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Your Guide to Bingo Jargon:


  • Auto-Bingo – game function where the software automatically calls ‘Bingo!’ for you if you win
  • Auto-daub/auto-dab/auto-play – game function where the software automatically marks your cards as the balls are drawn
  • Auto-purchase – game function where the software automatically purchases cards for you when a new game starts
  • ‘Best order’ function – game function where your cards are re-ordered after each call so that the ones nearest to Bingo are at the top
  • Bingo Balls – the balls with numbers that are called out
  • Bingo Cards – the cards with your numbers printed on it
  • Bingo Patterns – see ‘patterns’
  • Bingo Specials – see ‘specials’
  • Bingo Touraments – see ‘tournaments’
  • Blackout – a game where you must mark off all the numbers on your card to win (aka coverall)
  • Caller – the voice calling out the numbers as they are drawn
  • Card – your Bingo card!
  • Catch-up – game function which when clicked instantly marks your cards for all the numbers that have been called so far.
  • Chat games/chat specials – novelty games, often free, which are organised for Bingo players who are currently in the chat room
  • Chat room/chat window – the area on your screen where you can enter messages and read other peoples’ chat
  • Chat Room Moderator / Chat Moderator – staff from the Bingo site who oversee and organise the chat room and chat games
  • Chat shortcuts – buttons you can click to enter common chat messages
  • Coverall – a game where you must mark off all the numbers on your card to win (aka Blackout)
  • Dauber/dabber – the pen you use (or rather the virtual pen in this case!) to mark off your numbers
  • Emoticons – buttons you can click to show emotions in chat messages eg smiley faces
  • Free space – the centre square on the Bingo card, which has no number to mark off
  • Game board – grid of numbers with those that have already been drawn out highlighted in some way
  • Patterns – the arrangement of squares you need to mark off on your card to win the current game
  • Pre-purchase – game function where you can order game cards in advance
  • Progressive – Jackpot that increases after each game until it is won
  • ‘Small cards’ function – game function that lets you ‘zoom out’ and view lots of cards at the same time
  • Specials – novelty games with special rules, prizes etc. Often played only for people in the chat room
  • Tournaments – series of Bingo games where the player winning most games by the end of the tournament wins a prize


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