Credit: Andrea Bauer

If the Boiler Room’s PBR Bingo is your idea of a hard-core game, then you’ve got a lot to learn, rookie. Copernicus Center Thursday Night Bingo isn’t some amateur-hour, rinky-dink distraction for you and your pals at your local watering hole—this is serious bingo for serious people. After consulting a friend whose job it is to call bingo numbers in the burbs, I was told that this is a “real game.” And having played one night, I can assure you it’s no joke. Twenty bucks buys you a marker, 24 bingo cards, and 24 raffle cards (which are reused depending on the game). But you’d be beyond lucky to walk out with any scratch if you’re only spending $20, since some people drop as much as $75 on computer cards that increase your odds of winning. Why spend the money? Two of the games have $1,200 prizes, and with 15 games total, it’s easy to convince yourself that you can walk out with a sizable pot. Doors open at 5 PM and the game starts at 7 PM. But I advise getting there early—I arrived at around 7:10 PM and there were already around 200 people deep into the game. I didn’t stand a chance.