Top 10 Facts About Bingo

Bingo has been a popular game for generations. Even before the internet, it was played by thousands of people across the world at home, on holiday, and at dedicated bingo halls - so, whether it’s getting involved in a local game or logging on to one of our fantastic online bingo rooms, you might be familiar with it.

We were curious about the history of the game and wanted to have a little look to discover some fascinating facts to share with our fabulous online casino players. Here are our top 10 for you to enjoy:

1: Almost as old as Napoleon Bonaparte!

The earliest recorded game of bingo was in 1778!

That’s right - just 8 years after Captain Cook sailed to New Zealand, the Aristocratic members of society were digging into a 3x9 grid of bingo. This was a game that was developed from ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia’, an Italian lotto game founded in the 1530s that vaguely resembles what we, today, consider to be bingo.

2: What’s the name of the game? Well...

The name ‘bingo’ keeps on changing.

The first games were known as Lotto and this was the name that was kept for centuries. However, when the game found its way to America, the name changed to Beano.

It became very popular in America and attracted lots of weekly players. However, one time a winner accidentally shouted out bingo when she won. This name seems to have stuck and has been adopted by bingo players across the world!

3: Football, who?!

Bingo is so popular that it earns more revenue than football!

With more than 1 million daily online bingo players, the game raises more revenue than football does in the UK. Online bingo is most popular with women aged 20 to 25, but we see you too, fellas!

As a nation of bingo lovers, the biggest marketplace for online bingo is the UK. According to past figures, the UK is worth half of all online bingo spending, and it is often where the big jackpots are won as well.

4: The possibilities are endless? Well, almost...

It is estimated that there are slightly less than 1.5 million unique types of bingo cards. When the drawing of numbers is also random, it means that no two games are ever the same, making online bingo a unique and immersive game every single time you play!

5: Dinner’s on you!

A 30p stake won one lucky player a massive £5.9 million!

Online bingo can offer record wins for players. In 2012, a player in the UK won the largest ever prize with just 30p. The 60-year-old jobcentre worker surpassed the previous world record of £5.1 million which was claimed in 2009.

The previous UK record was £1.2 million and was won online in 2008.

6: Bingo players love a natter!

When surveyed, players across the world have stated that they don’t play bingo solely to win; it is the social aspect of the game that they enjoy most. Even those who play online bingo at home can chat with friends and other players both online or while playing in the same room.

With just stakes of 1p required, it means you can take part in a lot of socialising without spending a lot of money, and all from the comfort of your own home.

In fact, winning is only the fifth most popular reason to play the game.

8: Royal Bingo

Did you know that some members of the Royal Family are known to be bingo fans?

While he was training at Sandhurst military academy in 2006, Prince William was seen at a bingo club. And he isn’t the only member of the Royal Family to enjoy the game; the Queen is known to play too!

There are also other celebrities who enjoy a game of bingo. Russell Crowe was a bingo caller before becoming an actor and pop-stars Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, and Sharon Osborne are all known to be bingo fans.

9: For he’s a jolly good fellow...

Online bingo is officially 24 years old (as of 2020). At the time it was called Bingo Zone, and it took two years for another online bingo game to be launched. Now there are more types of bingo online than you can shake a stick at!

Bingo In Conclusion

There is a lot of history behind the game and many reasons to play bingo, but our favourite take-away from these facts is that our lovely players like bingo for the chatty nature of the game, and the community that you’re part of.

Bingo is wonderfully simple to play and doesn’t require much skill other than being able to match numbers - but even this can be done for you automatically when you play online. It’s a completely random game which means beginners have as much of a chance of winning as seasoned players.

If you want to play bingo online, we have a fantastic range of games available right here at Pink Casino. And with a generous bingo bonus, immersive bingo chat games that could see you winning some free Starburst slot spins, and classic games like 90 Ball Bingo, we’re the best bingo casino in the UK (according to us!) - and we’d love to have you in our lobbies!