A lot of people are familiar with Bingo. In the traditional game, it all started by purchasing a gaming card, borrowing a set of wooden or plastic tiles and waiting until the pitchman started calling out numbers to see if you could fill up the lines horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or form special patterns the quickest among all the players in the room. Then you shouted Bingo to claim the prize. Not a lot of players, however, know how this humble game started.
Back in 1530, the Italians created the ever-famous Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. It’s their national lottery game, which is still quite popular even today. Because of its popularity, the French decided to give it their own twist, as did the Germans. Both changed the mechanics to fit different purposes. For the French, they named it Le Lotto. The Germans, on the other hand, made a game that helped their children learn alphabets, multiplication, spelling and even history better and faster. Years later, the game made it to American soil as a carnival game named Beano, in Atlanta, Georgia. One night, Edwin S. Lowe from New York came from a long day at work and he saw the game. He got interested, so he decided to make his own version. With dried beans, a stamp, and a few pieces of cardboard, he called his friends to his house to play. One of the players got so ecstatic while playing that instead of shouting Beano, she said Bingo. From then on, Lowe decided to stick with that name.
Bingo Played Today
Up until today, Bingo is still among the most popular games in the world, attracting all sorts of players, of both sexes and in a wide range of age brackets. But apart from the traditional game, Bingo players now have more options to choose from. Some choose to drive down to the nearest casino and play with the electronic version. Others who prefer playing at home simply need to visit an online bingo site. Bingo history reveals that the game took up this new form to accommodate more players and to offer them the convenience of playing no matter where or when they wanted to. The online version debuted back in 1996. In 2003, it rose to fame as more and more online gaming companies like Ladbrokes succeeded in the gaming industry.
Players will need to pick the site they want to play on and then register an account. Some companies ask for personal details, while others don’t. There are also companies that operate using other forms of currency, such as Bitcoin. Players need to weigh up these factors, and then make a deposit to buy credits and play the bingo game they want to.