Bingo – The Beginning

When enjoying your favourite game of online bingo have you ever wondered how such a phenomenon ever came to be? Well the earliest chronicles of bingo can be followed back to Italy asearly as 1530 where it was played as a lotto styled game, arriving in France around 1778. The modern version which is both familiar and popular today is believed to originate back to1929 in the form of a carnival game in what was then labelled ‘Beano’.

The name ‘Beano’ was chosen since players marked their cards with pinto or lima beans.

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A travelling toy sales man named Edwin Lowe, happened across the game at a busy carnival in Jacksonville, Illinois, USA, and was inspired by the entertainment it provided and the keen interest surrounding it. He witnessed players attempting to form basic horizontally, vertically or diagonally covered lines of numbers on cards from numbers drawn from a cigar box, to win the grand prize –  a doll. Read More

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