Retirement and Bingo!


Hi, all.  I have a dilemma. I call Bingo here where I live in Independent Senior housing two times a week.  I have been doing this for about a year.

On this past Monday, I played 6 games with them (about 30).  I introduced two new shapes for play.  I have never heard such complaining!  The Sat. before I had a new sheet also, but was told they were all too easy and boring.

Here’s the problem. I need to be diplomatic and let them all know that they must be tolerant of each other’s Bingo fun.  I can’t please them all, but I can be fair and play some hard games and some easy games.  They need to understand that everyone loves to play, but some are slower than others and some play 6 cards instead of 3 cards.  How do I convince them to keep playing and if a game seems hard, just play one card until they see the new pattern better.  I don’t want to hurt their feelings or make them seem “dull”.

Thanks for your comments.  I call Bingo tomorrow night!



3 thoughts on “Retirement and Bingo!

  1. Tammy

    I would suggest when you introduce a new game, have everyone only use one card to learn the new game, If they pay to play make the one card try it game free. If they catch on fast then they can use as many cards as they normally do after the practice game. Can you have a visual that they can all see with an example of the new pattern on it?

  2. Thanks for the response. I am having a difficult time with the group. They all met and decided that they didn’t want any new cards and they didn’t like the cards with examples on their tables. I am saddened by this as I only had their welfare in mind. I now feel let down and unappreciated. I may try my hand at something else and get someone new to call the games.

  3. Tammy

    I guess some people are too set in their way to consider any changes. It sounds like this group is happy doing things the same way over and over again. I am thinking maybe they feel in c
    ontrol of that little aspect of their lives and they are comfortable with the way they play. I don’t think it is a reflection on you at all, they just like it the familiar way it is.

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