Bingo Around the World

Bingo around the World

Bingo is one of the most popular games on the planet. While it may be a game we consider typically British it is actually a game that spreads far and wide and has a long and prestigious history too.

Like many gambling games, it is also played differently around the world as it has developed and conquered throughout its history.

Below you’ll find how bingo is played right across the world and the different variations on a game we’ve come to know and love…

The UK

Of course, the UK is one of the countries with the largest number of bingo players around the world and the games are what we all know and love here at Moon Bingo. 90-ball bingo is one of the more common varieties in the country and there’s a real culture that has grown.

Bingo halls are prominent in the UK and you’ll find them in towns and cities across the country, while it’s also growing with the younger generation with bingo evenings popping up in the likes of university halls and prominent student areas.


Italy is the birthplace of bingo and it all came from the Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia, which came into existence around five centuries ago.

It’s come a long way since then but 90-ball is the most common variant in the country these days. There are now around 300 bingo halls across the country while online continues to grow from strength to strength.


The USA have been like the UK in taking to bingo, except it’s 75-ball bingo in which the people have grown accustomed to. Offline it began to grow popular in the 1920s and by the 1940s and 1950s it had really hit a boom.

You won’t find as many bingo halls in the USA than many places in Europe due to state-by-state laws but with the rise of online gambling in the country online bingo continues to get bigger and bigger.


Sweden is becoming more and more well-known for its bingo and such is its popularity in the country you’ll even find the Swedish Bingo variant which is now starting to appear all over the world.

The market is now huge across the country and wider Scandinavia and we even offer Swedish Bingo here, which has proven a real hit with players.

It’s a similar story in the likes of Denmark, Finland and Norway where you’ll find plenty of variants and even more people enjoying the pastime!


Bingo halls are not legal in Japan, but there are plenty of people that love the online variant. In fact, the largest game of online bingo ever was in Japan, earning a World Record of around half a million players.

Like the USA, people in Japan are keen on 75-ball bingo, although the number of variants are starting to grow as the game begins to expand not just in Japan but throughout Asia.

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