Online Bingo Calls Guide

Online Bingo Calls Guide

All of our online bingo players who are regulars in our 90 ball, 75 ball or Speed Bingo rooms will have heard the dulcet tones of a bingo announcer saying some well-known phrases that are associated with many of the numbers that are called.

If you’re new to the world of online bingo, or making the trip to one of our rooms after browsing through our collection of online slots, then you may be slightly confused about the sayings you’re most likely to hear when marking your bingo card, or in the case of Crown Bingo as it’s being automatically marked for you.

Before we dive headfirst into our complete list of calls, we thought we’d offer some insight as to where many of these calls originate. Many come from East London, where rhymes were often used by people to communicate with one another. But as the game of bingo became even more widespread, some of the calls began to take on regional connotations, with others also referencing popular culture.

Rhyming Bingo Calls

There are a total of 90 bingo numbers which players may hear when playing a game of online bingo, and we’ve listed some of the most well-known calls based on rhymes below, to give all our 90 ball bingo a helping hand.

17 - Dancing Queen

For those Abba fans among our players of 75 ball or Speed Bingo then the meaning behind linking the number 17 to their hit song should be self-explanatory. But for those players who’ve failed to make the connection, have a listen to the song and pay close attention when the chorus kicks in, as you’ll hear the line ‘You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only 17’.

52 - Danny La Rue

Another popular culture reference that can be heard in bingo halls relates to the 1960s comic and Irish singer Danny La Rue. Known for his cross-dressing act within the theatre and across television, this call can also be used for some other numbers ending in the number 2.

Bingo Calls Based on the Shape of the Numbers

Although there are many calls which take their connotations from rhyming, some take their name from the shape of the numbers in question. More commonly seen if the numbers are doubles such as 33 or 77, there are some which are more well-known than others.

11 - Legs Eleven

Surely this call should be self-explanatory whether a player is familiar with the game of bingo or a complete novice. The number 11 is often accompanied by the phrase “legs 11” due to the fact the number looks like a pair of legs.

22 - Two Little Ducks

Often called with a rendition of “Quack Quack” to accompany the call, this number is so-called because the numbers have a similar shape to ducks.

88 - Two Fat Ladies

Probably one of the most common bingo calls that most people will have heard, regardless of whether they’re familiar with the game of online bingo or not, this call is based on the shape of the two numbers. We don't think there is a need for a further explanation.

Historical Bingo Calls

1 - Kelly's Eye

Are you familiar with your Australian history, Crown Bingo players? Well, this bingo call comes from the name of a 19th Century outlaw and gang leader Ned Kelly, who managed to avoid capture for two years and is most well-known for wearing bulletproof armour in his final meeting with police before his death in 1880.

10 - Boris’ Den

While most bingo players will be familiar with this rhyme, they’ll also know that depending on who is the current prime minister of the UK the call will change accordingly. Previously known as Cameron’s Den and Maggie’s Den in the 1980s, it will change following the election of a new leader.

76 - Trombones

Do you know ‘The Music Man’ online bingo players? And we’re not talking about the song that rose to fame in the 1980s, as this call actually refers to the 1972 movie of the same name. A musical film, the most well-known song features the lyrics “76 trombones in the big parade”! Don’t believe us - then watch the movie for yourself.

Other Classic Bingo Calls

Alongside the numbers which take calls from famous movies, their shape, or moments in history, some numbers already have meaning associated with them. Many of our online bingo players will probably already be familiar with most of them, but we’ve listed some of the most common just to be sure.

13 - Unlucky for Some

Often considered unlucky in the world of online bingo due to the connotations associated with the number itself, 13 is often followed by the phrase “unlucky for some” if it comes into play during a game of online bingo. There are many reasons it’s been given negative press including references to The Last Supper and Friday the 13th being an unlucky day.

65 - Old Age Pension

Commonly in the UK, this represents the age when many people retire and can start collecting their pension.

Royal Review of Bingo Calls

Well there we have it folks, we could go on and on in our explanation of bingo calls, listing those which go alongside every number from 1-90 but hopefully these few quirky calls above will help you get used to the format, if you’re new to online bingo.

Remember, as well as our collection of online bingo games, we have a huge collection for online casino slots for all our players to enjoy including Centurion slot where players can take a look at the Colosseum in Ancient Rome or Rainbow Riches where the Emerald Isle is your destination.

Complete List of Bingo Calls

  1. Kelly’s Eye
  2. One Little Duck
  3. Cup of Tea
  4. Knock on the Door
  5. Man Alive
  6. Tom Mix
  7. Lucky Seven
  8. Garden Gate
  9. Doctor’s Orders
  10. Maggies Den (or the current prime minister of the UK)
  11. Legs 11
  12. One Dozen
  13. Unlucky for Some
  14. Valentine’s Day
  15. Young and Keen
  16. Sweet 16
  17. Dancing Queen
  18. Coming of Age
  19. Goodbye Teens
  20. One Score
  21. Royal Salute
  22. Two Little Ducks
  23. Thee and Me
  24. Two Dozen
  25. Duck and Dive
  26. Pick and Mix
  27. Stairway to Heaven
  28. Overweight
  29. Rise and Shine
  30. Dirty Gertie
  31. Get Up and Run
  32. Buckle My Shoe
  33. Dirty Knee
  34. Ask for More
  35. Jump and Jive
  36. Three Dozen
  37. More Than 11
  38. Christmas Cake
  39. Steps
  40. Naughty 40
  41. Time for Fun
  42. Winnie the Pooh
  43. Down your Knees
  44. Droopy Draws
  45. Halfway There
  46. Up to Tricks
  47. Four and Seven
  48. Four Dozen
  49. PC
  50. Half a Century
  51. Tweak of the Thumb 52 . Danny La Rue
  52. Stuck in a Tree
  53. Clean the Floor
  54. Snakes Alive
  55. Was She Worth It?
  56. Heinz Varieties
  57. Make Them Wait
  58. Brighton Line
  59. Five Dozen
  60. Bakers Bun
  61. Turn the Screw
  62. Tickle Me
  63. Red Raw
  64. Old Age Pension
  65. Clickety Click
  66. Made in Heaven
  67. Saving Grace
  68. Either Way Up
  69. Three Score and 10
  70. Bang on the Drum
  71. Six Dozen
  72. Queen B
  73. Candy Store
  74. Strive and Strive
  75. Trombones
  76. Sunset Strip
  77. Heaven’s Gate
  78. One More Time
  79. Eight and Blank
  80. Stop and Run
  81. Straight on Through
  82. Time for Tea
  83. Seven Dozen
  84. Staying Alive
  85. Between the Sticks
  86. Torquay in Devon
  87. Two Fat Ladies
  88. Nearly There
  89. Top of the Shop