Bingo Equipment – What Do You Really Need?

Unless you’re running a professional Bingo establishment, you may be surprised to find just how much – or how little – bingo equipment you actually need.

One way to get all the bingo equipment you need is to buy a ready-made bingo game. These games cost as little as two or three dollars at some discount stores. How can a game with all the Bingo equipment you need cost so little? In this case, you’ll be getting several paper Bingo cards and lightweight cardboard pull cards. You’ll more than likely separate the pull cards from each other then drop them into a small box included in the game or into a container of your own. These inexpensive bingo games may also include lightweight cardboard squares to be used to cover the numbers as they’re called. For a family setup that can provide hours of entertainment, your bingo equipment need be no more complicated nor expensive than this. But it certainly can be.

Cages are a fun addition to the bingo equipment, even for home games. These cages come in a variety of forms, but usually look very similar to those used in lottery games. If this is part of your Bingo Equipment, you’ll also usually have small balls with each of the 74 numbers that can appear on the Bingo cards. Most balls are a lightweight plastic, though some may be made of Styrofoam or some other material. Bingo cages are usually fairly inexpensive, though Bingo games that include cages as part of the Bingo Equipment are going to be a little more expensive than those with the cardboard numbers.

Your Bingo Equipment must also include something to be used to cover the squares as the Bingo numbers are called. This may be a marker, but it doesn’t have to be. If cards are to be reused, your Bingo Equipment may include lightweight cardboard pieces – squares are common, but they could be in any shape to reflect a particular theme. Many years ago, dried beans were usually used for this purpose and actually works quite well.