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Bingo has had many names and variations. The earliest name, lotto (or loto), a children's game, was first recorded in 1778. The original American form, called keno, kino, or po-keno, dates from the early 19th century. The only form of gambling permitted in the British armed services, the game is called in the Royal Navy tombola (1880) and in the Army, house (1900), or housy-housy. Other American names are beano, lucky, radio, and fortune. At the height of its popularity during the Great Depression of the 1930s, a variant (often called screeno) was played in motion-picture theatres, with one night in the week designated bank night, when patrons received free bingo cards with their admission tickets; prizes amounted to hundreds of dollars in cash or merchandise.

Bingo has been played enthusiastically in Japan and has even been introduced at the casino in Monte-Carlo. In Great Britain the game received its greatest impetus when the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960 permitted the formation of a large number of commercial lotto clubs. Within a few years, the game achieved a popularity equalling or exceeding that which it had formerly enjoyed in the United States.

Also called LOTTO, game of chance using cards on which there is a grid of numbers, a row of which constitute a win when they have been chosen at random. Bingo is one of the most popular forms of low-priced gambling in the world.

To play bingo, which is a form of lottery, each player purchases one or more cards divided into numbered and blank squares. Randomly chosen numbers, usually up to 75 or 90, are called out by a "banker" or "caller". The first player to achieve a card (or a line) in which all of the numbers have been called shouts "bingo" or "house" and collects the entire stake money, usually less a specified percentage, if that is permitted by local law. In another popular variation, the central square on the card is free, and the first player on whose card five of the called numbers appear in a row--vertically, horizontally, or diagonally--is the winner. The prize (jackpot) may amount to thousands of dollars. Bingo is legal in most U.S. states that prohibit other forms of gambling. It is permitted in Ireland when the profits are for charity; and it is closely regulated in the United Kingdom, where lotto halls were subjected to a tax in 1966.

Now however, if you're a bingo lover, you can grab a game online whenever you don't have much else to do. Although some see a problem with online bingo, what if the online communities were to dig into the land based properties. Does anybody out there know if bingo halls have felt any effect at this point in time? It is unlikely that much of an impact has been made yet, but it's early on in online bingo's life. There are some huge Internet bingo games that take place, with thousands of people participating. Does this not mean that there are that many thousand less bingo players leaving for a parlour with their friends? In a sense it does, but what you must also consider is the fact that the Internet players are spread out over a long distance. This means that if you were to take any one bingo hall in particular and measure the effect of the online tournament on it's bottom line, you wouldn't see much, as at most only a handful of players in the online tournament would have gone to that hall anyway! So although you can look cumulatively and see a significant effect of online bingo on the pre-established land based games, it is hard to blame it for any bingo hall going under.

The ease and convenience of being able to find and play a game instantly for bingo lovers can be a huge blessing. As you are probably aware, a good portion of bingo players are part of our elderly population, and as such can often have a harder time hopping around from house to bingo hall to house etc. Online bingo represents an easy and fun way to avoid the difficulties in getting to the bingo hall on a Friday night.

There are also many people who love bingo, and would love to go to their local bingo hall to play, but can't because of the atmosphere. Loads of land based bingo halls are filled with smokers, and even if you are not one yourself, chances are you will take in a good lungful or ten over the course of a night. Many modern bingo halls have separate rooms or separate games for non-smokers, but this just breaks up the pot and makes the prizes smaller. The issue of smoking in public schools and churches (where many bingo games are held) has recently become a legal debate of sorts for New York State. So online bingo becomes a haven once again, now for people who like to play without smoke, cigars, and clothes, whatever!

Bonus & Keno Games School Lessons
Lesson 1: Bingo History
B? I?N-G-O? the origins, get the whole story.
Lesson 1: Keno History
Learn how this lottery variation came to be.
Lesson 2: Bingo Rules
The regulations to this exciting parlour game.
Lesson 2: Keno Rules
The basics to play this popular game.
Lesson 3: Bingo Tips
Should play as many cards as possible, and then some?
Lesson 3: Keno Betting Options
Methods of betting and betting types.
Lesson 4: Bingo Numbers
Impress your friends; learn all the number calling nicknames.
Lesson 4: Keno Probability Tables
Probabilities tables depending on numbers played.
Lesson 5: Bingo Vocabulary
Surprisingly, or not, there is a lot of Bingo terms to know.
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