Bingo Terminology

A list of all Bingo terms, common lingo, and special terms, used in bingo halls, online bingo, and amongst bingo players.

Bingo is an amazing game. But its lingo, slang, and other special bingo terms, all used throughout in online bingo games and inside bingo halls can be a little bit overwhelming.

Also look at our comprehensive list of bingo call names.

Here are the terms found in the world of Bingo, as well as their definitions.

Bingo TermDefinition
1TGOr “one-to-go,” meaning there’s only one box left for a player to win.
2TGOr “two-to-go,” meaning there are only two boxes left for a player to win.
5-Line BingoAlso called Swedish bingo, the game is played like 75-ball bingo, but there is no free card in the middle. Players need to mark off one, two, three, four, or five lines, and either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal to win.
90-Ball BingoIt’s played with 3×9 cards, and players can win if they mark off one, two, or all rows.
AdmissionThe minimum number of cards a player needs to acquire to join a virtual or physical bingo game.
Admission Pack (Packet)A set of bingo cards you need to purchase to enter a bingo hall. It contains between three to six cards and sometimes includes tickets for unique games.
After GamesBingo games played after the regular ones.
Any WayPlayers can win by completing any pattern on their cards.
Auto-playA feature on online bingo sites that automatically mark the numbers called.
AutodauberA feature on online bingo sites that automatically mark the numbers called. Another term for auto-play.
Basket BingoUsually, a community fundraiser game where players can win “baskets” containing prizes like gift cards or food.
BingoA term used in a type of game of chance. A player needs to mark off a row, column, or any other pattern to win.
Bingo AliasA pseudonym or nickname player assumes when playing in online bingo sites.
Bingo BoardA giant board, usually electronic, is placed in front of the bingo hall. It shows the already called number.
Bingo BonusesThese are promotional strategies of online bingo sites to attract new players to join and old players to play more. Examples are referral bonuses and new player bonuses.
Bingo BookA term for a set of bingo sheets bound together. It can vary in the number of sheets it contains and the number of cards per sheet.
Bingo BookletA term for a set of bingo sheets bound together. It can vary in the number of sheets it contains and the number of cards per sheet. Another term for bingo book.
Bingo CallerA term used for a person who announces the numbers.
Bingo CallsThere are two definitions for this term. It is the definite number of balls called in the game or to reach the jackpot. Two, they are creative ways to call out the names like two little ducks for 22.
Bingo CardA piece of paper or board containing a grid of numbers used in playing bingo.
Bingo DauberA type of ink pen specifically made for bingo players to mark their bingo cards. It is sometimes called dauber, dabber, or dobber.
Bingo DepositA process on how players can fund their bingo website account. It can be through debit or credit card or online money transfer services.
Bingo EtiquetteThese are rules stating the acceptable behavior of bingo players in the bingo hall or online bingo sites.
Bingo HallA facility where physical bingo is played.
Bingo JackpotA prize that is bigger than the normal one. It is won by completing a full house, coverall, or other complicated patterns.
Bingo LingoWords or terms that are used in bingo and its players. It is loosely synonymous with bingo calls or calls.
Bingo MarkerA tool to mark the numbers called by the bingo caller, for example, a bingo dauber.
Bingo NicknameA pseudonym or nickname player assumes when playing in online bingo sites. Another term for bingo alias.
Bingo OddsThe probability of winning a bingo game within a particular number of calls.
Bingo PadA term for a set of bingo sheets bound together. It can vary in the number of sheets it contains and the number of cards per sheet. Another term for bingo book.
Bingo PatternThe shape a player must cover or form to win a 75-Ball Bingo game.
Bingo PayoutIt can be the amount of money withdrawn from an online bingo website. It can also be a percentage of the amount the players paid and converted to winnings.
Bingo PlayerIt refers to the person playing bingo.
Bingo Promo CodesA promotional strategy where a player enters a code on the website to get a bonus.
Bingo PromotionsThese are advertisements used by bingo sites to attract new players and keep old players to play.
Bingo RoomsThese are the online equivalent of bingo halls. These are virtual spaces where online bingo games are held.
Bingo SheetsAlso called tickets, these are pages of a bingo book where individual bingo cards are printed.
Bingo SlotsA type of slot machine with a virtual bingo game and joined by other casino players. It is also an instant game in bingo websites that resembles a slot machine.
Bingo TicketsAlso called tickets, these are pages of a bingo book where individual bingo cards are printed. Another term for bingo sheets.
Blackout BingoA term used for a pattern in a 75-ball bingo game where you need to mark all numbers in the card. It is also called cover all or blackout.
BlowerA device that mixes the bingo balls and uses forced air to choose a numbered ball.
BlowoutA type of coverall game where the numbers are called out as fast as possible. Also known as quickie or speed game.
BOGOF Bingo (Buy One Get One Free)An online promotional strategy where a player buys one ticket and gets one free.
Bonanza BingoIt is a type of coverall game where 48 numbers are called pre-game and utilizes a sealed special bingo card. If a player marks off all of the numbers in their cards, they win. The caller will continue announcing the number if there is no winner.
Break-Open TicketsIt is a kind of bingo card that are sealed used in select games like bonanza bingo.
Buy-InIn bingo halls, the admission or the minimum number of cards is needed to join a game. In online bingo, it is the process of buying bingo cards with deposits or funds.
CallerA term used for a person who announces the numbers. Another term for bingo caller.
Caller’s ChoiceA game where the bingo caller decides the winning pattern.
CallsThere are two definitions for this term. It is the definite number of balls called in the game or to reach the jackpot. Two, they are creative ways to call out the names like two little ducks for 22. Another term for bingo calls.
CardA piece of paper or board containing a grid of numbers used in playing bingo. Another term for bingo card.
Cash BallA type of progressive bingo game where a player can win when they call bingo on a predetermined number.
Cash-in-PrizeThe prize won from the percentage of the cash paid by players when they bought their tickets.
CHThe abbreviation for chat host.
Chat GameSet of games played in bingo website chat rooms moderated by a chat host.
Chat HostA person who moderates and monitors a chat room in a bingo site.
Chat LingoTerms, usually abbreviations, used by roomies or players in a chat room.
Chat Room GameSet of games played in bingo website chat rooms moderated by a chat host. Another term for chat games.
Consolation PrizeA mini prize awarded to a player who achieves bingo in a special game but not within the required number of calls.
Cookie JarA kind of jackpot prize that grows throughout the session. The money will be added when the lucky number is called during a game and without anyone calling bingo. When someone hits bingo on the lucky number, they will get the cookie jar.
Coverall GameA term used for a pattern in a 75-ball bingo game where you need to mark all numbers in the card. It is also called cover all or blackout bingo. Another term for the blackout game.
Coverall JackpotsA jackpot is earned when a player hits bingo after a predetermined number of calls in a 75-bingo game. The predetermined number of calls is fewer than the usual number of calls to achieve a coverall.
Dauber (or Dabber, Dobber)A term used for a pattern in a 75-ball bingo game where you need to mark all numbers in the card. It is also called cover all or blackout. Another term for bingo dauber.
DepositA process on how players can fund their bingo website account. It can be through debit or credit card or online money transfer services. Another term for bingo deposit.
Deposit BonusA promotional strategy where an incentive is given to online bingo players when they deposit funds to their accounts.
Double BingoThe pattern a player needs to complete to win a 75-ball bingo game. The pattern is composed of two lines in either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
Early Bird GameA game played before the first bingo game of the session.
Electronic DauberA system in bingo halls that automatically marks the numbers in multiple cards.
FaceA single bingo card on a bingo sheet.
FlimsyA thin sheet of paper where the bingo card is printed.
Four CornersA pattern that requires players to mark the four corners of their card to win.
Free BingoA game in online bingo sites where players can play without depositing their account.
Free SpaceThe center square in a bingo card in 75-ball bingo.
Free SquareThe center square in a bingo card in 75-ball bingo. Another term for free space.
Full HouseThis pattern is achieved when a player covers all of the three vertical lines in a 90-ball bingo.
Funded PlayerAn online bingo player that made an actual deposit on their account.
Game BoardAn electronic display that resembles the bingo card and the winning pattern. It is usually a part of the bingo board.
Game PatternThe shape a player must cover or form to win a 75-Ball Bingo game. Another term for bingo pattern.
Game RoomsThese are the online equivalent of bingo halls. These are virtual spaces where online bingo games are held. Another term for bingo rooms.
GameTech International (G.T.I.)The company that made the electronic dauber system called TED.
Hard CardA bingo card printed in a heavy cardboard, typically with small shutters to cover the called numbers.
Hard Way BingoA game (usually played with 75 balls) where players can win when they mark a vertical or horizontal line. The catch to this game is the winning line cannot include the free space or square.
Inlaid CardThese are 4×4 bingo cards that are built-in tabletops and used in playing mechanized cash bingo.
Instant BingoIt is a type of break-open bingo card with pre-printed “called” numbers. It is like a scratch card that will reveal the numbers once scratched.
Instant-Win Bingo GamesOther games provided by online bingo websites other than bingo. For example, blackjack, virtual scratch cards, and bingo slots.
JackpotA prize that is bigger than the normal one. It is won by completing a full house, coverall, or other complicated patterns. Another term for bingo jackpot.
Late Night BingoA bingo session that begins late at night, usually around 10:00 PM.
Loyalty ProgramA points-based program on an online bingo site. It rewards players with points every time they buy a bingo ticket.
Lucky JarAn online bingo platform.
Mainstage BingoThe main game/s in a bingo session.
Mechanized Cash BingoA type of bingo game played in addition to the main game. It is played using a reusable 4×4 bingo card with shutters, and players need to insert coins to join.
Minimum Buy-InFor physical bingo games, this term is also called admission. When used in online bingo, it is the minimum number of tickets a player needs to buy to play.
Money BallThe ball or number drawn first before a game. When a player hits bingo on that number, they will get double the prize.
Moonlight BingoA bingo session that begins late at night, usually around 10:00 PM.. Another term for late-night bingo.
Multiple WinnersTwo or more players winning and calling bingo at the same time. The prize for the game will be equally split among the winning players.
MushroomSix to eight electronic bingo terminals assembled to form a mushroom.
National Bingo Game (The National)A game where many bingo halls are linked together, and it is played twice each day. A player needs to be the first one to have a full house to win.
Nine-PackA pattern that requires players to mark 9 squares in a 3x block to win.
No-Deposit BingoAn online bingo game that doesn’t require new players to deposit credits into their accounts.
No-Deposit BonusThese are bonus credits offered by some bingo websites as a promotional strategy to attract new players. It is also called a “new-player bonus” or “welcome bonus.”
On-the-WayA bingo pattern that is in the same game as a coverall. It means that when a player completes the first pattern, another winner will be called for the coverall pattern.
‘On’sIt is the term used on the number of individual bingo cards on a bingo sheet.
PartiA shorthand term for participation bingo.
Participation BingoA type of slot bingo where the prize is decided by a percentage of the money paid by the players.
PatternThe shape a player must cover or form to win a 75-Ball Bingo game. Another term for bingo pattern.
PayoutThe amount of money withdrawn by a player from their online bingo account. It is also the percentage of the money paid by players that will become the prize.
Play-Through RequirementsAn amount of money a player needs to wager before withdrawing their winnings from their online bingo account. Another term for wagering requirements.
Postage StampA pattern in a 75-ball bingo that comprises a 2×2 block on any corner of the card.
Prize BingoA type of game typically played in slot machines and players can win prizes other than money like vouchers.
Prize DrawA kind of bingo promotion that lets a player enter in a random drawing to win money or other prizes.
Progressive JackpotA prize that is increasing until it is won.
Pull-TabIt is a kind of bingo card that are sealed used in select games like bonanza bingo. Another term for break-open tickets.
PunchboardA type of game available in some bingo halls as a fundraising event. Players will punch a concealed paper game slip from a hole in a wooden board. They can win when they punch a hole with numbers or symbols in them.
QuickieA type of coverall game where the numbers are called out as fast as possible. Another term for blowout game.
Rainbow PackA bingo book with tickets in different colors.
Reload BonusAlso called redeposit bonus, it is a type of deposit bonus that gives players incentives when they reload their account.
RNGOr Random Number Generator is a computer program that produces random numbers for a bingo game. It is the electronic equivalent of a bingo blower.
RoomiesPlayers who are talking or chatting inside a bingo site chat room.
Serial NumberThe unique number printed on each set of bingo cards. This number protects the integrity of the game and to verify the winner.
SeriesA group of bingo cards with a definite number of unique faces.
SessionA bingo hall program containing regular and special games played. It can also include intermissions in between games.
Shutter BoardA portable bingo card made of plastic that has a 4×4 grid. Each box has small shutters for players to close over the called numbers.
Single BingoA pattern players need to create to win a 75-ball bingo. It consists of a single line across the card, either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
Six-PackA winning pattern where a player needs to mark six squares in the shape of a block to win.
SpecialA term used for a game played outside or after a regular session.
Speed BingoA bingo game that uses a 3×3 card and 30 balls, and the numbers are called as fast as possible.
Speed GameA type of coverall game where the numbers are called out as fast as possible. Another term for blowout game.
Split PotThe prize won from the percentage of the cash paid by players when they bought their tickets. Another term for cash-in-prize.
Table Board BingoIt is a lottery-type bingo where a mechanical table with permanent shutter boards on top.
TEDThe electronic dauber system created by GameTech International.
Texas BlackoutA variant of the regular blackout game. The gist of the game is to mark all even numbers if the first number to be called is even. This rule is the same if an odd number was called first. After the first number, the game will be continued as a normal blackout.
ThrowawayA thin sheet of paper where the bingo card is printed. Another term for flimsy.
TicketsThe pages of a bingo book where individual bingo cards are printed. Another term for bingo sheets.
To ViewIt is the term used on the number of individual bingo cards on a bingo sheet. Another term for ‘on’s.
Triple BingoA pattern players need to create to win a 75-ball bingo. It consists of threes line across the card, either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
Up’sThe number of bingo sheets in a bingo book.
ValidationAdditional payment players pay in advance to be qualified to win special prizes.
Wagering RequirementsAn amount of money a player needs to wager before withdrawing their winnings from their online bingo account.
Warm-Up/Warm UpThe first game of the bingo session.
Welcome Deposit BonusA type of deposit bonus that gives players incentives when they put money on their account for the first time.
Wild NumberA number that all players can mark on their cards. It can vary from each game, and not all games have a wild number.
Winner-Takes-AllA game where the winner gets 100% of the money paid by the players.
WithdrawalThe action of a player getting their money out of their online bingo account.
Wrap-UpThe last game played by bingo players in a session.
Glossary of Bingo terminology.

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