Want to know how games at Charitable Gaming Centres really work?
You’re in the right place.
You might know some bingo basics, but Charitable Gaming Centres offer so much more: cabinet games, eBingo games, break-open tickets and site-specific event games: but how does it all work?
Here’s a breakdown of the main types of games at OLG Charitable Gaming Centres:
Match combinations of letters and numbers on a gridded card to the combinations drawn – and to be the first to fill in a specific pattern on the card. Choose to play Paper Bingo, Electronic Bingo (eBingo) or both.
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TAP N' PLAY
Score a winning combination of symbols on your screen, which represent either a winning electronic bingo or break open game, depending on which game you play.
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Play on Demand (POD) Games
Select your theme, select your wager amount, and see if you catch a random win. POD games can be played before, during or after paper and electronic BINGO sessions.
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Break Open Tickets
Match the symbols under the perforated windows to the winning combinations on the front of the ticket. Some winning tickets are turned in for cash prizes and others are used to play along with Bingo games for extra prizing. Also known as Event Tickets.
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Bingo: Three Styles to Play
Paper Session Bingo
The classic game where you mark or “dab” paper cards as letter-number combinations are randomly selected and announced by a live caller. Play one strip or multiple strips and be the first to fill in a line or specific pattern, then call “Bingo!” to win.
Electronic Bingo (eBingo)
eBingo is a modern version of the traditional paper bingo. Played on an electronic screen, the computer automatically “daubs” the numbers for you. All you have to do is follow along and yell “Bingo!” when you’ve matched the specific pattern.
Turbo Challenge Bingo
Turbo Challenge Bingo is a fast-paced game that can keep even the most experienced bingo player on their toes. Numbers are called every few seconds and players are challenged to follow along, swiping their numbers to match the specific pattern.
TAP N' PLAY: Two Ways to Play
If you want to play Tap N’ Play games in an area away from the noise and activity of session bingo, then choose the cabinets located in their own area in Charitable Gaming Centres. Just load the device with cash or a voucher purchased from the point of sale counter, then choose your wager and tap away! You can play anytime—before, during or after a session.
If you prefer more of a social setting with your Tap N’ Play experience, then you can play on the eBingo Terminals used by electronic bingo session players. After purchasing electronic credits at the point of sale counter, you’ll set a password and be provided with a player ID. Then, when you sit down at an empty eBingo Terminal, just enter your player ID and password.
Cost of Play
Games at Charitable Gaming Centres range in price and can vary by Centre. See Customer Service at the Centre for game information.
Playing bingo? Bingo session packages can range from around $25 to over $100. Contact the Charitable Gaming Centre near you for Bingo session times and packages available.
Playing TAP N’ PLAY? Minimum bets can range from $0.10-$0.40, with max bets at $2 or more, depending on the Centre and game.
No matter how you play, set a budget. A few taps on a Tap N’ Play game could quickly add up.
Players who mark off all the spaces needed for a winning pattern must yell “Bingo!” in order to win. If the caller moves on to the next number, before you do, your win may be ineligible.
There are two types of jackpot or top prizes, depending on the game.
Fixed Prize Jackpots
Some Bingo games have a fixed prize listed on the session program and unaffected by the number of players. It may be split among multiple winners
Some Tap N’ Play games have fixed prizing meaning that the prize stays the same depending on how much you bet. Some games have one price, some games have multiple to choose from.
Some Bingo games feature progressive jackpot prizes, which start with a base amount and then increase. Not every progressive game will have a winner, so the prize pot will increase until a player wins, and it may be split among multiple winners.
Some Tap N’ Play games feature a growing progressive jackpot that is available on select games. If playing a multi-price progressive game, you must bet the maximum to be eligible to win the jackpot.
Odds of Winning
The odds of winning Bingo are based on two factors:
The number of cards in play
The number of balls drawn
In Bingo, the more cards in play, the lower the odds of winning. The odds are calculated by taking the number of cards you’re playing divided by the total number of cards in play. So, if 100 cards are in play and you have 1 card, your chances of winning are 1 in 100.
Keeping it Unpredictable
All Charitable Gaming Centres games are designed and regulated to provide a random outcome. It keeps each game fair, fun and unpredictable.
Blasts of air blow numbered balls in the bingo ball machine and are randomly blown into a tube one-by-one. The caller will announce the selected ball.
TAP N’ PLAY (Bingo Style)
A computer cycles through thousands of numbers per second until a set of 75 are randomly selected. Every bet purchases a random bingo card which gets matched against those 75 numbers to see if you’ve won.
TAP N’ PLAY (Break-Open Style)
A “roll” of digital tickets with winners and losers throughout is randomly generated by a computer. Every bet purchases a ticket to display the unpredictable result.