Bingo Glossary

Bingo GlossaryThere are many glossary terms that one should know before playing bingo. Here are the most important ones, in alphabetical order.

Bingo Chios - Chips that are used to mark off a bingo card, so it is kept clean.

Blackout - Also known as Coverall. To win, you must cover the entire card.

Caller - Whoever calls out the bingo numbers.

Chat Room - An online room for bingo users to talk to each other while they play online bingo.

Dauber - A bingo dauber is what is used to mark off the numbers that are called while the game is being played.

Early Bird Game - Games that start at an earlier time than when a game is normally scheduled.

Free Space - The center of each bingo card has a card marked "Free space". This is the space you can always mark off on each game.

Game Board - This is the board that can be found above the bingo card that shows which balls are already in play.

Game Room - A term used in online bingo playing. Many online games may divide up their players into different gaming rooms.

G.I.T. - These are a system of electronically enhanced daubers that players can use to play many different packs at the same time. Most of the time there is a rental fee associated with them and may only be used as one per player.

Hard-Way Bingo - In this type of bingo, players cannot use the free space to get a bingo. It must be in one line without the use of the middle space.

Jackpot - The jackpot is a big prize that is usually given to a person who gets a hard pattern on their bingo card. These patterns are predetermined; for example, a blackout.

Minimum Buy-In - This is the smallest amount a player may spend to become eligible to participate in winning cash prizes.

Money Ball - The money ball is one number that is drawn before the games start. If as person wins a bingo on that number, the amount they win is increased, typically doubled.

Pattern - This is the shape that your card has to be covered in so you can win. Usually, this shape is a straight line, either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

Payout Percentage - The percentage that the House pays back to its players in prizes. Online, payouts are typically around 70%.

Progressive Jackpot - These jackpots grow in size until they are won. Most games require a separate buy-in to play these.

Rainbow Pack - A paper pack allows a player to play on three or four different denominations of cash and prizes at the same time.

Sign-Up Bonus - This is a bonus given by most online bingo websites. They use this to encourage more people to play. This is typically about 100% of your first deposit, meaning if you deposit $50, then you will be given $50 in extra credits.

Six-pack, nine-pack - On one card, this is six or nine numbers that appear in a block.

Top of the Hour Jackpot - Special games that are played on every hour. They may have a higher jackpot prize.

Validation - This is who is eligible to win the extra jackpot amounts.

Wild Number - A wild number is typically played on a bingo that starts as a double, but then leads to a triple. When the first number is pulled from the hopper, such as 42, this determines the wild number. All numbers that then end in 2 will be marked off on the bingo card.


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