Tambola Housie

about tambola

Tambola is a number based game. Though it is very popular game but for some people it's a new game. People genreally ask What is Tambola or What is Tambola game? Host/organisor (or a player) picks a number randomly and calls out the Number/CUE one at a time. Players are given cards/tickets with numbers written on them. If the announced number is present on a player's card then player strikes out that Number on their tickets. It is played in Parties, Kitty Party, Clubs, events, at home.
It is a flexible game in terms of number of players, rules and prizes. Number of players can be from 3 to 10 to 100 to 1000 or even more. Rules & prizes can be twisted depending on host and making it more fun. Players play it with 1 or more cards/tickets simultaneously sometimes. While playing with family and friends during night or after dinner people call it a tambola night.

basic concept

format

There are generally 90 numbers in a classic tambola game. 15 numbers are present on each card/ticket. Ticket is grid format of 9x3 i.e. 9 columns and 3 rows. Each row has 5 numbers.

known as

It is also known as Housie/Houzee. It is somewhat similar to Bingo and kukuba with some variations.

how to play tambola

Tamobla/Houzee can be played in different ways depending on target audience. Generally it is played with Numbers being called out and user strike out Numbers on their Tickets. If you are playing it with kids then you can play by this Number method, Picture method etc. A variation known as kukuba increased the scope of the game. For teenagers it could be class quiz format (Students striking Answers to Questions asked related to their Subjects). For Seniors, Under-graduate, Post Graduate Students it could be a Quiz, Event with Multiple Choice Questions type. And at times it could be just formatted with the Theme of your Event. Playing Tambola remains the same but with a Twist and fun..
  • A caller needs to pick a CUE without seeing the box/container containing CUEs
  • A caller generally shakes the box/container containing CUEs before calling next CUE
  • If a number called by CALLER exist on player's Ticket then he has to strike it
  • Once a particular Winning is achieved by a player, he has to claim for it immediately
  • Game ends when a player successfully CLAIMS a FULL HOUSE

rules

Refer these rules or make changes in these rules when you play your Tambola/houzee Game.
  • A caller needs to pick a CUE without seeing the box/container containing CUEs
  • A caller needs to shake the box/container containing CUEs, if asked by a player
  • A player can claim a WINNING only before the next CUE is called out (e.g. Say 50 was called out and a player wins a WINNING on CUE 50. He/she does not claims his/her WINNING before the next CUE is called out. Then he/she can't claim his/her winning)
  • If a player claims that he/she has won a particular WINNING, then CALLER or ORGANISOR needs to check his/her claim by matching his/her Ticket with all the CUEs called out. If it is found that player claimaing a specific WINNING was false, then his/her ticket is BOOGY i.e. this Ticket cannot play further. In such a case, if there are any prizes already Won on this ticket then the player doesn't loses these already won prizes
  • In case of a TIE on a particular CUE for a particular WINNING, either prize can be distributed among all players involved in the TIE or could be given to the player who CLAIMED it first
  • A player can't WIN more than 1 WINNINGS. If a player has already won a WINNING, he can't claim another WINNING, but can play for a FULL House. (Optional)

interesting facts

Tambola is an interesting game and lets see some interesting facts about it

Ever wondered why there are 6 tickets on a page/pad in Hard Copies of Tambola??
  • As we know by now that there are 90 numbers in Tambola Game and each ticket has 15 numbers. So, 6 tickets has 15*6 = 90 numbers. In all these 6 tickets, each number from 1-90 occurs once only so covering all 90 numbers. Therefore, when a CUE is called, it will be present in one and only one ticket from the set of 6 tickets.
  • There are 3 rows and 9 columns in every Tambola Ticket
  • There are total 90 (1-90) numbers in Tambola
  • There are 3 rows and 9 columns in every Tambola Ticket
  • Every ticket has exactly 15 numbers
  • Every row contains 5 numbers
  • A column may have 1, 2 or 3 numbers. There should be at least 1 number in every column
  • A Ticket cannot have same number more than once
  • Column 1 on any ticket has numbers between 1-9
  • Column 2 on any ticket has numbers between 10-19
  • Column 3 on any ticket has numbers between 20-29
  • Column 4 on any ticket has numbers between 30-39
  • Column 5 on any ticket has numbers between 40-49
  • Column 6 on any ticket has numbers between 50-59
  • Column 7 on any ticket has numbers between 60-69
  • Column 8 on any ticket has numbers between 70-79
  • Column 9 on any ticket has numbers between 80-90

Tricks

Sometimes people ask what are tambola tricks or housie game tricks? As such there are no tricks for the game but players have to be fast in checking and striking out numbers on their respective ticket(s)/card(s).

Tambola Anchor Host

Game is generally conducted by the event host but during a large gathering an expert anchor is usually called. The anchor uses different words and nicknames for numbers and make the Tambola game more interesting. Anchor is generally prepared with a anchoring script.

variations

Classic tambola is played with 90 numbers. Though it is still played mostly in classic way but variations known as kukuba is gaining popularity. Story based tambola is gaining popularity as well. In story based tambola housie game, host reads out a story (generally related to theme or occasion). There are numbers or words hidden in story which players have to identify and strike out. Story based tambola games are theme & occasion based games consisting of words. Tambola tickets are known as cards and slips also.

Dividends

Various dividend options for Tambola Housie, these are also called tambola winning patterns

1) Full House
All 15 Numbers
2) Top Line
Top Row: All Numbers
3) Middle Line
Middle Row: All Numbers
4) Bottom Line
Bottom Row: All Numbes
5) Corners
Top Row: 1st and 5th Number; Bottom Row: 1st and 5th Number) Pyramid (Top Row: 3rd Number; Middle Row: 2nd, 4th Number; Bottom Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number
6) Pyramid
Top Row: 3rd Number; Middle Row: 2nd, 4th Number; Bottom Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number
7) Center, Laddu
Middle Row: 3rd Number
8) Lucky Seven
or Five or Three
9) Lucky 13
First Player to STRIKE OUT his/her 13 numbers
10) Unlucky 1
Player who is last in having his/her first number STRIKED
11) Circle
Top Row: 3rd Number; Middle Row: 2nd, 4th Number; Bottom Row: 3rd Number
12) Ellipse
Top Row: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Number; Middle Row: 1st, 5th Number; Bottom Row: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Number
13) Plus
Top Row: 3rd Number; Middle Row: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Number; Bottom Row: 3rd Number
14) Cross
Top Row: 1st, 5th Number; Middle Row: 3rd Number; Bottom Row: 1st, 5th Number
15) Star
Top Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number; Middle Row: All Numbers; Bottom Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number
16) Alternate
Top Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number; Middle Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number; Bottom Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number
17) Odds
Top Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number; Middle Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number; Bottom Row: 1st, 3rd, 5th Number
18) Even
Top Row: 2nd, 4th Number; Middle Row: 2nd, 4th Number; Bottom Row: 2nd, 4th Number
19) First Half
First three nos. from every row
20) Second Half
Last three nos. from every row
21) Pair, Kiss
All pairs in the ticket consisting of Horizontal Pairs. Where there are 2 numbers coming up togather in 2 columns. This combination can occur 2, 3, 4, 5 times in a ticket.
22) Paired Lines
Two rows which are togather. Either rows 1 & 2 or rows 2 & 3
23) Twin Lines
Any 2 rows completed. 1st & 2nd, 2nd & 3rd, 1st & 3rd
24) Column Complete
It could mean either a prize for every column complete from column 1 to column 9 or it could be any one column (1st or 2nd or 3rd and so on.., predecided).
25) Twin Column
Any 2 Columns get completed in a Ticket. E.g. 1st, 2nd or 1st, 3rd or 4th, 6th etc.
26) Pair Column
Any two adjacent Columns gets completed. e.g. 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd or 5th and 6th etc.
27) Triplet Column
Any 3 adjacent columns get completed. 1st ,2nd, 3rd or 3rd, 4th, 5th etc.
28) Smallest 5
First 5 smallest numbers on your Ticket. These numbers will be starting from 1st row vertically, then 2nd row vertically and so on..
29) Last 5 numbers on your Ticket
These numbers will start from 9th row vertically upwards, then 8th row
30) Early 5
31) Early 7
32) Love at first call
Claim for love at first call, if the first number called out in the game is on your ticket. If there is no claimant for this dividend on the first number called, then the prize goes unclaimed.
33) Ugly ducklings
Claim for ugly ducklings when all numbers with the digit 2 on your ticket have been marked. It could be 2,12,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,32,42,52,62,72,82.
34) Hockey Sticks
Claim for hockey sticks when all the numbers with the digit 7 on your ticket have been marked. It could be 7,17,27,37,47,57,67,70,71,72,73,74,75,76,77,78,79,87.
35) Fat Ladies
Claim for fat ladies when all the numbers with the digit 8 on your ticket have been marked. It could be 8,18,28,38,48,58,68,78,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89.
36) Naughty
Claim for Naughty when all the numbers with the digit 6 and 9 on your ticket have been marked. It could be 6, 9, 16, 19, 26, 29, 36, 39, 46, 49, 56, 59, 60 to 69, 76, 79, 86, 89 and 90.
37) BP
Highest and lowest numbers of the ticket
38) Corners with Star
The numbers at 4 corners & center-most numbers struck first (1st and last numbers of top and bottom rows along with center-most number of the middle row)
39) Day, Devrani
All numbers from 1 upto 45 in the tambola ticket
40) Night, Jethani
All numbers from 46 upto 90
41) Breakfast
Numbers from 1 to 30
42) Lunch
Numbers from 31 to 60
43) Dinner
Numbers from 61 to 90 in the ticket
44) L, Small Love Line
All numbers of first vertical line and all numbers of last horizontal line i.e 1st Column and 3rd Row
45) H
All numbers from first vertical line + all numbers from middle horizontal line + all numbers of last vertical line i.e. 1st Column, 9th Column and 2nd Row
46) T
All numbers from top horizontal line+ all numbers from third vertical line i.e. 1st Row and 5th Column
47) 123
Player win this when First number of first row, First 2 numbers of 2nd row and First 3 numbers of third row are cut.
48) Anda - Danda
Anda - all numbers with zero in them are strike/cut e.g. 10, 20, 30 etc. Danda (the stick) - all the numbers with 1 in them are strike/cut e.g. 1, 10 to 19, 21, 41 etc. Individual Dividend Anda, Danda can be kept or combination of both i.e. Anda & Danda
49) Bamboo
All numbers of middle column are cut i.e. Column 5
50) CID
Alphabets C, I, D are cut individually. C - 1st Row, 3rd Row, 1st Column I - 1st Row, 3rd Row, 5th Column D - 1st Row, 3rd Row, 1st Column, 9th Column
51) I Love You 143
First number in First line/1st Row, First 4 numbers in second line/2nd Row and First 3 numbers in last line/3rd Row makes I LOVE YOU (143).
52) Jawani - Budhapa
Numbers from 1- 50 comes in Jawaani and numbers 51-90 comes in Budhaapa
53) King & Queen Corners
1st number of each row is Queen's corner. Last number of each row is King's corner.
54) Railway Lines
Queen and King's corners togather are called Railway Lines. Other dividends for it are combination of 1st & 3rd Lines; or 1st & 9th Columns; or 1st & 3rd Columns; or any combination of alternate Columns i.e. 2nd & 4th, 5th & 7th etc.
55) Reverse Pyramid
1st, 3rd and 5th numbers of 1st line, 2nd and 4th numbers of 2nd line, 3rd number (Middle number) of the 3rd line, while closely looking at the strike numbers they forms a shape of reverse pyramid.
56) Big Love Line
Played with a set of 3 tickets. 1st ticket- 1st Column, 2nd Ticket - 1st Column, 3rd Ticket - 1st Column and 3rd Row.
57) Temperature
1st and Last numbers of a ticket
58) Blocks
3 Blocks separated as set of 3 columns each. Block 1 - Column 1 to 3, Block 2 - Column 4 to 6, Block 3 - Column 7 to 9.
59) 6 Blocks
It is played with 3 tickets and the line of 40 doesn't count i.e. 5th Column. Each ticket gets divided into 2 blocks i.e. Left and Right. Making a total of 6 blocks across 3 tickets.
60) Surrounding, Fence
All border numbers of any ticket are cut i.e. 1st Row, 3rd Row, 1st Column, 9th Column
61) Safe
When all non-border numbers are cut i.e. Numbers in 2nd Row from Column 2 to Column 9.
62) Odd Numbers
All Odd Numbers
63) Even Numbers
All Even Numbers
64) Arrow
When the first three numbers diagonally present in any ticket are cut.
65) Miss
Combination of 2 numbers such that both are in same row or same column with a blank cell in between.

Number Names

Names, words, phrases, sentences to Speak Out instead of Numbers when calling a Cue. These are known as tambola number calling, housie game calling numbers, housie number calling. It can be used as simple tambola number calling. You can be creative to create your own tambola funny number calling based on your audience or theme.

1
Lone ranger, Buttered scone, Top of the house number 1, Son of a gun, At the beginning
2
One little duck, Me and you, Kaala dhan
3
Happy family, goodness me
4
Murgi chor, Knock at the door
5
Punjab da puttar, Symbol of congress
6
Bottom heavy, Chopping sticks, Super sixer, In a fix
7
Lucky no. Seven, One hockey stick, God's in Heaven, Jackpot no. 7, Colours of rainbow, saat sur, saa
8
One fat major, Garden gate, Big fat lady number 8
9
Doctor's time, Number of planets in solar system number 9
10
A big fat hen, Cock and hen, Uncle Ben
11
Two heavenly legs, Two beautiful legs 1 and 1 eleven
12
One dozen
13
Bakers dozen, Unlucky for some lucky for me no. thirteen
14
Valentine's Day, Tender chick
15
Yet to be kissed
16
Sweet sixteen, never been kissed
17
Dancing Queen
18
Voting age
19
Last of the teens, End of the teens 1 and 9 nineteen
20
One score, Blind 20
21
President's salute
22
Two little ducks
23
You and me
24
Two dozen
25
Quarter, Silver Jublee Number
26
Republic Day
27
Gateway to heaven
28
Duck and its mate
29
In your prime
30
Women get flirty at 30
31
Time for fun
32
Mouth Full
33
All the 3s
34
Dil mange more
35
Flirty wife
36
Popular size
37
Mixed luck
38
Oversize
39
Watch your waistline
40
Naughty 40
41
Life's begun at 41
42
Quit India Movement
43
Pain in the knee
44
All the fours
45
Halfway there
46
Up to tricks
47
Year of Independence
48
Four dozen
49
Rise and shine
50
Half a century, Golden Jublee
51
Charity begins at 51
52
Pack of cards
53
Pack with a joker
54
Pack with two jokers
55
All the fives
56
Pick up sticks
57
Mutiny Year
58
Time to retire
59
Just retired
60
Five dozen
61
Bakers bun
62
Click the two
63
Click the three
64
Catch the chor
65
Old age pension
66
Chakke pe chakka
67
Made in heaven
68
Saving grace
69
Ulta Pulta
70
Lucky blind
71
Lucky bachelor
72
Lucky couple
73
A crutch and a flea
74
Lucky chor
75
Lucky Five, Diamond Jublee
76
Lucky six
77
Two hockey sticks
78
Heaven's gate
79
One more time, lucky nine
80
Gandhi's breakfast
81
Corner shot
82
Last of the two, Fat lady with a duck
83
India wins Cricket World Cup
84
Last of the chors
85
Grandma
86
Last six
87
Grandpa
88
Two fat ladies
89
All but one
90
Top of the house

Styles

Various ways, variations to play Tambola Housie

1) Classic
Classic way to play Tambola.

Dividends: Classic Dividends

Rules: Classic Rules
2) Reverse
This is just a reverse of regular housie game, where all the numbers are suppose to hit in reverse. I.e when a caller calls 45: Player will cut 54, when a caller calls 67: Player will cut 76 and so on.

Dividends: Classic Dividends

Rules: The caller and players both have to be very attentive in this game. The caller should be at distance from players so that players can't see caller's number board. The caller should not repeat numbers.
3) Call your number
Each player (one by one) will call a number of their choice, which they will cut if they have that number in their card/ticket. The winning person will be the one who calls Housie Number.

Dividends: Classic Dividends

Rules: The caller and players both have to be very attentive in this game. The caller should be at distance from players so that players can't see caller's number board. The caller should not repeat numbers.
4) Pass the ticket
All players will sit in a circle or around the table. Each time, when the caller calls a number they shall pass their ticket to the next person sitting to them. If A B C D are playing, The callers calls single number 4. A, B, C and D will search the number 4 in there respective tickets and cut it (if no. 4 is present) and pass the ticket to next one. (A will pass to B, B will pass to C, C will pass to D and D will pass to A). And the game will go on like this. When the caller calls winning number the one who is holding winning ticket will be winner.

Dividends: Classic Dividends

Rules: The caller and players both have to be very attentive in this game. The caller should be at distance from players so that players can't see caller's number board. The caller should not repeat numbers.