7 fun-filled bingo halls in Vancouver and beyond

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From cultural centres to small casinos to downright palaces, these seven popular venues host North America’s favourite game of chance most days of the week. Inclusive, fun and low-risk, bingo is a perfect gambling sport for beginners, and an ideal group or solo activity – especially on a rainy day in Vancouver. [Photo credit: iStock.com/ fotobent]

Italian Cultural Centre

3075 Slocan St, Vancouver BC V5M 3E4

Every Sunday, Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre hosts a bingo night from 6:15 to 9:30 pm in their elegant ballroom, with all proceeds going toward their charity efforts in the community. Doors open at 2:00 pm, and one can enjoy a plate of traditional pasta and early-bird games while preparing for the main event: 20 raucous games of regular bingo, with prizes ranging from $150 to $300 per game.

Planet Bingo

2655 Main St 3rd Floor, Vancouver BC V5T 3E7

The city’s largest bingo arena is the only to offer three floors of continuous drop-in bingo (which means you can literally play anytime of day, 364 days a year) in both paper and electronic versions – plus a lottery centre, plenty of food options, and the opportunity to make group bookings that allow visitors to block off entire floors for private functions (family reunion bingo, anyone?).

Chances Maple Ridge

22710 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge BC V2X 2V6

The largest casino in Maple Ridge offers paper and electronic bingo most days of the week; for tech-lovers, the game is also offered on state-of-the-art touch screens. Confused? Attendants are always nearby and are ready to help you make your mark (pun intended) and win big.

Croatian Cultural Centre

3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver BC V5N 4E4

Commercial Drive’s best-loved bingo nights take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings each week at the Croatian Cultural Centre, where dinner’s served at 4:00 pm, and games heat up around 6:00 pm. Prizes change weekly, and seating allows for up to 1,000 people, which makes for an exciting, dynamic bingo extravaganza.

Maple Ridge Community Gaming Centre

22366 119 Ave, Maple Ridge BC V2X 2Z3

Founded in 2013, Maple Ridge’s newest gaming centre boasts a large bingo hall that’s open seven days a week. And if you’re hungry, you need not stray far, as the on-site cafeteria-style Oasis Café offers home-style meals at affordable prices throughout the day and night.

Tri-City Bingo Palace

3210 St Johns St, Port Moody BC V3H 2C9

Port Moody’s only bingo hall is truly a palace in name and in size, with multiple games of bingo offered here most days of the week. But the best part about Tri-City? The community; a friendly group of regulars have played here for decades, which makes one’s experience warm, welcoming and lots of fun.

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