If you’re playing online bingo, it’s easy to see instantly at a glance what the next number is. However, good bingo calls can make all the difference to the experience, especially during live games or when you play bingo in a physical location.
Whether you’re looking for some tips about how to be better at bingo calling, or what to look for in a bingo caller, we’ve got you covered with this essential guide.
Decent bingo calls can really make or break a game, but what should you look for in a caller?
The obvious attributes are a clear and distinct voice and knowledge of the game. A caller who is confident and easy to understand will make the game flow much better.
Ideally, a bingo caller should be able to vary their tone; a flat, monotonous voice can make a game seem dreary, even if the numbers can be clearly understood. A sense of fun and the ability to inject a bit of humour can transform the bingo experience!
The bingo calling speed should be consistent to allow players to get into a rhythm. It's also imperative for the caller to regularly remind people of what they're playing before each round starts. For example, "we're looking for one line" or "we're looking for the complete card" etc.
The use of bingo sayings has waned in popularity in recent years as it slows the pace of the game down a little. But although you won’t find bingo phrases everywhere, they still are used in some games, especially at social clubs or charity galas.
The use of bingo sayings were originally introduced to make it easier for everyone in the room to understand what had been said. Hearing the difference between 17 and 70 can be tricky if you're a distance from the caller, but knowing the difference between "dancing queen" and "three score and ten" solves the problem instantly.
You’ll still find bingo number names in some places, so here are the most common phrases you should know:
As you might have noticed, some of the bingo phrases are a little risqué - especially for numbers like 69 - so some might have to be tailored to be more appropriate for the audience, depending on the setting.
We love a good bingo phrase here at Gala - they’re a fun bingo tradition that lots of players love. If you’re getting ready to play one of our bingo games online, why not check out our other bingo guides before you dive in?