Proud mother, and new writer. Tips, advice, and anecdotes from a woman's perspective.
Published January 22nd 2013
For when the money tree runs out
Lots of people think bingo clubs are full of pensioners only, but that is not the case at my local club: Gala in Wednesbury. Sometimes I go in and see people that look too young to play, or maybe that's just me getting older.
I suspect a lot of young people play online because it's easier than going out, but I find that I enjoy it better playing in the club; you get to meet people there and make new friends. You don't have to dress up, but if you want to it's a great start to an evening out because many people meet there, have a few games, and then head off the nearest pub/club. On the flip side, bingo is a great way to finish your evening, and if you win it can turn into a free night out, or if it's a 'big' win, much more than a free night out.
Bingo at Gala is generally about £5 to play, and you can win £100 - 300 for a full house, and up to £20,000, on one special ticket that is included in the price. The main session (at Gala) starts at 7.30pm and finishes just after 9pm, so it's not that late and there is a break about 8.30pm. They serve delicious, simple food on the premises reasonably priced including desserts. There is a bar, but I love the hot chocolate, it's like going to a social club; membership is free and you can go home much richer than when you arrived.
You get a lot of chances to win, and it's exciting when you only need a couple of numbers to win. It's a great feeling when you shout and get a full house. Some people win more than once in one session; it's a lovely night out, but not a late night - what more could you ask for?
My grandparents used to play bingo on a weekly basis years ago. My grandma introduced me to it I used to it at the seaside when I was little. Played for a £1 a game and won enough tokens to buy a small toy.