I’d always thought of bingo as a game that only elderly people played. But I’m always up for a new adventure, so I agreed when our neighbors asked us to join them at a new bingo hall. Walking in, I was surprised to see people of all ages — including a group of high school girls celebrating an 18th birthday.
Inquiring at the service counter, we discovered how it worked:
- The early bird session was about to start, for which we could buy a pack of bingo sheets for $5 a piece.
- In 30 minutes, the regular session would start, for which we could buy a large pack of bingo sheets (with 12 bingo boards for each game) for $10 a piece.
- Seven special games would be offered throughout the evening for $1 a piece.
My wife and I each purchased the early bird and regular session pack for a total of $30. We planned to decide about the special games as the night went on. We sat down just as things were getting rolling, expecting a slow-paced game of bingo.
We were wrong. So wrong.
Our Bingo Experience
What we got was a fast-paced, almost cardio-like workout scanning through all our bingo boards as the letter and number combinations were announced at a dizzying pace. Each game boasted prize money of either $50, $75, or $100, with a short break between game. Whenever someone yelled “Bingo!” you could hear groans from the crowd, which would be repeated after the card was verified and the announcer stated, “That’s a good bingo.”
I was happy to give my wrist a break when the special games were inserted in between the regular sessions. The new location didn’t yet offer any food or beverages, but drinks could be ordered from the bar next door.
Was It Worth It?
Lady luck smiled on us that night: my neighbor won two games for a total of $125, and I scored one jackpot worth $50. Here’s the breakdown of our expenses:
- Two early bird bingo sheets: $10
- Two regular session sheets: $20
- Two drinks: $10
With my winnings factored in, we actually made $10 during the evening. But even if we hadn’t won a cent, we all had three hours of fun. I have to admit, yelling “BINGO!” in a fully-packed hall was quite a thrill. Check out your local bingo hall — you might be surprised by how much fun you’ll have.
Have you ever thought about playing bingo for a night of entertainment?