How to Play

Here at one of our favourite things about playing online is the community feel.  Chatting with online friends, catching up with the latest goss and just generally having a laugh is all part of the experience.

For those who are used to chat rooms such as online message boards the abbreviations in the chat window won’t bother you, but for those who are new it can all seem a little confusing so below we have listed the more commonly used bingo lingo for you, hopefully it will make entering into chat less daunting as it is such a fun experience we wouldn’t want you to miss out!

Bingo Lingo!

  • AYT – Are you there?
  • BB – Bye Bye
  • BBL – Be back later
  • BBS – Be back soon
  • BLNG – Better luck next game
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BTW – By the way
  • CM – Chat master- Chat monitor-Chat moderator
  • COI – Come on in
  • DK – Don’t know
  • DTS – Don’t think so
  • EMML – E-mail me later
  • GG – Got to go
  • GGA – Good game all
  • GL – Good luck
  • GLE – Good luck everyone
  • IMO – In my opinion
  • JJ – Just jokin
  • LOL – Laughing out loud
  • NP – No problem
  • PLS – Please
  • ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  • SYS – See you soon
  • TTYL – Talk to you later
  • TY – Thank you
  • WTG – Way to go
  • YW – You’re welcome

Now you are all up to date with the lingo how do you play?

Bingo is a social game and the live chat facility is a really important part of the online community which is built up around the best bingo sites.  Being easy to play and loads of fun at the same time this fast, exciting game has some simple rules to follow then you are off, and remember there will be at least one individual winner every game.  Using a card (or strip) the game focuses on you matching numbers between 1 and 75, 80 or 90 (your choice as you choose which game to play.)  One random number at a time is called out (or displayed) until there is a winner.  Brilliantly simple, socially popular!

The Very Basics

So all there is to do is purchase a strip of tickets and each strip will contain a set of numbers.  Once you begin to play, a machine (or caller) will display (or call) one number at a time and all you have to do is simply mark the number off on your ticket if it corresponds with the one displayed (called.)  The goal is to mark off each number that appears on your ticket to match the pattern of that particular game (a line, two lines etc.)

There are really only three varieties of the game.  The 75 ball, the 80 ball and the 90 ball bingo game.  75 ball is most frequently played in the USA and is built about the pattern and can include alphabetical letters, shapes, numbers or something called ‘coveralls’ (meaning all the numbers need to be covered to win.)  The winner of the game is the first player to complete the required pattern on their ticket.

The typical game type, which is played in the halls and on sites like Dream Bingo, is that of 80 ball bingo.

There is a board that has shutters which cover every number.  The game starts with all the shutters being open (four vertical columns.)  As each number is called the shutter is closed (if you have that number!) and the winner is the person who forms the required pattern (line across, diagonal line etc.)

The game of 90 balls is built on three separate rounds where each winner is expected to be the first to have a single line, two lines, or a full house.  As each pattern is formed throughout the rounds all three prizes will be given out.

A Few Variations

  • These include 4 Corners (each corner must be filled on your ticket.)
  • 4 Middle Squares (the four squares in the middle must be filled in.)
  • HOUSE (all numbers on the ticket are filled in.)
  • Pre-set Pattern (where the winner has filled in a pre-set pattern such as a T or an X shape on their ticket)

So as you can see the game is quite easy to play and great fun using randomly generated numbers and chance (with a certain amount of luck thrown in!)  New friends are waiting to be made whilst you play and we at wish you a good game – GLE!!