• Playing Bingo

    If one of your past times is betting, you might have heard of the game bingo or have played the game yourself. By chance, you might have come across a bingo hall at malls.

    To participate in a bingo game at a bingo hall at the mall, a player buys bingo or face cards with random numbers printed on it from the bingo cashier.

    A host or announcer randomly picks up balls with numbers from a bingo cage - this cage is equipped with a blowing tunnel beneath to shuffle the balls in random number. He calls out a number - if that number is found on the bingo card, the player crosses out that number.

    There are several ways of crossing out the numbers drawn by the host - and it is usually the host that takes charge of determining what pattern to follow: starting with the simplest which is a cross, followed by an L and finally a black out - or a cross out of all numbers.

    A bingo game is played by many players. The first one to cross out all the numbers of the pattern announced by the host cries out "Bingo!" - which means they are the winner for that game. Remember however, that several players might have crossed out all the numbers at the same time - so each of them must compete against shouting out the word "Bingo!" to be noticed by the host.

    Bingo Jargon

    Players who frequent bingo sessions are quite familiar with bingo jargon. Here are some of the more popular ones:

    Admission Packet: In some games, instead of paying an admission fee, players are required to purchase a minimum number of cards - the admission packet - and the minimum number of cards you can buy usually is from three to six.

    Blackout: This is the term used when the pattern to be followed by all players is to cross out all numbers of the face card.

    Bingo!: The word cried or shouted out when one has crossed out all numbers of the given pattern by the host.

    Bingo may simply just a way of having fun, whiling away time or playing a game of chance. But did you know that bingo is not just a game of chance but is used to teach the alphabet, the number system, shapes, building one's vocabulary and learning a foreign language as well?

    The difference just lies on what's on the face of a bingo card. Instead of numbers, the letters of the alphabet are written on the card to teach grade school children or shapes are replaced, words and so on. With this, bingo can serve a dual purpose.