Bingo players enjoy social aspects of the game

Jul 9, 2002 1:59 AM

There are certainly lots of good reasons people love to play bingo. The game is one of the least costly of any casino game, with minimum buy-ins as low as $3 and $4 for an hour’s worth of gambling and good times. Bingo offers players a decent chance to win depending on a number of factors, including how many others are playing during a given session, and the number of bingo cards that you decide to play. There is also an adrenaline rush and gambling "high" when the big, potential life-changing progressive games are played. But I think the number one reason people love to play is the social aspect of the game. From the friendly bingo room operators and employees to the players themselves, everyone seems a bit more cordial and genuinely happy to see each other than anywhere else in the casino.

From time to time we’ve all made plans with friends or relatives to go out for an afternoon or evening to the casino of your choice. It never fails that after lunch or dinner, everyone disperses onto the casino floor in different directions, playing different machines and tables, almost never to be seen again until we all start looking for a ride home! Bingo gives the group a chance to remain together a little longer with a chance to even chit-chat and cheer for your friends at the same time.

We even find former strangers making new friends in many of the bingo rooms. Some players visit the same sessions everyday and continue to make new friends and acquaintances on a daily basis. The employees begin to recognize us and it’s nice to be treated well, as the Cheer’s theme song says, "Everybody knows your name."

Bingo is also probably the only casino game I can think of where you can actually share a portion of the winner’s jackpot from time to time! "Good Neighbor Sessions," as they are often called, are popular in many bingo parlors. Players to the immediate right or left of the winner get a bonus pay of some kind just for being a neighboring player! Try that the next time someone hits a royal flush on the video poker machine next to you and see what you get! (And if you’re anything like me, I’m always the person sitting NEXT to the winner!)

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed a free Bingo game at the Westward Ho, (Tuesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m.) There are a few others places to play Bingo for free too. Ellis Island plays Monday through Friday from 9-10 a.m. They play seven different games each day with payouts that vary from $20 to $100. You can play from anywhere in the casino, while at a machine, in the restaurant, or at the table games as the numbers are called out. Again, there is no charge to play and Ellis Island will even provide a free ride for you and take you back home again! Call 733-8901 and ask for Transportation.

That’s it for this week. Until next time”¦May you all shout "B-I-N-G-O!"