EARLY BIRD GAME

A short bingo session (2-8 games) placed prior to the regular session, used by the bingo operator to get players to the hall well in advance of the start of play.  Small prizes are usually awarded.

FACE

Is the individual Bingo sheet containing 24 numbers plus the consecutively numbered center free space in the middle.

FLARE CARD

The flare card is a card or poster included with each deal of instant bingo or pull tab tickets. A flare card will include the name of the game, the form number, the serial number of the game, and the cost per ticket or per play. The flare also explains how a game plays and what the winning symbols and associated prizes are.

FLASHBOARD

An electronic board (sign) displayed in a bingo hall that is used with a console and contains 75 numbers which can be lit up after the caller "calls" the number.

FLOOR-WORKER

A person who assists in the play of a bingo game to keep it operating smoothly.  He/she usually works a section of the floor selling pull tabs or is used to call back or verify a winning bingo.

FREE SPACE

The center square of the card, which does not have a number assigned to it. It's like a Joker or a Wild square. You get it free every game and it counts towards your winning pattern.

FREE SPACE NUMBER

Allows you to verify the winning face in a Bingo Verification Checkbook or with our electronic Verifier System.  This number will run consecutively through the series; a 1-9,000 series will have free space numbers from 1 to 9,000.

GAME PATTERN

Refers to a combination of squares which are required to be covered in order to win a bingo game.  For example:  The letter "X" game pattern tells players that they must cover both diagonal rows to win.

HARD CARD

A hard card is a reusable card bearing a bingo face or faces usually played using plastic chips.

HARD-WAY BINGO

A hard-way bingo is a bingo pattern in a straight line without the use of the free space.

INSET

The reverse side of a ticket face that reveals the various symbol combinations when the tabs or windows are opened.

INSTANT

A game of chance similar to a pull tab except that an instant game does not utilize a seal card. There are no holders; all winners are paid out instantly.

JACKPOT

A big prize, usually awarded for achieving a difficult pattern (such as a blackout), within a specified number of balls.

JAR TICKET

A carnival or gaming ticket printed on lightweight paper, folded and held by a strip of colored tape, containing numerals or symbols. They are usually sold in a cookie jar-like bin.