Fun Facts

NOUN: bin-go - A game of chance in which each player has one or more cards printed with differently numbered squares on which to place markers when the respective numbers are drawn and announced by a caller. The first player to mark a complete pattern of numbers is the winner.

Common Bingo Terms

Bingo Board:  A display board, usually electronic that lights up showing each number called.

Blackout:  Pattern where you must cover the whole card to win.

Blower:  A device that mixes the bingo balls up and dispenses them to the caller.

Card:  A card containing 24 numbered spaces and one free space.

Dauber:  Ink filled bottle to mark called numbers.

Early Bird Game:  A bingo game that starts before another regularly scheduled game.

Free Space:  The center of the card, which does not have a number assigned to it.

Hard Card or Shutter Card:  A bingo card printed on heavy cardboard usually with shutters to cover each number.

Jackpot:  A big prize usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern.

Pattern:  The shape you need to cover on your card with called numbers.  You only need the numbers that form that pattern to win the game.

Progressive Jackpot:  A Jackpot that gets bigger until it is won.