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Skill & Knowledge

Learn how skill and knowledge factor into games of chance

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Finding Help

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Finding Help | GameSense

If you find yourself gambling too much, or if it no longer feels like a game, there’s help if you need it.

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Bingo

Our 6 commercial bingo halls and 19 Chances locations across BC all offer both electronic and paper bingo. 

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You can play bingo online now!

Game Overview

Play this iconic game for a chance to shout BINGO! Our Chances and Bingo hall facilities offer traditional paper and electronic bingo. With traditional paper bingo, you'll need to buy cards with numbers on them in a 5 x 5 grid corresponding to the five letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Each bingo card contains 24 numbered spaces and one free space in the middle. Numbers are drawn at random either manually or electronically out of a possible 75 balls until one player completes the pattern currently being played. 

Much like traditional bingo, electronic bingo follows the same basic game rules. Instead of purchasing and daubing numbers on paper, electronic players buy a Receipt slip from the cashier, log onto electronic bingo terminals, purchase their cards on the terminal and 'daub' cards on a touch screen.

Payouts and play variations may vary depending on the location. Visit your local Chances or Bingo hall for more information on daily bingo programs, rules and payouts. 

Odds of Winning

Bingo is a chance-based game. Games of chance are based on the concepts of randomness. You cannot influence whether you will win or lose, so all players have an equal chance of winning. It doesn't matter if you just lost three times in a row, or 40. The odds of winning never change. The only thing you can control is how much you bet, how often you play and for how long. That's why many players set a limit beforehand - it's the best way to keep chance-based games fun.  For more information on the odds of winning all games, visit Gamesense.ca.