Though Bingo is not typically thought of as a card game (though it does use cards for score-keeping), people who enjoy card games often enjoy Bingo as well.
Bingo is an extremely simple game, and there is little opportunity for skillful play, though the rhythms of the game lend themselves to relaxation and entertainment. Though sometimes classified as a gambling game, it's often played as an informal game of chance at parties or get-togethers, and is also used as an educational tool, to help children learn colors, numbers, pattern recognition, and sportsmanship.
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Bingo Card Game Rules
Here is a Bingo Card Game that is actually played with a standard deck of playing cards:
Bingo is a card game named by analogy to the game bingo. The game is played with a bridge deck of 52 cards. The dealer gives each player X cards, which are held in the hand or placed face-down in front of the player. The dealer places Y cards face down in the center of the table. Typically X=Y=5.
A round of play consists of betting, followed by the dealer turning over one of the center cards, so that it is facing-up. Any card in a player's hand that has the same rank value as the rank of the center card just turned are now revealed and discarded. The discards can be placed face-up in front of the player.
Betting rounds continue until a player has all of the cards knocked from their hand. In analogy to regular bingo, the first player to realize their hand is empty says "bingo" and claims the pot. If no player is knocked out after all the center cards have been revealed, then all of the players reveal their remaining cards. A winner can be determined by adding the rank values of cards remaining in the hand.
In determining value, jacks are valued at 11, queens, at 12, kings at 13, and aces at either 1 or 15, depending on whether the players have agreed that high rank wins or low rank wins. The game can also be played with cards having blackjack value, with all face cards given value of 10 and the ace having value of either 1 or 11.
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Note: While Bingo is often played for money, and is considered by some to be a "gambling game", it can be played for other reasons, such as relaxation, or for the intellectual challenge of pitting your strategies against the random nature of lady luck. Read more: Responsible Gaming