The rules of bingo are quite simple. A caller pulls numbers, one through 75, from a contraption similar to lottery ball holders. He or she puts the number up on a screen, then calls out the number. You will have a certain number of seconds to find the number on your bingo cards. Bingo cards these days are really pieces of paper with three, six, or nine cards each. A random selection of numbers are on each card. The ?B? column contains one ? 15, ?I? 16 ? 30, ?N? 31 ? 45 (with a free space in the center), ?G? 46 ? 59, and ?O? 60 ? 75. When you find a matching number on your card, dab it out with your dabber (a plastic bottle filled with ink, topped with a dabbing sponge). If you are the first to fill the numbers in a pattern according to the rules of the particular game, you yell ?BINGO!? loudly, so that the caller can hear you. Then you win money!
There are several different bingo games played throughout a session. The games vary with the bingo hall, but there are always ?regular? games. In a regular game, you fill your card with a straight-line bingo ? horizontal, diagonal, or vertical. In most regular games, ?four corners? also counts. This is the top and bottom ?B? and ?O?.
Other games will vary by bingo parlor, but here is a sampling of the most common:
Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Fill a single bingo card with three bingos (corners do not count)
Six Pack. Fill to make a pattern of six numbers, two rows of three each, horizontal or vertical. Sometimes you can use the free space, sometimes not.
Nine pack. Fill a square of nine numbers.
Eight states. Fill the numbers surrounding the free space.
Postage stamps. Fill two squares of four numbers on a single card, each in a corner of your card.
Kite and Tail. Fill a diagonal plus one of the corners running through the diagonal, to make what looks like a kite.
Top and bottom. Fill the top row and bottom row.
Dotted picture frame. Fill every other space around the card.
Cover all. Usually for $500 and the last game of the night. Fill all numbers on a card for bingo.
There are many other possible games. The caller will explain each, plus you will have a paper explaining each game to guide you through the evening.
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