16th of September 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Yes, we all love our online bingo sites but sometimes you need to experience the real thing live and direct. Online bingo offers the convenience of playing from your cozy chair but land based bingo can be an unforgettable experience. Those that don't think that the words bingo and unforgettable belong in the same sentence have never seen what goes on at a bingo club.
First thing's first. Will it be electronic bingo or dabbing? From there you must find your lucky table. Once you find it, you will be furious should anyone dare sit there in the future. You may even find yourself asking them to move. If you don't you'll want to and may even sit across from them and spend the entire session staring them down. They'll likely not sit there again.
Now that seating is out of the way, all bingo players have their favorite callers. If you're anything like my mother-in-law, you will believe that some of them just won't allow you to win. You can bring along all the lucky charms you like but if the wrong caller is on stage, it's all over.
Let's go back to electronic bingo for a moment. Now, playing this way allows your eyes to wander. One of the perks of being live in a bingo hall is the people watching. You will have stories to tell, guaranteed. Maybe someone talks to an album filled with pictures of trains, rubs their stuffed animals as the numbers are called or even says four letter words each time a number is called that they don't need. Think that's a bit extreme? It certainly is but I've seen it.
It's the players that make our favorite game so entertaining. Land based bingo'ing is both extreme and unforgettable thanks to the crazy in us all.
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I haven't had a lot of experience with land based bingo, though I'd like to definitely get more. It's about 20 miles to the nearest land bingo parlors near me. Except for those lucky times when a church or other group is hosting a local festival which includes (hooray!) bingo. Oh, yes, that's actually my favorite kind of land bingo - outside or in a small hall at the county park. There are usually not that many people playing so your odds of winning are pretty nice. Plus, they support charity and I'm all for my bingo money going to a good cause.
Some of the sites in the 'big city' are so huge it seems like a near impossibility to be able to win. Now, if I were closer and played during the day instead of night, perhaps that would be different. I do hope to find one or two nice sites which aren't too crowded or on the 'wrong' side of town and make them at least a monthly stop on my bingo journeys.
It is fun to watch the players as they go from boredom to excitement thinking they might be about to win. And it's also fun to see everyone hoping that person didn't actually get the bingo and maybe it's going to be their last number that will be called next.
I hear they are coming out with some new 'computers' - electronic playing devices. I hope so. The ones I've seen are not that user-friendly especially if you happen to miss a number or two. Good luck figuring out how to add them in! Some folks at your table can be helpful, but most are out for themselves. If you already have a favorite bingo site near you, that's great! If not, try to find one and see what you may be missing!
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