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Play BINGO

Ready to Play? This section is where you start your BINGO Board after you configure a few settings. If you don't have any BINGO cards go to the Print Cards tab first. After you press Start below you will be taken to a BINGO Board. Remember to press Escape to get back to this screen.

How Many Numbers?

How many numbers would you like in your BINGO Game? A standard game of BINGO has 75 numbers.

Roll Duration

How long should we roll before selecting the next number? Manual means the next number is drawn only by pressing space (or Play Button (iOS)).

Drawn Number Duration

How long should we display a drawn number before rolling again? Manual means the next roll is only started by pressing space (or Play Button (iOS)).

Play Music & Sounds

Do you want music during the game?



To pause the game press P or Escape (or Pause Button (iOS)).
To roll or draw press Space (or Play Button (iOS)).

How To Play BINGO

Here are a few basic variations of BINGO that you can play. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you love your BINGO and want to immerse your self in more plays, check out this Wikipedia Article for starters.

The General Idea of BINGO

Each player has one or more BINGO card filled with numbers. In traditional BINGO the card is a 5x5 grid filled with 24 unique numbers. The centre number is considered 'free' and considered already filled or crossed out. BINGO Matic lets you print a 3x3 card with 8 numbers (and 1 free) for a faster game.

A game of BINGO is played with 75 numbers which are drawn at random from a barrel (so 1980's!) or via an electronic BINGO board system like BINGO Matic. As each number is drawn, players check their BINGO card(s) and cross off the drawn number if it exists.

When a player crosses out all numbers forming a particular pattern (depending on how the game is being played - more on this later) they shout BINGO! to announce that they think they have won. The facilitator then verifys the players BINGO card to confirm the win. (If the player did not actually have all the drawn numbers, they're a BONGO) and the game continues.

Black Out

To play Black Out BINGO, the player who crosses out all numbers on a BINGO card first is the winner. With a 5x5 card, this means the player must cross out 24 numbers. With the 3x3 grid they must cross out 8 numbers. Black Out BINGO is the longest way to play BINGO.

Rows & Columns

Playing by rows and columns, the player shouts BINGO! when they cross out a full row or column (or a diagonal). With a 5x5 grid the player needs to match and cross out 4 or 5 numbers (remember the center number is 'free'). With a 3x3 grid the player needs to cross out 2 or 3 numbers.

Pattern Matching

This is a variation on the Rows & Columns play method. BINGO card may be printed with coloured squares randomly (BINGO Matic does not currently print cards like this) distributed on the card. When the player crosses out the colored squares, that is BINGO! You can use a pen or highlighter to select your own numbers on a pre-printed card if you like. See U-Pick-Em BINGO below.

U-Pick-Em

This is a variation of BINGO lets players pick their own BINGO numbers. Keno is a popular form of this type of BINGO. To play U-Pick-Em, BINGO Matic lets you print 5x5 or 3x3 blank BINGO cards. Players can then fill in their own numbers prior to the game starting. It's a bit of an honour system relying on players to keep each other honest!

A variation of U-Pick-Em BINGO and Pattern Matching is to give players pre-printed BINGO cards and allow them to select (circle or highlight) what numbers they want to match (like in Keno). For example you might distribute 5x5 cards (with 24 numbers) and get players to select 5 numbers to play with (how many numbers is up to you).

If your enviroment and objectives suit it, players often love U-Pick-Em type BINGO as it lets them feel part of the game.

Mix & Match

You are free to mix and match the above game types - or even create your own! (please let us know if you do via the Contact Us page!). For example, you might have a minor BINGO and prize for the 1st player to match a column or row, a bonus prize for for 1st player to cross out the outer ring of numbers and a prize for the 1st player to cross out all numbers (ie Black Out).

Creating variations will help maximise the BINGO game for your players.

How To Host BINGO

Firstly, if you're not familiar with the basic ways to play BINGO, check out the How To Play tab first.

The instructions that follow are basic instructions on how to host or facilitate a game of BINGO. We also have several 'technical' topics on how to display the BINGO board to players using a range of different devices.

Hosting the Game

If you can play BINGO, you can Host BINGO! - There's nothing to it. Here are some tips & guidelines to get started.

Hosting with an iPad or Laptop alone

For a small group of players, you might simply sit an iPad or Laptop on the table to display the BINGO Matic BINGO Board.

Hosting with an iPad and Apple TV

For a larger group of players, projecting the BINGO Matic BINGO board onto a TV is a good idea. You can connect an iPad to a TV Set using an Apple TV device. Then you can then mirror the iPad display to the TV to show the BINGO Matic BINGO Board.

Hosting with an Apple TV alone

If you have a TV and an Apple TV connected to the Internet, you can use the Apple TV YouTube player to find and play our pre-recorded BINGO games on YouTube. Below is an instructional video on hosting with an Apple TV. Also see the YouTube tab for more information.

Hosting with an iPhone or iPod

iPhone and iPod hosting is not currently supported. If you try it you'll notice the board is all skewed and unusable. This is due to the small screen. If you really really want BINGO to be hosted from an iPhone or iPod please let us know via the Contact Us Page so we know there are requests for this feature.

Hosting with a Computer or Laptop and a TV

Many modern computers, laptops and TVs will support either RGB video connections or HDMI connections. You can use these to connect your computer or laptop to a TV and use the TV as a second screen to display the BINGO Matic BINGO Board. If your computer or laptop does not support the desired plug you can consider a USB Monitor Adaptor.

Print BINGO Cards

Each card is randomally generated. For 'Blank' grids, there are no numbers so you can write your own in to play U-Pick-Em Style BINGO (a bit like Keno).

How Many Numbers?

How many numbers in the game you are playing?
(Does not apply to 'Blank' Cards).

Card Grid Size?

A 3x3 grid has 8 numbers, and a 5x5 grid has 24 numbers.

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YouTube

Prefer a YouTube Version?

We have pre-recorded games posted on YouTube. You can use these as an alternative to this on-line version, or via an AppleTV without an iPad or Apple Computer. See the How To Host tab for more information and an instructional video.

Each game # is a different game of BINGO with numbers drawn in a random order.

If you host BINGO using the YouTube videos please let us know via the Contact Us Page so we know people are using the videos. That way we'll know to keep creating more new YouTube games.