Bingo Basics

Just about everyone knows how to play bingo. Most new players learn the game within five minutes or less and bingo is one of the easiest games to play online. Bingo is a game that shows no signs of losing its popularity. The United Kingdom has the world’s most active bingo scene and just about every city, town and village has its own High Street bingo hall. Bingo has been around for a long time and the game’s origins can be traced all the way back to 15th century Italy. The French adopted the game and added some features such as calling out the numbers. In the United States the game was known as ‘beano’ because of the beans used to mark the squares on the game cards. The game was popular at carnivals and fairs in American and in the late 20’s toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe made some slight modifications to the game and marketed it as ‘Bingo.’ The game became an instant hit.

In the UK bingo took a different turn and 90 ball bingo became the game of choice for Britons. 90 ball bingo is patterned after an Old Italian holiday game known as Tombola. The game was introduced in the UK at the turn of the 19th century be sailors returning from Mediterranean cruises. With its easy to learn rules and an increased online presence bingo has become one of the most popular games on the planet.

The rules of bingo are extremely simple. Cards contain a grid pattern with random numbers placed in the card’s squares. When the numbers are called the corresponding card numbers are marked by a dauber. In online bingo games the numbers are marked automatically. Bingo is a game of luck rather than skill. Traditional 75 ball cards have a 5X5 grid. 90 ball cards have a 9X3 grid and the game uses 90 balls. Most online bingo sites offer 75 and 90 ball games.

Online bingo has surpassed land based bingo in popularity and currently there are about 400 bingo sites on the internet. The UK has the world’s most active online bingo market and it has been estimated that about three million people in the UK play online bingo regularly. For die hard bingo players that work night shifts or odd hours online bingo is a perfect solution. Even better online bingo is easily the most affordable gambling game on the internet.

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