Attending bingo during the COVID-19 pandemic
As mandated by The City of Calgary, beginning Aug. 1, 2020, all players, staff and other visitors to the TGCA MUST wear a mask while inside the facility, the only exemption being while eating and/or drinking at your chosen table.
Seats in the bingo hall are spaced 2 metres apart. Players may sit with their cohort.
Due to current COVID-19 capacity restrictions the TGCA community bingo nights will accommodate up to, and no more than, 149 players on a first come, first serve basis.
Players can line up at either the Southwest or Southeast entrances to the centre and be given a number. Keep your number to purchase your cards. The TGCA kindly asks that if you aren’t disabled, that you line up at the Southeast entrance.
Players that are lined up are expected to keep a 2 meter (6 foot) physical distance from one another at all times.
The concession will be table service only, and you can purchase a meal, snack, beverage or dauber with cash or debit.
Doors open at 4:00 pm.
Bingo office open from 4:30 – 9:15 pm. Any later inquiry at the bingo office will have to wait until cash balancing is complete.
The TGCA has an ATM that’s located in the main lobby, next to the hall.
The TGCA does not use digi-machines. Paper cards and daubers only.
Admission is paid when you’ve purchased your cards. If you are attending TGCA’s bingo, you must pay admission. Cash and debit only.
Wheelchair ramp on the Southwest side of the building.
Cash and debit payments only.
Non-contact debit payment is preferred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
No other forms of payment are accepted at TGCA community bingo.
Doors open 4:00 pm
Card sales 5 pm
Game begin 6:15 pm
Regular 50 cents
Combo cards available
Two loonie pots
5 Nickle games
27 regular games
Progressive Special games
Please note: The 2020 $35,000 Anniversary Bingo has been cancelled. Please see link at top of page for more info.
Attention cellular phone users!
Please be courteous to those around you and refrain from using your cellular phone during bingo games, as it is very disruptive to your fellow bingo players.
You must be 18 years of age or older to:
Purchase bingo cards
Purchase ball tickets
The TGCA Bingo Evening Program
We play bingo every Sunday and Tuesday evening at 6:15 pm. Doors open at 4 pm and card sales are at 5 pm.
- Must pay by cash or debit for your nickel and regular card games.
- 5 Nickel games, variety of game patterns.
- 27 Regular games, variety of game patterns.
- 3 Progressive Special games. Progressive games start at 16 numbers-$600, 17 numbers-$700, 18 numbers-$800, and the money increases and the number increases by one until the prize has been won. At that time, the games start over at the original numbers and monies.
- Double Action game is % payout and given away at every bingo night.
- Progressive Bonanza game starts at 42 numbers for $4000. The game increases by one number until one, and if the game reaches 54 numbers, the prize increases by 17% money and one number until won. When the Progressive Bonanza is won, it starts over at 42 numbers and $4000.
- Loonie Pots. We play 2 Loonie Pots per bingo event. Pot #1 can be won on any Regular game, except the Blackout game. Loonie Pot #2 can be won on the Blackout games only. The prizes increase every event until won, and the pots start over at $0.
We play 5 levels of regular cards. All prizes are split according to the level of cards played and the number of winners.
The more money you spend; the more money you win! If you have a winning card, YELL “BINGO!” loud and hold up your winning card.
Balls There are many types of Ball games and they will require a different number of Ball numbers on each ticket to win the prize. The prize may be $300, $500 or $1000. The caller will announce the Ball game and series number on the back of the ticket before each game is played. When all the numbers the numbers are covered on your ticket, YELL “BALLS!” A radio volunteer will come to your table to verify the numbers with the caller.
Canteen All food, drinks, snacks, and daubers will be delivered to your table and must be paid by cash or debit.
All game cards played will be verified by the Radio Volunteer to the caller, who will then verify them on the monitor for all customers to see.
Bingo is a fun night out. Come and have a good time and make some new friends!
For The Beginner Bingo Player
If you have enjoyed games of chance before, or perhaps you are looking for a new way to entertain yourself, bingo might just be for you! Many people enjoy the social aspect of bingo events, and often the TGCA gets groups that come and meet up before the games begin.
Bingo is a game of chance in which each player matches numbers printed in different arrangements on cards which the numbers the game host (caller) draws at random, marking the selected numbers with tiles.
Players compete against one another to be the first to have a winning arrangement for the prize or jackpot. When a player finds the selected numbers are arranged on their card in the correct pattern for that game, they call out “Bingo!” to alert all participants to a winning card, which prompts a staff member to examine the card for verification of the win.
After a winner is declared, the players discard the cards for that game and the game host begins a new round of play.
The pattern that wins the current game and the numbers that have been called, will be displayed on the light up boards, located in four locations around the perimeter of the gym.
You can choose how many cards you’d like to play per game, and how many games you’d like to play in advance and then purchase more from the radio volunteers circulating around the hall by holding up the appropriate “waver” for them to see. You’ll also need to purchase a dauber to mark your cards, which can be purchased in a variety of colours by filling out your menu card for one of the servers to deliver to your table.