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Ladbrokes Online Bingo History

Bingo is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world and it's now estimated that 85% of all bingo players are playing their games online. The popular game can be traced back to as early as the 16th century so here we've taken a look back at the history of online bingo

There's much speculation regarding the origin of bingo, with many players believing it began in Italy as an adaptation of the Italian Lottery, ‘Lo Guioco del Lotto D'Italia'.  However the most common theory is that bingo began in the US in the early 1920's. Here, the game was played in carnivals and country fairs and was known as "Beano". The host would pull numbered discs from a cigarette box and announce it to the players who, in course, would mark off their cards with beans- hence, the name. The first person to mark a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line on their card was determined the winner.

It wasn't until 1929 that Edwin S. Lowe, a toy salesman, overheard an enthusiastic beano player yell "bingo!' by accident during a game at a carnival in Atlanta. Feeling that this was a much catchier name, Lowe began to stage his own games under the name ‘bingo'. The popularity of bingo increased rapidly in the US and by 1934 an estimated 10,000 bingo games were being played every week throughout America.  

In 1968, bingo was formalized in the UK through the UK gaming act. By 1986 the National Bingo Game, which saw the same bingo game played simultaneously throughout the UK, was legalised and became a huge success. The National Bingo Game continues today but now there are more popular methods of playing bingo.

As technology advanced, online bingo emerged on the scene in 2003 in the form of online bingo sites. Online bingo uses random number generators under strictly regulated conditions to ensure fair games for every user. It is estimated that over 3 million people all over the world play online bingo every week in the comfort of their own homes and win some huge prizes in the process.  

Ladbrokes Bingo News

Over the years we've seen the popularity of our online bingo games soar and today our bingo community is bigger than ever. At Ladbrokes we're dedicated in bringing you the best bingo games available and we offer our greatest tips and tricks so you can even play bingo at your own event.

Recent studies have shown that there is over 100 million bingo players' worldwide, 80% of which are women. We like to think we know our dedicated bingo followers well, so we regularly provide exciting games and articles, including our girls night in news. There's no better way to enhance your bingo experience than to reach out to others in the bingo community and play online with friends and family.

In recent years we've had great fun at Ladbrokes Bingo offering a range of games and competitions. Keeping up to date with current events and sporting news, we created our own Rugby World Cup game and we even celebrated the Queen's birthday in style with our Queen's 90 bingo bash. If you enjoyed our Valentine's match bingo or any of our other Bingo Games , make sure to check back to our bingo news so you don't miss out on games and giveaways! In the meantime check out some of favourite news article over the last couple of years!

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Valentines Bingo Match Two - The traditional Match Two game gets a Ladbrokes Bingo Valentines makeover. Match the pairs in the quickest and challenge your friends..

Ladbrokes Bingo RWC Dreamy Team - Create your Rugby World Cup 2015 Dreamy Team with Ladbrokes Bingo and you could win your favourite world cup team's shirt.