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Horse racing bingo is becoming increasingly popular at horse racing tracks during the slow season. Many of them have bingo and slot machines down on a lower level, or even table games if the laws allow it.
Bingo is a very easy game to play, and if you don't know a particular variant then there will always be a copy of the bingo rules for whatever type they offer.
Bingo is a low-risk, low-reward game perfect for gamblers who want to dip their toes into gaming before moving on to horse-betting. There are entire websites devoted to playing online bingo.
Online bingo is especially popular in the UK. There are both free bingo sites and paid bingo sites. Of course, you can't win any money if you're playing a free site!
There are special Bingo Cards at certain racetracks. A computer program generates standard 75-ball bingo cards, but instead of numbers the cards are marked with particular results in races. For instance, one space may say “Same race: #1 and #2 in the money”, or “Show: #7 horse”. Players of horse racing bingo can go for a single-line bingo win or a blackout bingo win. It's a great way to learn how to pay attention to a horse race and learn some basic lingo.
There are quite a number of U.S. race tracks that have this type of bingo, including Churchill Downs, Fairmount Park, and Meadowlands Racetrack. Here is some of the lingo you might encounter:
Win, Place, Show: The horse that wins 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively.
Photo finish: A race that is so close to call that photo or video of the race has to be examined by officials.
Trifecta: A particular wager where someone tries to pick which horses will finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in that order. A very difficult wager!
Exacta: This is like the Trifecta, but only for the first two placed horses.
In the money: A horse that wins 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place is “in the money”.
These are all very basic horse betting terms, so if you want to introduce a friend or significant other to the world of horse betting, then playing some horse racing bingo is a great way to start.
Of course, if they have no interest in horses then there is always fun to be had playing the bingo machines, slot machines, or video poker machines elsewhere in the track. As long as everyone is having fun, that's what's important, right?
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