The Ten Commandments of bingo were not brought down from the mountains on stone tablets. They had no single author but evolved over time with the increasing popularity of bingo. They are the basic rules laid down when playing bingo during good old days in bingo halls. A few of these rules are valid for online bingo also.
The etiquettes you need to observe when play0ing against experienced bingo players have been described in the first five commandments. If you do not follow them then you may find yourself in trouble. For example, if you attend a real poker game after gaining some experience in playing some free online poker games, you may not be aware that the cards in your hand are to be held in such a way so that the back of all the cards are visible to the other players. You may get reprimanded for your inexperience and lack of knowledge regarding the rules of the game.
Following are the ten commandments of bingo:
1. You cannot sit in the favorite seat of another player. All regular persons frequenting a particular bar have their own favorite sitting arrangements. Similarly in bingo the regular players have their favorite or lucky seats which they occupy while playing. But as they are not marked and being new to the bingo hall, you cannot make them out as being reserved for some regular person. Before being sorry for getting rebuked, it is better for you to ask the staff about vacant seats available which you can occupy safely.
2. You cannot steal or borrow cards, dauber for marking the cards or the dabbers from some other player.
3. You cannot call for a replacement of the caller even if you think that he is responsible for your loss or your run of bad luck.
4. You cannot wish bad luck to the other players or speak badly of them.
5. You cannot call out bingo if you have not actually won the game.
6. You cannot harm the caller in any way because you were not able to win the game or lost too much money.
7. You cannot steal from your spouse and use the money to play bingo.
8. You cannot lie to others when asked about the amount you have won. If you do not want to disclose the amount you have to tell them that you prefer not to mention the amount or just say that you have won a modest amount.
9. You cannot usurp or steal the money won by another player.
10. You have to be quiet during a game of bingo and refrain yourself from irritating, disturbing or distracting the other players participating in the game.
The commandments numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 out of the Ten Commandments given above can also easily apply to a game of online bingo. The commandments ensure that the exchange of information, views and news which goes on in the chat rooms between games, remain courteous.
All callers and ex-callers feel happy about the implementation of the commandments number 3 and 6 even if they are unable to match the required speed in responding to the players demands, are inaudible while calling out the numbers or are unable to control the game. The commandments save the callers from players who seem very menacing and try to disrupt the game.
Remember the Ten Commandments of bingo when you log into an online bingo site next time or go to a land based bingo hall to play bingo.
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