How Much Does Bingo Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Bingo is probably one of the most enjoyable and entertaining forms of gambling.  Most bingo games or tournaments have an entry fee, whether it is per game or per card watched.  However, each bingo game won will either pay cash or give you some type of prize for winning.

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How much does bingo cost?

On average, plan on spending anywhere from $1 to as much as $10 per card to play if you were to play at a local bingo hall.  However, if you were to play at a casino, the pricing may be different.  Casinos will often use packs with varying colors at a set price.  Each color, depending on the casino policy, will vary in jackpot winnings and each pack will contain a certain amount of cards, usually around 50 to 100.  These cards, unlike at a bingo hall where you manually market them, will be electronically checked as the game goes on.  Packs/session can often range anywhere from $20 to $50.

According to this TripAdvisor.com thread, they say you should plan on spending at least $20, at a minimum, to play bingo at a local casino.   Members also say the bingo played at a casino is often a lot different than traditional bingo played at local bingo halls or what you’re used to seeing at home.  These casinos, according to the thread, will use multi-colored packs and each color will be worth a certain amount.  These packs, depending on the casino, can contain 100 cards each.  In that same thread, one member said she paid about $35 at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas and this was enough to allow her to play for the entire one-hour session, which was about 10 games total.

On this DisBoards.com thread, they talked about what it would cost to play bingo on a cruise ship.  According to the thread, they paid about $30 for six paper cards or $40 for 24 electronic cards.  The more you purchased during the session, the lower the “per card” fee would be.  On another thread on Cruisemates.com, they said they had paid $10 for one card or $20 for three cards, and the prices were in the $1,000 range.

Bingo overview

Depending on the location you play, most casinos today allow you to play either with an electronic card that automatically marks your card, usually via a computer, or manually, which allows you to mark the cards on your own.  Most bingo halls will often allow you to use markers, while casinos will use the electronic method, but again, all casinos will have its own policies.  Bingo players who often play say the staff at most places will be more than happy to help you before the game begins to explain how you play and what you need to do to get started.

Depending on the amount being played, it seemed as if jackpots would range anywhere between $500 to more than $10,000.  If playing at a bingo hall, it would seat an average of 100 guests, but some casinos were able to accommodate as many as 1,000 people.

What are the extra costs?

For those who play often where they use a manual marker, many opt to purchase bingo markers that help with marking the cards.  These markers only cost $1 to $3.

How can I save money?

If attending a local bingo hall or casino, go to the official website to see if they are offering any sort of deals.  For example, they may have a buy, one get one free deal or a senior day.


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Average Reported Cost: $5

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Was it worth it?  

  1. Vibe (Fredonia,  NY) paid $0 and said:

    It rocked

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. t burns (Bear,  Delaware) paid $10 and said:

    10

    Was it worth it? Yes

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