Description of UK Style Bingo or Housie Game Rules
Guide to English UK Bingo also known in Australia + New Zealand as Housie
An ezDraw housie ticket is shown above. It contains fifteen numbers, arranged in nine columns by three rows. Each row contains five numbers and four blank spaces.
Each column contains either one, two, or very rarely three, numbers:
The game is presided over by a caller, whose job it is to call out the numbers and validate winning tickets. He will announce the prize or prizes for each game before starting.The caller will then usually say "Eyes down" to indicate that he is about to start. He then begins to call numbers as they are randomly selected using the ezDraw Bingo Number selector function. Calling takes the format of simple repetition in the framework, "Both the fives, fifty five", or "Two and three, twenty three."
The different winning combinations are:
When players first come to the venue (often a church hall, rugby club or other place with sufficient tables and chairs, including in the UK many specifically designed bingo clubs) they can buy a book of tickets or get tickets printed using ezDraw. In Australia or New Zealand a night of housie usually involves fifty tickets which are played over the course of the night. In UK bingo clubs, playing is divided into sessions with different books, or tickets may be printed on demand.
As each number is called, players check to see if that number appears on their tickets. If it does, they will mark it with a special marker called a "dabber" or a "dauber. When all the numbers required to win a prize have been marked off, the player calls out "Line" or "House" depending on the prize, and an official or member of staff will come and check the claim. Each number in the winning combination must be read out. The caller will check to see if each number has been called, and if it has, he will say something similar to "House correct - please pay out".