HISTORY OF BINGO


Most sources on the origin of Bingo say that it was in Italy in the early sixteenth century, where the game we know today as Bingo was born.

Wikipedia provides the year 1530 as its birth. Whether it is true or not, it doesn´t matter, it is enough to get an idea of when and where it all began.

So it was Italy who, in addition to being the birthplace of opera more or less around the same years, gave the world one of the most popular gambling games.

Even its name, which according to Wikipedia was Il Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia, is still kept as a reminder, since in many lottery and gaming places, or websites, we can often find the word Lotto.

Several texts on the history of Bingo further clarify that the game has been played in Italy uninterrupted up to these days.

There is no doubt that some things do not change even through the centuries. Bingo became quickly very popular across Europe where it reached France first.

By 1800 Bingo became enormously popular. In Germany, for example, it was used during the nineteenth century for teaching purposes.

Children at school learned how to get acquainted with numbers and even some basic writing while playing Bingo.

In the U.S., the popularity of Bingo began in the 1920s, meaning that it has been in the “new world” for just one hundred years or so. It was first played in carnivals and gained popularity slowly but steadily.

Pennsylvania appears to be the first place where Bingo was played in America.

In those years, a priest devised using Bingo as a means of raising funds and supporting local parishes, and rapidly it became one of the main methods for this purpose.

From then on, Bingo soon became known in New York City, and that was enough for it to spread across the country and the whole continent.

Today Bingo is a game that everybody knows well. Online casinos offer many variations and different displays of the game, making it even more popular and more fun to play.

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