The basic rules of the game of bingo are rather easy. Every player has a card with numbers randomly printed on it in cells. A "banker" announces numbers chosen at random. The person who has that number places a marker in that cell. The first person to get a complete line of numbers is the winner. Bingo became very popular during the 1930s in the United States, when it was often played in cinemas [source: Britannica]. As playing bingo is a form of gambling, it is subject to government regulations. Before starting a bingo hall, you will have to obtain a license from your Department of Consumer Affairs. This will entail filing an application. Here's how you apply for a license to start a bingo hall:
- Prove that the organization that wants to run the bingo game in your hall is a legitimate charitable organization.
- Show all applicable business certificates based on your business' legal standing. For example, you will have to document that your business is a corporation, sole proprietor or partnership.
- Submit a completed application form. You can get the application form from the Racing and Wagering Board.
- Submit a Certificate of Occupancy for your building showing that the premises are suitable to operate as a bingo hall. You must show that the building complies with all fire and health regulations.
- Submit a copy of your Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation issued by the building department. This certificate states that the premises can accommodate more than 75 people.
- Have all shareholders in the company fingerprinted.
- Pay the licensing fee and get the license [source: New York].
- Buy the appropriate furniture for a bingo hall.