The history of bingo begins in Italy around 1530. The game originated under the Italian national lottery and became very well known among the Italians. Trade soon spread the game of gambling and soon the whole of Europe was introduced to the game of chance.
The French were very enthusiastic and established their own lotto at the end of the eighteenth century with bingo as their main activity. In the middle of the nineteenth century, Germany followed suit. At the beginning of the twentieth century bingo became known to the general public in Germany. For the first time, a broadcaster chose and read a random number, which made the game much more social. The rules of bingo sometimes vary slightly, but here are some general rules that every player should know. A bingo card has twenty-four numbers and a free space which are all arranged in a grid.
There are five horizontal lines and five vertical columns. Above these five columns of numbers, the word “bingo” is spelled, with one letter above each column. Numbers are drawn in random order from one to seventy-five. The numbers below B are from 1-15, below I from 16-30. Below the N from 31-45 (plus a free space). Below the G of 46-60 and below the O of 61-75. The free space is covered before play begins and is a freebie to help the player on his way. The numbers are displayed or called as B12, I27, N38 and so on.
The course of the bingo game
After each number has been called, the player looks at his or her card and deletes the number if it is on the card. This continues until a player has completed the pattern required for victory. These patterns may vary from game to game. The most common pattern is to cover one line completely or to cover a column completely. All kinds of different patterns are played in bingo. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the pattern required for a win before you start the game.
Winning at Bingo
When the player has covered a required pattern, the winnings are in. In a real bingo hall in such a case: “BINGO!” has to be shouted out.
This way a player makes it clear that he is covering a certain pattern. When bingo is played online, the player has to press the “BINGO” button which is displayed somewhere in the window. At some sites, bingo is automatically shouted in front of the player so the player does not have to press a button. In each game of bingo, the first player to complete his pattern will win. Of course it is first verified if all numbers are actually called. When playing online, the card is usually checked immediately. In a bingo hall the card is checked by the bingo master. The player(s) who win will split the jackpot or win the full jackpot. Bingo is a very simple game to play but has a lot of variations. Always make sure you know all the rules of the game you are playing.