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Confessions of a bingo junkie

Discussion in 'Casino Gaming' started by MisplacedTexan, Apr 24, 2014.

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  1. MisplacedTexan

    MisplacedTexan Low-Roller

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    I feel like it’s time I come clean about something and I might as well do it here, in a safe place and in front of my fellow degenerates.

    I’m becoming a bingo junkie.

    It's come to the point that I can’t imagine straying into the state of Nevada without dusting off my dauber and taking in a game or two. It all started last summer when a coworker invited us to visit Mesquite with her and her husband. They were talking about how much fun they have playing. We pointed and scoffed and laughed at them, but agreed to try it.

    And we were totally hooked before the last ball was called that night. Something about the way that fresh bingo pack smells, getting your bonus cards marked before the round starts, the tension in the room when you’re getting close to a win and you know you’re not the only one — it’s intoxicating. Plus it’s a low-key, fun way to spend an hour or two and comparatively cheap. Both my wife and I usually play a round for less than $20. We haven’t been huge winners, but we haven’t been huge losers, either. And let’s face it — not losing huge can count as a win.

    I always thought you had to be old enough to draw Social Security to enjoy bingo. I was surprised to learn that’s not the case. I’ve come to think of bingo as gambling society’s big equalizer — people of all ages, ethnicities and economic levels sit together in gleeful harmony, waiting, hoping to hear that last number called. “Come on, O-63! Come on, O-63! Come on — BINGO!”

    Just for fun, we may try and play at least one round every day of our upcoming trip. I don’t know if we’ll actually do it, but it’s good to have a goal, right? To help plan, I scraped some info off the Interwebs last night and made a Google Map with the bingo halls around town, and their game times. If anybody is interested, THIS IS THE LINK.

    Anyway, I'd challenge anybody who's never tried bingo to set aside an hour or two and give it a spin. I know it's not for everybody, but you might end up just as surprised as we were by how much fun you can have.
     
  2. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    I always wanted to try bingo. I can't believe I still haven't.
     
  3. wellmel

    wellmel Low-Roller

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    I like Bingo but I don't usually like the crowds it attracts. If there were more younger people, I would be more inclined to partake in it regularly.
     
  4. hammie

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    Bingo funded Catholic parishes for many years, my dad volunteered once a month for our church. But, I don't see it as much anymore, not sure why this has dropped off.

    Your post reminded me of a scene in the movie "Bad Grampa" involving bingo. When I saw the trailer for this movie, I swore I would not contribute a dime to the producers, but it was a $.99 special on demand. I never laughed so hard at a movie in my life, it was funny without being overly offensive.
     
  5. coolpacific

    coolpacific Low-Roller

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    I would be curious to know what the "hold" is on Bingo in Vegas. There has to be rules around how much the casino must return. Is it as bad as Keno?

    Edit: I mean my mom would be curious.... :)
     
  6. sweetcanadian

    sweetcanadian High-Roller

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    I loved it at the Gold coast, but it is not cheap. Pots aren't shabby either if you go for the double/triple payouts.

    i live 2 doors down from an old folks home (not assisted living). There is bingo there every saturday yet i have only gone twice! Pots are not that good but it only cost about 20$ to play as they do not have all the extra games other places have. Not sure why i don't go more, someone has to win.
     
  7. Happily

    Happily High-Roller

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    Cool. Care to share your favorite spots and times?
     
  8. dfalk

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    My grandma has been playing bingo every week with her bingo girls for at least 20+ years now. It's getting alot more populair where I live and alot more bars are doing it. It now attracts people of all ages instead of just the seniors.
     
  9. aliasyoshi

    aliasyoshi Low-Roller

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    I always want to play in Vegas, but I must admit I am a bit intimidated by all of the bets/games/lingo. I remember when bingo was just a line on a card and you win. Is there a good site to explain how to actually play bingo in Vegas these days?
     
  10. MisplacedTexan

    MisplacedTexan Low-Roller

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    You know, I don't think there's a comprehensive online resource that talks about how to play -- and that's a shame. Well, I know Wizard of odds has a bit of info HERE, but I'm not sure it would make much sense if you didn't already know a little bit about what's going on. Maybe I should work on that!

    The latest gaming control board numbers put the house take statewide at a measly 2.3% over the past year. If I'm reading THE REPORT right, that's the lowest percentage of any casino game. And it looks like in some places casinos are even losing money on bingo -- say what?

    We haven't decided how much we'll play on our upcoming trip, but in the interest of fostering a better community here, I'm willing to poke around, play some games and report back :thumbsup:
     
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