Like many of us, you may be tricked into thinking the answer to this is simply put; the UK is a gambling nation through and through. And whilst that is true, our love affair with Bingo has a longer and a more interesting tale behind it than just ending there. Taking us back to the 18th century, the UK Bingo scene has seen its fair share of ups and downs but has remained a firm favourite for both live and online players, making the graceful transition from a land-based activity to an online game with class. Let’s take a look at the reason why Bingo is so popular
in the UK!
As one of the earliest countries to fully legalise most kinds of betting, gambling and online casino gaming, the UK, quite frankly is a gambling nation, and that’s self admittedly, with 46% of wide sample survey respondents in the UK confirming they had gambled in the preceding 4-weeks. That’s almost every other adult when generalised across the population.
There are 3.5 Million Active Bingo Players in the UK!
How many of these UK gamblers are playing Bingo? Well, in 2016 The Mirror recorded 1.9m active players in the UK, making it the UK’s 6th most popular sport. Whilst we’re sure you won’t pull a muscle playing Bingo, you may get short of breath when you get a full house! In 2018, there were a whopping 3.5m UK Bingo players, showing it’s sky-rocketing popularity in just two years as Bingo sites, technology and bonuses get ever-better, tempting more players to migrate to online and mobile Bingo!
We’ve Been Playing it Since the 18th Century
Bingo is basically in the UK’s bloodline we’ve been playing it for so long and that makes it an irresistible and familiar form of online gaming. From lessons in school to charity events and progressive jackpot prizes, online UK players love this game whether played innocently or for real money. We’ve been playing it in the UK since the 18th century when it migrated over the channel from Europe, and its birthplace, Italy.
During the 1960s, 14 million people were visiting Bingo Halls in the UK
In 1960 the UK legalised gambling in most forms. In doing so, they became one of the most forwarding thinking gambling territories in the world and still remains so today. This led to gambling, and especially Bingo, taking off like wildfire. During the 60s this saw an all-time high of 14 million UK Bingo players (FYI the population stood at around 52m so that’s around 37% of the population, without taking away underage persons, pretty incredible stuff).
By the 1980s, there were over 1,600 Bingo Halls up and down the country, and it was a regular activity. For some, even a weekly event and a chance to meet up with friends, getting a game in at the same time! The big memorable brands being Mecca, and Gala Bingo. Sadly, since these have been declining, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped playing, instead, the UK now plays Bingo online and you’d be surprised the audience this attracts! Despite Bingo stereotypes sticking, it’s not just old people playing Bingo in the UK. 62% of players are under 40, and 20% of those are between 18-24; you get the picture, the UK loves Bingo. It is a part of our history,
Pro gambling legislation, and an activity that brings communities together- is it any wonder we love the “sport”, especially when there’s a big jackpot prize on offer!