Bingo Cards

Bingo Cards: Old School. Bingo is a game of chance that has been around since 1934. Since that time, this game has remained true to its basic game play.

The object of the game it to match randomly selected numbers to a set of numbers that are printed on bingo cards. The first player to fill a line on one of their bingo cards is the winner. This simple, yet endearing game continues to attract a multitude of players.

Indeed, one of the elegant features of bingo is in the simplicity of the equipment that is required for game play. Essentially, the game only requires a way to randomly generate numbers and bingo cards for players to mark. In most bingo halls, random number generators (essentially computers) are used for the selection and call of random numbers. However, there are still a few venues that utilize the tried and true method of small, white numbered balls that are spun and selected out of a spinning carriage.

The other main piece of equipment needed for a bingo session is the bingo card. Traditionally, bingo cards are made of either paper that could be disposed of or cardboard. Each card has 25 playing squares that are arranged in five columns and five rows. Each of the 25 spaces has a number in it, with the exception (usually) of the middle square. The middle square if often a free square, always considered filled on bingo cards. Typically the numbers 1 through 75 are used.

Traditional bingo cards can be filled or marked in several ways. With disposable cards, players could either cross out matched numbers on their bingo cards, or apply a stamp (a daub). New bingo cards would have to be used with each game. With reusable bingo cards, players can use markers or other similar objects to cover matched numbers. In more recent times, however, many bingo halls are using computerized bingo cards.

Bingo cards also feature the letters B-I-N-G-O across the top. Traditionally, each corresponding letter (column) has a specific range of numbers that are featured.
These number groupings are as follows:

6)   The B column features numbers 1 through 15
7)   The I column features numbers 16 through 30
8)   The N column features numbers 31 through 45
9)   The G column features numbers 46 through 60
10) The O column features numbers 61 through 75

Obviously, bingo cards could feature any range of numbers, but most cards will feature the traditional setup. In the same way, besides the traditional objective of achieving a vertical line of matching number on a bingo card to win; different variations of the game require other patterns. Nevertheless, the traditional method of claiming victory tends to dominate general game play.

Having a set of bingo cards in front of you and waiting anxiously for that last number to be called so a shout of bingo can resonate through the gaming hall is what the game of bingo is all about. It is interesting how the game of bingo retains its traditional roots with the use of bingo cards and selection balls. With bingo cards in hand, players will continue to enjoy this timeless game of chance.