History of Bingo game dates back to 16th century when it was played in Italy as a lottery game. The Bingo as we know today originated in United States of America around the year 1929 when it was called as “Beano”. During the course of the games players used beans to mark their cards, hence the name was Beano. Over the course of time the popularity of Bingo soared due to the efforts of Edwin S. Lowe, a toy salesman from New York. Bingo became vastly popular during the period 1950-1980 and Bingo clubs opened up everywhere it also emerged as a steady source of income for Churches. However by 1990s the popularity dropped and many establishments shut shop.
Online Bingo and its rising popularity
The emergence of internet has again made the game popular and nowadays people of all ages are playing these Bingo games. Previously it was confined only to the elderly population.
Online Bingo was introduced in 1996 and initially there were quite a few takers for the game due to inaccessibility of computers and internet. But nowadays many people have access to internet which has resulted in an increased demand for the game. Unlike the conventional Bingo, online version makes use of a random number generator which ensures fair games to players. But players should make sure that they play in such sites which use genuine software to win the game.
Initially playing online Bingo was cumbersome as it needed downloads of software. But with advances in technology, most of these online sites now use flash powered software which makes it easier for players to enjoy the game anywhere on the move even on their mobile browsers or online. Most of these Bingo sites are also offering chat rooms where players can interact with each other and drawing players to these sites. Such is the popularity of online Bingo that it is estimated that around 3 million people play online Bingo every week across the world.