Bingo Terminology Bingo
Bingo has its own terminology or language. These are the more common terms that are used to describe most aspects of the game of bingo.
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– The name of the game – The word called out by the winner on obtaining the winning combination.
Bingo game names
– These range from the more common to the exotic or just the plain crude such as “Road Kill” where toads (frogs) hopping across a highway are splattered by passing vehicles.
Blackout or Blockout
– A specific bingo game where the player must get all numbers on the card. In some venues and games disks are placed over the called numbers, hence “blackout”.
– A vacuum cleaner like apparatus used to mix the balls using high volumes of air at low pressure.
– The mostly obsolete wire cage used to manually mix the balls before drawing.
– The person who announces the type of bingo gaming being played and the result as each ball is drawn. A good caller is the life blood of the game.
– Originally a sheet of light cardboard on which the bingo grid and numbers are printed for the game.
– the person who checks your card after you excitedly scream ‘Bingo” to verify that you really do have all the required numbers in the correct pattern.
– Another term for “blockout”.
– The square at the center of the diagonals of the board that is marked “Free Space”. It counts as a hit if the square falls within the announced pattern for the game.
– The winning numbers must be on the diagonal specified by the caller.
– The caller nominates the two rows and or columns in which the numbers must appear at the commencement of the game.
– Games played prior to the main session. These games often have lower prize pools.
– Not common now. The card has shutters that can be closed to mark the called numbers.
– See covered square.
Four Corner Bingo
– The player must have the numbers on the four corners of the board.
– A reuse-able bingo card. This is not common in this disposable age.
– Games played at venues on Indian Reservations. Now also includes online games played under Indian Gaming licenses.
– Games played after the main session. These games usually have a smaller prize pool.
– Originally the rack on which balls were placed after being dawn and announced. These have been replaced at most venues by electronic boards or video monitors.
– A player who has a bingo but does not realise it until after the other balls are drawn and called.
– The common player cards used at almost all venues.
– A bingo game where all squares must be covered and the prize pool continues to build up until a winner is declared.