BINGO: HOW IT BEGAN AND TERMS YOU MUST KNOW

A visit to the casino most definitely means gambling and a chance to try your luck at the different options on offer there. There are games to suit each and every personality and pocket. One of the most popular and oldest games where you can try your luck is bingo sites. It started as a charity game in churches but now it is being played at almost every casino in the real world as well as the virtual world. Not only is it immensely popular, but also the revenue it generates surely runs into millions and millions of dollars worldwide. Lets take a look at how and where this simple but very interesting game started.

HISTORY

The roots of Bingo are found in Italy. Around 1530, a game called called “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia also known as the Italian National Lottery came into existence. It became very popular and in fact, its popularity reached France around the 18th century.

Soon this game became well known and the Germans were introduced to this game in the 19th century. After spreading all across Europe, Bingo and its popularity reached America in the early 1920s where it was played at carnivals and Hugh J. Ward not only standardized it, but also copyrighted and published a rule book of Bingo in 1933.

The game of Bingo saw a huge upsurge all thanks to Edwin Lowe. He was visiting Atlanta where he attended a carnival and saw people playing a game, which was locally called Beano. Beano followed the rules made by Ward where people played it with dried beans, a rubber stamp and cardboard sheet.

The players held a card with numbers on them, the person calling the numbers would randomly pick out numbered disks from a box and the players would check if they had the number that was called out in the card that they held.

Lowe saw the immense potential in the game and considering how popular it was; he decided to make a small version of it and he invited his friends to try it out.

It is said that one of Lowe’s guests got so carried away and excited that when she completed the game, she yelled ‘Bingo’ instead of Beano.

Lowe found a name for his new game and the rest, as they say, is history. Lowe realized the economic potential in Bingo and he produced two versions of the game.


One was a 12-card set, which he sold for $1.00, and the $2.00 set, which comprised of 24 cards. Bingo took off exponentially and by the 1940s Bingo was all over the United States of America.

So that was about how it all came into being. Bingo has many versions and they are played commercially in casinos as well as non-commercially in places like bars, nightclubs or even churches and charity organizations.

The legal rules and stakes vary from place to place. The stakes of Bingo when it is played non-commercially are mostly modest whereas the stakes can run substantially higher when it is played at casinos. Wherever you play it, the fun element of Bingo remains unchanged.

HERE IS A LIST OF SOME TERMS THAT YOU MUST KNOW WHEN YOU PLAY BINGO NEXT

READY OR SET OR DOWN OR HAVE A CHANCE

This means that a player needs one number to complete their Bingo pattern.

JUMP THE GUN

This term means that a person has called Bingo without having a valid Bingo.

FALSE ALARM

This is when a person calls Bingo but they are mistaken that the Bingo is valid. It can happen if they haven’t heard the right number being called out or they have struck off the wrong number. This is also called Social error or Bongo.

REACH

This term is used in Japan when a player is one space away from completing the Bingo.

HARD WAY BINGO

When a person has completed the Bingo pattern in a straight line without the use of the free space, it is called a hard-way Bingo.

Everyone who plays it loves Bingo. Its ever-increasing popularity across age, continents and countries makes it one of the most appealing and interesting games ever. And now with the option available of playing Bingo online, one cannot imagine how far and wide this game will continue to reach.