Thank a pair of cloth ears for the game you love

If you are anything like me, you will love to play Internet bingo every day. But did you know where the game actually came from?

The modern-day format of bingo originated in America. It was originally called Beano. In it, a dealer would select numbered discs from a cigar box and players would mark their cards with beans. If they got lucky, they would yell Beano.

A travelling toy salesman by the name of Edwin S Lowe then renamed it bingo after he had overheard one of his friends call Bingo instead of Beano. He then hired a very clever
Columbia University maths professor to help them increase the number of card combinations. By 1930 there were over 6000 different kinds of bingo cards.

From there, a Catholic church priest approached Edwin about using bingo to raise church funds. By 1934, an estimated 10,000 bingo games were played¬†weekly and it is now one of the most popular methods to raise money for new church roofs. Bet you didn’t know that!

Test your luck against the numbers and play this old game in a new way online at Cyber Bingo. There is a £30 deposit bonus waiting for you, and heaps of 75 ball and 90 ball bingo. And on behalf of everybody at Cyber Bingo, we would like to thank Edwin for introducing us to this marvellous game.

Gamble Aware (www.gambleaware.co.uk) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal

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