How a simple numbers game became a global phenomenon-BINGO

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Bingo has reached levels of unimaginable popularity. You will never find a place anywhere in the globe that doesn’t have any idea about the game and how famous it is. The game is thrilling, exciting and totally entertaining. For you to be able to discover what is behind the name of bingo, you only need to play the game once, and you’ll be amazed of how much more it can offer.

Nowadays Bingo is a very popular game in the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and so on. In these countries there is a developed Bingo-industry where hundreds of people gather to play. Bingo is a social game meaning it implies communication among participants. It is a game of hazard which is close to lotteries in the purpose of a player – to collect all numbers on one line of a card as soon as possible. This player will receive the largest prize of Bingo game. Bingo  numbers are chosen in a random way and the first player who has filled his card according to game rules usually cries out the word ‘Bingo!’ and becomes the winner. Global Betting and Gaming Consultants estimated the gross worldwide income of bingo (excluding the United States) was $0.5 billion USD in 2006; by 2010, it expects the revenue to reach $ 1 billion USD.

It is considered that the progenitors of today’s lottery Bingo was the Italian game «Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia» which appeared in 1530 and was very popular in Italy. Only in 1930 Edwin S. Lowe together with Carl Leffler could organize carrying out of Bingo games in New York for the first time. Demand grew at such a phenomenal rate that by 1934 Lowe had over a thousand employees try to keep up with the estimated 10,000 games that were being played every week. According to Lowe, the largest Bingo game in history was played in New York’s Teaneck Armory – 60,000 players, with another 10,000 being turned away at the door! Thankfully you will never have that problem with so many games being played around the country as well as online! Bingo turned out so successful that in short terms became popular among local people.

There are many kinds and variants of Bingo but the main two variants are US Bingo and UK Bingo (or Housie). In these two kinds Bingo cards are very different. UK Bingo cards are rectangular and have three rows and nine columns. US Bingo cards are square with five rows and five columns. Also in UK Bingo special nicknames can be used for Bingo numbers. They add more fun to the process of playing. Special Bingo supplies are used in this funny and interesting game, such as Bingo balls, Bingo chips, Bingo cages, shutter cards. If you would like to play Bingo at home you may play Bingo online. There are various Bingo sites  in the Global Network, such as Virgin Bingo, Foxy Bingo, Bingo Lottery, 888 ladies, etc.  In the United Kingdom Bingo games are very profitable and perspective business with high competition. The most famous and biggest companies with Bingo halls are Gala Bongo (Gala Group Ltd.), Mecca Mingo (The Rank Group plc) and Riva Bingo.

According to Parlay, the current age demographic of bingo players is as follows: 18-34 = 29%, 35-44 = 29%, 45-54 = 28%, 55-64 = 12%, 65+ = 2%. Women spend 50% more time each week playing bingo than men. 28% of 40+ females play between midnight and 5am. The average amount spent online per player per month is around £120.

How far it can go?

Millions and millions of people choose this form to have fun with the simplest game that exists in all casinos. But that’s not all. A Japanese company designed something that is truly amazing. They created a clock for bingo players. The clock is shaped like a bingo card, and its working is very simple.
The outer circles show the hours and are numbered from one to twelve. The inner circles show the minutes. There, a red dot marks the minutes as if it where a traditional clock hand. Then, with a combination between the outer circle and the red dots it will allow you to know the exact time. Another example that shows that bingo as a very popular phenomenon is the arrival of bingo to mobile phones. This modality has grown immeasurably in the last time, generating unimaginable earning levels. The way of playing is very simple. You just have to send a text message and you will be playing with the possibility of earning money from anywhere you were. You do not need either to go to a traditional salon or to have a computer. The game will offer you day by day countless benefits that will surprise you.

Bingo is a definite global phenomenon with its own distinct culture. Bingo playing has become a culture of its own. Bingo is one of those games that have somehow managed to shake off the less than flattering image of its early years to become a formidable global phenomenon that holds many countries in its grip. Not bad for a game that was previously widely considered to be the sole domain of ladies above a certain age who had nothing better to do with their time!

All that being said, there is certainly no reason why you shouldn’t be able to play the game as a social event. For all its minor differences, bingo culture is essentially the same at the core, and those differences simply serve to make the game that much more interesting.

Author: Editor

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