Online Bingo

Online Bingo Glossary

Whenever someone begins to learn a play a new game, one of the biggest challenges can be actually figuring out the terms or the 'lingo' of that game. Bingo is a heck of a lot of fun, both online and offline, but it almost seems the players are speaking a foreign language at times. Fortunately, this bingo glossary should help you get up to speed in no time:

  • 75-Ball (bingo): A bingo game in which 75 balls are used. This is most commonly played in North America, but is increasingly appearing all over internet bingo sites.
  • 80-Ball (bingo): Another bingo playing version in which 80 balls are utilized. It is not as popular as the other two main versions, but is steadily growing in popularity.
  • 90-Ball (bingo): The most common form of bingo played throughout Europe, the UK and Australia.
  • Admission Packet: This represents the number of cards that must be purchased in order to play the games. In most cases, this will be between three to six cards, with potentially some special games. The specifics will be determined by the bingo hall or website.
  • After Game: A bingo game that is played after the end of a normal session of play.
  • Ball Gate: The one-way flap located at the top of the ball runway on the dispensing machine. The ball must pass under this 'gate' in order to enter the main play area.
  • Ball Runway: This is the area the ball travels in order to be brought into the main play area on the dispensing machine.
  • Ball Shooter: Similar to a pinball machine, this is a spring loaded plunger that is used to launch the ball through the runway and into the play area.
  • Bingo Board: The display board that indicates which numbers have been called. This is usually electronic and lights up each number as it is played/called.
  • Bingo Card: The card on which your bingo game is played. It contains 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank). Each card has numbers which are assigned at random, with the B column containing numbers 1-15, the I column having numbers 16-30, N contains 31-45, the G column uses the numbers 46-60 and the O column has the numbers from 61-75.
  • Blackout: A type of bingo game, also known as coverall, where your entire card must be covered in order to win. This game will normally require 50 to 60 numbers to be called before a winner is determined.
  • Caller: The person who calls out the bingo numbers as they are drawn or displayed.
  • Casino Night: A special event, usually held from the afternoon until midnight, in which casino style games may be held by a qualified organization. Some of these games may include: pulltabs, bingo, roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, and gin rummy.
  • Dauber: An ink-filled bottle or special pen with a foam tip that is used to mark called numbers. In online bingo, this now happens automatically.
  • Early Bird Game: A bingo game that starts either before the regular session, or is the first game of the regular session. Normally, the first game is called a Warm Up.
  • Face: The individual bingo sheet with the 24 numbers and the free space in the middle.
  • Flimsies: These are bingo cards that have been printed on very thin sheets of paper.
  • Four Corners: A pattern type of game in which the winner covers the four corners of their card or board.
  • Free Space: The center square of your card. There is no number assigned to this space and it does count toward any winning pattern during play.
  • Game Room: When playing online, sometimes the site will organize players into various rooms. This can even be organized according to different types of games, with each room playing their own game or having their own special pattern.
  • GTI / TED: An electronic dauber system that is used to play multiple packs of cards at the same time. Some online bingo sites allow these daubers, but may require an extra fee.
  • Hardway Bingo: This is when the winner has a bingo in a straight line, without making use of the free space.
  • House: A casino or other gambling property or establishment.
  • Inlaid Card: This is a pre-printed card that is laid into a table in a 4 x 4 pattern. Black disks are used to cover the numbers as they are called out.
  • Jackpot: A large prize. This is typically associated with completing a difficult pattern like a blackout, within a specified number of balls or calls.
  • Late Night Bingo: Also known as Moonlight Bingo, this is a session of play which starts later at night (10pm or so).
  • Minimum Buy-In: This is the least amount that can be spent in order for you to still be eligible for cash and prize winnings.
  • Money Ball: A specific number which, when drawn before the game will double a player's winnings if bingo is reached on that exact number of calls (or balls).
  • On: This describes a player when one or more of their cards lacks only one number for achieving a bingo.
  • On The Way: This is the game played prior to a blackout, on the same card. The preliminary game is played and then more numbers are called until a blackout is achieved.
  • Pattern: The exact shape needed to be covered on your card in order to achieve victory. This could be straight line, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or other options.
  • Payout: The percentage of sales paid out by the house to the winning players. The average is typically around 75 percent.
  • Quickie: A very fast game of bingo, where numbers are called as quickly as possible, with the victor needing a full card to win.
  • RNG: Random number generator, which is the machine or the online software used to pick the numbers for a game of bingo.
  • Six Pack, Nine Pack: This is six or nine numbers in a block on one single card.
  • Special: Games which are usually played with a different set of cards than those purchased during admission.
  • Texas Blackout: An interesting variation of bingo, where the first number called determines wildcards. If this is an odd number, then you may immediately cover all the odd numbers on your card. Vice versa for an even number called at the beginning of play.
  • Validation: A type of eligibility needed in order to win additional jackpot amounts. The price will usually vary according to the number of cards you have played.
  • Wrap Up: The last game of a session.

Bingo is also a social game, so it can also be helpful to learn some of the terms and phrases used when chatting between players:

  • 1TG: One ball or number to go.
  • AFAIK: As far as I know.
  • AFK: Away from keyboard.
  • BBL: Be back later.
  • BLNT: Better luck next time.
  • CYA: See ya.
  • CYL8R: See you later.
  • EMSG: Email message.
  • FAQ: Frequently asked question.
  • FWIW: For what its worth.
  • GLA: Good luck all.
  • GM: Good morning.
  • GMTA: Great minds think alike.
  • H and A: Hug and kiss.
  • HB: Hurry back.
  • IC: I see.
  • JK: Just kidding.
  • JMO: Just my opinion.
  • KIT: Keep in touch.
  • KOTC: Kiss on the cheek.
  • L8R G8R: Later gator.
  • NETUA: Nobody ever tells us anything.
  • NP: No problem.
  • OIC: O, I see.
  • OMG: O my gosh / goodness.
  • PM: Private message.
  • POOF: I have left the chat.
  • QT: Cutie
  • ROFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.
  • RTF: Read the FAQ.
  • SO: Significant other.
  • SRY: Sorry.
  • TC: Take care.
  • TOY: Thinking of you.
  • VEG: Very evil grin.
  • WB: Welcome back.
  • YVW: Your very welcome.
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