While Bingo as we know it today is regarded as a very easy game to play, one cannot say the same on the origins and development of the game. One cannot expect and clear and concise description of the history of Bingo, as vague accounts and inconsistencies continued through its’ development. In fact, questions on who came up with the concept of Bingo and where it all began are still asked to this day.
The roots of the modern game as we know it today, go back to the 16th century Italy, where the first ever chance game was introduced as a lottery game with the name of ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia’. After almost two centuries, the game made it’s way to France where it enjoyed particular success; with the game even referred to as Le Lotto among the French society who played the game. The way Le Lotto was played was quite simple to grasp. Special cards were divided into three rows and nine columns. Each of the three columns consist of 10 numbers, while each column had five random numbers and four blank spaces in it. Each player had a different lotto card used to mark the number announced by the caller. The winner would be determined on who would cover one row first.
By the end of the 19th century, the Lotto game continued to spread around Europe, even starting to being introduced as an educational Children’s game in Germany. A very similar game to the Lotto Game made it’s way to the United States, and it’s exactly there where the name of ‘Bingo’ originated from…and quite by chance really. I say by chance because the initial name of the game we know as Bingo today; was originally called ‘Beano’, where players placed beans on their cards to mark the called number. ‘Beano’ was the word players yelled when completing a full row FIRST. Incidentally in one game, one player shouted ‘Bingo’ instead. It was then when a New Yorker salesman by the name of Edwin S. Lone decided to develop a new game and giving it the name BINGO.
By the 1940’s all of the United States seemed to be enjoying Bingo. Being relatively easy going and fun, it was accessible at home, charity events and similar social events. Today Bingo and online Bingo is one of the most popular chance games in the world being played throughout the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world.
And as technology is becoming more and more sophisticated, so is Bingo which as a result of it’s friendly and interactive nature; is able to to lend itself easily to the web which has without a shred of doubt been a huge contributing factor in it’s continued growth and development in today’s digital age.