Guide to Essential Bingo Lingo

Written by Super User. Posted in Bingo Moments

Whether you play at your neighborhood bingo hall, casino or play bingo online, and the game has its very own vocabulary or ‘lingo’ commonly used by players. Some terms may be familiar to you. Others, however, may be new; especially if you are new to playing online bingo or participating in the chat rooms. Below is a list of the more common terms used in bingo.

Admission Packet – The number of cards that a player must purchase before being able to play. Both physical bingo halls and those online will have admission packets.

Bingo Balls – Bingo balls come in a count of either 75 or 90 balls. These are drawn from the hopper at random.

Bingo Caller – The bingo caller acts as an announcer and referee for the game The bingo caller draws bingo balls randomly from the bingo hopper and calls them out to the players.

Cover All – An alternative name used for a blackout bingo game.

Daubers –Bottles filled with water soluble ink which comes in several different colors. These are used to mark off called bingo numbers on bingo sheets. In online bingo, this is done virtually with a computer mouse or touch screen.

Early Bird- Also known as ‘warm up bingo’. Early bird games are 2 -10 games held before the official bingo games. They help players warm up and can ease new people into the game.

Free Space – the square located in the middle of each bingo card or sheet.

Game Pattern - Usually consisting of the five numbers in a row; up, down, across, or diagonal, Game patterns may make up other things such as shapes, an ‘X’, or four corners, for example

Late Bird - Also known as a ‘wrap up game’. Similar to early bird games, there are between 2 -10 bingo games after the regular bingo session.

Nite Owl – Both at the bingo hall and online, nite owl sessions are for hardcore bingo players.

Progressive Jackpot – A prize where the amount of money continues to grow until the final game.

Winner Takes All – Held after the main session where the winner receives all money raised in the sales of bingo sheets or cards for the game.

The lingo used in bingo chatrooms is similar to that found in any chatroom, social media or texting on a phone. When in chat, there are just a couple of things to remember: First, be friendly! You can make new friends through online bingo. It is also important to remember, NO SHOUTING. Shouting is anytime someone types in all capital letters. Just as it’s considered rude to shout in the bingo hall, it’s not a good idea to shout in an online bingo chatroom.

Below are some of the most common trends in most of what you will see along with bingo lingo in use at all online bingo sites.

LOL - Laughing Out Loud

OMG - Oh My God

WD - Well Done

AFK - Away From the Keyboard

BRB - Be Right Back

BBL - Be Back Later

FYI - For Your Information

IMO - In My Opinion

TY - Thank You

NN - Nickname

GG - Good Game

GF - Good Fight

GJ - Good Job

GL - Good Luck

GLA - Good Luck All

BLNG - Better Luck Next Game

HB - Hurry Back

CA - Cover All

CH - Chat Host

TG - To Go - (how many are left)

SAC - Sorry A$$ Cards

BOGOF - Buy One Get One Free

F2P - Free to play

P2P - Pay to play

Of course, this is just a start. Every site is different and you may find that there are different terms used where you play. The best way to learn the terms is to practice. If there are any terms you aren’t sure about, fellow players are often more than happy to explain them. After a few sessions, they’ll become second nature.