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In honor of National Game & Puzzle Week (which is the 3rd week in November), this page is dedicated to Bingo.

What is the Definition of Bingo?
Bingo is a game of chance in which randomly selected numbers are drawn and players match those numbers to those appearing on 5x5 matrices which are printed or electronically represented and are known as "cards." The first person to have a card where the drawn numbers form a specified pattern is the winner and calls out the word "Bingo!" to alert others and inform the caller of the win. The card must first be properly checked for accuracy before the "win" is officially confirmed at which time the prize is secured and a new game is begun.

Being Ready – When someone only needs one number in order to complete the Bingo pattern, he/she is considered to “be ready”.

Breaking the Bubble – The bubble is the minimum number of balls required to complete the Bingo pattern. This is the earliest point anyone could have a valid bingo. Example: Winning pattern is 1 hard way bingo, a straight line without the free space. The minimum number of called numbers is 5 although it is not considered “Breaking the Bubble” until 1 number in each column or 5 numbers in a single column have been called.

Jumping the Gun – One who calls bingo before having a valid bingo. The most common situation is someone calling bingo using the next number in the screen before it has been called.

Wild numbers – Many bingo halls will have certain games with a wild number. Wild numbers allow bingo players to start with multiple called numbers. Typically the first ball drawn is the determining factor.

Standard – All numbers ending with the second digit of the first number. Example: First ball is 22. All numbers ending in a 2 including B2 is considered a called number.

Forwards/backwards – All numbers beginning or ending with the wild number. Example: First ball is 22. All numbers beginning or ending with a 2 is considered a called number. If the first ball ends with an 8, 9 or 0, another number may be drawn as there are no numbers starting with a 8 or 9 and only 9 numbers starting with a zero. Some halls will also redraw a number ending with a 7 as there are only 5 numbers beginning with a 7.

Falsie - Term used when one calls bingo but is mistaken. This could be because of mishearing the caller or stamping the wrong number by mistake. If one calls a falsie, they genuinely believe they have a bingo. Also known as as a "social error". Another term used for this is a "bongo."

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Bingo History
"Bingo can be traced back to a lottery game called "Lo Giuoco Code Loto" played in Spain in 1530." "By the eighteenth century, the game had matured, and in France, playing cards, tokens, the reading out of numbers had been added to the game." "In the nineteenth century, Bingo was widely used in Germany for educational purposes to teach children spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables."

"At a travelling carnival near Atlanta in 1929, Beano was being played with dried beans, a rubber stamp and cardboard sheets." "Edwin Lowe, was watching this game and noticed how engaged the players were. "The Carnival worker had to kick the players out at 3 am." Lowe, took the idea with him to New York where he introduced the game to his friends." "He conducted bingo games similar to the ones he had witnessed, using dried beans, a rubber numbering stamp and card board. His friends loved the game. It is said that one of his players made bingo history when he was so excited to have won that he yelled out “Bingo” instead of “Beano." "The Lowe Bingo Game had two versions; the first a 12-card set for $1.00, the second a $2.00 set with 24 cards. Bingo was a wild success." "By the 1940s Bingo games were all over the country." "Lowe had many competitors and all he asked was that they pay $1.00 a year to conduct the games and of course to use the name Bingo."  wikipedia

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