Basic Rules and Etiquette for Online Bingo

Bingo caller speaking into microphone, while smiling, at a bingo event at Bryant Park 2014

Whether you play bingo at online casinos or in your local bingo hall, there is some common etiquette and a few unspoken rules that you will need to know. If you want to get the most fun out of your bingo experience, then you will want to keep these things in mind the next time you play.

How to make friends and include everyone in online bingo

Online bingo rooms play host to the friendly, enjoyable, and very social environment that bingo is so well known for. It is easy to understand why online bingo has such a friendly and welcoming community, because the game itself is so relaxing and fun to play! Here are a few ways to help you start off on the right foot when joining an online bingo community.

Start by saying hello

When you first enter an online bingo chat room, you should start off by saying hello to the other players in the room. Simply saying hello, like in real life, will invite the other players to start a conversation and introduce themselves. You don’t have to be first to act either, if you are a little shy you can always wait until you see a few other people chatting before you chime in.

Keep a positive mindset

Luck has a way of shifting sometimes and you won’t always be a winner; but even if you lose, try to stay positive – particularly in the chat. Be kind and respectful to the bingo host and try to remind yourself that everyone else has also put money into the game, and everyone is bound to lose at some point. The key is to remain humble in victory, but most importantly you must be gracious in defeat.

Do not be offensive

Remember that when you are playing at an online bingo site, you are playing in a room with a lot of other people. Just like you wouldn’t swear or curse in public, you should keep your voice clean in the chat. Even though there is a certain degree of anonymity in online bingo chat rooms, offensive language and behaviour can still get your account banned from the bingo site. So, simply mind your p’s and q’s and you will do just fine.

Relax and have fun

Carl Barat and Edie Langley attend Bingo Night at The Groucho Club in 2014 in London

This goes without saying really, but sometimes it’s good to be reminded that everyone in your online bingo chat room has come together to have some fun. Try not to get so caught up in what’s happening in the chat, and risk missing out on what’s going on in the game. If the players you find yourself with are friendly, like the community on Booty Bingo, then all you have to do is relax and have a ton of fun!

How to conduct yourself in a bingo hall

Much like in the chat rooms of online bingo games, bingo halls have their own sets of basic rules and etiquette that need to be followed. Depending on your bingo hall or parlour of choice, the rules may have some slight variations. That is why we have put together a little list of fundamentals that can be applied anywhere you decide to play your game of bingo.

You will be welcome

If you are going to a bingo hall for the first time you might feel a little shy or nervous, but you have nothing to be afraid of with the bingo community! Bingo has always brought fun-loving and social communities together, with everyone in search of a relaxing time with the chance at hitting a big win. Once you have found your seat, say hello to the players around you and the conversations will quickly start to take off.

Respect the caller

This rule applies to every bingo hall in the known universe and is quite straightforward. Don’t let a losing streak or a bad day affect your interactions with the caller of your bingo game. There is nothing that they can do to change the numbers that they draw, or indeed the numbers on your card. The only time you should ever stop the caller is if they are speaking too softly or too quickly for you to be able to understand them.

Lucky seat syndrome

If you are new to a bingo hall then you might end up in a situation where you have taken someone’s lucky seat. People who play bingo can sometimes be quite superstitious and the ‘lucky seat’ is by far the most common superstition amongst bingo players. Don’t be offended if you are asked to move from your seat, particularly if you are new to the bingo hall and don’t know where people like to sit yet. In time you may find your own lucky seat, so remember what it was like when someone came to claim theirs from you. Be considerate and polite when asking them to move or even offer them the seat next to yours and introduce yourself.

The false bingo

Winning bingo card with numbers marked in red

Nobody likes a false bingo – it stops the game unnecessarily, annoys the other players, and can make the person who called it feel quite awkward and uncomfortable. Mistakes do happen and most people are aware of that, but as long as you are concentrating on the game you should have no trouble with a false bingo.

Time to mingle with Booty Bingo

If you would like to put your knowledge of bingo etiquette to the test and start getting involved in one of the friendliest and most welcoming communities in online bingo, then come play with us at Booty Bingo! We feature over 600 bingo, scratch cards and slots games for you to play on your computer at home, or on the go with bingo for mobile.