Back to basics: Bingo edition

Bingo edition

With so many ways to grab a game or two of Bingo these days, we wanted to run through the Bingo basics, to help refresh your gaming skills and get you daubing your Bingo card at the speed of light.

Join us as we update your Bingo know-how with a little refresher on how to find numbers on your Bingo card, as well as some of the Bingo calls you may hear within the games.

These calls are designed to help clarify which number has been called out, so the next time you head to the Bingo Slots section at your favourite online casino, or take a trip down to your local Bingo hall, you’ll be refreshed and ready to daub away!

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How to read your Bingo card

Most, if not all, Bingo cards follow a simple layout that allows players to find recently called numbers easier and more quickly.

This layout consists of placing certain numbers within a particular column. Many Bingo cards consist of nine columns and contain numbers like so:

In the first column, you’ll find numbers 1 – 9.

In the second column, you’ll find numbers 10 – 19.

In the third column, you’ll find numbers 20 -29.

In the fourth column, you’ll find numbers 30 – 39.

In the fifth column, you’ll find numbers 40 – 49.

In the sixth column, you’ll find numbers 50 – 59.

In the seventh column, you’ll find numbers 60 – 69.

In the eighth column, you’ll find numbers 70 -79.

And finally, in the ninth column, you’ll find numbers 80 – 90.

With numbers dedicated to certain columns, it makes finding the called number easier to find. So, for example, if the number called is 22, you know you’ll need to go to the third column and search there to see if 22 is one of the numbers on your Bingo card.

Bingo calls

To help clarify what numbers are being called to daub off your Bingo card, a Bingo call is attached to each number. Not only is this done for clarity, but to add personalisation and humour to each game.

Bingo calls differentiate from country to country, using the numbers to add calls that are personalised to places, people and the history of the country they’re being played in.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at just a few you can find in the UK:

  • Cup of tea, it’s number three
  • Knock at the door, it’s number four
  • (Current Prime Minter’s first name)’s den, it’s number 10
  • Coming of age, its number 18
  • Royal salute, it’s number 21
  • Two little ducks, it’s 22
  • Pick and mix, it’s number 26
  • Dirty Gertie, it’s number 30
  • Buckle my shoe, it’s number 32
  • Winnie the Pooh, it’s number 42
  • Clickety click, it’s number 66
  • Time for tea, it’s number 83
  • Torquay in Devon, it’s number 87.

Now you’ve refreshed your knowledge of the Bingo basics, will you be daubing the numbers away any time soon?

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Brian Altman

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