75-ball Bingo - a standard version of bingo played with 75-balls.
90-ball Bingo - a standard version of bingo played with 90 balls.
Admission - the number of tickets required to take part in a bingo game, the minimum buy-in.
After Games - bingo games played after a main or jackpot game, an afterhours game.
Ball Gate - part of a bingo machine, the flap through which each ball is drawn.
Bingo - the act of hitting all numbers on your pattern, or covering all numbers in a coverall game, and the name of the game.
Bingo Board - the board showing the numbers and game details in a bingo hall.
Bingo Book - a book of several bingo cards, sold in a batch.
Bingo Card - the card of numbers for playing in any round, the document marked as numbers are called.
Bingo Rooms - Online sites offering bingo games, or physical rooms in bingo halls where bingo is played.
Bonanza Bingo - a coverall game played with a progressive jackpot element, usually the 13th game in a bingo session.
Bonuses - free bonuses are incentives offered by bingo operators to attract new players, particularly online.
Caller - the individual responsible for calling the numbers as they are drawn, and usually moderating the game.
Caller’s Choice - the caller decides the pattern in play, usually announcing this to players immediately before calling the first number, for the element of surprise
Chat Rooms - a feature of online bingo sites where users can chat and socialize with other players.
Clickety-Click - a catchphrase call for the number 66.
Cookie Jar - a bonus feature in some games where money is added to a jar every time a lucky number is called, to create an additional jackpot prize.
Coverall - a type of bingo game where every number on the card must be covered in order to win. Often used as a format for jackpot games.
Dauber - the marker pen used to mark numbers on the bingo card quickly as they are drawn.
Deposit - an amount of money added to your bingo account, a deposit of bingo credit.
Down On Your Knees - the catchphrase call for 43
Early Bird - early games, and any games that take place before the main game.
Flimsies - throwaway cards for special bingo games. Term comes from the flimsy paper these are printed on in land-based bingo halls.
Four Corners - a pattern involving each of the four corner numbers on the card. All you need to do to win is to cover the four corners.
Free Space - the centre of the bingo card, which doesn’t contain a number.
Full House – When a player covers all numbers on their card in a regular game.
Game Rooms - distinct bingo games at an online bingo site, multiple games run in a number of different game rooms at the same time. Players may be able to chat with other players within their game room, depending on the bingo site.
Hard Way - a pattern of a straight line in bingo, matching exact numbers only to win.
Heinz Varieties - a popular call for 57.
House - the management, the operator of the game. Also often shouted by winners!
Jackpot - a big prize available for the toughest pattern in any bingo game. Some prizes are progressive, drawing on ticket sales from multiple different games or even locations.
Kelly’s Eye - a well-known call for number 1.
Legs - famously, Legs 11. The number 11.
Live Caller Bingo - a form of online bingo with a live caller, where players see a video feed of a live bingo game and take part online or on mobile.
Lights out - Last game of the night.
Multiple Winners - when there are several winners in a round, the prize is shared equally between multiple winners.
On - one number away from a winning card, the card is ‘on’.
Payout - the percentage of takings paid out by the house in a given bingo game. This is set at a fixed percentage of the total take from bingo card sales for that game.
Prize Bingo - a variation of bingo where prizes are available for the winners, rather than cash.
Pattern - the sequence of numbers that must be covered on a bingo card in a given game to be a winner. There are a number of different patterns that can be played.
Progressive Jackpot - a jackpot comprised of an aggregated prize pool from several different games or even game locations, creating a much bigger prize pot to be won by a single player.
RNG - random number generators, scripts used to generate the numbers in online bingo games.
Speed Bingo - a quick-fire version of regular bingo.
Theresa’s Den - a call for number 10, based on the first name of the current UK Prime Minister, a reference to 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister.
Tweak of the Thumb - a common call for 51
Two Fat Ladies - famously 88, the Two Fat Ladies.
Two Little Ducks - famously 22, Two Little Ducks.
Unlucky For Some - famously called for 13.
Wagering Requirements - tied to a bonus offer, the number of multiple of the bonus a player has to playthrough before any winnings from the bonus can be withdrawn. A restriction on free bonuses for signing up for a bingo account.
Winner Takes All - a type of coverall game where there can only be a single winner.
Wrap Up - the final game in a bingo session, one final game for the road.
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