Bingo is one of the world’s most favourite pastimes. It is now a popular online game as it has also invaded the web, but everyone knows how Bingo captured the hearts of ordinary and prominent people. No doubt, it is a fun game to play but there are players who play it for the money. It is a good way to raise funds for noble purposes but it is also a profitable business for capitalists. But how did this popular game originate?
Bingo started as a game in Italy way back in 1530. It is believed to have originated from the lottery game called Il Gioco del Loto d’Italia. It travelled to Britain through France, and in the 18th century, was widely played around British towns before making its way to the US. The journey through French cities was the time when the game evolved into the form that we all know today. It was similar to Le Lotto, a French lottery game. In 1778, it became one of the most popular gambling games in France. It then went to the British market as it became a well-known game of chance.
From Beano to Bingo
Bingo started out as “Beano” when it travelled from Europe to North America in the 1920s. The mechanics of the game were the same as how it is being played today. The name Bingo was coined during when a toymaker from New York played “Beano” with his friends. One of his friends became too excited and shouted “Bingo” instead of “Beano”. Lowe first saw Beano being played at a carnival in Georgia, and became so interested that when he went back home, he decided to create his game and played it with friends. Lowe improved the game by increasing the possible winning combinations and later sold the iconic game Yahtzee.
In the UK, Bingo is now a billion pound industry. It now has a huge impact on the public. The first online Bingo website was launched in 1996. But it was in 2003 that Bingo took a bigger step, when Facebook apps and mobile gaming featuring Bingo began to be introduced. In 2013, Bingo became a big part of the online gambling market, with revenues increasing every year. This might continue in the years to come, as projected by experts.
Bingo has certainly come a long way from when it was introduced by the Italians, centuries ago. It has been able to keep up with changing times. Now that the gambling industry has also tapped into the online world, Bingo can be played on your desktop or mobile device. The game can be played for money or entertainment, or both.
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