Bingo Lingo & Bingo Terms

As well as the various bingo calls which include key to the door, Heinz Varieties and Droopy Drawers, there's a few bits of bingo lingo you should get to grips with before you get those eyes down for a full house! Some of the terms below relate to the chatrooms - we've not listed every abbreviation though as many like LOL and PMSL are probably well known these days!

1TG: One to go - you are one call away from a full house!

2TG: Two to go - you are two calls away from a full house!

Blackout or Coverall or Full House: A pattern where you must cover the whole card to win.

Caller: The person who calls out the bingo numbers for the player.

Card: Your bingo playing card.

Chat Room: When playing online, an area where you can communicate with other bingo players.

CM/CH: Chat Moderator/Chat Host - the person who manages the chatrooms!

Dauber: The marker that you use on your bingo card to mark off the numbers as they are called.

Early bird game: A bingo game that starts before another regularly scheduled game.

Free space: The middle square of your bingo card in 75 ball bingo.

Game Board: The display board over your cards that shows you the balls in play.

Jackpot: What you're playing for when you play bingo.

Lobby: The main page of a bingo site.

Mini Games: Side games such as slots and scratchcards that you can play at the same time as bingo.

Pattern: Used in 75 ball bingo to describe the area of the card you need to cover to win.

Progressive Jackpot: A larger jackpot offered to players who call in bingo within a certain number of calls.

Roomies: Your fellow bingo players.

Shutters: Used instead of a dauber (or dabber) to cover your bingo numbers.

WDW: Well Done Winner. Used in bingo chat rooms to congratulate other players.

WTG: Way To Go. Used in bingo chat rooms to congratulate other players.

If you're playing bingo and are stuck then ask the chat host or moderator for help. They're usually very helpful! If a host isn't available then other roomies are always willing to help too.

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