The game of Bingo is usually introduced to players at a very young age. This familiar game consisting of Bingo cards, chips or daubers, numbered and lettered balls and a roller cage has been a source of amusement and prizes for years. Even though supplies and styles of materials have changed, the game itself has not. One type of equipment that has seen its share of alterations is the Bingo balls.
The most common type of Bingo balls on the market today is plastic. The numbers and letters printed on these types of balls are produced in different shapes.
There are miniature Bingo ball sets available for those who play recreationally with friends and family.
There is an expansive range of colors to choose from when shopping for Bingo balls.
Another option is wood balls. These also come in a variety of sizes and colors.
Some companies even offer custom printed balls that can reflect the name of the Bingo hall or church that the set belongs to.
Bingo supplies can be quirky business. While visiting a customer’s bingo the other day, I noticed that the bingo caller was calling bingo on his own without the benefit of a timer. While this caller was experienced, and had a good feel for the bingo players, he was still varying his pace enough to be a problem.
Without a timer, this bingo caller would sometimes lose track and start to call too slowly. To which, bingo players would soon grumble, “Speed Up!”. Sometimes this bingo caller would accelerate the pace, causing bingo daubers in players’ hands to speed up in a flurry to get their numbers daubed.
Bingo players don’t like inconsistency. Variable calling speeds are going to annoy them at the least, or really upset them if they miss a bingo. Despite this bingo caller being solid in most respects, he was hurting his bingo with his lack of consistency. He needed to use a timer to regulate his call speed. Believe it or not, little things like this can cause a bingo to lose bingo players.
So, where does a bingo caller find a timer? Most bingo machines come equipped with timing devices which will set a steady pace for callers. If this is unavailable, a simple and inexpensive metronome will do the trick. Even a watch or a seconds hand on a clock is better than your bingo caller simply winging it on his own.
Bingos’ growing popularity online has many fans flocking the virtual bingo halls in seek of some bingo fun. Even with this rapid growth online fact remains that bingo is the largest game in the world and the majority of bingo fans still play bingo the good old fashion way, in their church, schools clubs and even homes or just a general get together.
Here I will share with you a couple of things you will need if you decide to put on a bingo game for a large crowd or just a simple gathering.
1. Tubs of chips- You can find these in a wide assortment of colors and styles. A popular trend is to have these customized. Most tubs are reusable. It is always better to get these the ones with the gritty edge for easier handling. You can also get the popular magnetic chips for better handling.
2. Daubers- These can also be customized. Red is one of the more popular colors for daubers, however the variations in daubers have grown considerably and your choice are wide.
3. Double Roll Tickets-Most rolls contain up to two-thousand tickets per roll. Using various colors is always recommended with larger bingo gatherings.
4. Bingo Paper/Cards- The push out die paper is popular on those bingo cruises we often hear about. There is no need daubers or chips with these ones. You can simply push out the number as they are called with your finger. If you prefer the traditional bingo cards then you can have them custom ordered with customized themes or logos.
5. Cushions and Totes-Bingo suppliers who make cushions and totes have gotten more creative with the numerous patterns and styles. It is recommended that you get the ones with extra cushion padding for more bounce and softness, they also last longer. Get the ones with a Velcro pouch for a better grip on the chair. Totes with special compartments for specific bingo necessities such as your daubers and chips is always good deal. There are wide assortments of patterns and colors to choose from. Matching tote and cushions normally look better together.
6. Raffle Drums-Drums come in all shapes and sizes. The size is obviously the determining factor in getting a bingo raffle drum.
7. Ping Pong Cage-Stainless steel cages are recommended. These come with bingo balls.
8. Promotional Wheels- Most wheels are made of wood. It is highly recommended that if you decide to get a promotional wheel you get one made from plywood. Promotional wheels often become wobbly and discolored when made with regular wood. These have a very short life span. Get only the best promotional wheels. Wheels can be custom made base on promotion and target audience.
9. Electronic Equipment-These are much bigger investment. When you get electronic bingo equipment ensure that it is state of the art with a good warranty. These are more suited for bigger bingo establishments. Useful equipments include the Game pattern flashboards. They come in different sizes and show the amount to be won and last number called.
10. Bingo Starter Kits- Bingo Starter Kit is good for large and small bingo games. Most bingo kits have everything you need. These are a few things that your bingo starter kits should have, a cage set which includes the cage, bingo balls, a masterboard, bingo cards, chips, bingo paper that contains bingo sheets and bingo daubers.
These are just few of the things you will need for your bingo game. There is a wide variety of accessories available. Most bingo supplies can be customized to order specific to color, logo and themes.