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To play bingo, which is kind of like a lottery, each player purchases one or more cards divided into numbered and blank squares. A caller or banker picks numbers randomly, usually up to 75 or 90 in all. As the numbers are called, all of the players scan their card or cards to see if that number appears. If the number appears it is marked off for the duration of the game. The first player to achieve a card (or a line) in which all of the numbers have been called shouts "bingo" and collects the stake money (usually less a specified percentage, if that is permitted by local law).

In a popular variation, the central square on the card is free, and the first player on whose card five of the called numbers appear in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) is the winner. The prize may be anything from plush toys to thousands of dollars in cash, to cars, and with the advent of online bingo, who knows? Bingo is legal in most U.S. states that prohibit other forms of gambling.

B - The numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15
I - In the I column between 16 and 30
N - In the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45
G - In the G column between 46 and 60
O - and in the O column between 61 and 75.

Players have thousands of unique (unduplicated) cards to choose from. Some manufacturers print unduplicated series of 6,000 cards. There are also series of 9,000 cards available. Hard cards and Flimsy cards have a series number printed on them. For example, card number 1252 will always have the same numbers in the same spaces.

The numbers are announced quickly by the Caller, so you must pay careful attention to the numbers that are called and mark them quickly and accurately on your card(s).

The caller keeps calling numbers until one or more players claim BINGO. Then the game stops and the numbers are verified. If there is a winner, the prize is awarded and a new bingo game begins with new cards. If there is more than one winner, the prize is split among all the winners.

In Las Vegas many variations including Letter X, Six Pack and Coverall Bingo are offered. Additionally, some places offer special progressive payouts as high as $10,000.

When playing online, your bingo cards are randomly selected for you. Most online games give you 3 or 4 cards. Other games let you take more.

Every online bingo game has a caller or a display board for the bingo numbers. The game pattern is also displayed. Some games automatically mark the numbers on your card for you.

1. A person must be 18 years of age or older to purchase bingo cards, to play the bingo game and be awarded a bingo prize.

2. Each bingo card (face) will vary in cost depending on the casino but in general cost around US $1.00 (at land based Bingo Parlours).

3. A main prize will be awarded to the first verified bingo(s).

4. Sometimes a bonus prize will be awarded to a verified bingo(s) within the first 10 or less bingo numbers called by the bingo caller. The number of bingo numbers required may be increased at the discretion of the Casino.

5. The bingo game caller will announce / communicate the official minimum main prize at the beginning or during the broadcast of the bingo game.

7. In general once bingo has been declared by the bingo game caller, the bingo game caller will ask 3 times if there are any other bingos, then close the game.

Bonus & Keno Games School Lessons
Lesson 1: Bingo History
B? I?N-G-O? the origins, get the whole story.
Lesson 1: Keno History
Learn how this lottery variation came to be.
Lesson 2: Bingo Rules
The regulations to this exciting parlour game.
Lesson 2: Keno Rules
The basics to play this popular game.
Lesson 3: Bingo Tips
Should play as many cards as possible, and then some?
Lesson 3: Keno Betting Options
Methods of betting and betting types.
Lesson 4: Bingo Numbers
Impress your friends; learn all the number calling nicknames.
Lesson 4: Keno Probability Tables
Probabilities tables depending on numbers played.
Lesson 5: Bingo Vocabulary
Surprisingly, or not, there is a lot of Bingo terms to know.
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