The History of Bingo Game
Every game has some kind of history that all players need to familiarize themselves with in order to be able to have fun and get some good money from it. The roots of this game stretch back to the year 1530 in Italy where it was a state run lotto referred to as "Lo Gioco del Lotto d'Italia". This lotto is still being played in Italy every Saturday. This lotto was then picked up by the French in the late 1700’s where it was now in different versions. One of these versions had a playing card that had nine columns as well as there rows together with four free spaces in each row. Players used to use wooden chips marked 1 to 90 with each column having 10 of these namely 1 to 10, 11 to 20, 21 to 30 and so forth.
A player was declared a winner if they were the first to cover one whole row. This bingo lotto game then started becoming popular in the whole of Europe. The game however started becoming popular in the US in 20th century.
Individuals Accredited with Bingo Popularization
1. One of the most popular individuals associated with this game was Edwin S. Lowe who popularized it. Edwin was a salesman from New York who had observed a game in Atlanta, Georgia called ‘beano’ where dried beans were used by players to mark cards when their numbers came up. A player would then shout ‘beano’ when they completed a line of numbers and this would mark the end of the game where the player will be given a small prize. Edwin was so captivated with this game that he went and introduced it back home and during one of the games a winner yield out ‘bingo’ when she won and just like that Bingo started becoming popular. Edwin is credited to have produced two bingo versions one that has a set of 12 cards each for $1 and another set of 24 cards each for $2.
2. Hugh J Ward is also another individual who greatly impacted the popularization of bingo as he was the one who standardized the modern bingo game at carnivals in Western Pennsylvania in the early 1920’s. Due to the fund raising potential of this game many social clubs and churches started using it and this was in the mid 1930’s.
Today there are many bingo game variations including small ones that can only fit in a small room to big ones that can be played in a big hall. Bingo players also come from all walks of life today and this is a good way of socializing. Recently online bingo has also been introduced and this has helped many people who were having a hard time finding free time to go to the various bingo halls.