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From Beano to Bingo

When beano was played for the first time in Italy, no body would have ever imagined that a game which started for general entertainment would become such a global rage, what we now know as bingo. From beano to bingo and then to online bingo, this game has an interesting history to tell. In the past beano was played at fairs and other local events, the caller picked out the numbered discs from a cigar box like container and the players covered the numbers with beans. From Italy, beano reached France, where it became popular by the name of Le Lotto, made its way across the continental Europe, reached America in 1920s and finally settled in the UK in the 1960s. It continued to be known as beano until the early 20th century when it just entered North America and was renamed bingo, after a player mistakenly yelled out ‘bingo’ instead of ‘beano’. In UK and Australia, it came to be known as housie.

Two men, Edwin Lowe, a toy salesman from New York and Carl Leffler, a math professor at the University of Columbia, are accredited as the founding fathers of the modern version of bingo. They worked together to redevelop and the game and came up with as much as 6000 unique combination of cards by 1932. If it were not for their relentless efforts and innovation, beano would have vanished ages ago. According to statistics, over 20,000 games of bingo per week were being played around the world during 1940s.

The most enduring phase of bingo came when it recently went online. Today, zillions of players flock to bingo online halls everyday in search of entertainment and huge wins. Online bingo is one of the easiest games with more bingo jackpot winners than ever, which is why online bingo industry is booming so much. In UK alone, more than half a million players play bingo daily and more and more players are being introduced to bingo everyday. Thanks to internet, now the fun of online bingo games with huge cash jackpots are only a few clicks away.

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