The History of Bingo

The game of Bingo is so popular that one would think it has been around forever.
The first version of the game was actually introduced in Italy as a form of lotto in the 16th Century. France picked it up shortly after that where it was played the French intelligentsia. When the game reached North America in 1929, it became known as “beano”. It was first played in 1929 at a traveling carnival near Atlanta, Georgia with dried beans, a rubber stamp, and cardboard sheets. The “caller” reached into a canvass bag, drew out wooden chips marked 1 through 90 and the first player to cover one horizontal row called out “beano” and was the winner. Toy salesman, Edwin S. Lowe, who was visiting from New York was impressed by the excitement of the players and brought the game back home. He created his own tokens and cards and renamed the game “bingo” after a woman with a stutter inadvertently yelled “bingo” instead of “beano”.

At about the same time, a priest from Pennsylvania hit hard economic times and was looking for a way to raise money for his church. When he tried using bingo, he drew a large crowd, but with the limited number combinations, there were always too many winners and there was very little profit. He approached Lowe with his problem and being the entrepreneur that he was, Edwin hired a Columbia University mathematician, Carl Leffler, who came up with 6,000 different card combinations. By 1934, there were an estimated 10,000 bingo games being played in churches and bingo halls across America. When looking at the bingo timeline it is clear this was the beginning of the bingo games we know today.

Bingo in the UK

Bingo in the UK, as in most other developed countries, has become a popular online activity. Online bingo games are offered free in gaming rooms where one can play several cards at one time and the chances of winning are higher than in offline bingo. To be successful at internet bingo, the player must pay more attention to the caller who will call out numbers in rapid succession. Since most online bingo players play more than one card, and usually several, the player must respond quickly or another player will call out bingo before he does.

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Online bingo offers higher jackpots and is available to play all the time. But the most significant aspect of online bingo is it social networking. Most online bingo websites offer chat rooms where players can interact with each other. Connecting online provides participants the opportunity to hang out together without ever having to leave the comfort of their desktop computer. Make some money and meet some people – the winning online bingo combination.