stamp (a 2 x 2 grid)


Progressive Jackpot

A Jackpot that gets bigger until it is won. It builds daily, or weekly, if it is not won in a specific number of calls. If there is no winner in X number of calls, consolation prize(s) of lesser dollar amounts are paid. Different variations of progressive games add dollars or numbers, or both, to the jackpot. There is a separate buy-in for Progressive Jackpot games.


Race Track

The oval counter situated in the center of the bingo hall where the Coordinator, Cashiers, bingo cards, and specials are located. Also the counter runners are to come when called to return cards, and cash out.


Reno Number

Some games will carry a Reno Number. The last digit of the first ball out for that game will become a wild number, making all numbers ending in that number wild. For example: if B13 is the first number, all numbers ending in 3 on your cards are considered called.


Runner

The person that sells cards (specials) on the floor to the players, as well as calls in Bingos when a paper Bingo is called. This person is the main representative of Chances Gaming Entertainment, and should provide players the utmost of Customer Service.


Screened

An expression meaning that the one number you still required to complete the pattern and yell Bingo was on the TV screen but not yet called


Sealed Card

A closed, sealed card with perforated tear-off edges designed to conceal the card numbers until opened. This is to keep knowledge of a certain number or amount of numbers unavailable to the customer until bought and revealed. An example would be an Odd/Even game


Set Or One Away

An expression meaning that only one number was left to complete the pattern and have you yell Bingo!


Validation

Once you call Bingo, a Bingo caller or computer program online will check to make sure that you have correctly marked off the right numbers


Serial Number

The minimum five-character number printed by a manufacturer on each set of cards. Each card in a set contains the same serial number.


Series

Indicates the number of unique faces that a single set will contain. For example: a 9000 Series has 9000 unique faces.


Session

An entire program of bingo consisting of regular and special games. A session usually lasts somewhere between two and a half hours and three hours.


Special

Games that are played with a different set of cards than the books purchased for regular games