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Game
Structures

Game Structure

The Basics

Bingo rules and payouts and play variations can differ from place to place, and brochures detailing
particular games, rules and payouts are usually available at each location or online. The most common
game is usually the straight-line or four corners: Quick and easy to play, you will usually see it
several times in a hall’s line-up.

The simplest version of the game is this:

  • Players buy 5x5 cards with numbers on them which correspond to the
    five letters in the word B-I-N-G-O.
  • Each card’s numbers are different, 5 from a range of 15 numbers being printed in each row,
    i.e. a random 5 numbers from 1 to 15 in column B, another 5 from 16-30 in column I and so on.
  • Numbers such as B2 or O68 are then drawn at random and announced by the caller
    until one player completes a 'bingo' pattern, such as a line with five numbers vertical,
    horizontal or diagonal row.
  • When the pattern is completed, “BINGO!” is called.

Atlantic Star Satellite Bingo

Atlantic Star Satellite Bingo (ASSN) is played 7 nights per week. The game starts as a #7 game
(in 21 Numbers or less) and the player will continue on for a full card.

Satellite Bingo can be played at anyone of the participating bingo halls.

Card Prices

  • Single Card (1 Bingo Face) = $1.00
  • 4 UP (4 Bingo Faces) = $3.00
  • 9 UP (9 Bingo Faces) = $5.00

Game Times

Satellite Bingo is played nightly at 9:00pm in Newfoundland, 8:30pm in Labrador.

Games

Essentially, there are two games played on the one card:

  • The first game is the #7 (see diagram below). Players must dab the image of a 7
    using 21 numbers or less to win the prize. The prize starts at $500.00 – and
    increases by $250.00 per night until it t is won.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The second game is the Full Card Game (see diagram). The first player to dab all 24 numbers
    on the card is the winner.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Bingo Etiquette

Bingo halls are usually friendly places, but people there are still playing a game they are trying to win.
Keep in mind these etiquette tips, especially if you’re new to the game or a particular hall.

  • Know when to stop talking. Most serious players stop talking as soon as the
    caller begins the game.
  • Don't repeat. Some players have a habit of repeating numbers as they are called. This might
    help them concentrate, but it can be very distracting for other players. Try to keep talking
    and extra noise to a minimum while numbers are being called.
  • Keep children under control. Most people will understand if you bring the kids,
    but they won't be happy if your children distract them while they are trying to concentrate.
  • Don't take out your frustrations on the caller. This is a game of chance. Making comments
    about the caller if you’re getting frustrated won’t fix anything and just shows you’re a sore loser.
  • Think before you call bingo. Calling bingo stops the flow of the game. If it's a false bingo,
    others could get frustrated—especially if they've already disposed of the last game's paper sheets.