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75-ball Bingo: A version of Bingo played worldwide but particularly popular in America that is played with 75 numbered balls in total.
90-ball Bingo: The traditional variation of Bingo played with a total of 90 numbered balls.
Admission: The eligibility factor that has to be met before a player can take part in a game of Bingo.
Admission Packet: A necessary number of strips or tickets that have to be purchased before a player can take part in a particular game of Bingo. Some games will require players to purchase between 3 and 6 sets of tickets although this can vary greatly from hall to hall.
After Game: An additional game or series of games that take place once a main session of bingo has finished.
Auto-Purchase: A popular feature used in online Bingo that automatically purchases tickets for a player in a successive series of games.
Ball Gate: The single-route flap on a ball-dispensing Bingo machine that allows numbered balls to enter the playing area.
Ball Lifter: A mechanical device that raises a Bingo ball from the ball gate and into the shooter tip.
Ball Runway: A channel or grooved pathway where Bingo balls are propelled into the main playing area.
Ball Shooter: A spring-loaded mechanical device that launches Bingo balls onto the ball runway.
Barrier: An area inside a Bingo hall that is sectioned off from other areas where coin-operated games or slot machines can be played.
Basket Bingo: A game of bingo where a prize in a basket is given instead of cash.
Beano: The original name for the game of Bingo that was used up until the 1930’s.
Bingo Bango Bongo: A golf game based on the format of Bingo where players receive points for reaching the green, landing nearest to the pin and putting the ball into the hole.
Bingo Board: A plastic or wooden board, usually with sliding flaps that cover pre-printed numbers. Commonly used in the Prize or Parti versions of the game.
Bingo Booklets: A series of alternately coloured Bingo cards bound together to make a book. These are usually assembled in a sequential order that follows the format of a Bingo session.
Bingo Card: A piece of card or paper usually consisting of 24 numbers filling 25 squared spaces with one free number in the middle of a standard 5x5 grid. Traditionally used in the 75 ball version of the game.
Bingo Marker: A specially designed felt-tipped pen with an oversized bal-shaped nib that is used for daubing numbers on a Bingo card.
Blackout or Coverall: A pattern on a 75 ball bingo card that requires every number has to be covered or daubed to win.
Blower: A mechanical device using forced air to randomly circulate Bingo balls before dispensing them into a ball gate.
Bonanza Bingo: A Bingo game that traditionally makes up the 13th game of a session. A progressive Jackpot can usually be won that is determined by the number of tickets sold for the game.
Book: A series of tickets bound together that make up one part of a Bingo session.
Break Open: A 2-ply piece of card with tear-open flaps which reveal numbers, letters or symbols. Winning tickets are pre-determined by having a winning combination printed on one piece of the 2-ply card.
Buzzword Bingo: A game of Bingo played in the traditional way but cards are printed with particular words or phrases that are covered as they get called out.
Caller: The person responsible for calling out numbers during a game of Bingo.
Card: The ticket or strip used for playing a game of Bingo.
Cash Ball: A progressive Jackpot game that sees the main prize won if a coverall is completed on a particular pre-determined number.
Cash In Prize: A cash prize awarded for winning a game of Bingo
Casino Night (Also Vegas Night): A special event where a qualified company or organisation provides casino games and entertainment at a venue on a strictly one-off basis
Chat Games: Fun games that take place in an online Bingo chat room where small prizes can be won.
Chat Master (CM): A person employed by an online Bingo web site company that provides entertainment in chat rooms and helps players with problems or queries.
Chat Room: A virtual room found at online Bingo sites where players ‘chat’ to each other by typing in messages.
Coin Door: A door that has to be opened in order to gain access to a box containing cash.
Colours: The individual colour of a sheet of numbers found inside a Bingo book.
Consolation Prize: A secondary prize given out in games where the main prize, such as a progressive Jackpot, has not been won.
Coverall: A pattern on a Bingo card where every number must be marked off in order to win.
Cut: The specific direction in which sheets of Bingo tickets are cut from the main printed sheet.
Early Bird Game: A game of Bingo that takes place before a main session begins.
Face: A Bingo card made of 25 numbers that is used in the 75 ball game.
Flimsy or Flimsies: A series of Bingo cards printed out on extremely thin pieces of paper.
Four Corners: A pattern on a Bingo card that requires all four numbered corners to be marked off in order to win a prize.
Free Space: The blank number in the middle of a 25 number Bingo card that is given to players for free.
Full House: Similar to a blackout or coverall where all 15 numbers on a 90 ball game of Bingo are covered.
Game Board: A large electronic display unit that shows players the pattern required to win a game. Game boards may also display the numbers that have already been called out during a particular game.
Game Room: An individual room where bingo is played that makes up part of an online bingo web site.
G.T.I.: A device that electronically marks off numbers on Bingo cards in large quantities. Only one G.T.I. device can be used per player.
Hard Ball: The very first number to be called out during a Bingo session.
Hard Card: A plastic or wooden card with shutters that are slid across pre-printed numbers as they are called out.
Hardway Bingo: A game of bingo where an entire line must be covered without using the free space.
House: An abbreviation of a Full House where all numbers have been covered during a game. The House can also refer to an establishment where any form of gambling activity takes place.
Inlaid Card: A Bingo card that is actually printed onto a table and is covered by using small counters or buttons.
Inside Square: A Bingo pattern game where all of the numbers immediately surrounding the free space have to be marked off to win.
Instant Bingo: A game that uses a Break Open ticket and sees players win a prize for completing a particular pattern or revealing a word.
Jackpot: The largest prize to be won at a Bingo session. Bingo Jackpots are usually progressive, and must be won in a pre-determined amount of numbers being called.
Late Session.: An additional series of games that take place once the main session of Bingo has finished.
Lucky Jar (or Cookie Jar): A jar or container holding cash that becomes progressively filled with money given by the house every time the caller makes a mistake. The Lucky Jar can usually be won during any regular game of Bingo by finishing on the same number that was called out first at the start of a session.
Main Stage Bingo: The main entertainment of a particular session of Bingo.
Minimum Buy-in: The absolute minimum money that needs to be spent in order to qualify for playing a specific game of Bingo.
Money Ball: A numbered ball that is decided upon before a game starts, and offers double the prize money if a winning call is made on it.
Moonlight Bingo: A session of Bingo with a late starting time.
Multiple Winners: Two or more players who call on the same number. In the event of Multiple Winners, the prize money is split into smaller equal amounts.
Mushroom: A set of automated Bingo displays that takes its name from the mushroom-shaped layout that the players sit around.
Mystery Intervals: The conception that actually classifies Bingo as gambling and works on the idea that a player may or may not win once a ticket has been purchased.
Nine Pack: A block of nine numbers printed onto a Bingo card.
On: A piece of Bingo terminology that describes the state a player is in when only one more number is required to win.
On The Way: The stage of a Bingo game played immediately before the Blackout.
Outside Square: A pattern in the 75 ball game of Bingo that needs every number on the outer edge of the card to be marked off in order to win.
Parti: An automated Bingo game where prize money is indicated based on the number of players taking part. The term is an abbreviation of Participation Bingo.
Pattern: The shape made by a group of numbers that have to be crossed off to win a game of Bingo
Payout: The amount of money taken in tickets sales that goes back to players as prize money.
Pod Top: The section on top of barriers that contain various mechanisms used during a game.
Postage Stamp Pattern: A winning combination of any four 2x2 patterns in any corner of a Bingo card.
Prize Bingo: A game of Bingo where a prize is won instead of cash.
Progressive Jackpot: A large cash prize that rises incrementally based on ticket sales for a particular game. To win a Progressive Jackpot, players must claim within a pre-determined amount of numbers being called.
Quickie: A fast-paced game where the numbers are called as quickly as possible and a coverall is needed to win the game.
Rainbow Pack: A pack of Bingo cards that allow players to compete for a series of different winning combinations simultaneously.
Reno Night: Similar to a Casino Night where a qualified organisation hosts traditional casino games at a selected venue.
RNG: Random Number Generator. Usually an electronic piece of equipment use by the caller that selects numbers to be called out randomly.
Serial Number: An identification number found throughout a game set that allows winning claims to be verified.
Series: The number of unique faces contained within a single set of Bingo cards. A 5000 series, for example, will contain 5000 unique faces.
Session: A period of time, usually during an afternoon or evening, that is specifically designated for playing Bingo and lasts for around 2 to 3 hours.
Shutter Board: A reusable plastic or wooden board where pre-printed numbers are marked off by sliding shutters over them.
Single Line Across: A winning pattern in the 75 ball game of Bingo that requires a straight line of five numbers to be marked off in order to win. Unlike Hardway games, the free space may be used.
Six Pack: A group or block of six numbers crossed out on a Bingo card.
Special: Individual games that make up an additional part of the main session. Tickets for these games are purchased separately from main session tickets.
Speed Bingo: A Bingo variation where numbers are called out quickly and games can be won in as few as three numbers being called.
Split Pot: A game where the winner splits the pot with the house. The player usually gets a larger percentage and 60-40 is a typically sized split.
Table Board Bingo: A variation of Bingo where a small table board is played in conjunction with a regular main session ticket with separate prizes available on both.
Throwaways: Thin paper ticket used for playing special Bingo games.
Tickets: Printed pages of numbers used in main session Bingo games.
Two Lines Across: A pattern game played on a 75 ball card where two full lines must be marked off in order to win a prize.
Ups: A number indicating the amount of sheets contained within a Bingo book.
Vegas Night: Similar to a Reno Night where a qualified organisation hosts traditional casino games at a selected venue on a one-off basis.
Warm Up: A Bingo game played immediately before the first session of a main Bingo event.
Wild Number: The first number out of the hopper that is played on a double Bingo leading to a triple Bingo.
Wrap Up: The final Bingo game of a main session.
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