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Seat ownership
Unfair and needs to be stopped

Dear Aunt Bingo,
Why is it that some players insist upon sitting in the same spot every time and don’t mind making a public scene if they find someone else is sitting in “their” special seat? With a public game like Bingo, it seems the rule of the house should be that whoever arrives first gets to sit wherever he/she wants to, and all those who follow take whatever seats remain. This notion of “reserved” seats is unfair and the idea of seat ownership needs to be stopped. Bingo is supposed to be fun. Battles over seats make the games stressful for everyone. —Staci, via email

Dear Staci,
It’s pretty safe to assume that the majority of folks who insist on sitting in the same chair each and every time are doing so because they think it will bring them luck.
I have no problem with this—except when a player feels it is his or her right to badger another player sitting in “their” seat. If it is that important to them, they should make a point of arriving at the hall early and securing that magic seat. If they fail to do so, they can then politely ask if that player would mind moving. If the person declines, that should be the end of it. If the requestor then gets aggressive, I would hope the person seated would call a worker or the manager and report the harassment.
At certain halls there are places I prefer to sit and play, not out of superstition, but because I may like how the sound system sounds there or because there is a good view of the monitor or caller. But if I arrive and there is someone already there, I simply move on. I would never be so bold as to ask them to pack up their stuff and move elsewhere. To me that’s a little crazy. —Aunt Bingo

Dear Aunt Bingo,
I’m new to the Bingo scene and am curious about what you think the best way is for me to choose what Bingo center to play in. I used the Internet, but it didn’t have much information. I thought about calling each hall to learn more about them, but being new to the game, I am not sure what to ask or how helpful that would be. What do you suggest for my research? —C.C., Illinois, via email

Dear CC,
In my opinion, there is only one sure way to determine which Bingo hall best suits you. And it will require some legwork.
The environment is a huge part of a player’s enjoyment of Bingo—lighting, chairs and tables, air quality, location, and so on. You can’t get a feel for this over the phone. You really need to go to each hall, play a couple of Bingo sessions, and see what you think.
Equally important are your fellow players. Are they quiet and serious? Chatty and social? Are there 50 people playing? 150? 500? Only by mixing in with different groups of players will you find the one that you find the most fun to be around.
Next there are the numbers of games/sessions, entrance fees, and payouts. How much do you want to spend? How much do you want to win? How many games are you up for? These are important considerations. Luckily, the Bingo Bugle has most of this information in the ads the halls run in each issue.
Finally, there is word of mouth. Hopefully you know a few people who are Bingo regulars. They are a great source for learning about the various games in town and the pluses and minuses of playing at each venue.
Good luck with your search! —Aunt Bingo

Share your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527, Vashon, Washington 98070, or email her at Be sure to include your name and address (you can request that your name not be published), as typically she will not include anonymous letters in her columns.

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