Bingo History

The first version of the BINGO game can be traced back to Italy in c.1530, where it was known as "Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia" a state lottery game. By the eighteenth century the game spread all over Europe becoming much more similar to the game we know with playing cards, reading out the numbers and using tokens. In Germany the game was transformed from a lottery/entertainment game to a more educational game using it to teach spelling and math to children.bingochart

Once the game reached North America it was played in traveling carnivals known as a game called "beano", the game was played with cardboard sheets, dried beans and rubber stamps, The game was called Beano because players used dried beans to mark their cards as the numbers came up. There is an urban legend that the name of the game changed to Bingo by Edwin Lowe, a New York toy salesman, after one of the players was so excited to have won that he yelled out “Bingo” instead of “Beano."

A Columbia University math professor, Carl Leffler, was hired by Edwin Lowe to help him increase the number of combinations in bingo cards. By 1930, Leffler had invented 6,000 different bingo cards.

The bingo game became a known came all over in part because churches and social clubs quickly realized the fund-raising potential.

There is no stereotypical bingo player, most of the player are people who like to socialize and enjoy competitive group activities that combine fun and friends.

Bingo Rules

The bingo game rules are very simple to understand and follow.

The host of the game is called "the bingo caller"; in order to begin the game each player gets one of the pre-made custom bingo cards made using The Bingo Maker (each bingo card is different in order to have a fair bingo game with only one winner).

The bingo caller pulls out a bingo item from a per-made list and calls it out. When a number/word is called, each player should find it and mark it using coins, stickers or markers.

The winner is the first player that completes a 'Bingo' pattern, such as a line with five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row or if you decide to raise the game difficulty you can choose to play "black out" which means that the winner is the first player who covers all of the spots on the card.

With The Bingo Maker you will be able to change the ordinary bingo numbers to words, choose the font color and size and customize the bingo card background and space with images.

Bingo Rules in 8 simple steps:

  1. Take a bingo card from the host of the game
  2. Mark the Free Space in the center of the bingo card
  3. Listen to the number or word that is called by the bingo caller- for example B-7
  4. Check your bingo card to see if you have B-7
  5. Mark the B7 box if you have it
  6. Listen to the bingo caller as he continues to call all the other bingo items
  7. Place markers over the letter and number combinations that appear on your card.
  8. Yell out "BINGO!" as soon as you cover the numbers in a winning pattern - a straight line going horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
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