How to Set Up a Bingo Game

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Bingo is a game played by marking numbers on a card after they have been chosen at random and called out to the players. This game is played by all ages at fairs, parties, fundraisers and halls designed specifically for gaming. Whatever the reason for your game, it is a simple process to make sure that everything is set up and ready by the time the game begins.

Distribute the bingo cards and daubers or tokens to the players. There should be enough cards for each player to have at least one. Give each player a dauber if the cards are disposable or enough tokens to cover each space on the card if the cards are reusable.

Place the bingo balls into a bin. The bin can be a hopper, cage, bucket, or any other container large enough to hold the entire set and allow the caller to shuffle the balls and choose them at random.

Provide the caller with something to write with and a surface to write on, such as a marker and a dry erase board or a pen and paper. He will use this to record the numbers as they are called to check them against winning cards.

Things You'll Need

  • Bingo cards
  • Daubers or tokens
  • Set of bingo balls
  • Bin large enough to hold the balls
  • Writing instrument
  • Writing surface


  • To help the players keep track of numbers that have been called, have the caller or an assistant mark them on a chalkboard or a dry erase board where the players can see them.