I thought it might be nice to have a list of bingo basics for players who are new at bingo. I know when I first started playing it was very confusing to me. I hope this will help players that are new to bingo with some questions they may have.
Please feel free to add to this list anything that might be helpful to a new player.
Q. What is a Free Trial?
A. A Free Trial gives the player a chance to try out a bingo site for free. Free Trials are not cashable and any winnings from a Free Trial will be voided.
Q. What are Bingo Bucks (BB)?
A. Bingo Bucks are free money that can earn real cash and prizes. Bingo sites terms and conditions do vary in regards to BB’s. Check with customer support for details.
Q. Can I cash out from winnings on BB’s?
A. Yes you can but there is variations on terms depending on which site you play. If you have won with your bingo bucks ask customer support the terms to cashout.
Q. Can I cashout on a No deposit chip?
A. Yes, in many cases a player can cashout on a free chip. There is terms for cashing out. Contact support for the terms to make a withdrawal,
Q. Can you explain some the bingo terminology used when I play bingo?
Some of the terminology used in the bingo world can be confusing for the new player. Here are a few commonly used terms:
BOGOF = Buy one get one free
1tg = One number to go for a bingo
TOH = Top of the hour
PJP = Progressive Jackpot
Blackout = Also known as “Coverall”. Covering all the numbers on a card to win.
Q. Why can’t I chat in the room?
A. Depending on which site you play, chat may be disabled for a Free Trial or only available to depositing members.
Q. What is the difference between 75, 80, 90 and 30 ball bingo?
A. The main difference in the variation of these games is the layout of the cards and the number of balls in play.
75 ball bingo is a card up to 75 numbers with a free space in the middle of each card. This is the traditional American bingo card.
90 ball bingo popular in the UK, Europe and Australia is up to 90 numbers on a card. The game is usually played in 3 winning patterns on a single game: One line pattern, two line pattern and ending with the Full House pattern (aka “coverall”)
80 ball bingo is similar to 75 ball bingo with slight variations. There is up to 80 numbers on a card and the game is played at a more quick pace. The dauber is replaced when a number is called on a card with a “shutter”. The shutter slides over the winning number called.
30 ball bingo is the newer variation on bingo. This is a fast paced game with up to 30 numbers on a card. Currently there is only the Fullhouse pattern available for this game. 30 ball bingo can only be found online and there is more winners per hour than any other style of bingo due to the speed of the game.
For a more indepth look at each game please click here and scroll down the left hand side of home page under “Online Bingo Games”
Q. Why am I limited to buying only a certain amount of cards?
A. With many bingo sites the number of cards that can be purchased depends on the players level. As more games are played, the higher the level of the player. This allows more priveleges in purchasing the max cards allowed in any of the bingo rooms.
Q. Do I have to create my own team to play Team Bingo?
A. No, a player can submit their name for a request to be placed on a team by the bingo site. Team Bingo is a fun competition where players play in teams for cash prizes.
Q. What if I miss a bingo on my card will I lose?
A. No, although there is a bingo button in some rooms, players do not have to click it in order to win. The winner in the room is automatically announced.
Q. Do I have to be present if i pre-buy bingo cards once the game starts?
A. No, a player can purchase bingo cards in advance and does not have to be present at the start of the game.
Q. How do you win a Jackpot in Bingo?
A. A Jackpot can be won in two ways. One way is getting a bingo in a certain amount of numbers called. If there is not a bingo in the number of balls called, it will increase by one with each new game until a winner is declared.
The other way to win a jackpot is by getting a bingo on a winning jackpot number. There is 3 balls displayed at the start of the game. If a player bingos on one of these 3 numbers the jackpot is won.
Q. What if I have more than one card with a bingo on it?
A. If a player has more than one winning card and has to split the pot with another player it will be divided by 3 equal winning cards. For example: Player 1 has two cards with a bingo and player 2 has one card with a bingo for a $90 prize. It will be divided into 3. The player with two bingos will win $60 while the other player will collect $30.