In the UK, bingo cards are the tool used for playing bingo. These cards serve as their ticket to win. These can be availed of in a variety of mediums. Usually, these are printed on card stock and are disposable. Sometimes they save these for future usage. Bingo cards also come in travel size. They can also be printed on a sheet of paper. These kinds of cards are made for temporary use and are usually not kept.
One of the newer versions of bingo cards is the electronic card. These are used by the player through a computer screen. A player can either use a mouse for clicking or make use of the touch-screen device monitor. With this manner of playing the bingo game, one can avoid the need to buy new bingo cards.
The large grid printed on the playing surface of the bingo card is its most evident feature. This grid is where players can trace their scores. There is a 5×5 matrix on the playing surface, which keeps the score whenever a certain letter or number combination is mentioned and called. On the top of the card over the grid is listed horizontally the word BINGO. This differentiates which columns fit with which letter. Every space in the grid has a corresponding number ranging from 1 to 75.
Though these numbers are randomly placed, they adhere to a general guideline. The upper left hand corner of the playing surface is where the lowest number in the bingo card is located. And when a player moves from top to bottom and left to right, the numbers will decrease until the maximum number is positioned at the bottom right area.
There are only 25 boxes in the gird that a bingo playing surface has. Most of the numbers mentioned by the officiator will not lead to a box that the player tagged. But bingo cards give the player a little bonus. The score card’s center space is generally referred to as a free space, which one can use and make the most of as the game is played.
It’s vital for these score cards to be kept clean and in order. Bingo cards that are dirty and damaged can lead to faulty scores, which the player will need to report, thus causing hassle and killing one’s enthusiasm for his game.