The old school way of playing bingo – playing at a hall with friends is still extremely popular. Especially with the older folks though recently there has been an increase in the number of younger people taking this way of playing up. The newer players may not be aware that there is no uniform set of rules at bingo halls and each place is different. It is always a good idea to know what the local rules are. This article details the most common rules every bingo player must know.
Rule #1 – Typically there is an age requirement. The requirement may differ – in some places it may be the person must be a minimum of eighteen years of age and in others it may be twenty one. One can find places where players must be at least twenty five to play – such conservative halls do exist.
Rule #2 – It is understood that in order to play at the hall everyone must buy a card. The card’s price and style depends on which hall you are playing at. There are some events where the first card is on the house and in some charity events the cards may cost more than they normally do – the money from the tickets and the prices won goes out for a good cause. The typical cards used are the same as in most online bingo sites – the seventy five, eighty and ninety ball bingo cards.
Rule #3 – There are some halls that serve alcohol while others that don’t tolerate it.
Rule #4 – During high stakes tournaments some halls won’t allow their players to leave and then re-enter the hall. This is their effort of keeping scammers in check.
Rule #5 – Altering the card in any way will get you banned – in some places you get banned for good.
Rule #6 – Many halls want to see your ID when you go to collect your winnings and that is due to the fact that tournament prizes can be quite valuable.
Rule #7 – Live Bingo events have a bingo caller – someone that announces the style of the play, all the rules, prizes and who also calls out numbers. Pay attention to this person and mark off all numbers because later complaints will not be taken into account.
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