Bingo Card Game Rules - How to Play Bingo Card Guide

Bingo Card Game Rules - How to Play Bingo Card Guide

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Have you always thought that Bingo is a genuinely modern-day game? If so, you'll find it hard to believe that it was actually first recorded during the 1500s! Now we know that it is significantly more established than we thought. The traditional Bingo is a lottery game in which each player has a card expanded as a 5x5 matrix with numbers.

An assigned caller calls out numbers picked by drawing numbered balls or tokens from stock, or by an electronic randomizer. The first player to stamp a total winning line receives a prize when they play a Bingo card game on Oppabet. However, there are also some similar game variations using standard playing-cards!

Best Rules To Play Bingo Card Game

Here are some of the rules to play the simple Bingo card game!

1. Basic Game

For this game, use two standard, 52-card packs without jokers. There can be up to ten regular players and a guest who can either join as a player as well, or simply call the cards without playing. From the combined deck of both card packs, distribute five cards to each player, face up (when there are fewer than eight players, you may pass out six cards to each). The dealer can now draw cards one by one from the combined deck and call out both the suit and value of each card drawn, i.e. "five of diamonds".

If a card in a player’s hand matches the card drawn from the deck exactly, they may turn it face down. The first player to turn every one of their cards face down wins. When playing for cash, the winner’s hand should be checked against the drawn cards to ensure every one of their cards has indeed been called. This game is also referred to in certain areas as Bango! or Hoy! as this is the word yelled by a player to declare that they have won.

2. Thirteen Card Bingo

By adding more card packs, it is possible to play the above-mentioned game with more players and bigger hands.

There is a variant played in the Doncaster Whist Club in England by around 60 individuals. Similarly to Whist, a standard deck of cards is distributed so each player at the table receives thirteen cards. Then, as in the basic card Bingo, the caller draws individual cards from a different pack and the player whose 13 cards are called claims the prize.

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  • Adding decks in-game allows more people to play bingo
  • Bingo with bets
  • Bingo cards called by rank only, ignoring the suits
  • Face cards: 10 points
  • Ace
  • 11 focuses, 15 focuses, or 1 point
  • Face number
  • 2-10 (number cards)

3. Bingo Without Suits

This is also similar to the basic card Bingo game.  The only thing that changes in this variation is that only the card’s value is called out - the suit is completely irrelevant. When a card value is called, players turn down every card in their hand that has the same value. In case two or more players win simultaneously, they can either split the prize or reward it to the player who announced their win first.

4. Bingo with Payment for Uncalled Cards

This variation is best suited for 3 to 5 players; use just one deck of cards and again, suits are disregarded. Before the round starts, every player places a bet into the pot. Five cards are then distributed face down to each player and ten more are placed face down at the center of the table. Players check their hands and if one player has four cards of the same value, all hands must be reshuffled and dealt again.

The dealer turns the cards in the center face up in turn, and players dispose of any cards they hold that match the value of a face-up card in the center. Their disposed cards should still be kept close to them, as they may need to be checked should they win the round. In case there are repeated values that turn up when the cards in the center are revealed, the dealer must simply keep flipping the remaining cards until a different value shows up.

The first player to dispose of all the cards in their hand must shout “Bingo!” to announce their win. The remaining players then, at that point, place another stake in the pot for each card that they were not able to dispose of. The winner, of course, gets the pot. Let’s assume now that nobody has won yet after the initial 10 cards in the center have been revealed. The dealer should continue turning over new cards from the undealt deck until 10 more unique positions have been revealed.

If still no one has won, every player then pays an additional stake to the pot for each card they have not disposed of plus one more stake for a new round.The cards are shuffled and distributed once more, and further hands are played until somebody finally wins the pot.

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5. Bingo with a Jackpot

This British variation, detailed by Craig Crossland, is played with a combined deck of two 52-card packs without jokers, with a limit of four players. Suits are once again overlooked.Before starting, each player must place one stake in the main pot, and two stakes in the jackpot. From the combined deck, the dealer distributes 6 cards to each player and 12 to a center “jackpot heap”; the cards are dealt one-by-one to each player, with two cards to the jackpot heap after every round. 

To start the game, the dealer turns up cards from the jackpot heap and calls out their values. Players dispose of all cards they hold that are equal in rank to the turned-up card. The player who disposes of all their cards before the jackpot heap runs out can shout "bingo!" and claim winnings from both the main pot and the jackpot. Assuming the jackpot heap depletes and nobody has won. The dealer proceeds by then turning over cards from the remaining, undealt deck. 

As usual, players dispose of any cards they hold that are equal to the revealed card; the first to dispose of all their cards is the winner. However, they may only claim their winnings from the main pot. The jackpot stays for the following hand and will increase as more cash is added to it. If the entire pack runs out and nobody has won, there is no winner for the round. Instead, another round begins and both pots continue to grow until someone wins. If two players call out “Bingo!” simultaneously, the prize is split between them.

6. Bingo with Betting Rounds

Card Bingo is played similarly to the basic game, but with betting rounds akin to poker. Just one 52-card pack is utilized, with Jokers and suits ignored. The players place their bets and receive five cards each, after which five more cards are placed face down on the table. The five table cards are turned up in turn, with players placing additional bets before each is uncovered. Players dispose of any cards equal to the revealed cards in the center. The first player to dispose of all five cards wins the pot. If no one has won yet after all five cards have been revealed, the winner is determined by the total value of each players’ remaining cards. 2- to 10-ranked cards retain their values; the value of face cards should be decided ahead of the game. The Jack, Queen, and King may be either all at 10, or 11, 12, and 13, respectively. The Ace card may also be valued at 1, 11, or even 15. The winner is then the player who has either the highest or lowest total value.

7. High-Low Bingo

The set-up for High-Low Bingo is similar to what was mentioned above where gameplay is similar to poker. However, this is played with two 52-card packs together and is thus suitable for a bigger number of players. The round proceeds in the same manner. If a player disposes of all their cards by the time the five center cards are turned up, they can shout “Bingo!” and claim the pot.

However, if no one wins before then, the winner is now determined in a different way. First of all, there are two winners: the player with the highest-valued hand, the player with the lowest-valued hand (thus, High-Low Bingo), and they split the pot. Here, face cards are worth 10 and Aces are worth 1 for the low hand, 11 for the high hand. Additionally, the value is calculated based on all of the players’ cards - even those already disposed of.  Of course, you may also choose to exclude the discarded cards from the total value.

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8. Traditional BINGO

Traditional Bingo is usually played in person, in a large venue. Players meet at the lobby, pay a fee to get in, then join when a new round starts. An evening of Bingo comprises many games played continuously throughout the night. Each round proceeds in this manner:

Players have various Bingo cards (players can, as a rule, play quite a few cards); each Bingo card has 5 rows and 5 columns, giving 25  square spaces. The columns are named from left to right with the letters 'B', 'I', 'N', 'G', 'O'. With the middle space being "free", the remaining spaces in the card are filled with random numbers as follows:

  • Each space in the 'B' segment contains a number from 1 - 15.
  • Every space in the 'I' segment contains a number from 16 - 30.
  • Space in the 'N' segment contains a number from 31 - 45.
  • The space in the 'G' segment contains a number from 46 - 60.
  • And space in the 'O' segment contains a number from 61 - 75.

The caller will then pull random numbers from the stock or in some cases, use a randomizer, and players may cross these numbers out from their cards. The first player to cross out a winning line, wins!

Chances of Winning

Each Bingo game has a victorious card. So, a player's odds of winning rely upon the number of cards in the game and the number of cards s/he is playing. For instance, assuming a player has 12 cards in a game with 1200 cards in play, the odds of winning for that player is 1 of every 100.

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Final Thoughts

Bingo card games are easy and fun games to play. Its rules are easy and understandable, and since they rely mostly on chance instead of strategy, there’s really no telling what could happen and that’s all part of the fun!

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