What Is Bingo?

Bingo is a game of chance. In return for a stake, each player receives a set of numbers that he has not chosen. The player marks off the numbers in his set against numbers which are selected at random and announced by a caller. A player wins by completing a line, multiple lines, or a full house (all the numbers in their set) more quickly than other players. A winning set must include the number which was called last. A player invalidates his win if he does not call out quickly enough; the pace of the game is determined by the speed of the caller. The length of the game is determined, not only by the speed of the caller, but also the number of players, the proportion of numbers that constitute a win, and the range of numbers in the selection.

The paper-based games in which numbers are daubed or marked off are a common type of bingo but many clubs, including all Palace Bingo clubs, also offer mechanised cash bingo which typically uses a fixed plastic board with shutters.

Bingo game variations include linked bingo and multiple bingo. Linked bingo is where two or more clubs combine to play a joint game of bingo. Pooling the money from stakes enables the clubs jointly to offer greater prizes. Multiple bingo, often known as the National Game, is played by clubs across the country. The larger number of clubs playing creates a larger pool of stakes from which prizes are taken.