Play bingo with our bingo caller
This tutorial explains how to play a bingo game with our online bingo caller. It was designed to facilitate the organization of a bingo game, to reduce the necessary equipment and to easily validate the winning cards. You can see the bingo caller as if you open a bingo room for 2 hours.
Once activated, the bingo caller will be active for 2 hours regardless of the number of games played. The virtual bingo caller is directly linked to the bingo cards of a game and thus allows the application to track each of the cards played during the game. It is for this reason that it can indicate in real time the winning cards during the game. The bingo caller can be activated for only one game at a time, you must close the active one in order to use the bingo caller of another game.
On the main page, go in the line of your game and click the “Play” icon.
Define the settings of the game:
Let’s take a look at the game settings.
Number of virtual cards
This is where you choose if you play a game with printed bingo cards, with virtual bingo cards, or both. The game will be played by default with printed cards. To change the ratio of printed cards and virtual cards, modify the number of virtual cards. If you would like to play only with virtual bingo cards, click “Set all to virtual“, and enter a password for the players to join your virtual game at BingoMaker.com at “Join a virtual bingo game“.
Here is a video that demonstrates how the host and the players are connected using the virtual bingo caller.
When you have some virtual cards in your game, you can select the game name. The game name will appear in the Game List page.
Type of bingo
Choose the game mode that best suits your needs.
Bingo Caller: The bingo caller will draw the values randomly during the game as a standard bingo caller used in bingo halls (cage with balls). To print the bingo cards for the game, choose a card template, click “View” and print out the number of cards required. If you plan to play multiple games, print the same cards several times.
Simulation: This option is only available if you have done a simulation for this game. The bingo caller will draw the values like a standard bingo caller, but it will follow the predefined order to reproduce the results. The winning combinations will respect those defined during the simulation and will be displayed in the lists as the game progresses. Select from the versions the simulation you wish to play during the game. If you restart a new game, the bingo caller will replay the same simulation.
Winning combinations to get a bingo
Choose from the table how players will get winning lines during the game. The boxes are all checked by default. The results will be displayed simultaneously during the game in the winners list.
The first game is free. The cost of using the bingo caller depends on the number of cards of the game at the price of 1 credit per 25 cards and it will be active for 2 hours. The countdown is shown at the top right of the bingo caller.
Use the bingo caller and play a game
The bingo caller was designed in order to display the values played on a screen like the scoreboard in the bingo halls. The organizer can follow the game on his side using the statistic tables and easily validate the winning cards.
Manual and automatic draw
To start the game, manually click on “Make Draw“. To use the automatic draw, select the number of seconds between draws and click “Enable”. To disable the function, click “Disable“. When the option “Stop the draw when a card is winning” is set to “Yes“, the bingo caller will be deactivated when there is at least one winning card. If the option is set to “No“, the bingo caller will continue without taking into account to the winners. Draws will stop when all bingo values are drawn or when all the values of a simulation are drawn.
The table allows organizers to quickly see the drawn values and follow the game. Current and previous draws are displayed at the top of the table. The table is automatically updated after each draw.
External flash board
This function opens the table in another window. Drag the window into the other screen (TV or projector) and display the board so that the players follow the draws as in professional bingo centers.
This list enables you to follow the order by which the values have been drawn. It indicates the column in which the values can be found in the card squares and the values themselves. The last drawn value is displayed at the top of the list.
This list indicates the winning card numbers and how they are winning.
Validation of winning cards: The validation of the winners in this table enables you to mark the cards that have been validated. To validate a card, click on the card in the winners list and click “Validate“. The card will be crossed out to indicate that it has been validated. If you have selected the option “Do a draw among winners at the end of the game“, only crossed out cards will be part of the final draw.
Ways to end the game:
End the game and do the draw
This function allows a draw among players who have won winning lines during the game. Making the draw finishes the game and displays the desired number of winners. Only validated cards will be part of the final draw among winners. This mode of play works best by playing with the 4 corners method. For more information about the 4 corners method, take a look at the page How to Play Bingo.
Restart the game
This function enables you to reset all the bingo caller tables and to start another game with the same bingo cards of the active caller. You can play as many games as you want until there is no time left on the active bingo caller.