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”.

Covered Square

– 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.

Diagonal Bingo

– The winning numbers must be on the diagonal specified by the caller.

Double Bingo

– The caller nominates the two rows and or columns in which the numbers must appear at the commencement of the game.

Early Bird

– Games played prior to the main session. These games often have lower prize pools.

Fingertip Card

– Not common now. The card has shutters that can be closed to mark the called numbers.

Free Space

– See covered square.

Four Corner Bingo

– The player must have the numbers on the four corners of the board.

Hard Card

– A reuse-able bingo card. This is not common in this disposable age.

Indian Bingo

– Games played at venues on Indian Reservations. Now also includes online games played under Indian Gaming licenses.

Late Bird

– Games played after the main session. These games usually have a smaller prize pool.

Master Board

– 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.

Soft Card

– The common player cards used at almost all venues.

Super Jackpot

– A bingo game where all squares must be covered and the prize pool continues to build up until a winner is declared.



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