16 06 2013
Bingo Rules in the UK
Bingo is one of the most popular gambling games in the world. As years pass, people have created a lot variation; however, the most popular way to play the bingo game in the UK is playing with a card containing 24 numbers and a free space in the middle. Bingo is a game that is not so difficult to learn and understand, but it is important for one to thoroughly understand the different rules and regulations that govern the game.
Layout of the Bingo Cards
The bingo card has a 5×5 layout of squares that contain numbers except the free space in the middle. This free space can be automatically marked by the players as soon as the game has come to its end.
Columns in Bingo Cards
It is important to note that each column in the bingo card layout has a letter on the top (B, I, N, G, O). The squares under letter B are assigned numbers between 1-15, I with numbers 16-30, N with numbers 31-45, G with numbers 46-60, and O with numbers 61-75.
The bingo caller is tasked to be the masters of ceremonies. He/she is the one who will call out the numbers and is assigned to spot players who called bingo.
Objective of the Bingo Game
It is but obvious that the objective of the bingo game is to fill up the cards with certain patterns which vary according to the bingo hall you are playing in. Once a player sees a pattern, he/she should call out bingo in order to claim his/her prize.
The prizes for a bingo game or the amount of money to be won for a specific pattern also depend upon the bingo hall management. Take note that if there are two or more people who call out bingo, the cash prize will be split among the winners. Take for example there are 2 people who call out bingo after a number is called and the prize for the bingo pattern is $5,000; each of the winners will receive $2,500 for the round.
Other Rules for Bingo in the UK
- Most bingo halls require their players to be 18 years old or above.
- Some bingo halls do not allow alcoholic beverages within the vicinity.
- Outside foods and drinks may also be prohibited by the management to encourage players to buy from their stalls.
- During bingo games with high stakes, the management may prohibit players from going in and out the hall.
- Chaperones are not allowed while playing the game; only players are allowed.