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01 Aug 09 The terms and languages of Bingo Games

Bingo has particular and specific terms or language. These are the universal terms that are used to illustrate characteristics, features, element, phase and position of the game called bingo. By familiarizing the terminology and languages of bingo it’s easy for you to understand and get acquainted with this game.

  • Bingo – is the name out by the winner on achieving the winning pattern and arrangement.
  • Blackout or Block out – is the precise bingo game where in player must get all numbers on the card.
  • Blower – is like apparatus which is used to mix the balls using high volumes of air at low pressure.
  • Cage – is the typically outdated wire fence in which you yourself used to mix the balls before drawing.
  • Caller – The announcer who reveals the type of bingo game being played and the result as each ball is drawn and it is the life blood of the game.
  • Card – Originally a sheet of light cardboard on which the bingo grid and numbers are printed for the game.
  • Checker – Someone who checks your card and verify that you really do have all the required numbers in the correct pattern.
  • Covered Square – The Square at the center of the diagonals of the board that is marked “Free Space”. It counts as a hit if the square falls within the announced pattern for the game.
  • Diagonal Bingo – The winning numbers must be on the diagonal specified by the caller.
  • Free Space – See covered square.
  • Four Corner Bingo – The player must have the numbers on the four corners of the board.
  • Late Bird – the games played after the main session and these games usually have a smaller prize pool.
  • Master Board – Originally the rack on which balls were placed after being dawn and announced.
  • Sleeper – A player who has a bingo but does not realize it until after the other balls are drawn and called.
  • Soft Card – The common player cards used at almost all venues.


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