is an exciting game of chance that is played in halls around the
world and now can be played on the Internet. Players are given 5
x 5 Bingo cards at the beginning of the game, these cards are either
printed or shown electronically. The word Bingo is written on the
top of each card and the card has random numbers on it. Numbers
are drawn during the game by a Bingo
Caller and the first person to have a specific Bingo
pattern yells “BINGO”.
randomly draws numbers and announces them to the players, during
game players mark the drawn number on their card. Players agree
on what the winning Bingo patterns are before the game. The most
common Bingo patterns are one line, two
lines and a full house. Other common patterns
are single line, two lines, the
four corners, centre cross, L,
T, Y, postage stamp
(2x2 and in a corner) inner square (4 × 4),
roving square (3 × 3), and roving
kite (a 3 × 3 diamond). Many Bingo halls invent their
own winning Bingo patterns to keep the game interesting.
A proper Bingo
card will have random numbers from one to 75 occupying 24 of the
25 squares on the board. The middle square is reserved for the Free
Space area of the card. Many Bingo halls print a serial number
on the card, this makes verifying winners a much easier task.
to being a game used to gamble, many teachers use the game of Bingo
as a way to teach their students spelling and math problems. Like
many gambling games, Bingo found a home on the Internet, especially
with the growth of games like online poker. The amount of luck and
randomness in the game allows for a relatively smooth transition
from the Bingo hall to the online gambling world. Many online Bingo
sites have a great element of community through chat and forum discussions.
Bingo is bring more women into the online gambling world, studies
show that women from 20-to-25-years-of-age are more likely to play
online Bingo compared other games like poker.
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