Bingo Popularity in the UK

Bingo is becoming extremely popular in the UK in tradional bingo parlors and online. More people attend Bingo parlors than soccer matches in a year. Most bingo outings are social gatherings, and usually include eating dinner and and drinking beer as part of the festivities.

Second in popularity only to the lottery, is the National Bingo Game, which is played throughout the UK on every day except Christmas, with prizes reaching as high as GBP £500,000. National Bingo has reduced the use of nicknames in calling and uses an electronic verification system for winners to allow the game to go faster. An average game of UK Bingo lasts less than 5 minutes.

Once considered the domain of old ladies, bingo in the UK attracts many celebrities, including:

  • Jade Jagger
  • Bianca Jagger
  • Damon Hill
  • Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls
  • Helen Chamberlain
  • U2’s Bono
  • Kym Marsh
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Keith Chegwin
  • Jack Ryder
  • Elle MacPherson
  • Robbie Williams
  • Kenny Dalglish
  • Paul Gascoigne
  • Denise van Outen
  • Kerry Katona
  • Phil Taylor
  • Chris Evans

Of course, you don’t need to be in the UK or be a celebrity to play online bingo. You can even play a free game if you don’t want to risk your money.

In bingo halls it’s hard for all to hear the called numbers, many bingo halls are big and packed with people and all of them are busy with light conversation, which makes it hard for them to hear the numbers. And so, bingo callers came out with a humorous way of clearing a path for the numbers in the commotion of the busy bingo halls: nicknames. These help both the caller and the audience, thus making the bingo calling into a fun and clear action.

Here is the complete list of bingo numbers nicknames:

  • 1 — Nelson’s column, Buttered scone, Kellys ogle, at the beginning, Little Jimmy.
  • 2 — One little duck, little boy blue, doctor who, me and you.
  • 3 — One little flea, Monkey on the tree, Dearie me, I’m free, Cup of tea, Goodness me.
  • 4 — Bobby Moore, next door, on the floor.
  • 5 — Jack’s alive, Man alive, One little snake.
  • 6 — Tom Mix/tricks, chopsticks.
  • 7 — God’s in heaven, lucky seven, one little crutch.
  • 8 — Golden gate, Garden gate, Harry Tate, at the gate, one fat lady.
  • 9 — A doctor’s orders.
  • 10 — Uncle Ben, Downing Street, cock and hen.
  • 11 — Legs eleven, skinny legs, chicken legs.
  • 12 — One and two, monkey’s cousin, one dozen, one doze if one can.
  • 13 — Devil’s number, Unlucky for some.
  • 14 — Valentines Day.
  • 15 –Young and keen.
  • 16 — Never been kissed, sweet sixteen.
  • 17 — Dancing queen, the age to catch ‘em, old Ireland.
  • 18 — Key of the door, coming of age.
  • 19 — Goodbye teens.
  • 20 — Blind 20, One score.
  • 21 — Royal salute, key of the gate.
  • 22 — Ducks on a pond, Quack quack, all the twos.
  • 23 — Thee and me, a duck and a Flea.
  • 24 — Two dozen.
  • 25 — Duck and dive
  • 26 — Pick and mix , bed and breakfast, half a crown.
  • 27 — Gateway to heaven.
  • 28 — Over weight, Duck and its mate.
  • 29 — Rise and shine, in your prime.
  • 30 — Blind 30, speed limit, flirty thirty.
  • 31 — Get up and run.
  • 32 — Buckle my Shoe.
  • 33 — All the threes, dirty knees, Sherwood Forest, two little fleas.
  • 34 — Ask for more.
  • 35 — Jump and jive.
  • 36 — Three dozen.
  • 37 — A flea in heaven.
  • 38 — Christmas cake.
  • 39 — Those famous steps.
  • 40 — Blind 40, two score, life begins at.
  • 41 — Time for fun.
  • 42 — Whinny the Poo.
  • 43 — Down on your knees.
  • 44 — Open two doors, all the fours.
  • 45 — Cowboy’s friend, Halfway there.
  • 46 — Up to tricks.
  • 47 — Four and seven.
  • 48 — Four dozen.
  • 49 — PC, Copper.
  • 50 — Half a Century, Hawaii five O, bull’s eye, blind 50.
  • 51 — I love my mum.
  • 52 — Pack of cards, weeks in a year.
  • 53 — The joker, stuck in the tree.
  • 54 — House of bamboo, Clean the floor.
  • 55 — Bunch of fives , all the fives, double nickels.
  • 56 — “Was she worth it?”
  • 57 — All the beans.
  • 58 — Make them wait.
  • 59 — Brighton line.
  • 60 — Three score, Blind 60.
  • 61 — Bakers bun.
  • 62 — Turn on the screw.
  • 63 — Tickle me.
  • 64 — Red raw, Beatles number.
  • 65 — Old age pension.
  • 66 — All the sixes.
  • 67 — Made in heaven.
  • 68 — Saving grace.
  • 69 — Any way around, The same both ways, The French connection, Meal for two.
  • 70 — Blibd Seven, Three score and ten.
  • 71 — Bang on the drum.
  • 72 — Six dozen.
  • 73 — Crutch with a flea, under the tree, Queen B.
  • 74 — Grandmamma of Bingo.
  • 75 — Granddaddy of Bingo, Big Daddy.
  • 76 — Seven ‘n’ six.
  • 77 — The double hockey stick, all the sevens, two little crutches.
  • 78 — Heavens gate.
  • 79 — One more time.
  • 80 — Blind 80, Gandhi’s breakfast, Eight and blank.
  • 81 — Fat lady and a little wee, Stop and run.
  • 82 — Fat lady with a duck, Straight on through.
  • 83 — Fat lady with a flea, Time for tea, Ethel’s Ear.
  • 84 — Seven dozen.
  • 85 — Staying alive.
  • 86 — Between the sticks.
  • 87 — Fat lady with a crutch, Torquay in Devon.
  • 88 — Two fat ladies, Wobbly wobbly, All the eights.
  • 89 — Nearly there, All but one.
  • 90 – Top of the shop, Top of the house, Blind 90, As far as we go, End of the line.