The following words and phrases represent the most common technical lingo of bingo, particularly for online bingo. These are only a sampling of the vast collection of bingo lingo that has been invented for the game.
The bingo game that uses 5x5 bingo cards which is popularly played in the USA and Canada. A total of 75 numbers can be called in this game.
90-Number BingoThe bingo game that uses 3x9 bingo cards which is popularly played in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. A total of 90 numbers can be called in this game.
Admission To be become eligible to play in an online bingo game. Usually, a purchase of bingo cards acts as admission to a game.
Admission Packet The minimum number of cards a player must buy for admission to a game. The number of tickets in an admission packet varies from game to game.
Bingo Bango BongoA bingo game for two or more players. He who has the most points wins.
Bingo BoardThe display board that shows each of the numbers that have been called in a game.
Blackout or CoverallThe bingo pattern that involves covering all numbers on the card to win.
Buzzword BingoThe bingo game that uses buzzwords or buzz phrases instead of numbers.
Cash In PrizeRefers to bingo games that have a cash payout.
Chat GamesAside from the online bingo game, some Web sites also provide various chat games to provide players with additional chances to win prizes.
Chat Master Also known as the chat moderator, chat monitor or CM, he’s the person who’s in charge of the chat room and chat games. You can differentiate him from other players because he chats using bold fonts or capital letters only.
Chat RoomThe place on the online bingo site where players can chat and make friends with one another.
Consolation PrizeA prize given to player when no one wins the game in a predetermined number of calls.
Four CornersThe bingo game where a player has to cover all four corners of his bingo card to win.
Full HouseThe winning pattern where all the numbers on the card have been crossed off.
Hard BallThe first number selected during a bingo session.
HouseThe Web site that runs the bingo game.
Inside SquareIn 75-number bingo, a game where all the numbers under “I,” “N” and “G” must be covered.
JackpotThe largest cash prize available.
Minimum Buy-inThe minimum amount that a player should spend to be eligible to win prizes.
OnWhen a player is only one number away from getting a bingo, he is “on.”
Postage Stamp PatternWhen a player has crossed off a 2x2 grid in any corner of the bingo card, that’s a postage stamp pattern.
Progressive JackpotA jackpot that increases over time if no one wins a game in a predetermined number of calls.
QuickieWhen numbers are called rapidly and the object is cover the entire card, that’s a quickie.
Single Line AcrossWhen a player has marked off all the numbers on a horizontal line.
Six PackSix numbers in a block on one card.
Two Lines AcrossWhen a player has marked off all the numbers on two horizontal lines.
Wrap UpThe last game of a bingo session.