(Bingo is currently suspended due to Covid-19. We intend to reopen once our region reaches Phase 4 of the Safe Start process.)
Play BINGO with us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Win big jackpots.
Join us for bingo and pull tabs every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening for some action packed bingo fun where everyone is welcome. We start at 6:00 pm with four games for the Early Birds and regular games begin at 6:30. We provide many different games and rotate them every night so each evening of games provide a little different entertainment. Jackpots accumulate nightly until won so they can reach over $1000.00 dollars.
We offer hot food cooked in our on site kitchen so come on in hungry and leave with a full belly and possibly with your pockets full of money.
* A minimum age of 12 years old is required to enter the hall during bingo hours.
Playing bingo helps your local community.
Remember by playing bingo at our hall you help support Kitsap communities. Since we are a non-profit organization all proceeds from bingo sales are used for West Side Improvement Club projects and the charities that we support. Without support from our bingo players we would not be able to help all the people we do. So please join us and meet some new friends and enjoy some time out while helping your local neighborhood.
Bingo at WSIC in the past.
In 1961 we started providing public bingo games which makes us the oldest Kitsap bingo hall remaining in service. Although in 1972 bingo services were halted in the state of Washington while tax laws were straightened out bingo resumed the same year and has since been a popular activity to thousands of local residents.
Bingo has a long history in America and across our planet. Dating back as far as the mid 1500’s as a lottery game in Italy, which is still played every Saturday to this day. In The United States the game started as a game played at county fairs called “Beano” around the late 1920’s. In 1929 and after a mistaken winner called out “Bingo” the name was adopted by Edwin S Lowe a toy salesman who then was helped by Carl Leffler, a Columbia University math professor to invent over 6,000 different bingo cards. Bingo was popularized by the use of churches in the early 1930’s and remains popular today yet bingo halls not associated with large gambling associations can be hard to find.
Some Bingo Terminology
Ready/Waiting/Cased/Set/Chance – When someone only needs one number in order to complete the Bingo pattern, he/she is considered to be Ready, Waiting, Cased, Set or ‘has a chance’.
Breaking the Bubble – The bubble is the minimum number of balls required to complete the Bingo pattern. This is the earliest point anyone could have a valid bingo. Example: Winning pattern is 1 hard way bingo, a straight line without the free space. The minimum number of called numbers is 5 although it is not considered Breaking the Bubble until 1 number in each column or 5 numbers in a single column have been called.
Jumping the Gun – One who calls bingo before having a valid bingo. The most common situation is someone calling bingo using the next number in the screen before it has been called.
Wild numbers – Many bingo halls will have certain games with a wild number. Wild numbers allow bingo players to start with multiple called numbers. Typically the first ball drawn is the determining factor.
Standard – All numbers ending with the second digit of the first number. Example: First ball is 22. All numbers ending in a 2 including B2 is considered a called number.
Forwards/backwards – All numbers beginning or ending with the wild number. Example: First ball is 22. All numbers beginning or ending with a 2 is considered a called number. If the first ball ends with an 8, 9 or 0, another number may be drawn as there are no numbers starting with a 8 or 9 and only 9 numbers starting with a zero. Some halls will also redraw a number ending with a 7 as there are only 5 numbers beginning with a 7.
False Alarm – Term used when one calls bingo but is mistaken. This could be because of mishearing the caller or stamping the wrong number by mistake. If one calls a falsie, they genuinely believe they have a bingo. Also known as a social error. Another term used for this is a bongo.
Crying Number(s) – Once a valid bingo has been claimed and the game is officially closed, the numbers that would have been drawn next are known as the crying numbers due to fact that any person who needed the next number would be crying.
Hard Way Bingo – A hard-way bingo is a bingo pattern in a straight line without the use of the free space.