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Almost everybody has played BINGO at some point in his or her life. However, for those who have never been to a BINGO hall it can still be intimidating. There are a few things that the uninitiated should be aware of before sitting down to play a game or two; these include the type of locations, types of games, and other forms of entertainment available.
BINGO is usually played in BINGO halls that have multiple television sets hooked up to a camera that displays the ball being played. In addition to the television sets, BINGO halls also have one or more billboards that display the game being played, all the balls that have already been called, and the number of balls that have been displayed.
In most establishments all players are required to use special blotters or daubers to mark the spaces. Most establishments sell these on the spot and may even be purchased as part of a BINGO starter kit. Once the player has the BINGO sheets and a dauber it is time to take a seat and let the game begin. There are a few different ways that BINGO can be played in addition to the classic, four in a row game. These different versions include corners, blackout, checkerboard, and ‘X’ games.
All of the games played are fairly self-explanatory. Corners is played by attempting to fill all four boxes in one corner of the BINGO sheet. Likewise, the winner of blackout is the first player to fill every box on the sheet. A checkerboard game is played by trying to get every other box on the sheet starting with the first box, then the third, fifth, and so on. The ‘X’ game is (as the name would suggest) played by trying to form an ‘x’ on the game sheet.
In addition to playing BINGO, halls typically offer another game called ‘pickles.’ These games are like lottery scratch tickets, only players peal off a cardboard tab as opposed to scratching off a covering. Some of the pickle games relate to the BINGO games being played by offering more money for certain number combinations or the last number called, but most are stand alone games.
Now that you know the basics, it is time to get out there and play a few rounds of BINGO at the local hall. Just remember, when you know you just won, say it loud, say it proud, stand up and yell “BINGO.”