When new players join us for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming at first.
Where do I go first? How much does it cost? How long does it take? Do I need a dauber? What is a dauber? All of which are great questions.
In this section, we will talk about many of the things a new player needs to know. Don’t worry! Bingo is a game that is intended to be FUN! The more you know, the more enjoyable your experience will be.
I would suggest that the first thing a new player does as they enter the building is to look around to find some of the landmarks. As you look to the back of our building you will see a series of sales counters. This is where you will want to purchase your cards for the session. Start at the “Card Sales Desk “, this is where you will get most of the papers you’ll need to play on. In the center of the back wall is the “Call Stand”. The caller will be giving you instructions as to what color paper to play on, and what patterns you will be looking for. Finally, to the right are the bathrooms and the kitchen area.
So where do we start? Most new players can handle 1 of each product with relative ease. . Numbers will be called at 16 second intervals for Pack games, and 10 second intervals for flimsy games. This will give you plenty of time to mark your numbers and still see if you have a pattern completed.
Daubers are markers used to cover the numbers on your bingo paper. They help cover the numbers better so that it is easier for you to see if you have a Bingo! They are available in the Kitchen. They come in all shapes and colors.
The most important thing to do if you think you have a Bingo is to yell! This is how you win the prize. Prizes range from $10- $10,000! Yes, you can win that much at any of our sessions. A bingo must be declared before the next number is called or it is no good. So don’t be afraid, hold your card in the air and yell bingo. If it is a mistake, don’t worry, we will just keep calling numbers until somebody has a completed the pattern.
As you start playing, you will find that concentration is important. Marking your numbers and seeing how close you are before you win is the only skill involved. So as a courtesy to all the players around you, please keep your voices down and cell phones on silent or vibrate while play is in progress. This will ensure that everyone will have a chance to enjoy their bingo experience.
Finally, have fun! Bingo is a social game, and many new friends are just waiting to be made.