Some may think that luck is all you need in playing bingo, some may rely on personal superstitions, and some may believe that certain techniques are needed to win this game. Whatever one’s beliefs are, it is still essential to possess the knowledge about the proper etiquettes and basic rules before entering the world of bingo.
How to Win the Game
The player must shout “Bingo!” loud enough to be heard by the floor walker and the caller as soon as he thinks that he won. If a win is confirmed, after the card has been checked, the pot money is given to the winner. Shouting “Bingo!” before the next number is called, is one thing players should know, or they would end being disqualified even though the pattern has already been filled out, as a result they cannot take home the pot money.
The pot money will be divided to two winners equally in half if there will be two winning cards in a game. The same is true when there are more than two winners. The confirmed winners will have an equal share of the pot money.
Bingo’s Common House Rules
Rules in bingo halls, though basically the same, may differ from one bingo hall to another. It is wise to read thoroughly and understand the posted rules before the game begins. In order to anticipate a case where there may be new or additional rules, try to find special handouts. It is best not to ask your seatmate instead the floor walker whenever you have a question in mind. In addition, do ask the questions before the game starts or you will end up disrupting your concentration and miss plenty of winning numbers. The same thing should apply for those who are interested to play roulette in casinos, it would help to know the casinos rules even if they are armed with the knowledge on roulette double bet strategy.
You are required be 18 years old and above in order to be a player in most of the bingo halls. While some halls would allow their players to drink a little alcohol, some would prohibit it. Keep in mind, that you must only smoke in assigned smoking areas.
There is a no-bringing-in-of-food policy in some halls, though others do not really care if you’ll bring food. You are only allowed to buy cards once you have arrived in the bingo hall, although some halls allow cards to be reserved. During games with high stakes, certain halls do not allow their players to go in and out the hall. A single crucial reminder for you. Never try to alter or tamper your bingo cards. Having experienced and knowing the game too much are the reasons why you just can’t fool those callers and floor walkers. It is not only your time and effort that will be wasted, but you will possibly be prohibited permanently from entering the bingo house, aside from being labeled a cheater and be prosecuted. It is always a good decision to play clean, follow the rules and be honest.
Some halls have special bingo kiddie games for children, but in some halls bringing companions while playing are not tolerated at all. When bringing your little kids, make sure that they don’t run around annoying other players. Bring something to distract and keep them quiet. Shouting out the remaining numbers for you to win the game can ruin other player’s concentration and it can also be rude. One needs to act decently even while at casinos and playing roulette. And just in case you decide to go for the big time pot, it is always practical to bring a valid ID with photo and other needed requirements. They may come in handy just in case you win.