This isn’t church bingo

Nov 9, 2004 3:06 AM

In the last few years, Bingo has become a popular casino game, mostly at local casino resorts such as Stations, Coasts, Arizona Charlie’s, Ellis Island, Jerry’s Nugget, Silver Nugget and Sam’s Town, to name a few.

Typically, the casino offers a full day of bingo sessions, starting from about 9 a.m. and running to 11 p.m. Bingo games cost anywhere from $3 to $10 to $20 and more. Games vary, as do the amenities.

The newest phenomenon to lure players is the progressive jackpot. A few bingo halls feature a huge jackpot for a coverall game. Three of the more popular progressive games can be found at Sam’s Town, Fiestas and Stations.

Progressive games such as these offer a high starting jackpot and continue to increase until they are won. The game is normally a coverall and needs to be hit within a certain number, usually starting around 46 to 48 numbers or less, to win the jackpot. If the jackpot isn’t hit within a particular week, the number goes up by one, for example to 49 numbers or less to win it the following week. They usually continue to add one number each week until someone snags the big prize. (Stations reports that their $100,000 plus jackpot hits approximately once every 17 days!) While the jackpots rise, all players who participate are adding to the pot with a percentage of their buy-in for the game.

The grand-daddy of them all is at Stations, with a five-way linked progressive beginning at $100,000! Cost to play is $1 and the starting point is 46 numbers or less, again adding one number per week until hit. Consolation prizes are good too, possibly as much as $5,000 within certain numbers, but always at least $1,199.