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23 October 2021

By John Marchel

Some players say “Bingo is more than a game…. It’s a way of life.” You will find a lot of bingo players agree with that philosophy. The game itself can be traced back to the 16th century Italy, when the state established “Lo Giuoco del lotto d’Italia.” which literally means "The Clearance of The Lot of Italy,"

In 1929, a carnival game called "Beano" was playing in Atlanta, Georgia. A New York toy salesman named Edwin Lowe, observed the game where players called out "BEANO!" if they filled a line of numbers on their card. Later, Lowe introduced the game to his friends in New York and it soon became very popular.

When bingo was first played, beans were used to cover the numbers; therefore, the game was called “Beano.” Later, Edwin Lowe, who started marketing the game, changed it to “Bingo” after a woman, who got her final number called one night, excitingly sputtered “B-b-bingo.”

Selecting cards -

If you select a single card, you will have a total of 24 numbers to play, plus the free spot in the center. That means that out of the 75 numbers that could be called, 51 will not help you. Once you are comfortable playing with one or two cards, you can increase the number to better your chances of winning. Optimally, you can play four cards which allow you to cover all 75 numbers. You need to have all 15 numbers under each letter of bingo on your cards.

To accomplish this, pick out two cards. Examine them to see if any duplicate number is present. If so, eliminate one of the cards. Keep doing this until you get two cards without any duplicate numbers. Then use the same method to select a third card. On the fourth card the process is very simple: all you have to find is a card with a total of three missing numbers. You now have all 75 numbers accounted for, and the more numbers you cover the better chance you have of winning. No matter what number is called you have it. Your chances of winning a straight bingo, four corners or even a coverall are much greater because you have 75 numbers on your four cards.

Selecting a seat -

As a player you should get to the bingo area at least 30 minutes before any games begin. Bingo players are known to be a serious group, and many will reserve seats for every session. In addition to selecting a seat that will allow you to see the flashboard clearly, and you’ll have time to select your individual cards.

There is a whole different world when it comes to bingo. You can play it for fun, you can become a serious player, or you can totally emerge yourself in it. I recommend you use it as a source of fun and entertainment. A place to meet people and have some enjoyable gaming experiences.


• Of the 278 self-regulating Native American reservations in the United States, more than 223 now offer Class II (Bingo) gaming activities.

• In the UK, they host a Bingo Caller of the Year contest. The National Bingo Game Association (NBGA) selects six regional champions (Northwest, North East, Scotland, South, Midlands, and Wales) who then meet for the national championship finals held during November in London each year.

• The British version of bingo that is played in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia uses ninety numbers, while in the US there are only seventy-five numbers in their bingo game.

• When it comes to Bingo with 90 numbers, like in the UK, there are 4,976,640,000 total possible combinations of cards.

• When the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin and the Seminole Tribe of Florida tried to start “high stakes” bingo the state courts stopped them. The tribes took their respective states to federal court, claiming that the tribes were sovereign nations and not subject to state limitations on gambling. In 1981 the Fifth Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the tribe could operate a high-stakes bingo parlor because the state of Florida did not have regulatory power over the tribe.

• Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut features the largest bingo parlor in the world with the capacity to hold 4,000 players.

• On July 15, 2005 San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in San Bernardino, California, turned the game of Bingo into a life size event by having hundreds of participants serve as human bingo markers during the first ever Extreme Human Bingo. Participants played the game of bingo on 20 feet by 50 feet size Bingo cards on the field of the minor league baseball stadium.

• The game can be played in casinos, veterans halls, on cruise ships, and even in church meeting halls.

• Bingo on Indian reservations, with very large jackpots, has become a big business all across America. The game itself has an estimated 35-million players in the US alone.

• You can play Bingo 24 hours a day in Arizona Charlie’s in Las Vegas. Games are run on odd hours; 1-3-5-7-etc.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

Bingo! is republished from CasinoCityTimes.com
John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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