History of Bingo

The game of bingo has had a long history as being a game that while fun has also benefited the extra funding for churches in both Europe and the United States, though the years differ as far as when it began in different countries. Things were different on many levels compared to todays internet bingo.

There is evidence that in Italy there was a game that while it was not called bingo began in the 1500’s. Throughout time it spread to the rest of Europe in the later half of the 1700’s where it carried its name from Italy as the game Beano and finally crossed the ocean to the United States in the early 1900’s. One of the reasons that the name of bingo began as Beano is due to the fact that rather than marking off the numbers as is done today they employed the use of dried beans which were readily available and of little worth to place on the numbers that had been called.


To reach the United States it took the arrival of a touring company from Germany of performers who brought the game with them that would soon catch on in the United States. At this point some of the original rules of the game also changed and some of these which were geared to enable players to win easier were the ability to wind vertically, horizontally and diagonally.

Once this game had reached the United States with its easy to play rules that players of any age could master the game it became attractive to churches as a way to make extra funds to run the church on and to also bring parishioners to the church more often and be involved with the other members of the congregation.

One large change that was made at this time was that the game was only good for a certain amount of plays due to the card numbering, at this time there were twenty four bingo cards used for the game. A priest from a Northeastern Pennsylvania town enlisted the help of a parishioner who would enlist the help of a mathematician at a local University. This man was in the employ of Columbia University and his name was Carl Leffer, with the use of mathematics he would devise a way to make bingo cards using random numbers. This enabled a game that could be played by many people at one time and made the odds less available to many winners during the play of one bingo game.

Bingo became such a popular game both in Europe and in the United States that it went from being played in churches to having bingo halls opened where people could go and play more often than just during church social bingo games.

Today the game of bingo can be played not only at church socials or bingo night but also at land based bingo hall during their operation hours and best of all for the bingo player who likes to play a lot they can now play bingo on the Internet at hundreds of bingo websites that have games twenty four hours a day seven days a week and is also offering welcome bingo bonuses for players.