Bingo Gameroom organizes your Bingo simulation programs from bingo.joopriem.nl. It checks for Updates and new Releases automatically, and can download and install them. Scroll through your collection and start any installed Bingo table.
The very first time Bingo Gameroom is started, or after Preferences reset, an internet connection is required. If there is no internet connection the program will give a warning and stops, because it needs initial information from the server about models and softwareversions.
For further daily operation an internet connection is preferred, however not required. If sometimes there is no internet connection, no information about Updates and new Releases will be received, but you can still play Bingo tables that exist on your computer.
If a thumb shows a checkbox, check this checkbox for tables you want to install, download or update. After selecting, press button
Downloading Updates and new Releases takes place in the background. There is no need to wait for downloads to finish, you can use BingoGameroom to start a table even when downloads are in progress.
Note: There is a limit (8 tables) on daily downloads. This affects only new releases, updates have no limit. If you reach this limit, come back the next day (24 hours later to be exact).
If you experience any problem, the first thing you should try is restart the program with key
If that doesn’t help, maybe you discovered a bug. Please select
Bingo Gameroom window shows thumbs for all available Bingo programs, whether or not they are installed on your system.
The thumbs can have a checkbox, indicating that there is an update available or a new table is released and available for download.
Here are some examples of various states the thumbs can have:
New Release, ready to download. The program is available for download from the Server. Check the checkbox to mark for download.
New Release, downloaded already but not played. Doubleclick on the thumb to start the table.
After playing the table and quit, the thumb will show an image of the backglass.
Thumb shows a backglass image and is highlighted. Game installed on your system and played.
Doubleclick or press the Return key to play the table again.
Game is installed on your system but an update is available. Check the checkbox to mark the table for Update.
Game once downloaded, but not found anymore in the Gameroom folder. Because its zipfile is still present on your system, there is no need for a download, unpacking this zipfile will do. Check the checkbox to mark for installing the table.
If you click on the info icon you’ll see some information about the download, and you can see the complete changelog history.
To reveal all tables you've ever hidden, goto
Using Keyboard: use the cursorkeys to scroll through the thumbs on a page.
Press Return to start the selected, highlighted table.
Using Mouse: use your mousewheel to scroll through the collection.
Click on the navigator icons on the bottom of the page to go to the previous, next, first or last page.
Doubleclick on a thumb to start the table.
Right-click pops up a menu with a list of all playable (i.e. installed) tables. Selecting one from this list will make it the highlighted selection.
See picture above
If this option is checked, the server is asked about the latest new Releases and Updates during startup of Bingo Gameroom.
Automatic detection during startup can be disabled by unchecking this option. You can do a manual check by selecting menu
Only of interest to people who have a real Cabinet connected. By checking this option only those Bingo tables are displayed who have a serial USB interface and have a standard 25-hole Playfield. This is to prevent to choose tables that can’t be played on a real Cabinet.
Note: most of the 20-hole Bingo simulations do have a SerialUSB interface and should work with a 20-hole Playfield. Still they are flagged as ‘not compatible’ because until now nobody has implemented a real 20-hole Playfield...
This button makes all thumbs visible, if you ever decided to hide tables from display.
To hide a table from display: select the table and choose menu
This option will rarely be used. It’s mainly there, because Bingo tables can be connected to a real Cabinet, where maybe different keycodes are used. Bingo Gameroom can also be controlled by the same SerialUSB interface and if is chosen for incoming keycodes to be translated by this table, the same table applies to all tables, including Gameroom. See Control Bingo Gameroom through Serial USB
Example: let's say you want to change the shortcut for the Red button – which is key
In the second textfield the hexcode for each key is displayed. It is not possible to change hexcodes directly.
After changing all desired keys press
If you accidentally press a key that is already occupied you’ll get a warning and the key will not be accepted.
Note: only the codes that apply to Bingo Gameroom can be changed from here. Changing all codes can be done in Preferences from whatever Bingo table.
Be careful: keycodes always apply to all Bingo apps – including Bingo Gameroom.
Three important things in order to use a SerialUSB connection by default for all compatible Bingo programs:
1. Make sure to check the checkbox
2. Select the USB port pointing to where the SerialUSB is plugged in.
3. Check if status is showing
SerialUSB connectors are for sale everywhere over the internet and cost only a few dollars. You need two of them. There are many compatible ones, but let’s assume you’ve managed to get a set similar to this one from Ebay (see also picture above).
Make a connection cable out of the two adapters by tying both GND wires together, leave VCC’s open and cross the TxD and RxD lines, like this:
Plug one of the cable-plugs in a free USB slot on the computer where Bingo Gameroom is running. As soon as you plug in the SerialUSB adapter for the very first time, appropriate drivers will be installed. Note: on a Mac you’ll probably have to install them manually.
As soon as the right port is selected, the status changes from Not connected to any device to Connected to SerialUSB. This only means that the port is free to use and doesn’t say anything about being connected to a remote device.
We suggest to leave settings for Baudrate, Parity and Stopbits as they are. But if you change them, make sure they match exactly with the remote side.
Now plug the other side of the cable in a free USB-slot on the remote computer. This can be a microcontroller like Arduino or Raspberry, or a computer running Bingo Cabinet Simulator. If not happened automatically, let the software connect with eachother. The status will change, showing the name of the remote application in brackets:
A very basic communication test starts when you press button
It contains a textfield where something can be typed, which will be transmitted by the
Also there’s a textbox showing what exactly is being received, including the hexcode.
Finally, make sure to check the checkbox
Defintion: scanning is the process of checking your system which Bingo tables are present, and asking the Server for all available tables, updates and new releases.
Bingo Gameroom automatically (re)scans when necessary. By menu
Reveal game on Disk
This command reveals the .exe of a selected table in Explorer (Windows) or the .app in Finder (OSX).
Can sometimes be helpful if a program seems not to be correctly downloaded or corrupted. By selecting the table first and then this menu item, the table executable, its Zip and Preference file will be deleted from your system and freshly downloaded from the Server and installed.
Hide game from display
Maybe some tables you will never play and don’t want to be bothered about updates etc. With this menu item you can hide these tables from display.
For more than 5 years all Bingo tables were free of charge. Well, all good things come to an end. Time has come to ask a small fee. You can choose for one month access or a montly recurring subscription. Or, have a Lifetime Membership: pay one time and have access to all tables, updates and new releases for the rest of your life.
By selecting this menu item you’ll get an overview of your current subscription. There is a button to visit the subscriptions page, for example to extend if you had chosen for one month of access.
If you had chosen for a monthly recurring subscription here you’ll find the button to
Quick-selection list of all available tables.
Yep, you’re just looking at it...
Report bug / Feedback
Use this if Bingo Gameroom gives an error, shows unexpected behavior or you have any other remarks. Much appreciated!
Gives some info about the selected table.
BingoGameroom can be controlled by the buttons of a real Cabinet through the SerialUSB interface, the same way as Bingo tables. Bingo Gameroom has to be the front active application to receive commands over SerialUSB.
The following buttons are recognized by Bingo Gameroom:
Scroll through thumbs: use ‘Turning knob’ (which sends ‘<’ and ‘>’ commands)
Start selected table: use Red button (‘n’)
Checkbox: if a thumb has a checkbox, you can select/deselect it by pressing the Green button (‘u’)
Start Update/Download: press the White button (‘w’)
To activate SerialUSB see
With the release of Bingo Gameroom 3.0 and 3.0 Tables, a few things have changed. This affects settings for PinballX. One thing remains the same though: all Bingo tables version 3.0+, can run under PinballX.
Before changing anything in PinballX, the first thing you should do is to check if you have Bingo Gameroom 3.0.b25 or higher on your system. Then run BingoGameroom.exe at least once with an active internet connection.
As from Bingo Gameroom 3.0, PinballX makes use of an automatically installed program to start Tables, called
These are the correct PinballX settings:
Note: never relocate BGRhelper!
Under Working Path replace <User> with current system’s Username.
Note for those who use the Escape key as Table Exit
If you changed default PinballX Keyboard Input Settings and use
When using PinballX, Bingo Gameroom doesn’t have to be open
While you’re using PinballX it is not necessary to have Bingo Gameroom open all the time. Although you’ll have to run it on a regular base with an active internet connection, to be informed about updates and new releases.