It’s a good idea to read the posted rules carefully before the beginning of a session, as no bingo hall operates in the exact same way as another. Any extra printed rules for the night supplant what is posted, so be sure to be on the lookout for any special handouts
Trying to alter a bingo card is just not worth it. Whatever you do, no experienced bingo manager or caller will be deceived. Many halls, if not all of them, will be happy to punish as a way of getting caught cheating, taking legal action to the full extent of the law. Just be honest and follow the rules to play it safe. Here are some of the usual rules you may come across:
- In most halls, players must be 18 years old or older to be able to participate.
- The organization may forbid players from entering and leaving the hall during special high-stakes games.
- Usually, drinks and food from outside are frowned upon, seeing as how most establishments want you to buy their snacks and drinks. Some halls forbid alcoholic beverages, while others may sell beer together with soft drinks.
- Booking specific cards may not be permissible.
- Each seated person may be required to have their buy-in since typically, people have not been not allowed to sit and watch while other people play the game. Some halls may require having an entry ticket in plain view of the seated players while the play.
It's very important to know that bingo must be requested on the last number called. It’s too late to call for bingo if the caller has already underway in announcing the next ball. Equally, any missed bingos become worthless as soon as the caller closes the game and drops the balls, getting ready for the next game.
It’s a good idea to bring your photo ID, should you win the big jackpot, seeing as how players might have to present a Social Security card and fill out tax reporting forms and earnings right away. On a side note, the hall may well reserve the right to publish the winners or winning cards.
Good luck and play safe!