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Online Bingo Website Glossary
It can be a little daunting when you first get caught by the online bingo bug as all of the bingo websites you visit tend have specific names for various aspects of the way they run a game of bingo. Our online bingo website glossary should help you in understanding the common terms and descriptions that are used and should ensure that your able to enjoy the online bingo experience a whole lot more.
 

Admission To be eligible to enter a bingo hall and/or participate in a bingo game.

Admission Packet A minimum number of cards that you must purchase as the price of admission. Typically you must purchase an Admission Packet, which usually contains three to six card for every regular game, and may also contain some special games. Exactly what is part of the Admission Packet varies from hall to hall.

After Game The game played after the end of a regular session of play.

Bingo Card or Bingo Ticket A card containing the numbered spaces and one free space with which you play Bingo. There are 1,474,200 unique bingo cards to choose from!

Bingo Patterns The shape you need to cover on your card with the called out numbers to win a specific bingo pattern game, usually it's in a straight line; horizontal, vertical and diagonal but they can vary considerably.

Blackout or Coverall A common bingo pattern where you must cover the whole card to win. Usually 50 to 60 of the 75 bingo numbers have to be called to cover all the numbers on a card. But Coveralls in as few as 43 numbers have been recorded.

Bonanza Bingo A progressive coverall Jackpot that is usually played as the 13th game of the session. Forty-five numbers are drawn before the session and players mark them on separate cards and set aside. The countdown begins at 48 numbers or less and go up one number per week to 52 numbers or until won.

Buy-in Buying bingo cards ie. converting money into bingo cards.

Chat Rooms Most Online Bingo sites have chat rooms which run during your game. bingo chat rooms are a great place to make new friends and get involved with the various in-game prize-draws, promotions and side games that are usually on offer.

CM's CM stands for Chat Moderators. These are the guys that are in all the bingo chat rooms with the sole purpose of helping anyone who needs it - via chat.

Consolation Prize The prize or prizes offered on some special games if there is no winner in a predetermined number of calls.

Dauber A Bingo dauber is an ink-filled bottle/pen with a foam tip on it used to mark called numbers. Online bingo websites usually gives you the option of marking the numbers off yourself or using an automatic electronic dauber.

Early Bird Game A bingo game that starts earlier than another regularly scheduled game. But sometimes the Early Bird game is merely the first game of the session. The first game of a session is more commonly known as a Warm Up.

Free Space The center square of the card, which does not have a number assigned to it. It is like a Joker or a Wild square. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.

Game Room Some online games divide the players into game rooms.

Hardway Bingo Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space.

Jackpot A big prize usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern, such as a coverall bingo pattern, within a specified number of balls.

Moonlight Bingo A session of bingo that starts late at night, usually about 10pm.

Minimum Buy-inThe least amount you must spend to be eligible for prizes.

Money Ball A number drawn before the game that will double a players winnings if Bingo is hit on that number.

Multiple Winners Two or more players bingo at the same time. When this happens, the cash prize is divided among them. For example, if there are five winners on a £500 game, they each receive £100.

On A player is said to be on when one or more cards they are playing lacks only one number for a bingo.

On The Way The game played on the way to a coverall game. It is played prior to the coverall bingo pattern on the same card. First the preliminary game(s) are played and then more numbers are called until there is a Coverall.

Parti Short for participation bingo, a type of slot bingo or cash bingo where the prize is cash and depends on the number of players, since the cash prize is at least 50% of the money paid in.

Payout The percentage of sales paid out by the House. The average payout among all bingo halls is approximately 75%. This compares with a payout of approximately 45% on national lottery games.

Progressive Jackpot A Jackpot that gets bigger until it is won. It builds daily, weekly, or monthly if it is not won in a specific number of calls. If there is no winner in X number of calls, consolation prize(s) of lesser amounts are paid. Different variations of progressive games add money or numbers, or both, to the jackpot. There is usually a separate buy-in for Progressive Jackpot games.

RNG Random Number Generator; the machine used to pick the numbers.

Session An entire evening or daytime program of bingo. A session usually lasts somewhere between two and a half hours and three hours and 15 minutes.

Split Pot A bingo game in which the winner splits the sales of the game (the pot) with the bingo hall or House. For example, the winner might get 60 percent of the sales and the house would keep forty percent.

Validation Eligibility required to win additional jackpot amounts. Price varies by number of cards played.

Wild Number Usually played on a double bingo that leads into a triple bingo. The first number determines the wild number; for example, if 42 is drawn, all numbers ending in 2 should be marked off.

Wrap Up The name of the last game of a session.

 
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