FAQs


Our Bingo Jargon Buster!
I am new to Bingo, How do I play?
The object of Bingo is?
What rules are there to playing Bingo?
How do I get the most from a game?
How to join Border Bingo Clubs?
How do I change my Membership details?
I have lost my Membership card, What do I do?
I am not a Member of Border Bingo Clubs does that matter?
Is there an age restriction to play Bingo?
What are Books?
What are Buzz Boxes?
Why are there so many different pieces of paper and Games?
What is American Bingo?
What is a Link Game?
What is Tabletop Bingo?
What is a Shutterboard?
How much will it cost?
How do I know if I have won?
How do I claim my winnings?
What facilities for customers with disabilities do you have?
When are the buses running?
What are the opening hours?
How do I contact Border Bingo Clubs?
Do you take groups of work colleagues/friends?
GAMBLE AWARE
DRINK AWARE
Do you take credit cards or cheques?
What facilities and refreshments are available?

BINGO JARGON BUSTER!
Session – A session means games of bingo. At The Pavilion Bingo Club in an evening or Saturday afternoon there might be up to 3 sessions.
Main Session – This is the regular session (game) of bingo. At The Pavilion Bingo Club we also run early or late sessions and link games, simply to ensure you get more opportunity to enjoy additional games of bingo.
Early/Late Session – This is normally a game which is scheduled at an earlier or later time than the other regular or main bingo sessions.
Bingo Ticket – This is the ticket/book used to play bingo, each has different numbers on it.
Buzz BoxBuzz Boxes are an electronic form of a bingo ticket which shows each selected number as it is called. You can play more tickets and never miss a number.
Buzz Box - electronic Bingo
Shutterboard – This is a board that shows a range of numbers in differenet colours – red, yellow, blue and white. On each number there is a black shutter. When playing the game each time a number is called out, if it is on your Shutterboard, you simply close the shutter.
Shutterboard
National Cash Game/Red Hot Jackpot – This game is played on the Tabletop. It has different Jackpots on this game for a chance to win big prize money.
Tabletop/Prize Bingo – This game is an interval game and is played separate from your main stage bingo. For more detail see How do I play.

Vouchers – Customers will receive different types of vouchers and these can be used to get discounts off their Books or Buzz Boxes .
Loyalty Cards – At The Pavilion Bingo Club we like to reward our customers. On certain sessions each customer will receive a Loyalty Card. Lets say for example on a Thursday evening there are 10 dates on the card, if you come along to 8 out of the 10 dates you will receive a Loyalty Bonus.
Dabber – A dabber is like a pen that is used to mark the numbers of your bingo ticket. It is an ink pen with a foam tip. Some customers find it easier to use than a pen. At Border Bingo Clubs we sell both pens and dabbers.
Checking a Claim – When the customer has a win and stopped the game, the ticket will be checked by a member of staff and the Caller will check the number on the computer to verify that it is a winning ticket. Each bingo ticket has a unique number on it so there are no other tickets with the same numbers.
Lucky Table Number’s – Every table in the Club has a number on it. During the main session of bingo when the Full House has been won if you are sitting at the table number that the Full House has been called on then each person at that table will receive a gift.
Team Bingo – Team bingo is a fun game to play. When you purchase your books or Buzz Box each customer will receive a team name. There could be up to 8 different teams. During the main session every time a line or 2 lines or Full House is checked, the Caller will ask for the team name that the winner has got. Each team name will be added up at the end of the session. The team with the highest total at the end will win. Each customer with that team name will receive a gift.
Jackpot – A Jackpot game is where a customer can win an additional prize on top of their prize money. There are many ways to play a Jackpot game. At The Pavilion Bingo Club the game works mainly like this, the Caller will announce this is your Jackpot Game and the customer will need to get a Full House on or under a certain amount of numbers to win the Jackpot.
Cash Climber – A Jackpot that grows on certain sessions, until it is won.
Link Games – These are games that are linked up with different bingo clubs across the country. It gives you the chance to play for bigger prize money.
In House Bingo – This means that you are playing bingo solely in the Club. There are no link up games at this time.
Line up – This is a game that is played alongside your main session bingo. Every time a line or 2 lines or Full House is won, the Caller will ask you to mark that winning number on your line up ticket. The aim of the game is to get a single line across before any other player. If you get that single line across you shout “Line up” and win a prize.
Pattern Games – These games are mainly played on the Tabletop. The Caller will announce what type of game you are playing.
Pattern Games
Four Corners – This is a winning bingo pattern where a player needs to cover all the corner numbers to win.
Full House – To win a Full House the customer has to mark off all 15 numbers on the same bingo ticket.
Single Line Across – To win a single line across the customer has to get 5 numbers in a single line on the same bingo ticket.
Two Lines Across – To win two lines across the customer has to get two lines across on the same bingo ticket.
Caller – The Caller is the person that calls the numbers for the bingo game. When running Link games the Caller can be in another club so you will then hear the numbers over the loud speaker.
RNG – This is an acronym for a random number generator and is a machine that automatically picks the numbers for a game.
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I AM NEW TO BINGO, HOW DO I PLAY?
The following gives a detailed description of how to play bingo, however it really is not complicated and at The Pavilion Bingo Club our team are always on hand to help Members and new bingo players. When you arrive at the Pavilion in Galashiels simply let one of the team know you are new to bingo and our Club and they will guide you through the purchasing and tell you how to play each game of the night.

Bingo rules and payouts and play variations vary from place to place. The Pavilion Bingo Club offer a range of games from American Bingo, Link Bingo, Book Bingo, Flyers and Tabletop Bingo. See Pavilion Sessions for detail of what games on when.

There are many ways to play bingo. Here are the basics on how to play bingo at The Pavilion Bingo Club. Bingo can be played in paper form or using an electronic device which we call a Buzz Box.

AMERICAN BINGO – The first game that we will run through is how to play American Bingo. The book has a 5 x 5 grid corresponding to the five letters in the word B-I-N-G-O. Numbers such as B-2 or 0-68 are then drawn at random until one player completes a ‘Bingo’ pattern, such as a line with five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row on one of their cards and wins the prize. There are many possible patterns to play for.

    • An American Bingo book contains 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank), with which you play bingo. The numbers are assigned at random on each card and are arranged in five columns of five numbers each by five rows (5 x 5 = 25 in total including the blank square).

American Bingo card

POPULAR BINGO TICKET

    • Each bingo ticket has a unique series of numbers printed on them. This means that no two players are playing the same ticket.
    • The most common Bingo tickets that are used all round the country have three lines and nine columns. Each ticket has 15 numbers on it. The numbers are made up from 1 to 90. If you play all 6 tickets then you will have all the numbers. If you play less than 6 tickets you will not receive all the numbers.

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  • These tickets are mainly sold as a set of Books or Flyers. If you are playing a book this could range from 2 pages up to 10 pages. Each page will have a different colour. The Caller will announce what colour that you are playing and also if it is a line, 2 lines or a Full House. If you are playing a Flyer ticket this is just one game of bingo.

NUMBER CALLING – the numbers are announced by the Caller, so you must pay careful attention to the numbers that are called and mark them quickly and accurately on your tickets.

The caller will announce if you are playing for a line, 2 lines or a Full House. The numbers will be called until one or more players have a claim. Then the game stops and the numbers are verified. If there is a winner, the prize is awarded and you continue on with the game. If there is more than one winner, the prize is split amongst all the winners. Once the game has been concluded the Caller will announce what game is next.
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THE OBJECT OF BINGO IS?
The object of a game of bingo is to be the first person to cross off or mark all numbers on a single ticket, a total of 15 numbers, a Full House.

Depending on the game being played at the time, there may be secondary objectives en route to the main objective of a Full House.

Secondary objective 1: To be the first person to mark off 5 numbers in a single row, known as “Any one Line”.

Secondary objective 2: To be the first person to mark off 2 rows of 5 numbers on the same ticket, known as “Any two Lines”.
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WHAT RULES ARE THERE TO PLAYING BINGO?
Before playing, make sure you have selected the correct ticket to play on. The Bingo Caller will normally announce this at the commencement of each game, usually identifying the correct ticket by its colour or name imprinted on it.

You must be playing the correct ticket to claim a win !!

It is important that you pay close attention to the Bingo Caller as he calls out each number. Mark off each number on your ticket as it is called out by the Caller. If you mark off all the numbers required according to the game being played, you must shout out “BINGO” before the next number is called.

Failure to stop the game by calling out “House” before the next number is called will mean you miss out and forfeit your prize which will then be awarded to the next person who stops the game by calling “House”.

On occasion, there will be more than one person who calls out “BINGO” at the same time on the drawing of the same number. In this event, the prize will be shared between each successful player.

When marking off numbers on your bingo tickets, it is important that the numbers remain legible in order for the ticket to be checked as a possible winner.

Some Bingo Clubs will void the prize if the drawn numbers are illegible on your ticket. For this reason, most seasoned Bingo players will use highlighters to mark their bingo tickets. There are purpose made highlighters available for bingo players known as “Dabbers”. In the absence of a highlighter, you can circle drawn numbers with a ballpoint pen.
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HOW DO I GET THE MOST FROM A GAME?
A lot of people when they first start playing Bingo find it hard to keep up with the Bingo Caller and end up missing numbers on their tickets. As a result of this we give you chance to play 4 tickets or 6 tickets. Also do not forget you have the chance to play using electronic Buzz Boxes which makes it even easier to play bingo.

To maximise your winning potential, playing more tickets obviously means more chances of winning. By applying a little bit of logic, it is an easy task to play up to 6 tickets at a time.

Playing 6 tickets means you will mark every single number the Bingo Caller calls out but finding the location of each number is what many people find challenging.

If you look at a sheet of 6 tickets, you will see that the logical process of finding each numbers location is relatively simple. In column one, the only numbers are from 1 to 9, in column 2 the numbers from 10 to 19 and in column three, the numbers from 20 to 29 and so on. Using this little tip will ensure you never miss a number again.

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example of 6 games

Calling out “BINGO” is obviously the preferred bingo call, but many people will shout out “Here you are” “House” or “Yes” – it really doesn’t matter just make sure you stop the game before the next number is called.
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HOW TO JOIN BORDER BINGO CLUBS?
Joining is easy, simply come along to one of our sessions and let a member of the team know you wish to join. You will be given a Membership Application form to complete and return before the end of the session. You will also be issued with a temporary number which you will need should you win. Your application will be processed and a Border Bingo Club Membership card will be sent to you in the post.

To play Bingo at The Pavilion, Border Bingo Club you must be aged 18 years and over and identification will be required.
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HOW DO I CHANGE MY MEMBERSHIP DETAILS?
This can be done in the Club when you next attend the Pavilion at the Book Sales Desk. You will be asked to complete a Membership Application form stating the new details and the old e.g. new surname, new address, new telephone, new email etc. Please remember to add your membership number and then sign the form.
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I HAVE LOST MY MEMBERSHIP CARD, WHAT DO I DO?
When you are next at the  Pavilion Bingo Club please let the person on the Cash Desk know. You will be asked to complete a Membership Application from including your current membership number. Lost card will be written at the top of the form. There is an administration charge of £2.50 for replacement cards. You will be sent a replacement card in the post which should arrive within the week.
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I AM NOT A MEMBER OF BORDER BINGO CLUBS DOES THAT MATTER?
We welcome everyone to Pavilion Bingo Club as long as they are aged 18 and over, simply come along to one of our Club nights or Saturday afternoons and let a member of the team know you wish to join. You will be given a Membership Application form to complete and return before the end of the session. You will also be issued with a temporary number which you will need should you win. Your application will be processed and a Border Bingo Clubs Membership Card will be sent to you in the post.  (Please note/ we do operate an Under 25’s policy and therefore we ask you to bring photo identification for proof of age, what this means, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over).
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IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION TO PLAY BINGO?
To play Bingo at Border Bingo Clubs and The Pavilion Bingo Club you must be aged 18 years and over, identification is required.  (Please note/ we do operate an Under 25’s policy and therefore we ask you to bring photo identification for proof of age, what this means, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over).
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WHAT ARE BOOKS?
Each book can consist of anything from two to ten pages (games).

Each page is coloured and used in a single game. The colour of the ticket is normally used to identify which game is being played. At the start of each game, the Bingo Caller (the person calling the numbers) announces which game is to be played next and which colour ticket to use. Playing on the wrong colour ticket, will void that ticket.

Each page is also divided into 6 separate tickets which are perforated, on each ticket there are 15 random numbers (5 numbers on each line) the numbers range from 1 to 90. If you play all 6 tickets you will have all the numbers. At Border Bingo Clubs we give you the choice to either play 4 tickets or 6 tickets on one game.
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WHAT ARE BUZZ BOXES?
Buzz Boxes are electronic display boards that shows each selected number as it is called; it plays like paper books but is electronic. New technology is changing the way we play bingo and in the past few years many bingo Clubs have moved to portable, handheld bingo computers or devices (we call ours Buzz Boxes) that allow players to play multiple cards at the same time with ease.
Buzz Box, Electronic Bingo
Our Buzz Boxes have a tracking mechanism so players will never miss a number, even if they are playing multiple cards.

Players using these Buzz Boxes simply listen for the caller to call the next number and then punch the corresponding key on the machine. The computer automatically scans the electronic bingo tickets and marks it for all the cards that have that number.

If one of the tickets wins, the Buzz Box will flash winner and its up to the player to stop the game by shouting loud and clear. Many players shout “House” to stop the game. It really is down to the player what they feel comfortable shouting to stop the game, just as long as you stop the game.

You can change your dabber (marker of the called numbers) and background colour also you can change how many tickets you would like to view from two tickets up to twelve tickets. It will show which numbers you are waiting for. Additionally these are great for people just starting out in bingo or for people with impaired vision.

Buzz Boxes are very popular so make sure you get here early for yours.
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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY DIFFERENT PIECES OF PAPER AND GAMES?
This is simply to give you a great chance of winning. On average a single game of bingo takes five minutes. If you are not sure in what order the games are in, or have any questions please let a member of our team know.
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WHAT IS AMERICAN BINGO?
This is the American version of Bingo which we offer at Border Bingo Clubs. Simply the numbers in the B column are between 1 and 15, in the I column between 16 and 30, in the N column (containing four numbers and the free space) between 31 and 45, in the G column between 46 and 60, and in the O column between 61 and 75. This game is normally played as a line game. There are many ways to win on this game you can win by having a line up/down/across the card/diagonal or 4 corners. Sometimes this game is also played as a Full House and you need to mark off all the numbers on the one ticket to win.
American Bingo card
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WHAT IS A LINK GAME?
A Link game is a live bingo game between a number of Bingo Clubs across the country, where various clubs are linked up on an afternoon or evening. Border Bingo Club links up every session to offer big prize payouts.
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WHAT IS A SHUTTERBOARD?
This is a perspex board that show a range of numbers, like on a traditional bingo ticket. The numbers can be covered over by a sliding perspex cover, which for checking purposes, still allows you to view the number underneath.
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WHAT IS TABLETOP BINGO?
This game is a interval game and is played at the table usuing a Shutterboard or a Buzz Box.

This game is pay to play. There will be a shutterboard at each seat that has a unique number on it. You put your money in the slot at the table that corresponds to the Shutterboard.
Shutterboard
Also you can play the Tabletop on your Buzz Box. When you buy your tickets on the Buzz Box you can also put credit on the Buzz Box for the tabletop. At any time if you want credit on your Buzz Box a bingo assistant will be happy to help.
Buzz Box, Electronic Bingo
Each board has 4 coloums that are different colours; red,yellow,blue and white. Each board has 16 numbers on it ranging from 1 to 80. The red column has the numbers 1 to 20, yellow 21 to 40, blue 41 to 60 and white 61 to 80. At the start of the game the Caller will announce what type of game you are playing line or 2 lines or Full House. Once the game starts the Caller will announce the colour first then the number. Once a player has a win they stop the game by putting their Shutterboard up in the air so the caller can see it. The Caller will then check the claim to verify it is a winner.
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HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost really depends on which sessions you attend however prices start from £5 up to £15 for your paper books, though should you wish to play a Buzz Box, multiple books and sessions, the prices will increase. At Border Bingo Clubs we run special promotions throughout the week, for more details on the promotions and costs see Promotions.
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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE WON?
If you are playing a Buzz Box it will show what numbers you are waiting for and will alert you that you have a win, but it is still up to the player to shout “BINGO” or similar to notify the Caller.

If you are playing paper tickets the Caller will let all players know if you are playing for line, two lines or Full House. Once you have the required win pattern before any other player you shout loud and clear to stop the game.
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HOW DO I CLAIM MY WINNINGS?
When you are playing books or Buzz Box and the ticket has been confirmed as a winning ticket, a bingo assistant will require your membership card or your temporary pass. The bingo assistant will then record your details and bring your winnings to your table.

If you are playing Tabletop on the Shutterboard, when the claim has been verified as a winning claim, a bingo assistant will bring the winnings to the table.

If you are playing Tabletop on a Buzz Box, the winnings will be credited straight onto the Buzz Box. If at any time you want to withdraw your winnings just see a member of the team and they will bring your winnings to the table (always keep your receipt for your Buzz Box).
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WHAT FACILITIES FOR CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES DO YOU HAVE?
The Pavilion Bingo Club main entrance on Market Street in Galashiels is on the level. To take wheelchair users and members with limited mobility there is a ramp to the main hall and there is a ramp and a stair lift. The Club has a designated toilet for disabled Members.

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WHEN ARE THE BUSES RUNNING?
Border Bingo Clubs run 10 buses each week from the following towns to The Pavilion Bingo Club in Galashiels and of course back again!

Chirnside, Duns, Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso and St Boswells.

For a full list of pick up points and times go to the Free Bus page on this website.

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WHAT ARE THE OPENING HOURS?
At the Pavilion Bingo Club in Galashiels, doors open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 5.30pm and Saturday afternoon at 12 noon.

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HOW DO I CONTACT BORDER BINGO CLUB?

The Pavilion Bingo Club in Galashiels.
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DO YOU TAKE GROUPS OF WORK COLLEAGUES/FRIENDS?
We welcome all to Border Bingo Clubs as long as they are aged 18 and over.

At the Pavilion you can reserve seating in Buzbys Lounge for groups over 6 people, please email info@borderbingo.co.uk or call 01896 753632 to make arrangements. We advise anyone attending in a group and wanting to sit in the Showtime (main hall) to arrive early as we can not reserve seats in this area.

(Please note/ we do operate an Under 25’s policy and therefore we ask you to bring photo identification for proof of age, what this means, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over).

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DO YOU TAKE CREDIT CARDS OR CHEQUES?
Border Bingo Clubs does not take credit cards or cheques however we do have an ATM machine in each club. We do not charge for using the ATM machine.
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WHAT FACILITIES AND REFRESHMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

The Pavilion Bingo Club offers a fully licensed bar serving alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as crisps. We offer table service throughout the evening/afternoon. There is also a vending machine selling hot drinks too.
Other facilities include:

  • Fruit/Slot machines are available to play during table top sessions.
  • Although there is not a designated car park at the Pavilion Bingo Club, there is public parking close by.
  • ATM machine.
  • Toilets on both floors.
  • Border Bingo Clubs helpful staff are there to look after you at all times.

(Please note/ we do operate an Under 25’s policy and therefore we ask you to bring photo identification for proof of age, what this means, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over).

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GAMBLE AWARE
Border Bingo Clubs fully support responsible gaming. For more information see Gamble Aware.
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DRINK AWARE
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Opening Hours & Bus Service

The Pavilion doors open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings at 5.30pm and Saturday afternoon at 12 noon.

Changes to sessions will normally be advised in advance but may change without notice.

The Bridge Bingo Club is now closed