The most important thing you could do when you play for the first time at your local Housie club is to ask for a copy of the club’s Housie rules.
Housie Hall Rules
Rules for each organisation or club may vary, but there are still a few pointers to remember when playing.
The following Housie hall rules will make the game fun and fair for everyone:
- Make sure that you keep track of your numbers correctly. Ensure that you’re 100% sure before you shout, “Housie!” – it can be very frustrating (and embarrassing) if you mis-called!
- Don’t distract those around you while the game is being played. If you have something to say, try and wait for a few minutes until the round is over.
- Tolerance and respect is important. Remember that everyone is there to have fun, so try not to make it less fun for others by moaning about not winning or making another player feel bad for winning a few games in a row.
- Don’t try and interfere with other player’s numbers. If they’re not able to watch their tickets properly, rather suggest they get fewer tickets until they feel confident enough to manage more.
Housie Prize Rules
Players should always make they know the Housie prize rules at their hall before they start playing to avoid any potential misunderstandings.
Here are a few basic Housie prize winning guidelines:
- In New Zealand, Housie is only allowed to be played in licensed clubs or if it is a charity game, otherwise the organisers have to have a license.
- Players who may not take part in the games include organisers and their contractors or employees, Housie club owners or venue owners, under 18’s and drunk people.
- Players must make a claim for their prize before the next number in the game is selected.
- More than one player can win the prize; if this happens the jackpot will be split equally.
Find out how Housie is played on the Internet by checking out the Online Housie page.