Get in the groove with bingo lingo!


Bingo continues to mystify players with its unique rules, chit-chat and massive jackpots. Such is the appeal of this game, that attendance at online and land-based bingo halls outstrips that of concerts, sports matches and beyond. There are scores of guidebooks and glossaries to help players understand the game, but bingo lingo remains the holy writ of all things bingo. For starters, there are multiple concepts in bingo that need to be understood right off the bat. These include the following: Session, Pattern, Progressive Jackpot, Speed Bingo, Runner, Auto Daub, Free Space, Four Corners, Coverall, Bingo Card, 75 ball, 90 ball, and others. A quick description of these terms will help clarify what they’re all about.

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  • Session – The total time that bingo games are played during any particular day. A session ranges from 2 hours to 3.5 hours.
  • Pattern – The patterns are different between bingo variants and even between individual games. Sometimes the pattern requires forming a shape; sometimes the pattern requires completing pictures.
  • Progressive Jackpot – Progressive Jackpots continually grow until they are hit. These are jackpot games on the same network.
  • Speed Bingo – This is a bingo game played at rapid pace. Bingo players can win speed bingo games in as few as 3 calls.
  • Runner – A runner is someone who physically runs back and forth to assist players with buying additional cards, and verifying bingo calls during games.
  • Auto Daub – This function is to make it easy for players to mark off called numbers. The auto daub function automatically marks off called numbers.
  • Free Space – This is the space in the middle of a bingo card –75 ball bingo – that is gifted to players.
  • Four Corners – This is a bingo pattern where players cover all four corners of their bingo card. This is a winning combination.
  • Coverall – This is a winning pattern where all numbers of the card must be covered to win.
  • Bingo Card – A Bingo Card is simply a card that contains the bingo numbers for the upcoming game. There are different types of bingo cards – each tailored to specific games. For example: a 75 ball bingo card has 25 squares and 24 numbers. Each of the columns contains a letter which corresponds to a set of numbers. B (1 – 15); I (16 – 30); N (31 – 45); G (46 – 60) and O (61 – 75).
  • 75 Ball – This is the US and Canadian favourite. It is played on a 5 x 5 grid.
  • 90 Ball – This is the UK and European favourite. It is played on a 3 x 9 grid.