History of bingo

Bingo is a board game that has existed for several centuries and that benefits from a great popularity everywhere around the world. It is especially thanks to the simplicity of its rules and the conviviality it allows between the participants that this game is appreciated by all age groups and a great variety of social backgrounds.

The history of bingo starts in the sixteenth century, when Italians played a very similar game, called Loto. In the rest of Europe, bingo became known through fairs.

The simplicity of the game is what allowed its initial success.

At that time, players had a ticket with several numbers, on which they had to place beans once they had been announced by the croupier. The game was then called “beano”, in reference to the broad beans which covered the numbers, and that was also the word the players needed to shout to announce that all of their numbers had been drawn.

Evolution and popularity

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, bingo was exported the the United States with the migration of Italian populations to the other side of the Atlantic. It is actually in New York that beano became bingo, following the mistake of a player. A toy seller called Edwin Lowe preferred this designation and used it to spread the game all over the country.

With the help of a math teacher, he created unique bingo tickets whose probabilities to be winning were equal. Then, bingo was used by a Catholic preach residing in Pennsylvania as a way to raise funds for his church and, little by little, numerous churches took on this idea, that proved to be more profitable than traditional collection.

In America, to this day, bingo is particularly famous and appreciated.

In the meantime, in Europe, bingo has been very popular among the Spanish population, while other countries perceive it as an old-fashioned game. It is thanks to the boom of online games that bingo made its great comeback.

Therefore, numerous sites exist today, offering to play online bingo while communicating with your opponents on the chat, in order to keep the convivial and social element that was always part of the game. Today, online bingo rooms attract a much greater number of players than real casinos, as they offer more interesting jackpots.