Bingo, Housey Housey (United Kingdom) or Housie (New Zealand and Australia) is a gambling game of unknown origin. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. [1] Players mark off numbers on a ticket as they are randomly called out, in order to achieve a winning combination.

It is not to be confused with the similar American game Bingo, as the tickets and the calling are slightly different. Bingo is a Game of chance in which randomly selected numbers are drawn and players match those numbers to those appearing on 5x5 matrices which are printed or electronically

## Description of the Game

A typical housie/Bingo ticket

A typical housie/bingo ticket is shown to the right. Bingo cards are used to play various bingo games including US It contains fifteen numbers, arranged in nine columns by three rows. Each row contains five numbers and four blank spaces. Each column contains either one, two, or very rarely three, numbers:

• The first column contains numbers from 1 to 9,
• The second column numbers from 10 to 19,
• The third 20 to 29 and so on up until the last column, which contains numbers from 80 to 90 (the 90 being placed in this column as well).

The game is presided over by a caller, whose job it is to call out the numbers and validate winning tickets. He will announce the prize or prizes for each game before starting. The caller will then usually say "Eyes down" to indicate that he is about to start. He then begins to call numbers as they are randomly selected, either by an electronic Random Number Generator (RNG), by drawing counters from a bag or by using balls in a mechanical draw machine. A random number generator (often abbreviated as RNG is a computational or physical device designed to generate a sequence of Numbers or symbols that lack any Calling takes the format of simple repetition in the framework, "Both the fives, fifty five", or "Two and three, twenty three. "

A typical "dabber" or "dauber", used for both bingo and housie tickets

The different winning combinations are:

• Line — covering a horizontal line of five numbers on the ticket.
• Two Lines — Covering any two lines on the same ticket.
• Full House — covering all fifteen numbers on the ticket.
• In New Zealand in bonus (Super Housie) games, often three lines may be claimed - top, middle and bottom, usually with much larger prizes, are also played at various times throughout the session. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island
• In the UK, however, it is most common for a line game to be followed directly by a two line game and a full house game, or just by a full house game. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located
• In the UK's National Bingo Game only a full house game is ever played. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The National Bingo Game, is a bingo game operated by the National Bingo Game Association since 1986 and played in some British bingo clubs The record payout for the national bingo game was £950,000 and was won by a lucky customer from Gala Sheffield Parkway.
• In all cases, the last number called must be in the winning sequence. If you do not stop the game in time, beware, because if the caller starts the next number, your claim will be deemed invalid!

When players first come to the venue (often a church hall, rugby club or other place with sufficient tables and chairs, including in the UK many specifically designed bingo clubs) they can buy a book of tickets. Players generally play between one and six books. In New Zealand a book usually contains fifty tickets which are played over the course of the night. In UK bingo clubs, playing is divided into sessions with different books, each with a designated number of pages. Players in the UK usually prefer to buy books of six tickets containing all possible numbers in different combinations.

As each number is called, players check to see if that number appears on their tickets. If it does, they will mark it with a special marker called a "dabber" or a "dauber", shown here. When all the numbers required to win a prize have been marked off, the player calls out "Line" or "House" depending on the prize, and an official or member of staff will come and check the claim:

• In the UK with the increasing computerization of bingo systems, an Auto-Validate system is often used in large clubs where a 1 to 8 digit security code is read out by a member of staff and checked against the entry for that ticket on the system. This saves the club from the time-consuming exercise of reading out every number on the ticket.
• In smaller clubs, however, each number in the winning combination must be read out. The caller will check to see if each number has been called, and if it has, he will say something similar to "House correct - please pay out".

There will often be an interval halfway through the game. In Australia and New Zealand Super Housie tickets are played and raffles (if there are any) are drawn. In UK bingo halls it is most common for Mechanised Cash Bingo to be played (see below).

Chris Lamb, duty manager from Gala Bingo Nottingham Castle, says "Electronic gaming is now taking another step forward with the introduction of P. E. T (programmable electronic tickets), that allows customers to play many more tickets on a small hand-held terminal, connected to the caller via wi-fi. "

In New Zealand and Australia, housie is often used a fund raiser by churches, sports teams, and other groups, and raffles are sold before the game. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics.

Bingo, which used to be known as Housey Housey in the United Kingdom, is an expanding and highly profitable business, with many companies competing for the customers' money. It too is often organised by churches, charities and social and sports clubs as a way to raise funds.

The two largest companies with bingo halls in the United Kingdom are:

• Gala Bingo (Gala Group Ltd. Gala Coral Group Ltd is a British betting shop bingo and Casino operator owned by Private equity houses Candover Investments, Cinven )
• Mecca Bingo Ltd. (part of The Rank Group plc)

In Northern Ireland, one of the largest bingo club groups is the Planet Bingo Group, with seven clubs in the following towns/cities:

There are three clubs in the city of Belfast; Galaxy Bingo at the Yorkgate Shopping Centre, which is the Head Office, Star Bingo, and Planet Belfast, a. The Rank Group plc ( was established on 22 December, 1995 as a Public limited company in England and Wales and in October 1996 Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of Antrim ( is a town in County Antrim in the northeast of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the Six Mile Water, half a mile northeast from Lough Carrickfergus ( is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Belfast ( is the capital city of Northern Ireland and the seat of government in Northern Ireland. Newtownards (Baile Nua na hArda is a large Town in County Down, Northern Ireland. Portadown ( is a former market town in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. k. a. 321 Club due to its address; 321 Newtownards Road.

Online Bingo is also becoming increasingly popular with many different companies launching sites including Ladbrokes, The Sun, and Ascot Bingowhich is the first online bingo company in the world to offer live and interactive "in-vision" callers. Ladbrokes plc ( is a British based Gambling company It is based in Rayners Lane in Harrow London. The Sun is a Tabloid daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the highest circulation of any daily English-language

As well as offering the familiar Housie/Bingo played by marking numbered books, most large clubs have their tables modified for the playing of Cash Housie or Mechanised Cash Bingo [Parti Bingo] (using coin slots or, increasingly in the 21st century, an electronic credit system). This is highly profitable for the operator, with a typical "take" of fifty percent of the stake.

Mechanised cash bingo differs from paper bingo, because it is played on a plastic bingo board, that is 4x4 square, and split up into four columns of colours. The customer chooses when they want to play, and insert a credit into a coin slot. The company involved will then use a computer (called a stage rig controller) to automatically take a "participation fee" which is set by the operator (usually between 40% and 60%). The rest of the credit is then put into the prize pool to be played for. There are only 80 numbers in play. The numbers are called a lot faster by the caller (usually around 1. 5 seconds a number) and when a customer has a winning combination they press a claim button to stop the game. This is profitable for the operator as the games are so fast, and a huge parfee can be made in a few minutes. Winning combinations are usually any line down, across, diagonal, four corners or four centre squares.

In Northern Ireland bingo clubs, where the laws governing bingo games are different than in England, Scotland and Wales, it is common, when playing "parti bingo" for the caller to announce that a position or "card" has won, and ending the game, without the participation of the person playing. Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a Country within the United Kingdom, lying in the northeast of This enables the customer to play more positions in hope of a better chance of winning.

## Calling nicknames (UK Bingo)

In New Zealand, calling nicknames are not used as much as in the UK, but here are some of the more common ones. When calling, the caller will usually say both digits on their own first, and then the number itself, for example, "Three and two, thirty-two". Some callers will use many of these slang terms, others just a few. However, "Kelly's Eye", "Legs Eleven" and "Top of the Shop" are often used, even if none of the others are. See section below for usage.

 Number Slang Expression 1 Kelly's Eye / On its Own / At the Beginning / Start the Game / Number one, just begun 2 One Little Duck 3 Cup of Tea / One Little Flea / My little Fly / Dixie Lee 4 Knock at the Door 5 Man Alive / Jack's alive 6 Just a Click / chopsticks 7 Lucky for Some / hope in heaven 8 One Fat Lady / The Garden Gate 9 Doctor's Orders ("Number 9 pill") 10 Gordon's Den (forename of current prime minister) / Big Ben / cock and hen / Downing Street 11 Chicken Legs / Legs Eleven 13 Unlucky for Some / Lucky for Some 16 Sweet Sixteen 17 Never been kissed 21 Key of the Door 22 Two Little Ducks / all the twos / dinky doo 23 Thee and Me 24 Two Dozen 26 Half a Crown / Pick and Mix / bed and breakfast 27 Gateway to Heaven 30 Dirty Gertie 33 Come in For Ya Tea / all the threes / Feathers 37 More Than Eleven 38 You're Late!! / Top Date! 39 All the steps (Novel "The Thirty-Nine Steps") 40 Over the Hill 44 Droopy Drawers / All the fours 45 Halfway There 50 Bulls eye / Blind 50 / Halfway House / Hawaii 51 Tweak of the Thumb 55 Snakes Alive / All the Fives 57 Heinz Varieties 59 Brighton Line 64 Red Raw / knock on the door / you're poor / cats paw 66 Clickety-Click / All the sixes 69 Thats Rude / Two can chew / Dinner for Two / Any way you look at it 71 Bang on the Drum 72 In for a Poo 76 7 and 6 - Was she worth it? / Trombones 77 All the sevens / Seventy plus Seven 79 One More Time / Seventy plus nine 81 Stop and Run / Cinnamon Bun 86 Between the Sticks / Dogs dicks 88 Two Fat Ladies / All the eights 89 Almost there 90 Top of the Shop / Top of the House

There is at least one nickname for each bingo number called. See sources for more.

## Usage of Bingo nicknames in the UK

Since the introduction of the electronic Random Number Generator (RNG) in Bingo Halls in the UK, the usage of the nicknames above in mainstream Bingo has dramatically decreased. A random number generator (often abbreviated as RNG is a computational or physical device designed to generate a sequence of Numbers or symbols that lack any Bingo with an electronic RNG is much less time consuming and it has been discovered that replacing the nicknames with a simple repetition (in the pattern "All the fives, fifty five" or "Two and four, twenty four"), has allowed bingo halls to focus on the more lucrative business of Mechanised Cash Bingo (MCB), known in Gala Bingo Clubs as Party Bingo, and Mecca Bingo Clubs as Cashline.

It is perhaps nostalgic to note that the usage of these nicknames tends to be greater where the focus of playing bingo is upon fun rather than big business; this includes British holiday resort chains such as Haven, British Holidays and Pontins, and also church halls, social clubs etc. Haven Holidays is a company that runs many well-known holiday parks around United Kingdom under the Haven and British Holidays brands previously two separate companies Pontins is a British holiday company founded in 1946 by Fred Pontin.

## Trivia

• An average British game of bingo takes between four and four and a half minutes.
• The average speed of a British bingo caller is 23 numbers per minute.
• The average time to check a winning claim is 30 seconds.
• There is a UK Caller of the Year Competition in which bingo callers compete for a cash prize and the chance to call the numbers in Las Vegas, as well as to become the bingo 'ambassador' for the UK.
• There are 699 licensed and operating bingo clubs in Great Britain. See also Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain (Breatainn Mhòr Prydain Fawr Breten Veur Graet Breetain is the larger of the two main islands
• For the year 2000 the total estimated market was around 89 million admissions.
• In 2004 more people attended bingo than football matches in both UK leagues. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered
• All bingo halls in the UK participating in the National Bingo Game must adhere to the somewhat more strict rules on calling numbers because of the overwhelmingly large prize money (sometimes up to £500,000). The National Bingo Game, is a bingo game operated by the National Bingo Game Association since 1986 and played in some British bingo clubs This includes a double repetition of every single number, in the format, "Fifty five, both the fives, fifty five".
• Castle Bingo in Canton, Cardiff, was the first purpose built Bingo Hall in the UK. Castle Leisure is a privately owned company in existence since the mid-19th century and has been based in the same Cardiff office since 1856