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History of bingo

The game of Bingo first appeared in Italy, a few hundred years ago, during the 1530s. It was actually a game of lottery and the older version of what bingo is today. Sometime around 1770s, the game reached France, where it was played mainly by rich people. It soon found its way to Germany.

In 1929 the game was introduced in Atlanta, and named “beano”. People organizing carnivals and fairs used this game to make them more enjoyable and to attract more people. The game was basically played the same way as it is today.

The players had cards with numbers from 1 to 90, divided into three rows and nine columns, and some dried beans to mark the numbers that were drawn by a caller. The winner was the first one who would complete a row. At that moment, he or she would say “beano” in order to announce the winning.

Witnessing one of these games, Edwin Lowe went to New York in order to promote the new game, but it called it Bingo instead of beano.

The game of Bingo was than adopted by churches, and used to raise funds. It was a slight problem, though. Too many people were winners, and that happened pretty often. To solve the problem, Lowe asked Carl Leffer, a mathematician, to find a way in witch to increase the amount of combinations. Leffer finally came up with more than 6000 new cards. Four years after this change has been done, in 1934, more than 10000 people were often playing Bingo, as a way to enjoy themselves.

Bingo its easy and fun but you can make a lot of money if you bet well and you have a bit of luck. Online bingo its even easier because you can get more tickets. Some sites are even offering free checking systems. Today you can place an online bet on any subject you know better

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