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History of Bingo

Although Online Bingo is a relatively recent development, Bingo's history can be traced all the way back to 1530, to an Italian lottery called 'Lo Giuoco del Lotto D'Italia,' which is still played every Saturday in Italy. From Italy the game was introduced to France in the late 1770s, where it was called 'Le Lotto', a game played among wealthy Frenchmen. The Germans also played a version of the game in the 1800s, but they used it as a child's game to help students learn maths, spelling and even history!

When the game reached North America in 1929, it became known as 'beano'. It was first played at a carnival near Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after, a New York toy salesman called Edwin S. Lowe renamed it 'bingo' after he overheard someone accidentally yell 'bingo' instead of 'beano'. He hired a Columbia University math professor, Carl Leffler, to help him increase the number of combinations in bingo cards and by 1930, Leffler had invented an amazing 6,000 different bingo cards.

In the UK, the situation was quite different, and the game did not become widely known until 1960, when the Gaming Act passed by the British Parliament in that year permitted such games in 'members only' establishments. The following year the game of Bingo was brought over from the USA by Eric Morley, the man who was also responsible for the development of the Miss World competition. Since then, bingo has just grown and grown and is now one of the most popular past times for young and old across the whole of Western and Northern Europe.

Nearly 10 years ago the latest development in British Bingo occurred with the appearance of bingo games you can play at home on the internet.

Over the years, a whole variety of terms and phrases have been adopted by the Bingo community, so much so that sometimes it appears that it is a whole new language. However these terms are really very easy to understand, and in many cases are quite hilarious!

So why not have a go and brush up on your bingo lingo; The Butler explains all the Chat phrases & Bingo Lingo you will ever need to know!

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