Bingo had always been a family activity when I was young. We would all go to the local church or, if there wasn’t a big gathering happening, we would gather as a family at my grandparent’s farm and play. We were a big family as my grandparents had 10 children and 31 grandchildren. As we all know technology has made just about anything available through the Internet and bingo is one of those items now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The very beginnings of the bingo game we know and play today dates all the way back to the 1500s. It’s hard to believe bingo is almost 500 years old and it was originally a lottery type of game played in Italy. The original name was “Lo Giuoco Code Loto”. Three centuries later, in the 1800s, the game appeared in France where there were some additions. The French were playing it using cards, tokens and they also read out the numbers. This was the precursor to bingo as we know it today. There was also a German version of the game around the same time but the Germans used the game for educational purposes to teach children to read, spell and children in Germany even learned mathematics with the help of bingo!
Bingo made an appearance in the USA in the 1920s as a game played with beans, which is why it was name, was “Beano“. The players used beans to mark their cards and the game was usually played at trade fairs with numbered paper discs which were pulled out of a cigar box. As the story goes an American toy-factory owner named Edwin S. Lowe first saw this game at a carnival in Georgia. He liked the game so much that when he went back to New York, he started to organize Beano social evenings for his friends and it grew from there.
Back to the present and when I first discovered online bingo I was more than a little skeptical. It took a long time for me to play online as I was unwilling to download their software to my less than high tech computer. Once it became possible to just join and play I began looking into points such as how easy the site was to negotiate, what type of online community the site provided, site security, and what type of prizes and money were available.
If you want to check out the modern version of this classic game, try these links:
- Play classic UK bingo sites here. I recommend Big Bro Bingo if you’re new to the game.
- Enjoy free play at these no deposit bingo sites.
- Try different versions of the game at Robin Hood Bingo.
- Chat with other players from around the world at Landmark Bingo.