July 17th, 2009
Even if bingo is a simple game, it is not played without rules. Otherwise, everyone can be a winner, and the whole place, virtual or not, can be very chaotic. Besides, every player has to practice proper etiquette when it comes to playing any kind of game, even bingo.Here are some of the rules that you have to keep in mind at all times:
1. Know what type of game you are going to play. There are different kinds of bingo games that you can choose from. You have 90 ball and 75 ball, two of the most popular. They differ in patterns and, of course, numbers, though they work the same way: you would have to mark out numbers in certain patterns.
Needless to say, they have slight differences in rules. For example, when you play 75 ball bingo, your card will only be good for a particular pattern. The 90 ball bingo game, on the other hand, is played on phases. You can win thrice in a 90 ball game.
2. Be attentive to the numbers. The numbers could be called twice, and they are also flashed on the screen. They could be placed together with the other called numbers just in case you want to make a review. However, if you miss declaring that you are “House” or “Bingo,” you would never have the chance to get the prize. You will immediately forfeit your winnings in favor of the player who has proclaimed himself or herself as the winner.
3. Be mindful of the patterns. It is funny how other players would think that they won the game when, in fact, they have not because they formed the right pattern. The pattern that you have to follow to a T will be mentioned before the start of the game. If you are playing online, you would see it somewhere on the screen. Be conscious of how it looks like.
4. Use the chat function accordingly. Make sure that you do not abuse the chat room. You will use it only when you have to communicate with someone or when you want to play chat games and win more prizes. As much as possible, avoid talking anything personal in the chat room. It is considered to be public, and your messages can be read by many. See if you can create private chats instead. You can ask the chat moderator or a website staff about it. You should also be aware of any chat-specific rules. Some websites would not allow players to write in bold or capital letters.
5. Pay the fees. Whether you are playing in social halls or online, there are fees that have to be paid. They will not cost you a lot, though, and they would already include the administrative fees that go for the maintenance of the website. Nevertheless, some websites don’t ask for anything, except that for you to play the game, you need to make a deposit.
With these rules in mind, you will have more smooth-sailing bingo games.