All About Playing Electronic Bingo


While it may be tempting, don’t rush into switching from traditional paper card bingo and bingo halls for electronic bingo.  While many believe the combination of bingo and computers are ideal, it is not necessarily for everyone.  We are going to cover some of the basics about electronic bingo that you need to know, as well as some options you will want to consider before switching to this technologically advanced version of bingo.


Handheld Devices
Computers have come a long way since their creation and have found their way into just about every aspect of life, even in the bingo halls.  Over the past few years, the trend of using handheld bingo devices for playing bingo has led to many players forgetting the paper cards and switching to these devices.  These handheld devices allow them to play more cards, double or even triple the amount, with minimal effort.  In some areas, up to 20 percent of the players are using handhelds while they play.


Many of these devices also have tracking features that help to avoid missed bingos.  This makes life easier for everyone, especially the beginner that does not have as much experience at playing multiple cards at one time.  Handheld bingo devices are also great for those with physical disabilities, allowing them to enjoy bingo even more, possibly for the first time.


By using a handheld, players simply sit at their table, wait for the number to be announced by the caller, and then punch the number into their device.  The computer does practically everything else.  It will scan the player’s cards and mark the number if it was found.  The player only has to yell bingo and show the winning card face.

There are currently many different types of these devices available.  One of the most advanced, Power Player, features sound effects, an avatar that helps keep track of your game, and a full-color monitor that can display up to 12 cards at one time.  Some devices can hold and scan up to 200 cards every game.  However, many bingo halls regulate how many cards you can play per game.  Texas, for example, only allows up to 66 faces per machine to be played per game.  Part of the reason behind setting these limits is to help avoid discouraging players that do not use devices from attending games.

Video Bingo Machines

Video bingo machines are another modern electronic form of bingo that is similar to video slot machines.  While they are not as widespread around the U.S. as the handheld devices are, they are a great way to kill time while waiting for a traditional bingo game to begin.

Video bingo games cost anywhere from a quarter, up to one dollar to play.  The typical payout is between 80 and 90 percent.  Prizes will depend on how much money the player wagered but can be as high as $1,000.  Pressing the “cash out” button will generate a ticket that is redeemed for cash when a player wants to collect their winnings.

These types of machines can also be linked with machines that are located in other places.  Evergreen is an example of a game that is typically linked to other machines.  In Evergreen, a player has to get four corners on their bingo card.  The balls are randomly selected by the computer and the player has three seconds to mark their number if they have it.  If a player gets all four corners on the first four balls that are called, they win a progressive jackpot.  Additionally, if multiple players hit bingo at the same time, the pot is split.

Bingo and Keno

While keno and bingo are typically grouped together, they are two very different games.  Having its origins in China, keno was introduced to the U.S. in the late 19th century by Chinese immigrants.  In keno, players have to pick numbers from a range of 1 to 80 on a card.  They then insert the card into the keno game and they will receive a ticket that has their selections printed on it.  The computer will then select random numbers.  The prize the winner will receive will depend on how many matching numbers were selected.

Electronic bingo is a great way to jazz up the traditional bingo game.  Which every method of electronic bingo they choose will depend on exactly what the player wants to enhance.