Bingo enters high-tech age

Jul 1, 2002 10:39 PM

We’ll start this week with a quick review on TEDs. If you’ve never tried playing bingo with a TED, it’s something a little different. TED is an abbreviation for The Electronic Dauber and the regular paper games you would normally purchase are stored in this small portable computer device that lies on your table (or hold in your hand) while you play.

When the bingo numbers are called you simply enter it on your computer game and it will automatically record, (electronically "daub") the number on each card you have purchased.

There are several unique advantages to using a TED. First of all, you should never miss a called number on any of your cards and you don’t need to worry about the letters being called. You only enter the number and you don’t need to carry a dauber around with you.

Secondly, TED will automatically display your best cards and also allow you to view any other cards you’re playing as well. The TED can store many games in the computer that are all being played simultaneously. On some machines, you can even change the graphics on your screen to show your preferences on called numbers, like check marks, smiley faces, etc.

Finally, the games can become even more exciting as it counts down the numbers needed to win a bingo and flashes on the screen. Even a warning sound is given when one number left is needed to win.

If and when you do bingo, your screen will produce fireworks and most TEDs will play music as the finale. Almost all of the bingo rooms in Las Vegas now offer TEDs, and special TED packages and pricing, too, but you may need to get there a little earlier than usual to get one. They don’t always have enough for everyone and often sell out at many sessions. Try it. You may never go back to paper bingo cards again!

The Palms has announced their bingo schedule for July, with six big days to play this month. On Tuesdays, July 9 and 23, all players with a minimum buy-in will receive $5 in free slot play. On Mondays and Wednesdays (July, 8, 10, 22 and 24), all players will receive special gift giveaways. They have even added a new "Double Action" 11 a.m. session on all days. If 11 a.m. is still too early in the day for you, the remaining sessions on bingo days are 1, 3, 7 and 9 p.m. The 1 and 9 p.m. sessions feature coverall pays of $1,199, and all regular games pay $300. Buy-in for those special sessions is $10 and extra packs are $5 each.

The Castaways has also announced a rather unique special for July, also, called "Bingo Coupon Blowout!" Through July 31, they will accept any competitors bingo coupons in their hall. Even if you don’t have a coupon, they will provide one for you! Some rules and regulations governing the use of coupons apply and are posted in the bingo room. Their July 4 giveaway will be a Castaways logo baseball cap, given to all players at all sessions, with a minimum buy-in, while supplies last.

Sounds like another hot month for bingo players.

Until next week ”¦ May you all shout ”¦ "B-I-N-G-O!"