How much does it cost to play bingo?

Prices at land-based bingo venues in Australia can vary depending on a number of factors – what day of the week it is, the size of the prize pool, whether you can buy single books, and so on. State laws generally forbid gaming operators from charging entry fees for bingo, so all costs for playing the game are related solely to tickets. Read on to find out how much it will set you back for an evening of housie at your local club.

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Buying Bingo Tickets

How much does it cost to play bingo? Most Australian bingo centres sell tickets in books of 10 to 15 pages, depending on the number of games in a session and the amount of tickets per page (usually between one and six). The price for a book differs from venue to venue, day to day, draw to draw; many bingo halls sell them as cheap as $2 each, while others might charge as much as $15 for a single book of 20 to 30 pages. Typically, however, a book will cost between $2.50 and $5.

Some clubs (especially in Victoria) give us the option to buy books by the set. This is a package deal comprising of books for multiple sessions in a row – sometimes an entire afternoon or evening. Indeed, some housie halls require us to play at least two consecutive sessions, and so they only sell tickets by the set. The price of a set is exactly the same as the aggregate cost of each book within – so if a series of sessions was made up of a single $3 book and three $4 books, the whole set would be priced at $15.

Session Times & Prices

Most housie clubs run day-time sessions and evening sessions, with each usually comprising of two to four books depending on the given day (Mondays and Sundays tend to host fewer sessions, if any). Besides the standard books and sets for the 90-ball bingo draws, some establishments also offer bonus games – such as Super Solitaire or Bingo Dingo – for $1 or $2 extra. These are often based on achieving a full house (marking all 15 numbers on a ticket) within a certain numbers of calls, and sometimes come with a progressive jackpot.

A simple Tuesday to Saturday chart for daily session times, prize structure and ticket prices might look like this:

Times TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Day Sessions
12:00pm $3 books $3 books $3 books $4 books $4 books
2 x $100
8 x $40
2 x $100
8 x $40
3 x $100
7 x $50
1 x $250
9 x $50
1 x $250
14 x $50
1:00pm $3 books $3 books $3 books $4 books $4 books
15 x $50 1 x $200
9 x $50
3 x $100
12 x $50
10 x $100 1 x $500
9 x $50
Night Sessions
7:00pm $3 books $3 books $4 books $4 books $4 books
1 x $200
9 x $50
3 x $100
12 x $50
1 x $500
2 x $100
12 X $50
15 x $100 1 x $999
14 x $100
8:00pm $3 books $3 books $4 books $4 books $4 books
5 x $200
10 x $50
5 x $200
10 x $50
1 x $999
2 x $100
12 x $50
1 x $999
14 x $100
1 x $2,000
14 x $100

Early Bird Bingo Specials

Many Aussie bingo operators offer ‘early bird’ deals prior to the main afternoon sessions. These can come in a variety of formats, but are usually short sessions of five or so games with some kind of jackpot or bonus up for grabs. A typical early bird special might cost $3 for five flyers of six tickets each.

Bingo Clubs in Australia

There are hundreds of dedicated bingo halls all over this country, as well as RSL clubs, pubs, and other gaming venues running 90-ball housie games several days a week. Check out the links below for more information about real money bingo centres in your state, city, or region.

Adelaide and South Australia
Brisbane and Queensland
Hobart and Tasmania
Melbourne and Victoria
Perth and Western Australia
Sydney and New South Wales

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