How to Play BingoThu, 29 May 2008 17:34
How to Play Bingo
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Bingo is a letter-number combination game of chance and luck that could be on anyone's side. To play bingo is quite simple. Purchase a couple of cards and grab some markers and take a seat in that hall.
First Things First...
Before anything else, it is important to know what exactly those numbers and markers are for. There are 75 balls in all, from numbers 1 to 75. The game of bingo operates with the drawing of balls from a basket or cage. This varies according to the venue of the game. Some have blowers that push out the lightweight balls from a cage while others have an electronic system that would select the ball. Each number is paired with a specific letter from the word BINGO, of course. The letter B is combined 1 to 15, for letter I 16 to 30, N for the numbers 31 to 45, 46 to 60 for the letter G, and finally 61 to 75 for O. Simple so far, right?
The number of cards one can purchase may vary from single cards to books. Each card (link to:What Are Bingo Cards.txt) has 5 columns and 5 rows corresponding to the letters of BINGO. Numbers are printed on these cards and it is up to the player to mark these down once a combination is called.
Patient Patterns Promise Prizes
It's important to listen to the caller because having right combinations will ensure an awesome prize. Winning that prize depends on a specific pattern per game. It seems impossible to win but keep in mind that Bingo is a game of luck. To be fair, everyone starts out with a free space right in the center of the card under the letter N.
The most popular game patterns are the formation of the letters on the card. Other patterns call for a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. Some patterns resemble shapes or objects. Sometimes, instead of a pattern, players have to mark our their entire cards. This is called a black-out. Once a player completes the game's winning pattern, he or she must get the attention of the caller by yelling, what else? "BINGO!"
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Luck is a player's best friend in the game of Bingo but there are some tips that may help if luck isn't on one's side. A player could try getting a seat closer to the caller to be sure that all combinations are heard. A player's alertness is a must in this game, so always pay close attention. And don't forget to keep those patterns in check.
For an increase in the chances of winning, a player can also purchase more cards for the game. This can get a bit tricky because players only get a short amount of time to mark those numbers before another combination is called. Because of that, it would be best to get enough Bingo practice on a card or two before getting more cards.
Be patient. There are thousands of possible combinations out there, and chances of winning are huge. Just remember to enjoy. Bingo isn't all about getting those prizes; it's really all about having clean, simple entertainment with family and friends.