Bingo is currently a huge game that has gained fame worldwide over the past few centuries. Over 3 million people play bingo in the UK alone. The game is generally played in bingo halls, but with the rise of Internet use over the past two decades there are now several online sites for bingo as well.
Where the game derived from is still unknown, but bingo is believed to be of Italian origin dating back to sometime in the 1500s. From there it migrated to a few different countries in Europe, around the early 1600s, including France, where it was given the name Le Lotto, and played by the French aristocracy. When the game came to Britain in was originally only targeted towards the rich; however, the desire to gamble is strong in both the rich and the poor.
The game of bingo is relatively simple: Each player gets a ticket, and each ticket has 27 spaces divided into nine columns of three. The first column contains the numbers 1-9, the second 10-19, and so on. Now, each row will contain five numbers and four blank spaces. When the game begins a caller will begin announcing randomly selected numbers, and the players will mark off the numbers they have with a type of marker called a “dabber”.
Winning the game can be accomplished in three different ways: a line, two lines, or a full house. A line is met whenever the five numbers in a horizontal line have been marked off. Two lines are met whenever the five numbers on two different lines of the same ticket are marked off. Finally, a full house is met whenever all fifteen of the numbers on all three lines have been marked off. The record payout for the UK’s National Bingo Game is 1,100,00 euros.
Since bingo is considered gambling, players in the UK must be 18 years of age or older. Although the spending rate for an average player could be around ten to twenty euros, the rise of electronic and online bingo has caused several players to pour more and more cash into this game. People can easily develop a gambling addiction from bingo, just like any other type of gambling, and the rise of electronic bingo makes it easier for them to access. Because of this the UK is now considered gambling more seriously than most other areas.
Over the past decade bingo has become increasingly popular throughout the Internet. The ease of access and the comfort of playing in one’s own home make playing online bingo incredibly attractive towards most people. There are currently over 200 bingo websites, and hundreds of millions are spent annually in online bingo; however, a relatively small percent of UK members admit to participating in it and state that they only play it in person. For the reason alone, it is believed that online bingo has potential in expanding exponentially in the next few years. The game is ever evolving to meet the demands of the new generations to come.