This year will go down as one of the craziest in recent memory. Indeed, 2020 has stretched most of us to our limits in terms of boredom, stress and general sanity! 

Home Bingo

Home Bingo

For many, one of the main ways to unwind was to pay a visit to the bingo hall or even to enjoy some bingo in the company of friends at home. Unfortunately, with the ongoing restrictions caused by COVID-19, this continues to be a distant dream.

Luckily, many players have found a fun compromise in the form of hosting a virtual bingo night during the lockdown. In this article, we will see how, with the help of a few friends, a decent video call software and some tickets, you can have some serious bingo fun in a COVID-19 friendly manner!

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the first step in how to host a virtual bingo night during the lockdown.

The importance of friends and family

When it comes to enjoying a game of bingo, the reality is that you can play with anybody who also wants to play. In fact, the beauty of the game for many people lies in the fact that it brings strangers together.

However, in these testing times when it may not be fully possible to spend time with our loved ones as regularly as we might want to, playing bingo with family and friends can be a great way to reconnect. This is why a virtual night is recommended and you can use this guide provided by to get started.

We recommend using video call software such as Skype or Zoom in order to connect with family and friends during your bingo game. As we will see in the other sections of our guide, this will come in handy down the line!

Choose a bingo caller

As anybody who has ever played a game of bingo will tell you, the person calling out the numbers is not simply somebody who performs a practical job. Far from it, the bingo caller is the glue that holds the game together and, as such, they should be a confident individual who both knows the ins and outs of bingo yet brings a touch of fun to proceedings.

Another key role for the caller is to choose prizes for those who win. From the option of cash prizes to novelties to genuinely desirable products (champagne, anyone?), bingo prizes are what provide some spark to the game!

Create tickets and a number system

The final and perhaps most important element of hosting a virtual bingo night during lockdown lies in creating tickets and numbers.

The best way to do this is with a random number generator (RNG) which will ensure that your tickets and the game itself remain totally neutral. Decide how big you want your grids to be on each ticket (this depends on how long you have to play), before drawing this many numbers from an RNG and inserting each onto the grid. Remember to limit the RNG to number between 0 - 90 as this is the traditional range for a game of bingo.

Once this is done, you can get playing by calling out numbers from an RNG. The first person to get a line or a full house wins!


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