Glossary of Bingo Terms
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•Admission - Most bingo halls have a minimum number of cards you must purchase to be eligible to participate in the bingo games. Typically this means the purchase of an "Admission Pack." The exact contents of the admission packs vary from one bingo hall to another, and may even contain special games.
•Admission Pack - A pack of bingo cards that includes every regular "session" game. Sometimes bingo halls offer special games only available with these packs. Pack contents vary widely from hall to hall.
•After Games - Any games played after the end of a regular "session" of play.
•Any way - A term used to describe a bingo "pattern." For example, if the bingo pattern was the letter T "Any Way" That means the T could be upside down or turned 90 degrees left or 90 degrees right.
•Bingo - Derived from a variation of a lotto called Beano - which used beans to mark the numbers. The actual phrase "Bingo" was coined after the game was first introduced in New York and a woman tongue tied with the excitement of winning yelled out "B-B-B-Bingo!." Now, when you have all the required numbers, or "pattern," to win you are suppose to yell out "Bingo!" right after your last winning number is called. Most bingo halls will not honor a bingo on a winning number if it is not called before the next number has been announced.
•Bingo Board - A display board, usually electronic, that "lights up" showing each number as it is called. Also on the board, the number of balls called and the game pattern may also be displayed on what is called the "Game Board."
•Bingo Card - A card containing 24 numbers and a "free space" arranged in a 5x5 square. At the top of each column is the appropriate letter, spelling out B I N G O. Each column has 15 random numbers from its number set. The sets are as follows: B is 1-15, I is 16-30, N is 31-45 G is 46-60, and O is 61-75.
•Bingo Marker - Usually a "dauber." Your marker is used to cover the numbers on the bingo game card. While not every bingo hall requires that a dauber be used as the marker, most do - so check with the hall's rules if you do not plan to use a dauber.
•Blackout - See Coverall