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
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
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
In my opinion, there is
only one sure way to determine which Bingo hall best
suits you. And it will require some legwork.
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
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
Good luck with your search!
Share your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527, Vashon, Washington 98070, or email her at STENGL456@aol.com. 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.