Bingo Players Beware

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music fan

Ashburn, VA

#1 Oct 3, 2009
The Firemans Bingo in Portland cheats! A few months ago my wife and I decided to try this Bingo place out. We had been there 4 or 5 times and on the one particular evening I noticed something that wasn't quite right. The lady sitting next to my wife had won a couple top money prizes on the pull tab tickets. Odd thing was, she had not bought any tickets. I started paying attention and noticed one of the sellers would come over to her and act like she was looking at the lady's magazine and she would slide an opened ticket under her leg. Sure enough when the winning numbers were called off she won. I watched this happen one more time and decided I was busting these cheaters. My wife wouldn't let me make a scene like I wanted so I went to the seller and told her I knew what she was doing and if the lady won one more time I was raising hell about it. I got back to my seat and noticed the lady had two more sign up tickets in front of her. I said "must be nice to continually get sign up tickets and win without even buying any tickets". The seller come and got the lady and her sign up tickets and took her into an office. When the lady come back she didn't have the tickets.
I know people who run a Bingo hall and I told them what was going on and we figured out that the ticket sellers had to have been opening the seal on the board to find the winning number and then would open tickets until they found the winning ticket. So there had to be more than just one seller involved in cheating.
Then to find out at the end of the session, the lady next to us was a worker there also.
Being this was a few months ago I can't remember the ladies' names involved but I do know that the seller worked at the school in the kitchen. So if you play Bingo at the Fireman's Bingo in Portland, be warned, there's cheaters working/playing the pull tabs there.
music fan

Ashburn, VA

#2 Oct 4, 2009
just remebered the ticket seller/cheaters name. Her name is Ella.
pple grw up

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 7, 2009
Well we play all the time there and let me tell you it is not all the peoples fault. Cause you get a bad apple in the bunch don't make everybody bad. BINGO is gambling so if you don't win then bOOO HOOO somewhere else You don't need to run those people in the mud. I have been to several bingo halls and they all seem to have there ups and downs.
music fan

Ashburn, VA

#4 Oct 7, 2009
pple grw up wrote:
Well we play all the time there and let me tell you it is not all the peoples fault. Cause you get a bad apple in the bunch don't make everybody bad. BINGO is gambling so if you don't win then bOOO HOOO somewhere else You don't need to run those people in the mud. I have been to several bingo halls and they all seem to have there ups and downs.
Not booo hooing. I actually won 1200 bucks that evening but I bought every ticket I won with. Ella kept giving the lady next to me opened signers. She had won close to 600 dollars and never bought a ticket. A cheat is a cheat and they were caught red handed. I just wish I would've made a scene so that everyone there that evening would've known what these two cheaters were up to.
pple grw up

Columbus, OH

#5 Oct 9, 2009
WELL FOR YOU INFO THE LADY DON'T WORK THERE ANYMORE. AND IF YOU WON 1200 AND SHE WON 600 THEN Y BRING IT UP. IF YOU DIDN'T WIN ANYTHING AND SHE WON THEN I WOULD SEE A REASON TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH. PEOPLE LIKE YOU CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR THOSE THAT DO THE RIGHT THING AND TRYING TO MAKE A GO AT THINGS. ONE BAD APPLE DOES NOT MEAN THE HOLE BUNCH IS BAD SO WHY RUNIN EVERYONE ELSE..................
crash

Mentone, IN

#6 Jan 12, 2010
well i play there and that pisses me off i buy my tickets
CatsGotClaws

Castlegar, Canada

#7 Mar 11, 2010
Are you an idiot? Cheating is WRONG and I'm pretty sure, in this instance, ILLEGAL. I would assume that is why it was mentioned. So as long as you win a little something too, it's okay if they pull this scheme? You are indeed an idiot.
kai84

Crown Point, IN

#8 Apr 22, 2010
maybe ppl grw up is a worker there the way they are defending the cheaters...
CatsGotClaws

Castlegar, Canada

#9 May 19, 2010
kai84 wrote:
maybe ppl grw up is a worker there the way they are defending the cheaters...
Good possibility....
back2it

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 7, 2013
I used to play there all the time. About 2 mo. ago my husband & I stopped going because many of the games are someone rigged. The same winners just keep on winning. There are certain bingos that when brought up on the tv are diffrent than other games. The rigged games ONLY show the winning numbers on the card. The real bingos show ALL the numbers called & daubed. These 'rigged' games always have the same caller. A man with long hair. There was actually one time that a suspicious woman was playing, several ppl bingo'd when I think it was supposed to be rigged, but the woman somehow messed up and after 2 winners cards were shown on tge tvs....the woman frantically yelled bingo. The man called looked very annoyed. A worker went over to read her card # and when it came up on the s reen her # was still in the monitor & again the card inly showed the numbers that should have given her a bingo had the other 2 not it first. Btw, the first 2 cards when showed in the monitor showed ALL the numbers called & daubed, not just winning bingo numbers. I would like to go back & secretly record all the cheating. I do know a few others that stopped going because of all tge cheating. I don't how they are pulling it off, but its unfair to all those who pay to play when they really don't stand a chance to win. Just go & WATCH!!!!! After a few games you'll see what I mean!
never going back

Dayton, OH

#11 Dec 22, 2013
Same people hit. During month of Dec. Was supposed to give toys and stuff away for Christmas conveniently on days they were suppose to they were closed. The owner of building seems to always hit big tickets. Tired of paying to play to give money to same people. Should walk in buy pack put it in trash and go home. That's what were doing anyways.
huh

Union City, IN

#12 Dec 22, 2013
So glad this was brought to my attention. I will definitely never play there. There should be someway to turn that place in!
lakota664729

Pierceton, IN

#13 Dec 22, 2013
I go there often, I keep track who wins, you be surprise how man win the 1,000 games quite often. They tell me it is luck well I can tell you if they are that lucky they should be winning the lottery. You can't tell me one person can win those games that often. I am lucky if I win at all when I do seems ike 8 other win with me, all I ask is to win my money back that that I spend to break even.
disappointed

Union City, IN

#14 Dec 22, 2013
Few months ago all the balls wasn't in the machine. A regular noticed it and throw a fit. It wasn't noticed until second half after both thousand games. They just charged the balls and acted like it was no big deal. A few of us needed i30 it wasn't in there. Wasn't fair how it was handled.People should of received their money back.
why shld you care b itch

Celina, OH

#15 Dec 27, 2013
why are you defending this place so much? you must be in on it !!!
Tressa

United States

#16 Dec 27, 2013
pple grw up wrote:
Well we play all the time there and let me tell you it is not all the peoples fault. Cause you get a bad apple in the bunch don't make everybody bad. BINGO is gambling so if you don't win then bOOO HOOO somewhere else You don't need to run those people in the mud. I have been to several bingo halls and they all seem to have there ups and downs.
Are you seriously defending this conduct?
Those people should be banned from ever stepping foot inside the building again
Rain

United States

#17 Dec 27, 2013
This needs to be investigated,,,it pisses me off to think of all the people that desperately want to win....
Really

United States

#18 Dec 30, 2013
Music fan would be david steen and back2it would be nancy ralston. Stop making up BS lies cause you can't win anything over there..stick to selling crack and leave bingo to the elderly unless you're looking for new clientele....lmfao
Bingo Fan

Lafayette, IN

#19 Feb 27, 2014
music fan wrote:
The Firemans Bingo in Portland cheats! A few months ago my wife and I decided to try this Bingo place out. We had been there 4 or 5 times and on the one particular evening I noticed something that wasn't quite right. The lady sitting next to my wife had won a couple top money prizes on the pull tab tickets. Odd thing was, she had not bought any tickets. I started paying attention and noticed one of the sellers would come over to her and act like she was looking at the lady's magazine and she would slide an opened ticket under her leg. Sure enough when the winning numbers were called off she won. I watched this happen one more time and decided I was busting these cheaters. My wife wouldn't let me make a scene like I wanted so I went to the seller and told her I knew what she was doing and if the lady won one more time I was raising hell about it. I got back to my seat and noticed the lady had two more sign up tickets in front of her. I said "must be nice to continually get sign up tickets and win without even buying any tickets". The seller come and got the lady and her sign up tickets and took her into an office. When the lady come back she didn't have the tickets.
I know people who run a Bingo hall and I told them what was going on and we figured out that the ticket sellers had to have been opening the seal on the board to find the winning number and then would open tickets until they found the winning ticket. So there had to be more than just one seller involved in cheating.
Then to find out at the end of the session, the lady next to us was a worker there also.
Being this was a few months ago I can't remember the ladies' names involved but I do know that the seller worked at the school in the kitchen. So if you play Bingo at the Fireman's Bingo in Portland, be warned, there's cheaters working/playing the pull tabs there.
There are different people running Fireman's Bingo now. Those people were suspected of cheeting and gotten ride of. You should come back and give it another try.
turn them in

Muncie, IN

#20 Mar 13, 2014
How about the fact that they do not pay out $6000 as advertised ,and never have, then whenever they feel like it change the amount of the $1000 games to $500.
Payout is $5125 per night, only $4125 when they change the $1000 games.

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