Bingo in the UK

Bingo is one of the most loved games of chance in the United Kingdom. The game is especially enjoyed in England and Scotland, but Wales and Ireland are big fans of it too. Bingo is known as a game of luck because the balls are randomly drawn by a bingo caller. The game spans a rich history of almost 550 years, with origins in Italy, France and the United Kingdom. The UK has claimed bingo as its very own, as evidenced by the huge numbers of players who frequently play the game.

The U.K.’s Favourite Game

There are at least 3 popular bingo variants including: 75 ball bingo, 80 bingo and 90 ball bingo. The latter variant is the most popular bingo attraction in the UK. This game comprises cards with 3 rows of 5 numbers per row. Players are tasked with completing 1 line, 2 lines, and finally a full house to reveal the grand prize. Although there are 27 squares on each bingo card, only 15 numbers need to be daubed (marked) in order to hit a full house. The bingo caller randomly picks numbers between 1 and 90 – hence the name. In traditional games of 90 ball bingo, the tickets are sold in strips of 6. Each of the columns in 90 ball bingo cards represents increasing increments of 10 numbers. For example the first column sports numbers from 1 to 9, the second column sports numbers from 10 to 20 and so forth. Depending on how many numbers are included in the first column, the subsequent columns will begin accordingly. There are either 9 or 10 numbers per column.

Bingo Gaming Accoutrements

Depending on the particular type of bingo game that is being played – either online bingo traditional bingo – bingo callers or random number generators may be used. Players who frequent land-based bingo halls throughout the UK typically bring their own dabbers with them. These are otherwise known as bingo daubers. They are coloured marking pens that blot out the called numbers so that players can easily see how many numbers are remaining to complete patterns or winning combinations.

Interesting Bingo Stats

In the United Kingdom, the National Bingo Game – operated by the National Bingo Game Association – is enjoyed in select UK bingo clubs. The largest operator of bingo games in United Kingdom is Mecca Bingo which has some 97 clubs offering bingo games to players around the country. According to statistics for UK bingo gaming, the game has moved away from a ladies only game to a game that is increasingly enjoyed by people between the ages of 30 and 50. This is largely been due to the advent of online bingo. The average age of traditional bingo players is now 47 and some 3.5 million people reportedly play online bingo. Of those 3.5 million players, almost 700,000 are younger than 25. Woman form the bulk of the bingo audience, but men are making up a large minority of overall players. Bingo is seen as a great way to interact with other players, to make new friends and even meet a potential life partner in the UK.
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