Rumour has it that bingo originated as the Italian lottery, later moving to France as ‘Le Lotto’ where it was enjoyed by the French aristocracy. Variations of the game have trickled through all over the world, but it’s fair to say that it has made a home for itself here in Britain, with 3.8 million players annually. So really, there are hundreds of types of bingo, which have been around for hundreds of years. But in the modern day, 90 number game tends to stay the same, whilst the ways in which we play it change.
There are three main ways/types of bingo that people choose to enjoy bingo; online, manually in clubs – or on tablets in clubs, which is the hybrid of the two. And we can choose our method of playing based on the benefits of each of the three.
In 2018, online bingo is becoming more and more popular, as people begin to build online communities of bingo lovers, in the comfort of their own homes. Bingo lovers are also branching out to other online games, finding that the thrill of the game is not exclusive to bingo.
With chat rooms and big winner boards, playing at home doesn’t mean that you’re playing alone – it just means that you don’t have to get out of your pyjamas if you don’t want to!
When we say ‘Traditional Bingo’, we mean the kind where you walk into your nearest club, buy your tickets, sit down and dab numbers off as the caller announces them. Of course, many clubs offer much more than this – like tasty food and great drinks, which make them great for an evening of fun with friends. A huge appeal for traditional bingo is that it is a great way to get out of the house and socialise with your local community, without spending a fortune. By the way, you should totally have a look at my review of Mecca Bingo in York!
Bingo in clubs using tablets
Many bingo clubs now have tablets that you can use to play. It’s the same game that everyone else is playing, but it’s far easier because the machine can check off the numbers for you. Some of these tablets allow you to play as many as 96 tickets at once, like these ‘bingo bees’ at BJ’s bingo in Reading, Leigh and Birmingham.
Tablets in clubs are the perfect hybrid between bingo at home and bingo in clubs, you get the ease of playing electronically combined with the atmosphere and opportunity to socialise that comes along with playing in the club, and you can often play games on them during those pesky breaks!
In short, when bingo was created, hundreds of years ago, it took some time to get it right. Each country and century put its own spin on the game, with different types of bingo, until the contemporary 90 number game was accepted as bingo’s final form. Now that the times are a-changin’ and we progress into the digital age, more and more ways of playing bingo are being created – but we will always have a soft spot for a good bingo club, and the thrill that comes with winning in them.