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Bonus & Keno Games : Game Tips & Strategies


Admission Packet: A minimum number of cards that you must purchase as the price of the admission. Typically you must purchase an Admission Packet, which usually contains three to six cards for every regular game, and may also contain some special games. Exactly what is part of the Admission Packet varies from hall to hall.

Blackout: A pattern where you must cover the whole card to win. Same as coverall.

Bingo Board: A display board, usually electronic that lights up showing each number as it is called.

Bingo Booklets: A specific number of different coloured bingo sheets all containing the same number of faces (ON's) bound together to be played one for each game at a bingo session. They are bound in the order in which they will be played.

Bonanza Bingo: A progressive coverall Jackpot that is usually played as the 13th game of the session. Forty-five numbers are drawn before the session and players mark them on separate cards and set aside. There is an additional fee to play this game, usually $1. The countdown begins at 48 numbers or less and go up one number per week to 52 numbers or until won. The amount of the jackpot is determined by card sales for that game.

Caller: The person (or machine) who calls out the bingo numbers for the player.

Card: Your playing card, of course!

Chat room: A screen displayed alongside your game where you can type in messages to other players and read their responses.

Coverall: A pattern where you must cover the whole card to win. Same as blackout.

Colors: The color of each sheet in your collated bingo book

Consolation Prize: The prize or prizes offered on some special games if there is no winner in a predetermined number of calls

Cut: Indicates the direction in which a sheet of faces will be cut from the master sheet. (square, horizontal, or vertical)

Early bird game: A bingo game that starts before another regularly scheduled game.

Face: Is the individual bingo sheet containing 24 numbers plus the free space in the middle

Free space: The middle square of the card. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.

Game board: The display board over your cards that shows you the balls in play.

Game room: Some online games divide the players into game rooms. The smaller group makes a more manageable chat room.

Hardway Bingo (Hard-way Bingo): Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space

Jackpot: A big prize usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern (such as a blackout) within a specified number of balls.

Minimum Buy-in: The least amount you must spend to be eligible for prizes.

Moonlight Bingo: Session of bingo that starts late at night, usually about 10:00 pm.

Money Ball: A number drawn before the game that will double a player's winnings if bingo is hit on that number.

ON: Refers to the number of bingo faces per sheet. A 6 ON would have 6 faces per sheet

On The Way: The game played on the way to the blackout game. It is played prior to the blackout on the same card. First the preliminary game(s) are played and then more numbers are called until there is a blackout.

Pattern: You only need the numbers that form the pattern to win the game. The most basic patterns are straight lines in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. One popular pattern is the "blackout" or "coverall" where you have to cover the whole card to win.

UP: Refers to number of sheets that are used to made your book. For example, 6 UP indicates that the book has 6 sheets of bingo paper

Series: Indicates the number of unique faces that a single set will contain. For example: a 9000 SERIES has 9000 unique faces

Set: 9000 bingo faces numbered in sequence and all one color

Speed Bingo: A variation of regular bingo. Numbers are called very quickly and you can bingo in as few as three numbers. Usually played before or after a regular session.

Speed Game: A coverall that is called very quickly. It is sold as a special game one card at a time.

Split Pot: A bingo game in which the winner splits the sales of the game (the pot) with the bingo hall or House. For example, the winner might get 60 percent of the sales and the house would keep forty percent.

Texas Blackout: A variation of bingo. The first number called will be either odd or even. If the first number called is Even then all the even numbers on all your cards are Wild (Jokers). Cover all the even numbers. If the first number called is Odd, cover all the odd numbers. The game then proceeds to a blackout.

Wild Number: Usually played on a double bingo that leads into a triple bingo. The first number out of the hopper determines the wild number; for example, if 42 is drawn, all numbers ending in 2 should be marked off.

Wrap Up: The name of the last game of a session


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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