Types of Bingo Cards

Bingo cards have become a permanent fixture in many a bingo hall around the world. Whatever place you go to, you are sure to find numerous bingo cards carried by avid bingo players in halls, fairs and parlors all over the world. It can be said that the bingo card is the most important accessory of the game, without which the popular game of bingo would not be possible.

Bingo cards are game cards with 25 squares each imprinted with a different number. Sometimes the middle square is blank or imprinted with the words "bingo" or "free" which denotes a bonus number.

Each column of five squares correspond to a letter, which can be the letters B, I, N, G or O. the right-most column has the letter B while the left-most column has the letter O.

Each column letter is assigned five numbers. The B column consists of numbers ranging from 1-15, I has five numbers ranging from 16-30, N has 31-45 and so on until 75. All in all, there are 75 possible numbers and a total of 25 numbers in each card.

Bingo cards are usually made of paper or cardboard, which can then be marked or daubed with a pen and then thrown away after use. The throw-away nature of paper cards have worried many environmentalists who are appalled by all the waste created by the bingo halls. The bingo operators, on the other hand, are more concerned about reducing the costs of buying bingo cards.

One solution to the problem is the introduction of reusable bingo cards. These cards are usually made of hard cardboard or plastic and are therefore meant to last longer than disposable bingo cards. The players can simply place removable tabs on their cards to mark the cards instead of using a pen. After each game, the tabs can be removed and the cards used again.

Another alternative is the plastic shutter card, where the shutters are "shut" on the numbers to mark them. Although these cards are more expensive than the paper and cardboard ones, they eliminate the occasional expense of purchasing more cards to give to the players, thereby reducing costs in the long run.

In the future, bingo organizers may be inclined to introduce electronic bingo cards as a way to minimize waste and expense. This is not a far-fetched scenario, as proven by the success of digital bingo cards in online bingo sites. What remains to be seen is whether avid bingo fans will embrace the electronic version and do away with the timeless tradition of "paper and pen" bingo cards.

Paper, cardboard, plastic, electronic - it doesn't matter. No matter what medium you use in playing, bingo remains to be the undisputed global game loved by millions.


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