Almost all of us have heard about the popular game of BINGO, but not everyone is familiar with the rules and how to play. This game has been around for decades, and many people play for money, raising the stakes even higher. If you’re new to BINGO and want to learn how to play, here’s a simple guide to get started playing on bingo sites.
Each player of BINGO is given a random play card. This card will have a varying series of numbers on it. At the top of the card is five columns with the corresponding letters: B I N G O. Under each column are five more rows of numbers. These numbers are different for each card. There should also be a free space on all cards where you can go ahead and mark it.
The person “leading” the game has a round container with 75 balls inside. On each ball is a number along with one of the letters that make up the word BINGO. The balls are spun around until the person drawing them out grabs one and reads off the number as well as the letter. If the number AND letter that correspond are read aloud and found on your playing card, you can mark off that particular spot.
Anyone who achieves the word BINGO across their card first is considered a winner. The winner must yell out “BINGO!” as soon as they realize they’ve won the game. Some rules state that even if you get BINGO and do not yell it out, you cannot be considered a winner. These games can go by quickly depending on luck, or they can last a long time. There can even be instances where there are no winners at all! After every round, you can obtain a new playing card, or if you choose you may play on several different cards at once within the same round. If you are playing on several cards, your odds of winning increase.
Some games of BINGO use chips to mark off the corresponding called spots, and some games use a large round marker. Either way, it is important that you pay close attention to the ball being called and make sure it is on your card. There is usually someone keeping record of the letters and numbers called aloud so that if there’s a winner, they can verify it. BINGO is a fun game for all ages, and everyone can enjoy playing this favorite pastime.