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Bingo History

Online Bingo game we know today is a descendant of the Italian Lottery, created early in the 16th Century. Each player was dealt one card with a selection of numbers from 1 to 90 marked on the card. A token would be drawn from a cloth bag by the caller and, as today it would be read aloud and the players would cover the numbers that were on their own card. The first player to have completely covered a horizontal row was the winner.

How to play Bingo

Players buy cards with numbers on them in a 5 x 5 grid corresponding to the five letters in the word BINGO. Numbers such as 0-68 are then drawn at random (out of a possible 75 in American Bingo, and 90 in British and Australian Bingo) until one player completes a 'Bingo' pattern, such as a line with five numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row on one of their cards and wins the prize.

A bingo Card contains 24 numbered spaces and one free space (blank), with which you play BINGO. The numbers are assigned at random on each card and are arranged in five columns of five numbers each by five rows (5 x 5 = 25 in total including the blank square).

Players have thousands of unique (unduplicated) cards to choose from. Some manufacturers print unduplicated series of 6,000 cards.

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Online Bingo Tips

  • Ensure you are playing at a real and respected online Bingo Hall - Please note all the online Bingo sites we recommend have been researched by us to bring you the best online Bingo opportunities.

  • Make certain you are literally sitting comfortably whilst playing Bingo - not only will this increase your enjoyment of the game it will also help to ensure you don't get an injury from sitting in an awkward position for an extended time.

  • Take a break from your computer screen at least once every hour - eye strain can occur if you sit at a computer for long periods of time without giving your eyes a rest. You'll be more alert if you take breaks.

  • You can win big Bingo online jackpopts, don't let this make you gamble more money than you can afford to play. Don't keep buying online Bingo cards until you win an amount of money back that you lost - there's always tomorrow.

Offline Bingo Tips

  • Be sure to have more than one dabber with you, three is a good number to have then if somebody borrows one you always have a spare to continue your game - if you can't easily mark your bingo cards then you won't know if or when you should call out!

  • Be aware that the more cards you are playing then the more possible it is that you'll miss one of the numbers that are called out.

  • Don't play Bingo when you're over-tired or intoxicated. If you aren't concentrating properly then numbers that could make you a winner may be called out without your knowledge.

  • Consider the more players there are then the more cards are out there trying to win the Bingo Hall jackpot, so if you know a time when there are less players in the club then your odds of winning should be improved. How busy it is may depend on the size of the Bingo jackpot prize, but weigh up whether you are playing for that one big chance or many smaller wins.

The Best Bingo Tip Ever

  • Bingo is a game, and games are meant to be fun. If you stop having fun and enjoying playing this great game then either stop playing for a while, or change the place or people you play with. Try somewhere different - you may find this massively increases you enjoyment of the Bingo game. Above all - have fun!

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Bingo Family Fun

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Gala Bingo DVD Presentation Pack with Cards and Pencils  
Here's how to play Bingo at home for fun with all the family. Features include, Gala's very own caller, Alan Stockdale, Bingo cards and markers,1950s Bingo and Traditional Seaside Bingo
Manufacturers recommended age 8+
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