History of Bingo

A brief look at the history of bingo
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16 February 2021 | 08:41
History of Bingo

Bingo is one of the world’s most popular ways to gamble. You can play it online or in clubs. There are lots of different versions of the game and it gives you the chance to win life changing sums of money. But did you know that bingo was created around 500 years ago? Here’s brief look at the history of the game:


The Beginning

It is widely believed that bingo originated in Italy in the 16th century. It was originally a lottery known as ‘Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia’. Subsequently, the game moved to France, where it began to morph into something similar to what people play today. The game made it to the UK in the late 18th century and swiftly became a popular pastime. 


20th century

It wasn’t until the game spread to the United States in the early 20th century, that it became known as bingo. The story goes that a toy manufacturer called Edwin Lowe played the game with his friends, and one of them exclaimed ‘bingo’ whenever he won. Lowe then popularized the game by packaging it with multiple cards and selling it under the name ‘Bingo’.

Bingo grew rapidly in popularity and very soon it was being played throughout the United States, especially by troops during their downtime.  Communities also used the game as a way to raise funds for charity projects. At the same time, bingo clubs became popular in the UK and other countries.


Moving online

The popularity of bingo was dwindling in the 80s and 90s. More and more gaming alternatives emerged and bingo was seen as being an ‘old person’s’ game. However, that all changed with the advent of online gaming. 

The first online bingo site was created in 1996 and called Cyberbingo.com. But it took another few years before huge gambling companies added bingo to their online portfolio. Subsequently, mainstream bingo companies such as Mecca and Gala diversified to bring their games online and the industry has never looked back. 

In 2013, the game moved into the mobile gaming market, thanks to the launch of 15 Network. This meant there was now an online bingo players’ network allowing players to chat online. This turned the game into a more sociable playing experience and the industry has thrived ever since.

Today there are a wide range of different bingo games you can play and an even wider range of prices you can pay to play. There are more and more specialist bingo sites opening up and the game is becoming popular with a younger audience. 

The Coronavirus pandemic has also seen bingo evolve. Socially distant games now regularly take place on video calls, chat rooms and even in the street. 

Who knows how bingo will reinvent itself in the future, but one thing is for certain, bingo is here to stay and it’s only going to get even more popular.

 




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