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History of Bingo

Bingo can be traced back to the 1500’s, to an Italian Lottery which is still played in today. From there the game was introduced in France and Germany as a child’s game to assist with students learning math. When the game reached America in the 1900’s it was known as “Beano”. It was a Country Fair game where a dealer would select numbered discs and players would mark their cards with beans and yell Beano if they had won.

In New York a man named Edwin Lowe renamed it Bingo after hearing someone accidently yell “bingo” instead of “beano”. He entrusted the help of a University Maths professor to increase the number of combinations in Bingo cards. By 1930 they had invented over 6,000 bingo cards and became the popular all over the US. Bingo became an instant success with Bingo Halls popping up in practically every town across the US and UK.

Today, with the spread of the internet coupled with many countries adopting the smoking ban people are choosing to play online from the comfort of their own homes.

How to Play Bingo

To play online, one must register an account with an Online Bingo site. Once registered you can purchase as many Bingo cards they desire through the cashier. The computer software starts the game and is programmed to call out numbers between one and seventy five. Players have to compare the numbers called with the ones on their cards and the objective of the game is to make a particular pattern of numbers.

Online Bingo games are a lot like games at Bingo Halls, but there is more to do online. Most Bingo sites offer special tournaments, loyalty points, Chat and Bonus games to maximise the fun factor. While there are some cash prizes a lot of Bingo sites chose award points that you can redeem for money or gift certificates. For example a straight line could be worth 20 bingo points, once you reach 100 points you can convert to a $5 gift certificate.

Once you familiarise yourself with Internet Bingo you will start to recognise the usernames of certain regulars and the Chat facility. This is where the players can meet and chat during games. It is customary for players to congratulate winning players with comments like “WD” or “Well Done”. Bingo online is a very social game however this is not mandatory.

Types of Bingo

90 Ball Bingo
Made popular in Europe and the UK, this game offers three chances to win during each game. This makes for a fast paced game compared to 75 Ball Bingo. There are separate prizes for the player that crosses off a single line, two single lines and a full house.

75 Ball Bingo
Is the most common Bingo played in America, and the easiest form of online bingo you can play but with only once chance to win per game. Each game has a pattern which you must match in order to win the game.

There is more than one way to win and the same player can win twice or multiple players can win. So someone could win with an L shape pattern and another person could follow up that win with a four corner pattern.

These games are sealed. No one can see their cards until the game starts. Pre-Call games usually have large payouts and are classed as special events.

Progressive bingo gives you the opportunity to win big money. The winner must get Bingo in a pre-determined number of calls. If no one wins then there is a rollover until the next round.

Bingo Glossary

Admission Packet
The minimum number of cards purchased to be admitted in a Bingo hall After Game - played after the end of a regular game

Auto Purchase
A feature where Bingo software automatically buys cards for a player at the beginning of a new game

Basket Bingo
A game where basket prizes are awarded to players

Bingo Board
An electronic display board where called numbers appear

Bingo Books
A number of Bingo cards bound together to be used at each game of a bingo session

Bingo Card
A card that contains 25 spaces, one blank and the rest numbered

A type of pattern where the whole card must be covered in order to win, also know as a coverall

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Bingo Quotes

That's not a wild goose chase. That's bingo.
Edward MacMahon, American TV Host

Congress: Bingo with billions
Red Skelton, American Comedian

Eat, sleep and play Bingo.
Blaine Selva, Journalist

Bingo Jokes

Well Your Honor
One night, an 87 year old woman came home from the Bingo Hall to find her husband in bed with another woman. Angry, she became very violent and ended up pushing him off the balcony of their 8th floor apartment, killing him instantly. When brought before the court on the charge of murder, she was asked if she had anything to say to defend herself.

"Well, Your Honor," she replied coolly. "I figured that at 92, if he could make love to another woman, he could fly."

Free Space
It was Ladies Night at the All Blonde Bingo Hall and the event had been pretty dull, with not one single Bingo being called all evening. Finally, it was time for the last game of the night, with a huge bingo prize of $3,500 in the pot.

The game drags on and on, and nearly every blonde in the house had to be on for the big blackout. Finally, G-47 was called, but still no shouts of “Bingo!” were heard. The frustrated caller finally gets up and throws the Bingo Machine off the stage. All the girls were shocked and the caller says: "I've just called every darn one of these 75 balls out of this machine and nobody has a Bingo? Just what number are you ladies waiting for?" All together, 412 blonde ladies shouted: "FREE SPACE!"

Bingo Lingo

Below is a list of some Chat Room abbreviations that may come in handy when playing Bingo Online.

As far as I know

Away from keyboard

Also known as

As soon as possible

Be right back

Be back later

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