Bingo Glossary

The complete bingo glossary – Everything you need to know!

Ziv Chen
May 31 2021

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 bingo 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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Written by: Ziv Chen
May 31 2021
With over two decades of work experience in the online gaming industry, Ziv has been covering topics such as casino table games, slots, poker and sports betting. He also loves to write about American sports, betting odds and game predictions. A self-proclaimed struggling artist, Ziv finds his creativity constantly torn between his two biggest passions: American football and world football (soccer).