8 Interesting Facts About Bingo

A neon ‘bingo’ sign on a black background.

It seems as though the love for bingo keeps growing, with more and more people finding joy in playing this classic social game. Online bingo has taken the world by storm, and with so many bingo variants waiting to be played, the fun is endless. It’s definitely loved far and wide, much like many other classic casino games.

Before you start daubing away, though, let’s get into some interesting facts about bingo. Some of this information and trivia you may have heard before, while others might catch you by surprise. The next time someone asks you about bingo, you’ll be able to whip out your extensive knowledge and surprise them.

1. US bingo cards are different from the ones in the UK

In the UK, people tend to favor the 90-ball bingo variant, whose bingo card contains 27 spaces, arranged into nine columns by three rows. Each row will contain five numbers and four blank spaces. These tickets appear as strips of six, where every number from one to 90 appears once across all six tickets. In the US, the preferred bingo variant is, of course, 75-ball bingo. This bingo game can appear to be more intricate compared to the 90-ball variant, but once you start playing, you’ll get the hang of it. Unlike 90-ball bingo, the 75-ball bingo cards are independent of each other and don’t run in strips. So if you play with more than one card, it’s likely that you’ll have to mark off duplicate numbers.

2. Bingo players are much younger than you might think

The game used to be associated with elderly people playing it at retirement homes back last century, but these days bingo is seriously booming among a younger demographic. In fact, according to WhichBingo, the average age of those playing bingo online is 35-64, and 78% of these players are women. 

3. Australians don’t shout the word ‘bingo’

In Australia, people scream “housie” instead of “bingo” when they’ve won a game. It’s taken from the word “house”  – as in “full house” – which is due to having matched up all your numbers on your card. The same rules are followed Down Under, it’s just a different word that’s used when someone is victorious at the bingo hall or online. Try saying “housie” the next time that you have a winning bingo card, and see if it provides the same satisfaction and feel of the word “bingo!”

4. In the US, millions of dollars are spent on bingo per week

It’s incredible to see how bingo’s stood the test of time – in fact, it seems to be soaring year on year. According to Softschools.com, players spend upwards of $90 million on bingo per week. There sure is no slowing down the love for a good ol’ bingo game!

5. Bingo has various names in different countries

The rules remain the same, but around the world, bingo goes by various names. In India, people call it tambola. In the Canadian province of Quebec, it’s known as kinzo. Chinese bingo players refer to it as dáduìle. In Mexico, players call it lotería. Across many countries in Europe, people refer to it as tombola.

6. There are different kinds of patterns in the bingo games in America

A bingo card with numbers on it.

There’s great variety in the bingo patterns when playing the American version. You’ll see that sometimes you’ll be required to fill squares that make a cool design instead of the usual column, row, or diagonal lines. Each space in the 75-ball card’s grid will contain a number except for the middle square, which is regarded as “free” space. 

7. Players have a variety of rituals for their bingo sessions

When it comes to bingo, as much as it is a fun and social game, some players take their gameplay very seriously. You’ll see many players using a variety of strategies and good-luck rituals. Everything from the seating arrangement to the color of the dauber is checked. It’s totally normal to walk around your chair three times “for luck” – and some people probably do it when they’re playing bingo online, too!

8. How ‘bingo lingo’ originated

The phrase “bingo lingo” was coined by British bingo players to describe rhymes for each number from one to 90. In the UK, bingo callers are known to use nicknames to refer to particular numbers when they’re drawn during a live game, such as “cup of tea” for three or “duck and dive” for 25. However, the art of bingo lingo seems to have become less popular as more players lean toward online bingo. You can still use it in the chat rooms, though!

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