Bingo Dictionary D-J
Although simple in its essence, a bingo session may be difficult to follow if you are not properly acquainted with the terminology. We have already covered the most common A – C phrases, and we are now moving onto the next set of bingo jargon, from D to J. The article will include the most important terms used in relation or during a bingo game, which will help you develop a more profound understanding of the game.
- Bingo Dauber
- Bingo Deposit
- Deposit Bonus
- Bingo Etiquette
- Diagonal Line
- Double Bingo
- Early Bird Bingo
- Electronic Dauber
- Fair and Square
- Fair & Square bingo variant can either restrict the number of bingo cards per player or require all players to buy the same number of cards.
- Four Corners
- Full House
- Free/No-Deposit Bingo
- Free Space/Free Square
- Funded Player
- G.T.I./GameTech International
- Game Board
- Game Pattern
- Game Rooms
- Bingo Hall
- Hardway Bingo
- Hard Card
- Bingo Jackpot
- Inlaid Card
- Instant Bingo
- Instant Games/Instant-Win Games
For a lot of players, bingo daubing is the most satisfying part of the game. Bingo Daubers are the specialized ink pens with flat, spongy tips, filled with translucent ink used for marking the numbers on the bingo card. Daubers first appeared around 1934 and have so far evolved into a bingo player’s personal statement. They can be differentiated by size, colour of the ink (which can also be fluorescent or mixed with glitter), and shape. Standard Bingo Daubers hold around 45 ml of ink while larger bottles store 80 to 120 ml and can last up to 8 bingo sessions.
Bingo deposit is the amount of money that the players transfer to their bingo sites cashiers. It is used for purchasing bingo tickets or claiming bingo promotions.
A number of bingo site operators welcome the new account holders with a bit of incentive, matching their first deposit with a set of complimentary bingo cards. The deposit bonuses can be claimed as soon as the transaction settles and the players will get hold of their free bingo tickets by opting-in for the offer or by using promo code at the sign-up. The free bingo tickets range in value and are usually limited to the specified bingo rooms. Deposit Bonuses are not only attached to the welcome package and new bonuses can be claimed every time the players deposit the qualifying amount.
While playing bingo, certain behavioural patterns must be adopted for the sake of other players. The rules of Bingo Etiquette can be summed up into a single sentence – do not do anything that you yourself would find irritating. This includes chatting with other players or repeating the numbers, two of the most annoying things that you can do inside the bingo room. Tipping the caller is always considered a matter of good taste, but most of all, bingo players are required to show their respect to the caller by remaining composed even if they are losing. Similar rules are applied in online bingo sessions, where the players can interact with the bingo room host via live chat.
The objective of bingo is to form a full vertical, horizontal or diagonal line. Other patterns can generate a payout as well, but completing the row, column, or a diagonal is the basis of bingo.
Completing two winning patterns is generally known as “Double Bingo” There are more than 130 ways to form Double Bingo and they include any combo of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal patterns.
This term refers to bingo rounds that are scheduled before the regular bingo sessions. Early bird is the same as a “warm-up” bingo.
A lot of bingo facilities offer the Electronic Dauber, a monitor that allows you to upload multiple bingo cards and automatize game. The device (also called the “Electronic Card Minder”) performs several functions at the same time – such as number tracking and ticket sorting – without robbing you of the joy of yelling BINGO!
The”Face” is the area with numbers, as presented on a bingo card; for example, if you by a sheet of 9 bingo cards, it will have 9 faces.
A winning pattern that covers all four corners – to win, the player will have to be the first to daub B1, B5, O1, and O5 numbers.
The best possible outcome in the bingo game, Full House means that you have managed to cover all the numbers on the card, striking the ultimate BINGO!
Flimsies, also known as throwaways, are bingo cards printed on thinner paper sheets and used for special bingo sessions. The number of cards per sheet can range from 1 to 9. Bingo rounds played on flimsies feature a more generous prize pool that the ones played with thicker bingo tickets.
Unlike funded bingo, free or no-deposit bingo can be played even by those who have not submitted any deposits. Online bingo players will be able to claim the complimentary cards immediately after the registration process is completed. The prizes are, of course, more modest than the ones offered in funded bingo variants.
The central spot on the bingo card is called a “free space” or a “free square” and has no number. This field is the wild card, as it is considered automatically covered. This is not the universal rule and some bingo variants do not have the free space.
Depositing members are often called “funded players”; positive balance will grant them access to the funded bingo rooms and enable them to claim the deposit bonuses.
Bingo players will often come across bingo software and bingo equipment designed and produced by GameTech International Inc, one of the leading electronic bingo system manufacturers.
Game Board is the card layout across which the bingo game is actually conducted. The board can be electronic, in which case the winning patterns will be automatically displayed across the card. The players can choose to daub the numbers on the online bingo card themselves or automatize the process using the game board commands.
Bingo pattern is any combination that can produce a payout, starting with the above-described horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. Depending on a bingo variant, players can land hundreds of possible patterns: Four Corners, Big X, W Bingo Pattern, Outside Edge, Large Diamond, Alphabet patters (forming the shape of a letter), etc.
A bingo game room is an online version of the land-based bingo hall, and can be classified as free, funded, or exclusive (invite-only). This means that certain rooms will be available to depositing members only while others are reserved for VIP members. Another distinction is the bingo variant that’s featured inside the room, as not all rooms will offer the same variation of the game or even offer the same jackpot. Before selecting the optimal room, the players will be able to consider the ticket price, a number of active participants, the prize pool, the time left until the next session is launched, etc. More often than not, live hosts will be a part of the service.
Bingo hall is a land-based facility that can be a part of the larger gambling venue or function as a bingo specialized venue. A single bingo hall can offer several bingo variants, including progressive and electronic bingo, played with the so-called electronic card minders that can fully automatize the game.
Forming a straight line without taking advantage of the free space in the middle of the card is called a “hardway bingo”. Apart from the single, double and triple hardway lines, the hardway patterns can also be formed in clusters or blocks: Hardway 6-pack, Hardway blocks of 4, and Hardway blocks of 8.
Opposite of the Flimsies, described earlier in the text. These types of cards are printed across tick and durable cardboard material, with transparent shutters which enable the players to mark the numbers. Nowadays, flimsies have eliminated the need for hard cards, and they are rarely used in the bingo halls.
Bingo cash prize awarded when a player manages to land a valid pattern. The bingo jackpot can be progressive or guaranteed. Jackpots are not to be confused with base game payouts.
Similar to hard bingo cards, inlaid cards are used for automatic bingo games. They are made of plastic and integrated into the bingo hall table tops.
Instant Bingo is a bingo card with a removable coat covering the numbers. The player needs to scratch off the thin layer of colour to reveal the pattern.
Instant Win games include scratch cards or any other game that can produce immediate payouts. Most of the games available on bingo sites can be categorized at “instant”.