Bingo Dictionary K-P
Before you start daubing the bingo numbers like a true pro, getting familiarized with bingo terminology is imperative. A failure to understand proper land-based and online bingo rooms terminology will definitely slow you down and even stunt your growth as a proficient bingo player. In this article, we continue to “demystify” the most commonly used bingo-related phrases, adopted by the bingo-oriented site operators or seasoned players who know their way around bingo halls and online rooms.
- Late Night Bingo / Moonlight Bingo
- Lights Out
- Loyalty Program/Loyalty Points
- Max Bet
- Max Tickets
- Min Buy-in
- Money Ball
- Multiple Winners
- Main Stage/Mainstage Bingo
- Mechanised Cash Bingo
- National Bingo Game/The National
- No-Deposit Bonus
- Parti / Participation Bingo
- Bingo Odds
- Bingo Player
- Bingo Promo Codes
- Bingo Promotions
- Postage Stamp
- Prize Bingo
- Prize Draw
- Progressive Jackpot
Late Night or Moonlight Bingo is a night-time bingo session which usually takes place around 10 pm or later. It is equally popular online and inside the land-based bingo halls.
Extremely dynamic land-based bingo sessions played late in the evening, under fluorescent lights. The Lights Out games often include music, dancing, full-service bars, giveaways, etc.
Comp or loyalty points are progress-based rewards which the players accumulate on every qualifying bet, login, deposit, win, or simply by completing a task that the operator requires. The points can be exchanged for bonus cash, extra bingo tickets, or used for upgrading the player’s membership level and reaching VIP status.
Max bet is the upper limit that the player can wager on a certain game. In the world of bingo, it is the maximum ticket price per session.
In some cases, the playing field is levelled out by setting a limit to the number of cards that can be purchased by a single player.
As opposed to Max Tickets, the minimum buy-in is the qualifying number of tickets that the players need to buy before joining the bingo session.
A randomly selected number that can double the payout if it completes the winning pattern. In some cases, the amount that the Money Ball carries is pre-determined.
If two or more players hit bingo on the same call, the cash prize will have to be split and divided into equal portions among the winners.
Bingo rounds that take place across the main stage or the central stage bingo area. The buy-ins are required shortly before the bingo session starts.
Automatic 80-Ball bingo variant played with the reusable 4×4 bingo cards (called “Inlaid cards”). The cards are attached to the table and the session is activated by inserting a coin.
Mushroom is a cluster of 6 to 8 electronic bingo terminals, grouped together and positioned in a way that forms a shape of a mushroom.
The National Bingo is played in the UK, across 100 or more bingo halls that are linked together into a single network. The sessions are scheduled twice a day and the prize pools can be massive. National Bingo does not acknowledge any single or double-line wins and the player who scores bingo with the fewest calls wins.
A winning pattern that covers 9 spots on the bingo card – the free spot may or may not be included in the block of the winning numbers.
A no-deposit bonus is any promotional offer that does not require players to submit a deposit. It is usually awarded on sign-up, as soon as the registration process is completed. Unlike deposit bonuses, no-deposit offers are more modest, and the bingo ticket value (or the bonus cash loaded on the player’s account) is comparatively lower. The same goes for the wagering requirements – if the player opted-in for a deposit-free bonus, the rollover amount that needs to be met before making a withdrawal is much higher than usual. More often than not, the players will have a limited selection of bingo rooms that validate the bonus tickets or bonus cash.
The players will be “on” when only one number stands between them and bingo. “On” is the same as 1TG (one to go), which also results in a payout.
This expression is used in the “coverall” games. A player who lands the specified pattern wins, but the session goes on until the coverall is hit.
On’s is different to “On” and it refers to the number of bingo faces. For example, a bingo sheet with 9 faces is a “9 on” or “9 to view”.
Bingo variants with the cash pool prize determined by the percentage rate that’s actually deducted from the ticket price. Mechanised bingo is a typical representative of Parti.
A pattern is a shape that has to be formed across the bingo cards for the player to win. Horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines are the most common patterns, but hundreds more can be formed, including letters of the alphabet, numbers, arrows, a diamond, a frame, lucky 7, a pyramid, top & bottom, etc.
The payout can refer to a withdrawal that the players make from their bingo site cashiers or to the payout that’s awarded for landing a specific bingo pattern in an individual game. The rate of the payout depends on the game, prize pool, and the complexity of the pattern.
Just like in any game of chance, the odds are actually the representation of how probable a positive outcome is. The players will have higher odds of forming a simple pattern that landing a full house; at the same time, purchasing multiple cards will significantly increase your winning chances and give you an edge over a player with a single bingo ticket.
Anyone who meets the admission requirement is considered an active bingo player. An interesting fact is that the number of bingo players has been on a constant rise ever since online casinos started including bingo games on their platforms. What was used to associated with senior citizens is now equally popular among players between 18 and 35.
Bingo promo codes are combinations of letters or numbers that are used to activate the relevant bingo promotion. The codes can be random or derived from the bingo site name. They will not be valid unless other requirements are met (such as placing a deposit) and can only be used once per player.
Bingo promotions can be ongoing, short-term, attached to a deposit, or free. To claim a promotion (which usually involves complimentary bingo tickets), the players will need to opt-in or use a promo code. If not stated otherwise, the players will usually need to place a qualifying deposit before being able to redeem the offer. The ongoing promotions are run daily or weekly; the players can compete for cash prizes, free bingo tickets (that can often be used inside exclusive bingo room with higher jackpots), bonus cash, or bundle offers that also include free spins (as most bingo sites also provide slot games lobbies).
Known also as “Any Corner Stamp”, Postage Stamp is a 75-Ball bingo winning pattern that consists of 2×2 block of numbers formed in any of the four corners.
Bingo variant that’s commonly played on bingo machines which will award the players with different types of rewards rather than cash – tokens, points, or vouchers.
A bingo promotion during which all players who purchase a bingo ticket or submit a qualifying deposit can claim a raffle ticket and enter a random prize draw.
A progressive jackpot is a cash pool that continues to grow until a player wins it by meeting the pre-determined conditions, such as hitting a specific bingo pattern or landing a full house. Every next session without a progressive jackpot winner will increase the pot. Once claimed, the pot will reset to its base value.
Bingo games played with folded and sealed paper tickets, some of which contain a winning pattern or a winning combination – just like the scratch cards.
Similar to picking games, punchboards are played across a grid with hidden prizes and the players must punch a certain field on the board to reveal the prize.