Bingo History, Trivia and a Story
by Gayle Mitchell
many of the casino games today, bingo history can be
traced back to Europe, as
taught at Learn Bingo Keno Games
specifically, has recorded bingo history in the
1500’s.The French contribution was a deck of cards in the
late 1700’s and the
The British have the military
bestowing the name house or
this form of gambling in the 19th century.
the same time, a form of the game called kino or keno
was making its way into the American culture.
Great Depression saw a surge in the game or
'screeno' as it was known when played in movie
Moviegoers received cards for the
price of admission
vying for cash prizes.
Of course, keno has evolved
today as a popular
casino game and is played much the same.
variations of the American game are fortune, lucky,
radio and beano.
Beano appeared destined to be the name that
stuck, but in
1929, a salesman from New York
observed the game at a local carnival.
While playing with
his friends, a slip
of the tongue from a startled winner resulted in the name BINGO and the
rest is bingo history.
Crosby was known as Bingo as a child.
Most players also like
to play slot machines.
The majority of players
pet, mostly cats.
of my experiences many years ago had not been rewarding.
5 friends, all of whom were much more experienced with this game than
amateur, yours truly.
past experience had been with my harried mother who was trying to keep
occupied by playing bingo for candies; therefore, I had seen
before, and figured I was qualified for the big time.
huge bingo hall was exciting. There were masses of people and winning
game, I am ready with my two little cards, chips in the air ready to
It was just a matter of time, I figured.
approximately 20 numbers were called, what a thrill, you heard the
I could muster.
were awe-struck at this amazing beginner’s luck; they sat stunned as the
had ONE LINE filled, a WINNER, so I thought, until I was quietly told
your card to win.
you see my red
face from there?
friends were mortified because they expected to return to this
The others laughed until tears rolled.
see,” I tried to explain,” when I played with my brother and sisters,
one line was a winner.”
thought about blaming my mother, but that isn’t fair, obviously she was
trying to make
games were short, and hopefully each of us won at least once.
fairness has always been one of her biggest assets.
after this experience placed me in bingo history with my friends, I
have returned to this game often.
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