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History of the Video Game Bingo

video game bingo cardThe origins of contemporary bingo goes back to 16th century Italy, exactly where the lottery video game Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was introduced. The well-known chance guru assassin system bonus was introduced to North America within the late 1920s because of the name of Beano. A toy salesperson of New York was accountable for transforming the identity in the game into Bingo and to the increase of its reputation all through the United States.

Inside late 18th century, the original Italian lotto video game made its method to France. Historical evidence shows that a video game referred to as auto cash system was popular among the large French  community who used to host video game in parties and social gatherings.

Le Lotto was played with unique handmade cards that ended up divided into 3 rows and nine columns. Each of the three columns consists of 10 quantities, although each and every column received 5 random number and four blank spaces in it. Just about every player received a diverse blogging to the bank review where he applied to mark the quantity announced through the caller. The earliest player to cover one row won the video game.

From the 19th century, the lotto video game spread all around Europe and began to serve like a didactic children’s video game. Within the 1850s, a number of educational lotto game titles obtained entered the German toys marketplace. The lotto video games objective was to show children tips on how to spell words, how to multiply quantities, and so on.

By the 1920’s, a related version for the lotto game, acknowledged as Beano was well-known at county fairs all through the US. In Beano, the players positioned beams on their cards to mark the named out quantity. The 1st player who finished a complete row on his card, used to yell out Beano!, right up until just one night in December 1929, when a brand new Yorker toys salesperson because of the title of Edwin S. Lowe visited a nation fair outside Jacksonville, Georgia.

On his way back again to New York, Lowe bought beano equipment including dried beans, a rubber numbering stamp and cardboard. At his New York house, Lowe have been hosting friendly beano games. In the course of a single game, 1 ecstatic winner who received a prize managed to complete a total row stuttered out Bingo, rather than Beano. Listening to the ecstatic stuttering girl, Edwin S. Lowe thoughts went away. Lowe made a decision to produce a fresh video game that will be called Bingo.

Whilst Lowe’s Bingo video game was producing its very first actions inside the industry, a Pennsylvanian priest asked Lowe to use the game for charity purposes. After a short tryout period, the priest found out that the bingo video game made the Churches more likely to lose money. Since the variety of Bingo cards was restricted, every single bingo game ended up in extra than 5 winners.

To be able to develop the game and to reduce the probabilities of winning, Lowe approached Prof. Carl Leffler, a mathematician from Columbia University. Leffler was asked to produce bigger variety of Bingo handmade cardsso that every single player will have one of a kind mixture of numbers. By 1930, Lowe acquired 6,000 bingo cards and Prof. Leffler went insane.

Because then, the popularity with the Bingo video game as a fundraiser continued to grow. In less than 5 years, about 10,000 weekly bingo game titles took place all through North America. Lowe’s organization grew to utilize a number of thousands of staff also to occupy extra 60 presses 24 hours per day.

Now, Bingo is one of the most popular games in the World. It is played in Churches, Schools, Local Bingo Halls and Ccasinos in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and other components of the globe. You can even play bingo online now. Whether its bingo for money or bingo no deposit, there are many opportunities to have fun.

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S. Goodluck is a technology lover who also works as a freelance article writer. My hobbies are swimming, writing, and making new friends.



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  8. Nickie Shute

    March 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    New bingo sites are appearing on the internet everyday and with people now choosing to play at home rather than in the bingo halls – this gives players a wider variety to choose from.

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    May 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

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  12. Online Bingo

    June 7, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Bingo is an all time favorite; it is often played in schools as a form of fun maths and English engagement and learning, albeit without the financial reward. I must comment, however, that the introduction of e-gaming has also meant another transformation for the humble bingo game. It is now available on many gaming sites and attracts equally as many players as the local hall and pub each week. I expect Bingo will continue to grow and evolve for more generations to enjoy this fast paced exciting and engaging game.

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    July 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    my first “gambling” expierence was in a bingo room ! Well, i didn’t had beginners luck, but that night i start smoking !

  14. Jerry Panganiban

    August 25, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Bingo game is very popular because of the excitement and fun that it offers. The prizes are also big because many people play this game.

  15. Bingo Supplies

    September 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Bingo game is very interesting game but I find weird kind of insanity among teenagers. I think this is not good for the future. I am also bingo lover but there is a limit.

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  17. online bingo player

    September 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Nice content. Really liked to know more about Bingo history, and rules.
    One question “Why this game is so popular among senior citizens?

    • Admin

      September 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      I think for senior citizens its more about socialising than anything else.

      • Joan

        July 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        I don’t know about that — I’ve been to a few bingo halls, and those seniors are rabid! They are there to win!

  18. Alexis

    October 1, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Good history. But where is the link for that video game?

  19. Craig

    October 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I knew bingo was old but I never knew it went back to the 16th century. I love to find out the history of things and it always surprises me where they originated from. Again I would not have though Italy. I would have guessed American for some reason.

  20. Mike

    November 9, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I used to play it with my grandfather and grandmother around Christmas. Your article made me remember the old memories.

    The game is simple. It is really interesting that it took centuries to get it into its current form. Anyway, Bingo just reminds me my grandfather. 🙂

  21. Mike Bundrant

    December 31, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I love Bingo – don’t get the point of the machines that track results for you – you just sit there like a bump on a log and wait to see if you win!

  22. Jerry

    February 18, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Interesting history of Bingo. I cannot believe how long it has been around for and how popular it still remains to this day!

  23. Mark

    March 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Good read, never realised that bingo actually started out as Beano and only got it’s later name due to a fumbling winner. I didn’t realise bingo went so far back, I always thought it was a 19th century game.

  24. Jo

    March 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Interesting article to say the least, especially the part about the beano/bingo game being used for the church as charity but then stopped due to them making a loss.

    Thanks for researching the history of beloved bingo.

  25. Nicklas

    March 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Great article! I’ll translate this later on to swedish and provide a link back to your page 🙂

  26. Rebecca D.

    March 31, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Hey Sarah, interesting article! Amazing how it has only gotten more and more popular during all this time! Everybody knows what Bingo is!

    Rebecca D.

  27. Jim

    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Thats a good article and some good research. Bingo is one of those games which anyone can play, no matter their age or skill level – this is irrelevant. It’s no surprise its one of the most popular games in the world.

  28. OC

    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Most online casino sites don’t offer bingo on them? Why?

  29. Helen

    April 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    It’s really interesting how it all developed, thanks

  30. Julie

    April 11, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Nice history lesson. The only problem i have with Bingo is that I never seem to win! Maybe I need to play more?

  31. Anna

    April 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    It’s very interesting, I didn’t know that

  32. Marion

    April 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Cool history… I love those random mistakes where “beano” becomes “bingo”. Not only did it spawn a whole industry, it also became a word of exclamation.

    That stuttering girl should get credit somehow…

  33. Jessica

    April 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Very interesting post. I didn’t know that Bingo comes from the word “Beano”. Well I must say that Bingo is one of the most popular games today.

  34. RJ

    April 25, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thank you for taking us to a short glimpse on the history of bingo video games. Indeed, there are now lots of sites that offer them and these are growing in popularity.

  35. Sam

    April 25, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Bingo is one our favorite past times at home. It is interesting to learn the game originates from 16th Century Italy. Thanks for the interesting read.

  36. Jason

    April 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I love Bingo!

    This was quite an interesting read. It will give me a lot to appreciate the next time I hit the hall.

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    April 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Interesting. Great idea. Thanks for posting.

  38. excel

    April 28, 2011 at 2:39 am

    …Good history. But where is the link for that video game?

    • Admin

      April 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      There are many Bingo video games online. A simple Google search should help you.

  39. Charie Mah Sai

    April 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Bingo is an entertainment games sometimes it makes lot of fun, and sometimes people doesn’t deserve to play bingo just for fun. But also they play for money. It is not illegal but unless this stuff is really good if you play bingo just for fun.

  40. Dennis

    April 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Traveling through Ontario, Canada, when I drive through small towns, I’ve noticed there are at least three landmarks: a convenience store/gas station, a church, and a bingo hall.

  41. habibullah

    April 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    bingo is a good time passing game. luck and tricks all are needed

  42. Anthony Benari

    May 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I love this kind of stuff — how things came to be. I always keep stories like this in my back pocket for dinner parties, in case conversation gets dull. Thanks for the post!

  43. Naveed Paj

    May 2, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Neat information. Bingo is addictive. When you are so close to winning, one space away from a line, you just NEED to play again because that could be the winning card. It’s evolved into a simple but clever group activity.

  44. Danielle

    May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I didn’t realize Bingo had such a history. I imagined it was concocted in the ’70s, along with Boggle and Scrabble.

  45. Scott

    May 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I love Bingo. I love a game where no skill is involved, just luck. That way, I can blame fate for losing, not my inability.

  46. Morris B.

    May 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    So interesting that the history of the game takes so many twists and turns, instead of some guy who simply concocted it and made millions selling it to Milton Bradley.

  47. Diane

    May 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    My mother joined Facebook recently when I didn’t even know she knew how to use the internet! She’s playing Bejeweled all the time and I keep telling her that she’s going to need new glasses soon with the hours she spends in front of the computer. I want to tell her about this, but I’m afraid she may already know. Are there any other traditional games like Bingo that are available online?

    • Admin

      May 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Certainly but it does depend on the type of games you are into.

  48. odurinde

    May 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Thanks for taking us down the memory line of the word of bingo, it is one of the best online games today.

  49. Kay

    May 31, 2011 at 1:25 am

    You’ve got so much interesting information here — I just wanted to offer my kudos. I’ve got lots of reading to do…

  50. Jay

    June 24, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Its amazing to think about how long Bingo has been around, and how popular it still remains this day n age!.

  51. Janis Gagliardi

    July 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Its interesting to know that Bingo dates back to 16th century and I think its games like bingo which led to so do ku. I like playing puzzle games but played more of so du ko and scrabbles and less of bingo. These games are not gambling games but brain exercises and I’m going to relive my bingo days.

  52. Marc Rasmussen

    August 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    They say people who play bingo got higher scores and accuracy in tests as opposed to people who do not play bingo. Furthermore, older bingo players were said to maintain the trimness of the mind and develop an improved mental agility.

  53. Caspar

    August 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I have always known that bingo was old but I never knew it went back all the way to the 16th century. I would never have guessed that it would be Italian. I would have guessed that it either was Arabic or Persian.

    // Caspar

  54. Kerry Enser

    August 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Is the stuttering girl also credited with coining “bingo!” when it means “exactly! you got it!”? Did that version of the word grow out of the game, I wonder?

  55. Matt from CuisinartCoffeeMaker

    September 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Good to visit your blog site, it’s amazing to know that bingo game still exist in the modern time from the old concept of bingo game up to now which it can be played as a video game. It just indicates that still many admire and love to play bingo game..

  56. Teake van der meer

    September 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Why call it “video game” bingo?
    Maybe tv game but video?
    Where does this post come from? Do you have a fascination of bingo Sarah?

  57. Jerryl

    October 3, 2011 at 7:07 am

    It’s always nice to know the history of a cetain games. Bingo is nice and fun to play specially of you win. But most of the time I lost. Still it’s okay. I’m just having fun.

  58. Jenny

    October 8, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I like Bingo coz you play cost-free bingo games on the web you not only have enjoyable but also have the possibility to acquire some significant hard cash and prizes, as properly as good tune your bingo actively playing capacity.

  59. Lenny

    October 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I still think that bingo’s true charm comes from playing it live in a room full of people. Maybe the game can evolve. Some ideas might be combining trivia and bingo. Or , maybe involve some kind of thinking element integrated into the game.

  60. kevin

    October 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I really never knew all about bingo like that..

  61. arthurprudentt777

    November 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    bingo is a funny game, but this game is a pure game of chance and unfortunately it is not possible to beat the house playing bingo games as there is no strategy.
    Regards. Arthur

  62. Karen

    November 11, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Bingo is very fun game especially if there were many players and much money on the table.

  63. Jack

    November 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I still think that bingo’s true charm comes from playing it live in a room full of people. lol


  64. Sam

    November 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Did Prof Leffler really go insane?? I just talked to some friends last night who go to bingo about 2-3 times a month and one of them finally won! Bingo is fun, but better when you win $1000!

  65. Mike

    November 19, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Bingo is a game solely based on luck, so I don’t like to bet too much money playing it. It is fun to play online though.

  66. joe262

    January 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I can not imagine making out that many cards and making sure they all are different. i did not know that thy had machine back then i thought it was just cards and numbers.

  67. Spelen

    March 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Bingo is very fun game especially if there were many players and much money on the table.

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  68. Hannah

    April 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    i feel like it’s only really fun in a room full of people!

  69. Brandon

    April 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I think Bingo and Slots are some of the most played games in the world. Their popularity has not waned throughout the years, and they have even evolved to be able to be played online. Whether its online bingo or online slots, people still find them fun to play and addictive.

  70. Felicia Corrine

    May 10, 2012 at 6:45 am

    It is great to know that the game has been in use right from 16th century. At one point of time I was very much addicted to this game. It is very mind storming!

  71. Emile

    February 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    hi great blog I’m a huge bingo player from Holland

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