You may also want to check out the bingo search engines on the Internet, which list selected bingo halls by state. And, the Aruba Publishing Bingo Directory (www.bingo-directory.com, 888-246-4650) is a travel guide listing more than 7,000 halls, with listings verified every six months. Below is just a sampling of places to play across the United States. It is by no means complete, and it is not a "best" bingo hall listing -- it is a sampling of good, well-respected halls. Be sure to call to get the most up-to-date schedules and specials.
Mohawk Bingo Palace
202 State Route 37, P. O. Box 720
Akwesasne, NY 13655
Mohawk caters to regulars in New York and across the border in Canada, featuring regular daily bingo, high-stakes bingo, and video bingo machines in the Crystal Game Room. Semi-regular features include a 7 p.m. "Odd Ball" game on Sunday -- bingo on an odd number wins $750, bingo on an even number $500 (packages $25 and $30). Seasonal special events, such as a recent bingo marathon of 50 games including 32 regular games paying $1,000 each (packages $79 and $99). Senior bingo held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Braille bingo cards available.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
39 Norwich-Westerly Road
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Bingo is just part of the mix at Foxwoods, which has five separate casinos, 41 restaurants and shops, and more than 1,400 rooms. When not playing golf or checking out the headline entertainers, guests can play bingo in a large hall, participate in tournaments, or try video bingo. Matinee sessions start at 10:30 a.m., evening sessions at 6:30 p.m.
Napoleon Room Bingo Hall
4631 W. Napoleon Ave.
Metairie, LA 70001
Located just outside New Orleans, Napoleon Room offers daily sessions that include progressive jackpots and "high-roller" speed bingo. Giveaway per session is $4,500, the maximum allowed by law in Louisiana. Buy-in of $10 for daytime speed games and 7 p.m. regular games. The 10 p.m. high-roller game is a $15 buy-in for four cards. Each game has a $1,000 coverall featuring a chance to win a $50,000 progressive jackpot.
Gretna Bingo Palace
1900 Franklin Ave.
Gretna, LA 70053
One of five major commercial halls in New Orleans, Gretna Bingo is the source of revenue for eight of the Mardi Gras parades that make the Big Easy famous. A total of 26 sessions a week are held, including late-night sessions beginning at 1 a.m.
AmVets Post 10
1001 Winterville Road
Athens, GA 30605
AmVets offers games on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and games starting at 7:30 p.m. Giveaways differ each session. Another good place to play in Athens is the VFW Club 2872 (835 Sunset Drive, 706-546-5978, games at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday).
7139 S. U.S. Highway 1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
This is a friendly bingo hall and arcade within driving distance of Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Bingo is offered all day, seven days a week. Lightning bingo every afternoon and evening. Payouts of more than $6,000 daily. Daily specials, including Good Neighbor Night (player to the left or right of the winner gets a gift) and King & Queen Night (first single male/female winner receives a prize every time "their" number comes up). New customers get a free dauber courtesy of the Bingo Madness staff.
Oneida Bingo & Casino
2020/2100 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI 54313
This northern-Wisconsin high-stakes hall features games daily at 10 a.m. and evenings (6 p.m. weekdays, 5 p.m. weekends). Friday Night Owls session starts at 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Night Owls sessions start at 9 p.m. The hall seats 850 players per session and includes a smoke-free area. The $250,000 "JumbOneida" 47-ball blackout is played every session (jackpot drops to $2,000 in 49 numbers, $1,500 in 50-55 numbers, and $1,000 thereafter). Lucky Seven pays $500 on the same card.
Big Top Bingo
901 25th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
Big Top Bingo proceeds support Fargo's Plains Art Museum. Sessions include brunch, matinee, afternoon, evening, moonlight, and red-eye, with typical blackout jackpots from $500 to $1,800. Evening sessions start with early-bird games at 6:10 p.m.; regular games start at 7 p.m. Stop-and-daub sessions Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (a straight bingo within 10 numbers wins $200).
India Shrine Bingo
India Shrine Temple
3601 NW 36th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Bingo every Thursday at 6 p.m. Mini-games are followed by regular sessions at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the India Temple Transportation Fund (pays for transporting children to Shrine Hospitals). Session packs are $5 and $8; special games are $1 each or three for $2. Progressive jackpots up to $1,199.
Coeur d'Alene Tribal Bingo/Casino
Worley, ID 83876
Besides boxing and concerts, the Coeur d'Alene Casino hosts $30,000 bingo sessions and more than 400 video pull-tab machines. Free shuttles from Spokane, Washington, 30 minutes away. Bingo hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
I-15 Exit 80, Simplot Road
Fort Hall, ID 83203
This casino/bingo hall is located one hundred miles from Yellowstone Park. Wednesday and Thursday's budget bingo sessions start at 6:00 p.m. and have a $10 buy-in. On Saturdays the Early Bird session starts at 5:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. with a $30 buy-in. Night Owl bingo, which starts at 10:30 p.m., has a $6 buy-in. On Sundays, there's a $10 buy-in for the 12:30 p.m. Early Bird session. Regular bingo starts at 2:00 p.m. with a $20 buy-in. There's also bingo on Fridays, but not on Mondays or Tuesdays.
San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd.
Highland, CA 92346
San Manuel Bingo claims to have given away more than $1 billion in prizes since 1986, including a few jackpots in the five- and six-digit range. The massive 2,500-seat bingo hall, which has an enclosed nonsmoking section, offers sessions daily starting at 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends. Daily specials. On Tuesday, for example, it's Triple Action Bingo with a $15 single buy-in that includes two 6-ons with three payouts for all 15 regular games, with a top payline of $1,500. Closed on Thursdays.
SCC Florin Road Bingo
2350 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
Maximum payout of $250 on all games. Evening sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.) Friday through Wednesday (closed Thursday), with late-morning sessions on Wednesday and Sunday and late-night sessions on weekends. The late-night Saturday session is Bullet Bingo, a fast-paced three-number bingo game worth $25 to $250 or the progressive jackpot. The cool Web site lets players submit their own patterns they want to see played in the hall.
Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
5111 Boulder Highway
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Sam's Town, one of at least 18 places to play bingo in Las Vegas, holds 10 paper card/dauber sessions daily on the second floor. The first session starts at 9:00 a.m. and the last at 11 p.m. The Hot Ball progressive jackpot starts at $250 and increases with each session until won.
You didn't think bingo was this involved, did you? Well, now that you know about the basics of the game, you are prepared to try for whatever jackpot you have your eye on. And you don't have to be limited to neighborhood games.