bingo game rules

OBJECTIVE OF BINGO: The objective of Bingo is to be the first player to cover a full line of spots on the score card.  

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 or More Players 

MATERIALS: Score Cards and Game Chips 

TYPE OF GAME: Party Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 8 and Up 


how to play bingo

Bingo is a game of chance in which every player will attempt to fill a row of spaces on their scorecard before any other player. This may be done by calling out anything, depending on what type of scorecards are being used. The players may use numbers, characteristics, answers, or things. Every player has the same chance of winning when the game begins. Are the odds in your favor? 


To begin setup, give each player a scorecard and a handful of chips. Place the remaining chips in a central location so that players are able to refresh their stock if they need throughout the course of the game. Once each player has familiarized themselves with the scorecard, a player is chosen to be the host. The game is then ready to begin. 


The host will call out random things, depending on the scorecard, drawing from a stack. If they call something that the player has on their scorecard, then the player will place a chip over it. As the game progresses, the players should be getting closer and closer to completing a full row on their scorecard.  

The players may complete a diagonal row, a vertical row, or a horizontal row. Once they do, they will yell “Bingo!” as loud as they can, ensuring that their competitors know that they have lost the game. The game will continue until a player yells this! 

example of bingo gameplay


The game comes to an end when a player has filled a complete row of spaces and yells “Bingo!”. This player is declared to be the winner! If another player filled their row before, but they did not announce it, they do not win the game. 

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