I am travelling to Colorado to visit one of my friend. Colorado is a state in the Western United States. It is bordered by Wyoming to the north, Nebraska to the northeast, Kansas to the east, Oklahoma to the southeast, New Mexico to the south, Utah to the west, and touches Arizona to the southwest at the Four Corners so lots of places to see in and around.
I love visiting forests and mountains, rivers and deserts and this state is full with it. With celebrating Colorado Day on 1st August (as this state was added to the union on this day) I and my friend both have made plans to do many things and take part in activities and one of in the list is playing Bingo. Yes Bingo. Where I go I visit casinos or play games just for fun and to know the culture of that state and make friends with people around.
For those who don’t know, there are 256 licensed Bingo rooms in US and in Colorado Bingo there are over 60 Bingo rooms. Bingo in Colorado was started by a Pastor Charles H. Hagus to raise funds for Church and the School. Also the first film with Bingo in the title, The Bully of Bingo Gulch , was based in Colorado.
Also in this state 10% of women play Bingo as against 5% of men and 30% of all bingo players are under 35 years of age.
On an average Bingo game lasts 3 to 6 minutes and to claim win the verification is processed in 30 seconds.
I will not be visiting all the 60 Bingo halls in Colorado but I have picked up few of the best ones. The bingo game here costs about six bucks. Note that most local bingo halls support a charity of some sort and as a matter of fact, in most areas, casino’s aside, this is required by state law. In fact, charging for bingo isn’t even legal in the state of Utah; however some savvy bingo diner owners have found a way around this law, by charging for dinner, and offering bingo for free.
Also remember that in US bingo is played with 75 balls. Paper packets are generally still available at any bingo hall for a few bucks, but the new trend is definitely computer bingo, this is played at the bingo hall, much the same way that the older paper packets were, however instead of using colored ink to daub your bingo cards, bingo players enter each number as it is called into the machine and in turn it daubs their bingo cards for them.
In addition to prizes, that range anywhere from pot holders, to personal computers, and on up to cars and vacations in some of the bigger casinos, bingo players play to win cash! The average regular game pays between $100 and $500 where blackouts and progressive jackpot blackouts can reach into the tens of thousands. All in all the odds aren’t great, but as for a great evening out, and a chance to win a great return on your investment, it’s an exciting and great game. Here are the 10 best bingo halls to visit in Colorado.
1. Slammers Bingo
•Location: 1878 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80232-6831
•Phone: (303) 339-8250
Slammers Bingo is the states number one Bingo Hall. Located in Lakewood it has a spacious hall of 14,000 square feet. Slammers Bingo has a full-service concession area, 11 flat screen TV’s, separate pickle bar and friendly volunteer groups. Bingo is played 20 sessions per week and each day there are $2000 payouts. The buys ins are $1 per pack. They have an elevated caller stand with an excellent audio system connected to 11 TV’s and easy to see flash-boards so players can keep track of the action. You can play paper bingo or electronic bingo.
2. Bingo World
•Location: 272 S Academy Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80910
•Phone: (719) 578-1441
Bingo World is the premier Bingo Hall in Colorado Springs that offers Bingo 7 days a week with multiple sessions per day. Also there are jackpot games and Bingo can be played in groups too. The cost of Bingo here is $6 and for veterans it is $5. Bingo starts early at 8 am and the sessions continue to 2.30 p.m. The evening session then begins at 5.30 pm and continue till 9.30 pm. There is free WIFI plus eating and dining room to serve the players delicious meals and snacks.
3. Turn 2 Bingo
•Location: 7139 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80221, USA
•Phone: +1 303-657-1851
Turn 2 Bingo offers the Premiere Denver Bingo Hall in Colorado and it has video Screens throughout the hall so you never miss any of the action. Moreover it has great food at the best concession stands. The bingo prizes here are awesome as you can not only win cash rewards but take part in Raffles, Promotions, and Giveaways to get more wins. They have bingo games 7 days a week so be sure to check their schedule. The cost is $10 Admission/$1.00 pack.
4. Carefree Bingo
•Location: 3440 Carefree Cir N, Colorado Springs, CO 80917, USA
•Phone: +1 719-591-7835
Carefree Bingo has 10 different non-profit organizations that run their own sessions. Each organization runs their own games and progressive jackpot. On average, it costs about $7.00 per pack Bingo. If you decide to use an electronic unit, each group charges an additional fee for its use. It is best to contact the group of the session you’re interested in to confirm. There are side games available for purchase as well.
A bingo session will last on average 2-2 ½ hours. If a club holds an early bird session, that can add an additional half hour to your stay. Midway through the session the club will offer a 10-minute break to stretch or visit the snack bar.
Play with paper ticket or get a Portable Handheld Device that is an electronic bingo card. It can be loaded with up to 36 cards per game. Each club charges differently for use of these devices. Package deals are available per club.
5. Barrys Bingo
•Location: 1860 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219, USA
•Phone: +1 303-935-5522
Founded in 1993 this is a family owned and operated Barrys bingo parlor that offers wonderful Bingo games. Payers can play bingo with paper and daubers. You can also chose to play electronic bingo on a portable bingo tablet. The games are offered 7 days a week and the bingo session start at 10 am and ends at 11 pm at night. The progressive Bingo prize you can win here is $1000.
6. Bingo Planet
Two Locations Loveland and at Greeley
Bingo planet is famous bingo hall in Colorado at two locations. Each Bingo session is operated by a different charity sponsor with different games and programs. In Loveland prices start at $8 for a book of cards containing six faces per game. The computers start at $25 per session. In Greeley prices start at $6 for a book of cards containing six faces per game and electronic bingo on computers start at $21 per session.
7. Gold Mine bingo
•Location: 511 28 1/4 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81501, USA
•Phone: +1 970-242-1369
Gold Mine Bingo has 11 different sessions per week with 5 different non- profit groups that play Bingo each week. With a full service Snack Bar for your convenience it is also best place to play Bingo. Typically the doors open 60 to 90 minutes prior to starting times, so players can be ready to play & win! The timings of Bingo session are Tue 7pm-10pm, Wed-Thu 1pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 1pm-11pm, Sun 12:30pm-10pm and the cost is $10.
8. Longmont Bingo
•Location: 640 19th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501, USA
•Phone: +1 303-776-0460
Over $20,000 is given away weekly and Progressive Jackpots regularly reach over $10,000 at this Bingo hall. With 11 weekly sessions you can play every day of the week. Established in 1992, Longmont Bingo Alley has been serving regular and new bingo players at the same location for over 27 years. Working with local charitable nonprofit organizations, Longmont Bingo Alley offers pull tabs/pickles, progressive pull tabs, progressive bingo games, personal electronic bingo machines, must go’s, raffles, giveaways, and more.
9. Bingo Casino
•Location: 4109 Club Manor Dr, Pueblo, CO 81008, USA
•Phone: +1 719-543-5557
Bingo Casino is a family-owned and operated business, that offer great bingo sessions plus good food. All games are sponsored by local non-profit organizations in Pueblo. The daily Progressive Jackpots of bingo can be won up to $ 10,000. Bingo games take place everyday and the session begins in the mid-day from 12.30 pm and evening from 5 pm and continues to mid night till 12.30 pm.
10. DAV Bingo
•Location: 6880 Palmer Park Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80915, USA
•Phone: +1 719-591-8787
DAV Bingo is another awesome location at Colorado Springs. Bingo starts here at 7 and once you are in the hall you can find out seats and buy your cards. The Bingo cost is $5/a packet plus a bit more for specials if you use other services. Enjoy great food and take part in events at this Bingo Hall.
Other Bingo halls to visit in Colorado are Bingo Oasis, Bingo Colorado, Montrose bingo connection, Bingo Palace and many others.
How to play Bingo?
Generally Bingo is played with paper cards or electronic Bingo tablets. Bingo rules and payouts and play variations vary from place to place. Bingo brochures detailing particular games, rules and payouts are usually available at each respective location.
Basically, players 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. Numbers such as B-2 or 0-68 are then drawn at random (out of a possible 75 in American Bingo, and 90 in British and Australian Bingo) until one player completes a ‘Bingo’ pattern, such as a line with five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row on one of their cards and wins the prize. There are many possible patterns to play for.
A bingo Card contains 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank), with which you play BINGO. The numbers are assigned at random on each card and are arranged in five columns of five numbers each by five rows (5 x 5 = 25 in total including the blank square).
In Bingo ticket the numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45, in the G column between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75.
Players have thousands of unique (unduplicated) cards to choose from. Some manufacturers print unduplicated series of 6,000 cards. There are also series of 9,000 cards available. Hard cards and Flimsy cards have a series number printed on them like card number 1252 will always have the same numbers in the same spaces. When you win, you stand up and shout “BINGO!”
Points to remember when playing Bingo in Colorado
•You should be 18 and over years of age to play Bingo.
•In some private Bingo halls children can play bingo under the guidance of their parents
•In the state of Colorado your Bingo winnings are not taxed up to $1200.00. If you’ve won over this amount the club or Bingo hall will issue you a W-2G form for your tax return.
•There are progressive jackpot Bingo games where a jackpot that builds per session is based on headcount and a percentage of the buy in. It grows over time and can max out at $15,000 in the State of Colorado. Each Bingo hall will hold a “must-go” to give away this progressive at a point in which they determine. Must-Go’s may or may not be announced by a Bingo hall.
•Every Bingo Hall has a snacks and food bar to enjoy as well as few also offer music events.
•The bingo costs vary from one hall to other.