Bingo was originally called “Beano” and dates back to 14th Century Italy. The wealthy played it in France in early 1800s for entertainment. Germany adopted the game later and it was played by children for purposes of education. The game arrived in North America in the early 1900s and by mistake was renamed “bingo” by a player yelling out “bingo” instead of “beano.” Hence the name BINGO!
To play the game “Beano,” callers or dealers would have a container like a cigar box filled with numbered discs which they would draw from, and then the players would place beans on their cards to mark the numbers. The popular game was played mainly at country fairs and when somebody won a game they would yell out “Beano.”
Two people, Edwin Lowe and Carl Leffler where responsible for changing the game from beano into the modern game bingo. They redesigned the game so that the game now contained over 5000 different bingo card combinations and by the early 1940s over 20,000 games a week where being played around the world.
People in the millions play bingo today, all over the world. Bingo players still use markers to cover numbers on their cardboard cards in bingo halls and churches. Land based bingo halls use paper sheets and ink daubers to mark numbers. Video bingo machines are popular at land based bingo halls.
However, the World Wide Web is responsible for the explosion in bingo today. Online Bingo has taken over and individual online bingo casinos have given out over $100,000,000.00 USD in rewards and cash prizes over the last 10 years! Thanks to the Internet, online bingo and online bingo games with “HUGH” jackpots are now only a few simple computer mouse clicks away!