Almost everyone must have visited the game of bingo, once in their lifetime where people are equipped with cards full of squares which they mark of when a number called out is present on their card. Once a person is able to form a pattern on the card they win. The game is really simple and this is the reason why bingo has become really popular today.
Today people who can’t visit physical bingo spots can play bingo online as today you will find a large number of online gambling sites where you can play this game on the go from the comfort of your house. Though 100 million people around the world play bingo every day only a few know about the origin and the history of bingo.
The Origin Of Bingo
A legend prevails that bingo firstly had begun in Italy, as it was originated from their traditional lottery game “IL Guicoco del Lotto d’Italia” in the 1500s. The game, later on, moved to France in the late 1700s where it was later known as “Le Lotto”. This game was traditionally only played by wealthy and rich Frenchmen, but the game initially changed after it had traveled across Europe. The European version of this game consisted of 27 squares, arranged in 3 rows and 9 columns. Numbers from 1 to 90 are randomly arranged in the boxes. This design went on to become so popular that this style of the game is still in use. In“Le Lotto” a caller picks a wooden token with the number engraved on it and then the caller call out the number loudly. Who so ever has the number on their cards marks it out. The first person to cover the entire horizontal line is crowned as the winner.
Bingo is a game which is basically played for fun or as a pastime by a large number of people today, but in the 19th century, Germany used this games as a tool of education for teaching children various things such as times tables, animal names, spelling and even history.
In the 1920s, the game traveled to North America where it was known as“Beano” because while playing the game, players used to shout this out when they got all the numbers in a row. A story prevails that American toymaker Edwin Lowe was one traveling to North America when he suddenly had stumbled across a carnival in Georgia. While exploring the carnival, he had come across a crowd was playing a game named“Beano”. There was a caller who was pulling out the wooden disk with a number engraved out of a cigar box and then called the number loudly. All the players were desperately trying to see if the number was there on their card. If the number was there then they would place a bean on the number.
The game would end when a player filled an entire line either horizontally, vertically or diagonally with beans and shouted“Beano”. Edwin Lowe got so impressed with this game that when he returned back to his home in New York he started working on creating a new version of the game. His version consisted of a rubber stamp, dried beans, and a cardboard. Then he gathered all his friends and started playing this game with them. All his friends loved so much that their enthusiasm gave this game the name by which it is known today.
One of his friends got so excited and enthusiastic when he found that he had won, he stood up and cried loudly “ Bingo” instead of “Beano”. With time the game became highly popular and it is said that by 1940s approximately every person in the country was playing it.
Later the game had migrated to the UK where it was greeted with high popularity in the 1960s. Today Bingo has evolved significantly and it is estimated that around 3 million people play bingo in the halls and more than 90 million play bingo online.
So with around 100 million people playing the game around the world, it seems like the game will be here for a very long time.