Riverview Gaming Centre

Bingo 101

Get familiar with the various elements of bingo with us!

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Important Update

In light of the on-going concerns around COVID-19 and the advice from the Chief Medical Officer, Riverview Gaming Centre, Chatham ON will be closing effective Monday March 16. We did not make this decision lightly but have decided to do what is prudent for our Customers, our Charities and our Team Members (staff). We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision to re-open when it is safe.

How To Play

Bingo! A game of pure chance, bingo is a universal favourite that’s fun and easy to play. The object of the game is to match called out number-letter combinations to the combinations on a gridded card, and to be the first to fill in a specific pattern on that card.

Notice

At any time during a game, please raise your hand and a staff member will come assist you if you have any questions or concerns. We encourage yelling! It is your responsibility to call when you have a bingo and have it verified by the caller.

Before you play, it’s good to know the elements of the game and what they’re called!

Strip

Bingo cards come in “strips”. A strip is a vertical column of 3 bingo cards.

Bingo Cards

Each Bingo card has 24 numbered squares, plus one free space. It’s divided into a gird with the letters B, I, N, G and O as separate columns. Under each letter are numbers that correspond with a series of numbers from 1 to 75. The FREE space in the centre of the grid is considered automatically filled.

Ball Blower

The Bingo ball blower is an air-blowing machine that mixes 75 numbered balls, which are removed and called out one at a time.

Book

Whenever you play Bingo, you buy a book containing strips of Bingo cards. Books range from 1 to 6 strips, with 3 to 18 cards per page that can only be played for that day’s session.

Session Program

This is the agenda, shown on a paper handed out at the centre. It’s designed to present the order of the games, the prize for each game and the line or pattern required to win.

Caller

The person who calls out the numbers to the players, and stops the action when bingo is called:

Marker or Dauber

This is a special ink marker used to mark or “Dab” the numbers on your cards as they are called.

Flashboard

A flashboard displays each number as it’s called.