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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.”