How to play bingo

Organize a successful game and enjoy yourself

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This article covers the usage of the virtual bingo caller or “the organizer interface”, the basic rules to play a bingo game and the validation of the winning cards. The online bingo caller is able to make a random draw without needing a bingo cage with numbered balls. Whoever organizes the game will be designated as the organizer of the game. Once you have created and printed your cards, you can play many games with the same cards by using plastic bingo chips. The game rules are adapted to the popular form of bingo played in North America, but can change and be adapted to any situation.

Log in to your account and create bingo cards

log in and create bingo cards

The organizer of the game needs to log in to Bingo Maker and create a project. You can use Facebook or create an account by filling out the “Sign up” section. When you log in for the first time, you’ll automatically be directed to the project creation page. You’ll need to select the settings that reflect the kind of bingo game you would like to play and the bingo cards will be created accordingly.

When it’s done, your project will be shown in your project list like this:

project example

Print your cards

If you want to print basic bingo cards, click on “Cards” and press print. You can make the design of your cards by clicking on “Design“. The first design of a project is free. It is used to insert images or advertisements related to your event. You can also export and save your cards as a PDF file. If you have 200 cards or more, you can bring the PDF file to a print shop.

print bingo cards

Distribute the cards and explain the game to players

When you are ready to play, distribute the cards among players and explain to them how to play. You can give many cards to players so the game is more thrilling and action-packed. Depending on how you set up the game, explain to them the winning patterns to get a bingo. It’s an important step to make sure everybody is on the same page to avoid any misunderstanding.

distribute and explain

Get ready for the game

In the line of your project, click on “Caller“. The first caller of a project is free.

play

Select the winning combinations for which the players will get a bingo for this game. The standard bingo is by playing five consecutive squares. When you are ready to start the game, click “Play“.

game settings

You are now in the organizer interface, which is a virtual bingo caller.

bingo caller interface

The caller and the bingo cards of a project are linked together, which means that you’ll get the winning results as the game progresses. If your computer is connected to any type of external screen, you can click on “Open the board in external window” to show the players a bingo flash board so they can track the numbers drawn during the game like in a professional bingo center.

virtual flash board

Start the game

When you are ready to start the game, click the button “Make a draw” to draw random numbers. You can also use the automatic draw function so you don’t need to click manually every time. When a number is drawn, the organizer can say it aloud to create some form of entertainment. The players check on their cards to see if the numbers called are in the squares. If the numbers are on the card, the player identifies the squares with a bingo marker or a bingo chip. The players continue to mark the numbers until someone gets a winning combination.

Validate the winning cards

When a card has a winning combination, it appears under the “Winners’ list“. Click on the list to open it. To validate the cards, click the card number and then on “Validate“. Confirm the winning line on the player’s card by marking the line to avoid the player claiming the same winning combination many times over.

validate the winners

If a player claims a winning combination but it doesn’t appear in the winners’ list, it means that the player didn’t play the game correctly and the bingo is invalid. If the player has made a mistake, the organizer identifies the incorrect squares and gives the card back to the player. The game is continued until the next bingo.

Reward the winners

used cards

Participants are motivated by the chance to win a prize. It is up to the organizer to decide how prizes will be awarded to winners. There are several ways to distribute the prizes. The organizer can award a prize to the players who get a bingo or he can make a draw at the end of the game among all players who have obtained winning combinations.

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