One of the great things about playing online bingo is that you can sit back and let the computer dab your numbers as they're called. There's no need to worry about missing a call, looking round bewildered as to what the last number was or making a show of yourself by shouting "house" only to discover you've made a mistake.
The same can't be said for real life games down the old bingo hall. These require you to be on your A-game and listening out for the bingo calls as they come thick and fast. The Bucks Herald sent some of their reporters to a local Gala Bingo Hall to learn more about the game - and they filed this video.
As you can see from the clip, the reporters manage to get themselves into a bit of a two and eight. Playing multiple cards is an art form but there are ways to master it. The key is to remember that the numbers on your cards aren't place randomly. The first column is for 1-9, the second is for 10-19 and so on and so forth up to 80-90. If Kelly's Eye (No.1) is called you then look down your first column and mark off accordingly. Once you've figured this part of the game then it becomes a lot easier to play.
Our second top tip is to not get flustered if things go wrong as it's quite likely you'll miss further calls. Panicking and making noise disturbs other players and that won't go down too well! All number calls appear on a big score board behind the caller so try and catch up using that and then get yourself back up to speed. You might also like to go along to the bingo with a friend so that you have more than one pair of ears listening out for the numbers.
If you play online and miss the thrill of dabbing your numbers then most sites let you disable the auto-dabber. However, we'd advise against it and just sit back, relax and use the chat facility to cheer on your fellow roomies.
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