Playing Housie

Playing housie is just like playing Bingo, except that the areas it is played are a bit different, and the calls are a bit more applicable to the areas it is played.
In this section we’ll tell you more about how to play the game, including the following:

  • Types of Housie
  • Online Housie Callers

Types of Housie

There are three main types of housie played, the most common on which is classic 90 number housie.
Here is more information about the types of housie played:

  • 90-ball Housie: This game is played with 90 numbers, on tickets with 3 rows and 9 columns. There are 5 random numbers in each ticket, and bingo is won by getting 1, 2 or 3 lines across.
  • Speed Housie: Speed housie games are usually played online during certain hours of the day. Players need to mark off just one line in a shorter time period to win.
  • Charity Housie: Charity housie games are usually played at the end of the night, on full house. These games have proceeds that go to a charity, or sometimes the winner gets to choose a charity which their prize will be donated to.

Online Housie Callers

Online housie callers have replaced traditional callers in the halls, but at least you can be assured that you can keep up…
Australian callers are famous for being the fastest callers in the world, which makes it a bit tricky to follow your numbers!
Here are some examples of calling slang terms used online and in halls:

  • Kelly’s Eye / Number 1. This is a reference to infamous Australian gangster, Ned Kelly.
  • All The Threes / Number 33. Double digits are usually called in this way.
  • Halfway There / Number 45. The number 45 is half of 90, making it half the numbers called.
  • Knock On The Door / Number 34. There is no clear reason for this name, but it rhymes with the number.
  • Key To The Door / Number 21. Keys are a symbolic gift given at a 21st birthday party, so number 21 would refer to this gesture.

The best part about playing housie is of course the fun and the wins.