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Bingo Hard Cards are to bingo what folded maps are to today’s travelers…old school. While hard cards are still found in a number of places that play bingo, they have been slowly phased out over the last few decades. But, this doesn’t mean they don’t have their place in bingo games, especially in less formal games where buying paper and bingo daubers from time to time can be a hassle.

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What are bingo hard cards? Bingo hard cards are the traditional hard cardboard bingo cards where bingo chips are used to mark numbers instead of daubers. The pros of hard cards are that they can be used over and over for long periods and they don’t require daubers. Of course, they do require chips or other physical markers, but the overall economic benefits are often better than bingo paper for regularly hosted small attended bingo games.

The cons of bingo hard cards are that they are harder to play than bingo paper. It takes longer for players to mark a hard card with a chip and chips can also be knocked over or slide out of place (as opposed to ink). Because they are harder to play, players will generally play less hard cards than paper cards, and thus spend less. This can have a big impact on overall revenues for bingo games of good size.

Hard cards also make it much harder for bingo managers to track sales. Because they are meant to be reused for multiple bingo games, it can be easy to lose track of the actual number of hard cards sold. These are some of the reasons hard cards are less and less visible at commercial bingo halls (although many halls still use them for some exciting special games).

Shutter Bingo Cards are a type of bingo hard card. Unlike regular hard cards, shutter cards do not use chips to mark the numbers, but instead have windowed panes over each number on the card. To mark, the windows are slid open or shut. Shutter bingo cards are ideal for travel or for environments where daubing or using bingo chips is difficult.