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Bingo is one of the best loved games not just in the UK, but on the planet. Yet few people actually know or understand its true origins.

The game itself has been around for hundreds of years but it really exploded in popularity during the 1980s and 1990s when a number of bingo halls popped up across the UK.

However, as society has evolved, over the last few years a large proportion of bingo gaming has shifted online and today you’ll find a thriving online bingo community, none more so than here at Moon Bingo!

Below you’ll find all you need to know about online bingo, including the history of the game and its evolution...



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The History Of Bingo

While bingo may seem a traditionally British game, it’s origins actually date back to the 16th century and Italy. The first records of the game date back to around 1530 and a game called Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia, which was essentially the Italian lottery of the time.

From there it began to spread across Europe, becoming popular in France before crossing the Channel into Britain in the 18th century. The name bingo itself does come from Britain, or at least it’s commonly believed it does. The phrase is said to date back to a slang term for when a customs officer is successful in a search, they would shout, “bingo” just as a player would for completing a card today.

The bingo card we know and love came much later than this and is credited to Erwin S. Lowe who created the card in 1942, and it has changed very little since then.

By the 1980s, bingo was enjoying its heyday, with bingo halls bustling across the UK. Until 2005, the number of bingo halls being built was on the rise, but following that year, owing to a rise in online play, halls began to see less and less players, although there are still plenty open today.

The Rise of Online Bingo

The rise of online bingo has been astronomical over the last decade and today bingo as a whole is an industry worth £688.3million, with a large proportion of that coming from online gaming..

It’s estimated that there are over 3.5 million online bingo players in the UK, and that number is rising thanks to the many online bingo variants which can’t be found in traditional halls.

For example, Slingo has become hugely popular over the last few years, offering something completely different to the more traditional forms. It combines online slots play with bingo in a game which has captured the imagination of both bingo and casino fans.

That’s not to say the more traditional variants aren’t thriving online either. In fact, you’ll find huge communities playing the likes of 90 Ball bingo and 75 Ball bingo daily, but players now find it much more convenient and easy to play along from their computers and smartphones at home.

Online bingo is continuing to expand at a rapid rate, and over the next few years it’s likely technology will take the industry to the next level, with more immersive games introduced than ever before.

Bingo Lingo, Numbers & More

The game of bingo is awash with catchy phrases, puns and cheeky sayings that have become ingrained as part of British culture. Do you know your Cup of Tea from The Doctor’s Order? How about bingo room abbreviations such as LOL? For a comprehensive guide to all the weird and wonderful bingo names, check out the Bingo Lingo article above.

In our Wiki Bingo section you will also find comprehensive guides to bingo cards, bingo calls and bingo numbers- everything you need to know to become a bingo buff! Once you’ve learnt all the basics it’s time to start playing so head on over to our bingo games section, sign up and start your online bingo adventure now!