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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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