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Online Bingo Prizes

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Online Bingo is about fun and friendship.but there are also some fabulous prizes up for grabs!

The Basics of Bingo Prizes:

  • Prizes are awarded for the first to correctly call ‘Bingo’. Every game produces at least one winner.
  • Prizes may be a set amount or based on the number of players – the more players, the higher the prize.
  • Some games offer non-cash prizes such as gift vouchers, or actual goods.
  • The free Bingo sites that offer prizes generally have smaller cash prizes, goods or shopping tokens to spend at sponsor sites.
  • If you win a prize it is credited to your account. You can then either use it to play more games or cash it in. If you want to cash in just go into your account and follow the instructions for cashing in. It may take a few days to process depending on how you want to be paid.
  • Prizes on special games tend to be in the form of ‘bonus’ money. This is credited to your account and can be used to purchase cards but not cashed in directly.

Bingo Jackpots

  • Jackpots are paid on most games if you call Bingo within a certain number of balls.
  • Jackpots are either a fixed amount or ‘Progressive’ that is, they start at a minimum level then increase each game until someone wins, then return to the minimum.
  • Some online games have truly enormous Jackpots – one site even boasts an annual $1million Jackpot!
  • There may also be a proportion of the Jackpot available if you call Bingo within the next few balls after the full Jackpot level e.g. you get the full Jackpot if you call within say 45 balls, then the prize decreases gradually for each additional number called until a minimum level is reached at say 55 balls. The prize is then fixed at that minimum level until the game is won.


©  Article copyright 2008

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Bingo Chat Rules

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Bear the points below in mind to make the most of bingo chat rooms…and avoid getting thrown out! 

With Bingo Chat, Do

  • Join in! Give it a go, you will invariably find the other chatters very welcoming and will soon get the hang of it.
  • Have a friendly approach
  • Welcome new players joining the chat
  • Choose a nickname that you are comfortable with and is in good taste
  • Abide by the Chat Moderators’ rules, requests and decisions
  • Make any complaints against the games, site or other players via private chat with the Chat Room Moderator – or do it through the help desk or customer service system

In Bingo Chat Rooms, Do not

  • Harass, abuse or slander other players eg for winning games
  • Ask other players how many cards they have bought or how much they have spent
  • Argue or bicker
  • Use foul or indecent language (try something like @&*%$! instead!)
  • Use sexist, racist or ethnic slurs
  • Impersonate another player
  • Ask other players to lend or give you money
  • Talk about other Bingo sites – the Moderators don’t like this much!


©  Article copyright 2008

Bingo Glossary

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Your Guide to Bingo Jargon and Terminology


  • Bet – The amount of money wagered in any one game by a player.
  • Cage – holds the Bingo balls before they are drawn.
  • Call – The actual act of calling the Bingo numbers as they are drawn, usually over an intercom.
  • Caller – The casino employee who calls out the numbers as they are drawn.
  • Catch – when one of your numbers is drawn. ‘Catch 3’ means 3 of your numbers have been drawn.
  • Combination Ticket – A single ticket with several different Bingo wagers on it.
  • Computer Ticket – A Bingo ticket generated by a computer from the player’s handwritten ticket.
  • Draw – When the 20 winning numbers are pulled out at random.
  • Draw Sheet – A sheet produced by the casino showing the numbers drawn from the previous game. Has holes punched in it to make it easy to check your ticket.
  • Group – Set of numbers that the player has circled to show they are to be seen as an individual way on the ticket (see ‘Way’).
  • Hit – When a drawn number matches one of your numbers.
  • House – The casino, or whoever else is running the game.
  • House Edge – The percent of all wagers the house expects to win over time.
  • Jackpot – The prize paid in a progressive game (see ‘Progressive’)
  • Bingo Balls – Numbered 1-80, used to make the draw. Similar to bingo balls or ping pong balls.
  • Bingo Board – The electronic displays that show the numbers as they are drawn.
  • Bingo Counter – The counter where players place their bets and collect their winnings.
  • Bingo Lounge – The area in a casino devoted to Bingo.
  • Bingo Runners – staff who go throughout the casino collecting Bingo wagers, and paying winners.
  • Bingo Writers – The Bingo counter staff who take bets, produce tickets, and pay the winners.
  • Limit – maximum amount a casino will pay out to all the winners in total during any one game.
  • Live Bingo – Bingo with live draws played by multiple players, ie not video Bingo.
  • Net Win – The player’s winnings after deducting the cost of the ticket.
  • Odds – The mathematical probability of an outcome.
  • Payout Table or Schedule – The chart showing what each type of win pays.
  • Progressive – A Bingo game where the top prize (the Jackpot) increases until it is won.
  • Quick Pick – A ticket with numbers chosen at random for the player by a Bingo computer.
  • Race – A single Bingo game.
  • Random Number Generator – A computer program used to randomly select numbers for a Bingo game. Rate – The price paid for each separate wager on a ticket.
  • Split Ticket – Two or more groups of numbers played as separate wagers on the same ticket.
  • Spots – the numbers chosen by a player.
  • Straight Ticket – The standard or basic ticket sold by a casino.
  • Ticket – The Bingo ticket with a grid of 80 numbers where the player marks their selections.
  • Video Bingo – Bingo played by an individual player on a computerized machine.
  • Wager – The amount of money bet.
  • Way – One of the bets on a bingo ticket that shows more than one bet.
  • Way Ticket – A bingo ticket with more than one bet on the same game.
  • Winning Numbers – The 20 numbers drawn in the Bingo game.

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