What is bingo?
Back in the 16th century, the bingo game arose, in which players used numbered cards to draw prizes. The principle is very simple: during the game, the leader draws numbers, and the players fill in these numbers on their cards. Whoever completed the entire card first wins and shouts out the word “Bingo!”. Depending on the type of bingo, the cards may differ in the number of numbers that must be collected to win.
History of bingo
16th century - Italy
Bingo's progenitor has become a national lottery, which was invented in Italy. It was called "Lo Giuoco Del Lotto" and was held weekly among the inhabitants of this country. The bingo 16th century was almost the same as the modern game - the rooms were drawn randomly from the drum. The game quickly became popular and reached France, where she began to call Le Lotto from the 17th century.
18th century - France
In 1778, the beloved game of the aristocracy, Le Lotto, was born, based on an earlier Italian version of bingo. The game used special cards, each of which consisted of three horizontal lines and nine vertical columns. During the game, numbers were randomly selected from a wooden drum. The winner was the player who was the first to cover all the numbers on his card. Bingo has contributed to the emergence of a series of educational games in various countries, including Germany.
19th century - Germany
The Germans borrowed bingo from the French and in 1880 invented an educational game to help children learn math and reading faster. The cards consisted of numbers or letters, and the lottery organizer drew letters or numbers at random. The winner was the one who was the first to receive a certain word or amount. Both varieties of bingo in Germany and France became more and more popular throughout Europe.
20th century - USA
In the 20th century, Edwin Lowe, the bankrupt owner of a toy factory, noticed a bingo group of Italians at a fair. Lowe slightly changed the basic rules and started selling game kits. The cards were designed by mathematics professor Karl Leffler. He created 6,000 unique cards as a result of which, according to one version, he lost his mind. Nevertheless, the game has become incredibly popular.
Varieties of bingo
Although bingo is a game with very simple rules, there are many varieties. Typically, the main difference is the number of numbers used to play. Below you can find out about the four most popular types that are played in modern online casinos.
Bingo for 90 balls
British bingo or 90 ball bingo is one of the most popular options. The game uses a card of 9 cells, 3 rows each, and each row has five numbers. Thus, the ticket contains 15 numbers. One 15-digit ticket is part of six tickets, each with numbers from 1 to 90. Traditionally, all six tickets are purchased to ensure that each number is available. But you can buy one ticket.
Bingo for 30 balls
Bingo for 30 balls or mini-bingo is one of the latest variations. There are only 9 cells in the game ticket, the winner is the one who has a full house (that is, there are no other winning combinations that are allowed in other variations of the game).
Bingo for 75 balls
In India (as well as the United States), this is the most popular version of bingo. There are 25 squares in the ticket: 5 rows by 5 columns, 1 cell in the center remains empty. For the convenience of players in this version, each of the five columns begins with a letter in the word BINGO in this way: B (1-15), I (16-30), N (31-45), G (46-60), O (61 -75). In this type of game, it is often necessary to fill out the form on the center card, so be sure to clarify which piece is required in the game of your choice.
Bingo on 80 Sharov
Very similar to the previous version of bingo, but in the card for the game there are 4 × 4 squares and 16 numbers without empty squares. Numbers have numbers, e.g. red numbers between 1 and 20).