Even for those unfortunate souls that have never played the game the name bingo should be vaguely familiar at the very least. The word bingo has even found its way into our day to day vocabularies as a colloquial exclamation of triumph or achievement. Whether you play bingo or not though, this simple and most quintessential of games of chance has always been a winner with millions of dedicated fans across the world and enjoys a universal appeal that continues to grow apace every day. The advent of online bingo gaming and its meteoric increase in popularity has breathed new life into this gaming stalwart and today online bingo is one of the most sought after online recreational activities in many parts of the world. There are several nations, in particular the British, that claim Bingo as their own in terms of its national appeal but the games origins are a little more complex and make for some interesting historical reading. Bingo as we know it today can trace its origins back to an early sixteenth century Italian lottery game known as Beano.
Bingo games popularity spread throughout the 16th to 18th centuries and was being played in France with cards divided into 3 horizontal and 9 vertical rows by the late 1700's. By the early 19th century most of European countries were playing various adaptations of the game. Bingos global migration started in 1929 though with a simple business trip. In that year an American toy salesman, one Edwin S. Lowe, came across the game at a travelling carnival while on business in Germany. He was enthralled with the game and was quick to realise its potential as a money spinner. When he returned to New York Mr. Lowe wasted no time in creating his own bingo game equipment using a sheet of cardboard, a rubber number stamp and some beans. The very first bingo game to take place outside of Europe was hosted by the good Mr. Lowe in his apartment with a group of his friends as guests.
Edwin's instincts regarding bingo proved to be spot on and the game was a runaway success with his friends. Legend has it that during this momentous first game one of his friends erroneously called out 'Bingo' in the excitement of the moment and bingo was born! The game's popularity spread like wildfire throughout the United States but it only made the transition from a pure recreational pastime to a financial entity when a priest by the name of Wilkes-Barre from Pennsylvania started to use the game as a fund raiser in his church. The rest, as they say, is history and bingo went on to become one of the most successful games of chance ever. Today several different variations of bingo are enjoyed across the world including 75 ball bingo which is traditionally the American version, 90 ball which is synonymous with the UK, 80 ball and 30 ball speed bingo to name a few. If makes little difference which version of this evergreen favourite you enjoy playing though as you will be taking part in a proud tradition that stretches back almost 500 years and will probably extend it's legacy at least as far into the future. So grab your dauber and get ready to Bingo!
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Chelbis Company Limited ("Chelbis") is registered in Malta under company number C44435. Chelbis's registered address is 35 Zachary Street, Valletta, Malta. All games are regulated under the gaming licence - LGA/CL1/425/2007 - issued on 12th May 2012 by the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA).