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Bingo Info: What You need to Know About the Game

Bingo is a fun game that has been played for centuries and is still enjoying a great wave of popularity even until today. It is played in land-based bingo halls or online. It a a popular fund raising activity, since everyone will have fun playing the game and raising money at the same time.

For those who are completely new to the game (and are definitely a dying breed), the best way to enjoy your first game and the next games after that is to make sure that you have a basic knowledge of the game rules, which in the case of bingo, are very simple.

First, you need to purchase your cards.

The cards are made up of a 5 by 5 grid containing numbers from 1 to 75, and these numbers correspond to the letters of 'BINGO'. Most players usually stick to 2 or 3 at the same time, provided that they can manage keeping tabs on three cards at the same time. Some players usually go for more, especially if 'play-all-you-can' cards are being offered. However, if you're a newbie its better to keep your cards at a minimum, or else you'll go bonkers with the task of keeping up with the caller and marking off your numbers.

Most mistakes in marking off cards usually happen because of this. You'll end up thinking that you won, when it fact it was all a mistake in the marking of the numbers.

The game starts when the caller begins to call out the numbers one by one after randomly drawing them out from a device that is similar to that being used in the lottery. You need to pay careful attention to the caller as he calls the numbers out, in order to correctly mark your numbers. The chances that you will make a mistake in marking off your numbers will increase when you are playing many bingo cards at the same time.

Once you create a BINGO pattern in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, you should immediately yell out 'BINGO!' preferably before anyone else does (if you want to win), but not without doing a quick check to make sure you've got you're number's right.

Once your numbers are verified by the caller, you will be awarded your prize, and another round of bingo begins. If there are other winners beside you, you have to split your winnings among yourselves.

Prizes may range from a a few dollars, trinkets like stuffed toys, to more expensive prizes like cars. Online sites that offer serious bingo games usually offer equally large prizes.

There are many variations to the game. The most popular variation would probably be 'Cover-all' where the players need to have all the spaces in the card marked-off or covered to win the game.

Bingo is a very fun game, and you will never know how much fun you can have unless you sit down to your very first game. There's nothing like the thrill of calling out your very first 'BINGO' for everyone to hear. Its definitely a feeling that will keep you coming back for more.