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terms and lingo

Buy-in – The minimum purchase per person to play bingo.

PhDs – The full color handsets used at Sunset Bingo which “daub” and keep track or all your bingo cards for you. The common name for electronic bingo. More info here.

Dauber – A tube of transparent ink for marking bingo cards.

Flashboard – The board containing illuminated numbers that show the numbers called during a bingo game. Sunset Bingo has multiple flashboards around the hall for the regular games and two more for the Bonanza games.

Free Space – The space in the middle of all bingo cards that is “free” to the player and is considered “called.” Free spaces usually count towards winning a bingo game. Some bingo games are won by playing “the hard way” or without the benefit of the Free Space.

Mark 75 – A type of throwaway card that has every number from 1 through 75 on each sheet. Each number appears one time only on Mark 75s.

Pattern Games – A design that can be drawn on a bingo card and is declared the pattern to win a particular bingo game. Dozens of Pattern Games can be played. See samples here.

Throwaways – Games not included in regular buy-in packets. Any one of several extra bingo games that are played during a bingo session. See Earlybirds, Late Games and Bonanzas.

Work Up Games – Games that are played en route to a blackout. The caller identifies the type of Workup game or games to be played at the beginning of the blackout game. Blackouts usually take 55-65 numbers before a player bingos, the Workup Games are usually won in less than 40 numbers.

The origins of Bingo can be traced to the year 1530 in which an Italian state-run lottery game “Lo Giuco de Lotto” was created.
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