How to Play Bingo With a Deck of Cards

You may have playing bingo with numbers since you were a child. But did you realise that is possible to play bingo with a deck of cards. As a matter of fact, playing bingo with cards can be more fun than playing the game with numbers alone because cards add so much more colour and variety to the game. And you will not need a proper bingo set either. Here is how you can enjoy a splendid game of bingo at home or at work using a deck of playing cards.


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    Each participant will need to draw a 5-by-5 inch grid on a piece of paper. The grid then needs to be divided into 5 rows and 5 columns. Handover each participant a sheet of paper and a lead pencil to make the grid and wait until they are done.

  • 2

    Instruct all the participants to fill the grid that they just drew with ranks of a playing card. The minimum rank value of a playing card is two. It runs all the way up to 10 and then come the King, Queen, Jack and Ace. For now, the players do not have to take the suits into account.

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    Now instruct each player to write names of all four suits in a card deck above the first four columns of the grid. The suits are spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. The players must follow the same order while writing the suits. Leave the last column without a heading or you can ask the participants to label it as ‘Wild’.

  • 4

    Have a participant shuffle the card deck and place it in the middle of the table where all the participants can easily see the cards. Flip the top card from the deck and place it on the table face up. All the participants who have the card rank written down in the correct suit column can go ahead and cross off the column. Irrespective of the suit, a player may cross off a fifth column square as long as the rank of the card matches.

  • 5

    Continue flipping cards from the deck until one of the players gets five crossed boxes. The boxes can be in a row, column or along a diagonal.

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