Bingo is a game of chance that’s loved all throughout the world, and has been for centuries. The game existed long before we knew it as Bingo, and has been used for many purposes over time, including raising money for the military throughout World War II.

In the modern day, dedicated Bingo halls have sprung up all over the country, and the game is even available at online casinos, where you can play anywhere you have internet access, any time you fancy.

So, to get you well on the way to becoming a Bingo pro, we’ve comprised a short list of all the Bingo terminology you need to know!

90-ball Bingo

90-ball Bingo is a form of the game that’s played with cards on a three by nine grid. You can win by marking off one, two or all of the rows.

Admission Pack

This is the set number of cards you’ll need to purchase to enter a Bingo hall. An admission pack will contain between three to six cards and may include tickets for unique games.


You’ll find this one at an online casino site. Auto-play is a feature that automatically marks off the numbers called, so you’ll never miss a call again!

Bingo caller

This is the name given to the person that calls the numbers, essentially hosting the game.

Bingo calls

This term has two definitions. One where it’s used to describe the number of balls called in the game or to reach the jackpot, and another where it’s used to define the creative ways to call out the numbers. For example, you’ve probably heard of “two fat ladies – 88”.

Cookie jar

A cookie jar is the name given to a certain kind of jackpot that grows throughout the game. When a lucky number is called during the game and no one has hit Bingo, money will be added to the cookie jar. Then, when someone hits Bingo on the lucky number, they will receive the delicious contents within.


A dauber, also known as a dabber or dobber, is the specialised marker that’s used to mark off the numbers that have been called during the game.

Early-bird game

This is the name given to a game that’s played before the first Bingo game of the session, like a warm-up.

Free space

The free space, or square, is the empty square in the middle of a 75-ball Bingo card.

Full house

A full-house is what’s achieved when you cover all the squares on your card in a game of Bingo. Once you’ve got a full-house, you can call out Bingo or House!

Speed Bingo

Speed Bingo is a game of Bingo that uses a three-by-three card and only 30 balls. The caller will call the numbers as fast as they can so the game goes quickly – hence the name.


As a warm-up is the name given to the first game of the Bingo session, a wrap-up is the last game.

So, now you’re familiar with some of the most crucial Bingo lingo, are you ready to race to the full house? Get your dauber at the ready and find out!