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Bingo, a game we love to play on an almost daily basis. Truth be told if it were up to us we would play all day, every day if we could, unfortunately, something called life can tend to get in the way occasionally, including the need to eat and sleep.
To celebrate our love of the game we have put together an infographic featuring a few bingo facts that we found interesting, and hope you do too.
1. The largest online bingo site win – £5.9 million
Jobcentre worker, 60, scooped the world’s biggest ever online bingo site win after landing £5.9 million jackpot from a bet of just 30p on the Dark Knight video slot, in 2012. (Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247493/Jobcentre-worker-60-scoops-biggest-online-bingo-win-landing-5-9MILLION-jackpot.html)
2. Over 100 million players worldwide of which approximately 80% are women, 20% men
The figures are not exact and open to debate, but most studies put the split in the ratio between bingo players sexes as around 75-85% women, 15-25% men, we went with the middle on this and a recent trend has shown that the percentage of men taking up the game is in fact increasing. (Source: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232865045_Bingo_playing_in_the_UK_The_influence_of_demographic_factors_on_play)
3. Originally played in 1500s Italy and known as ‘Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia’
The game itself, not originally called Bingo, is thought to have had its roots in Italy in the 16th century, specifically, around 1530 Bingo originates from the Italian lottery, Il Gioco del Lotto d’Italia. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingo_(United_Kingdom))
4. Bingo players are more mentally agile than non-bingo players
According to researchers at University Southampton, bingo is actually known to relieve stress! The researchers found that playing the game keeps your brain alert and generally makes bingo players more mentally agile than non-bingo players. (Source: http://www.gamblingtreatment.net/bingo-quiz/)
Bingo isn’t just a game enjoyed by the Americans and British, it is played worldwide in a number of different countries, albeit with a few having slightly different interpretations of the rules. These rule changes may be minor but could easily catch out a player who is unaware of them, and for any Brit looking to play their favorite game either whilst on holiday or perhaps even relocating they are something to bear in mind.
At UK Bingo Promotions we always like to offer our guidance and help out where we can, so you can stay ahead of the game and bingo abroad safe in the knowledge you have everything under control..ish. So here are our top worldwide bingo destinations, apart from Cleethorpes, which was always a given.
Germany was one of the earlier adopters of bingo, with a game similar to the UK version really taking hold in 1880. The German twist was to refer to the game as der Lottospiel, and instead of ‘house’ or ‘bingo’ being called when claiming a win, the word ‘volltreffer’ was used.
The Germans take their bingo less seriously than other countries and the game is very much seen as source of entertainment and also as a teaching method used in schools. A great way to teach both maths and spelling, the game of bingo has also been adapted and used in other subjects such as history, something the schools in the UK have also picked up on and often use. This means that a younger generation has grown up with the game, and bingo has become more popular than ever with over 40 bingo halls now holding regular games throughout the country.
Italy – Gioco del Lotto
The modern origins of the game of bingo can be traced to the country of Italy dating all the way back to 1530, although it was originally known as ‘Gioco del Lotto’, more details of which can be found on another of our articles, The History of Bingo. Although it may not hold the limelight nowadays, Italy is packed full of bingo halls and is very popular among locals and those visiting looking to take in some of the many cultural delights this country has to offer will find more than enough opportunities to engage in their favourite past time as well.
The Japanese have been known to enjoy the odd bingo game or two, although unlike most countries that were introduced to the game through gaming halls, bingo was first played in casinos. Traditionally, Japan is known, in the gambling world, as the land of pachinko machines, however with recent legislative changes and technical advances, bingo machines have also seen an increase in popularity. The Japanese especially and rather unsurprisingly, like to play online bingo and the country in now the second largest market sector in the world with players drawn to the ease of access, the simple rules and bingo gaming culture.
Romania – Bingo Romania
Here’s a little known and surprising bingo fact for you, when it comes to popularity Romania is ranked number two in the world. Yes, we were surprised to hear this as well, who’d have thought! Apparently this meteoric rise in popularity is relatively recent, only occurring since the resurgence from the Ceaucescu regime in 1990. Modern Romanians love to play both online bingo and in the more traditional bingo halls and they even have a number of long running shows, such as ‘Bingo Romania’ that are still popular today. However, if you plan to visit, best make it sooner rather than later as the change in attitude and political climate within the country is causing a lot of uncertainty around the legalities of gambling, which is one of the reasons why there are very few Romanian based online bingo sites despite the high level of home grown interest.
Sweden – traditional bingo
Believe it or not, bingo is Sweden is big business, most forms of gambling are under state control, not so bingo which is only partially managed and this could explain why they love the game so much. The game is especially popular among the younger generation, this is good news as it is bound to lead to an even bigger increase in the bingo playing population as they age and continue to play. Whilst they play several variations of bingo, Swedes love nothing more than the traditional 90 and 75 ball bingo game and UK players will feel right at home here…sauna bingo anyone?
The origins of bingo can be traced all the way back to the 1530s and was originally developed from the Italian lottery game “Lo Giuoco del Lotto”. Whilst the history of bingo spans many centuries, the modern game of bingo as we now know it was created in the 20th century by American Edwin S. Lowe who adapted the game to be the recognisable version we love to play today.
The first official charity based bingo game occurred in 1950 when Pastor Charles H. Hagus asked Lowe for help in refurbishing his church, called The Annunciation, in northeast Denver. An instant hit, this unusual method of fundraising proved so popular that it soon became a regular occurrence.
The modern game of bingo is the perfect fit for charity; it is sociable, easy to set up and games can be held just about anywhere, making it an ideal fit for an event. Much like most lotteries, many bingo games nowadays are charity based with a large percentage of profits going to worthy causes, there are still prizes to be won of course but these tend to be token pots with the emphasis very much on participation and the giving aspect of the game.
In home of bingo, the US, events traditionally tend to be held in churches or by the charity themselves, although with the advent of online bingo it was always only a matter of time before charity games and profit sharing became more common. With larger audiences and the ability to hold more games, charity bingo online is starting to be seen as the way forward for charity organisations worldwide.
Thinking of setting up a charity bingo event?
Not everyone can hold a charity bingo event, there are certain rules and regulations that must be met in order to make any event legal. The specifics of these will vary depending on which country you are in, however there are a set of general guidelines which can be applied worldwide:
1. To be classed as a charity bingo event, it should not make a profit and be for fundraising purposes only.
2. Staff running the event should be on a voluntary basis only and not be paid.
3. The proceeds of any charity bingo event should go towards the cause it was meant for.
4. Players who attend the charity bingo should be informed and aware of the cause they are playing for.
5. A charity bingo event cannot be held in conjunction with any political interference.
6. Many countries will have a limit of any jackpot prizes allowed, including the value of these, the number of games held how the prize money is distributed.
7. Being a charity bingo event, the majority of any money raised should go to the cause it was being raised for. The Association of Charity Lotteries suggests no more than 20% of the money raised should be used to cover costs, the 80% that is left should then be split 50/50 to the charity and any prize money – “ideally, the operational costs of the lottery do not exceed 20% of turnover, with the remaining 80% equally divided between donations to charities (40%) and prize money (40%)”.
Thinking of attending a charity bingo event? Never been before or still on the fence about whether to go? Well, like any event there are positives and negatives which can help make your mind up.
Positives: 1. Participating in a charity bingo event gives a great sense of self-worth, not only are you having fun with a chance of winning a prize, you are also contributing towards a worthy cause, a win-win situation.
2. Whether you win or lose, the ultimate winner is the charity you are playing for. Sure, you may lose a few pennies playing but in the end everyone is a winner as you have contributed to the charity in question anyway whilst having fun.
3. In some countries gambling is prohibited, unless it is classed as a not for profit game, which technically charity bingo is, and is a way of gambling legally.
Negatives: 1. Hoping to win big? Not likely to happen at a charity bingo event, the idea is to raise money not to make people rich, events are more about taking part and awareness with limited prize funds.
2. Where there are charities there are thieves. Not every organisation is reputable so make sure you know about the charity you contributing to and whether they are legitimate before you end out lining the pockets of someone less charitable than yourself with your generosity.
Playing for charity online
Although charity bingo events have been held since the 1950s, online bingo has been relatively slow in catching onto the idea of donating a portion of their profits to worthy causes.
One such site that has taken this on board is Charity Bingo, an online bingo site we have reviewed which donates a percentage of their profits to a charity of the month. A generous idea which we think other sites should also adopt, not only is Charity Bingo a great online bingo site, but with the knowledge that others less fortunate are also benefiting as you play, means it stands out from a very crowded online market.
Charity Bingo is an online bingo site all about making a difference, as the name suggests, by donating a portion of every deposit made to good causes designated as Charity Bingo Heroes. Originally launched towards the end of 2012, the site has subsequently gone through a redesign to the current theme currently in use today…read more
The future of charity bingo
Combining the game of bingo with charitable causes seems like a natural fit; the bingo crowd are a generous, sociable bunch and this gives them even more excuses to dive headlong into their favourite past time whilst helping out those less fortunate than themselves.
With the advent of the internet and the explosion of online bingo sites vying for attention in what is currently a very competitive market, playing for charity was always bound to take hold and you can expect to see more sites adopt this approach in the years to come, which can surely only be a good thing for all those involved, websites, players and charities a like.
FunFair is an Ethereum-based platform for online casino gaming. Targeting the $47B online gambling market, FunFair isn’t actually a casino. Instead, the underlying gaming technology is licensed out to casinos and other gambling platforms.
The FunFair team is attempting to solve some of the biggest problems online casinos face: slow performance, high operating costs, and lack of user trust. Through the use of blockchain technology and Fate Channels, an in-house built version of state channels, the products they license have the potential fix all of them.
How does FunFair work?
As a casino operator, you can license the FunFair technology and launch a casino in just 2-clicks. The platform is flexible and allows you to fully customise the gaming experience for your users.
Want to add a VIP room for your high-rollers? Go ahead. Looking to reward loyal users with bonuses? You can do that too. You can even choose which specific games you want to showcase as well.
Removing user friction
More importantly than providing an easy set-up, FunFair removes a lot of the friction involved with acquiring and retaining users. There’s a host of reasons why someone may choose not to use an online gambling platform, blockchain-based or otherwise.
Many users are put off by having to download an app that takes up a phone’s limited storage space. On top of that, the arduous sign-up processes involved with gambling to comply with KYC (Know Your Customer) regulations can be a stopping point in user onboarding.
All of FunFair’s games are built in HTML5 and run in a web browser – no need to download a separate app. The company is also planning on utilising Civic identity verification to provide a simple, one-click registration process for users.
Most Ethereum-based gambling platforms are novel concepts but have trouble with user adoption. Relying on miners and network speeds causes games to become unbearably slow whenever there’s any spike in congestion.
The gas fees associated with making bets is also unreasonably high – sometimes up to 50% of the original bet. This will only get worse as the price of Ethereum increases.
To combat these issues, the FunFair team has built and integrated Fate Channels into the platform. Fate Channels are a custom version of state channels, but we’ll get more into this later.
Lack of Trust
When you play at a traditional online casino, you have no way of knowing whether the advertised game odds are truthful. Operating in an industry that’s often in a legal grey area, it’s no surprise that casino trust is low amongst gamblers.
FunFair uses verifiable smart contracts to prove that gameplay is fair and the odds are as advertised.
The FunFair team has built a customised state channel system called Fate Channels to combat the problems involved with operating on the Ethereum network.
Each gaming session occurs on a Fate Channel. The Fate Channels provide communication between the casino and player enabling gaming sessions, random number generation for the sessions, and smart contract settlements for bets.
The only interaction with the Ethereum blockchain is at the beginning and end of sessions. Because of this, you only need to pay one gas fee even if you make hundreds of bets while you play.
Besides lower fees, gameplay is also much quicker without Ethereum congestion affecting performance.
To top it all off, FunFair is working to become completely serverless by its fourth version of Fate Channels scheduled for sometime in 2018. A peer-to-peer solution like this greatly reduces the operating costs for casinos using the technology.
FUN is an ERC-20 token that you use in every part of the FunFair platform. It’s the only token accepted for in-game credits, how game creators in the marketplace are paid, what casinos must pay their licensing with and receive revenues in, and all fees on the platform must be paid in FUN.
A total of 11,000,000,000 FUN tokens were created on June 22, 2017, and no more will be created. With a fixed supply, the token is deflationary and should experience sharp increases in price over time as demand for it increases. Furthermore, the FUN that’s paid as fees will be burned for the first two years which should further drive price upwards.
Casinos can also stake the FUN tokens in their bankrolls to receive additional dividends.
FunFair team & progress
The 30+ person FunFair team is based out of London and is led by Jez San, OBE. San’s entire career has revolved around entrepreneurship and the computer gaming industry. He founded Argonaut Software as a teen and created the first chip to power 3D games like Star Fox and Harry Potter. Rounding out his resume, San also founded the 3D online poker room, PKR, and is an investor in one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges, Kraken.
Other members of the team are just as impressive. Jeremy Longley, founder and CTO, co-founded PKR with San and has over 15 years of experience managing development teams. FunFair COO, David Greyling, was previously the International Director of William Hill – a worldwide betting and gaming company.
The company already has multiple games available that you can test out here. A full launch and complete licensing availability are expected for Q2 2018.
FunFair has a few crypto-based competitors but is far ahead of the competition in terms of market cap and product development. With the popularity and sheer size of the market potential, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more and more competitors enter the space.
Decent Bet, Edgeless, and Dao.Casino are some of the blockchain-based casinos. However, by licensing out their technology to casinos, FunFair isn’t in direct competition with these projects. Instead, FunFair faces competition from platform providers in the traditional space such as Kambi, Gig, and EveryMatrix.
FUN started trading at the end of June 2017 settling in at a price of around $0.011 (the BTC price fluctuating wildly between 0.000004 and 0.00001).
In August 2017, the price rose to ~$0.034 and stayed between there and $0.015 for the following four months. This increase can be accredited to the announcement of three additional games being added to their platform. These additions demonstrated that the development team was making steady progress and consistently hitting milestones.
Starting in December 2017, the token has followed most alt coins in rising sharply at the end of the year while now declining for a good portion of January 2018.
Some events that may trigger a bump in price include the main net launch in Q2 2018 and news of casino partners who will be using the product. Fee token burning and, of course, an overall increase of demand on the platform should also lead to price increases.
Where to buy FUN
FUN is available on several major exchanges including Bittrex and Binance. On these platforms, you can only trade Bitcoin or Ethereum for FunFair. If you don’t currently have either, you should first trade for some using U.S. dollars on Gemini and transfer them over.
A complete list of supported exchanges is available on the FUN token page.
Where to store FUN
As with most other ERC20 tokens, we recommend using MyEtherWallet to store your FUN. And, if you’re looking for more security, you should consider a hardware wallet. Both the Ledger Nano S and Trezor are trusted and secure options for offline wallets.
Exodus is another good online wallet option that’s capable of holding multiple different coins, including FUN.
FunFair is attempting to enter the gigantic online gaming market by providing a solution that’s unique to the blockchain industry. Instead of acting as a casino, the company is licensing out their technology to other casinos which helps to mitigate their liability and risk.
The project already has a working product and plans to launch early this year. With the wealth of experience that the team has in the gaming space, it’s hard to see this project failing. If FunFair can overcome the market domination of current incumbents using traditional technology, blockchain-based casino games could be the new industry paradigm.
The game of 75 Ball Bingo was originally derived from the 90 ball game and nowadays is arguably more popular than its predecessor. First played in the U.S, the game has gained global popularity thanks to the online version, first attracting the attention of the UK market before spreading to the rest of Europe and Australia, although it is still firmly a trans-Atlantic favourite.
The 75 Ball Bingo Card
75 Ball Bingo cards are 5X5 in size and contain 24 numbers, with the centre space always being blank; this is also referred to as the free square. Most bingo cards have the title at the top of each vertical column of 5 squares, spelling out the word ‘bingo.’ The first column with a ‘b’ contains numbers 1 to 15, the second column has the letter ‘i’ and numbers 16 to 30 and so on until the final column with an ‘o’ and numbers 61 and 75. The 24 numbers are randomly generated on purchase and are marked in each of these columns.
Rules of 75 Ball Bingo
There are a couple of different ways 75 Ball Bingo can be played, the most common version of which consists of two rounds. Round one, numbers are randomly drawn and players mark, or dab as it is also known, their cards until a vertical, diagonal or horizontal line is completed with some bingo games also accepting the four corners as well. After a player has claimed a line or corner, the game then progresses to a pattern play (A tip for beginners – lightly mark the pattern beforehand as this will help you to follow the game and keep a tab on what numbers you will need). The patterns act as a guide and can consist of letters, numbers, and shapes, with most shapes being hearts, houses and balls. The first player to mark a line wins a prize as does the first to complete the pattern.
The other way to play 75 Ball Bingo is to skip the line marking round and simply play for a pattern, this makes for a quicker turnover of games albeit with only a single prize and winner per game.
When playing online there is also a simpler third version where the first player to mark off all their numbers wins, also known as a coverall game. Many online bingo sites have also introduced their own unique take on the game with minor variations.
Numbers make Prizes
There are as many ways to win prizes as there are variations 75 Ball Bingo games, with so many online bingo sites offering different takes of the game. This has led to many new ways to win, for example; some games require a player to complete just one line to win, with the jackpot often being lower than a pattern game, albeit easier to win. The idea behind the two round game is to give players a better chance of winning, fail on round one, not to worry, your luck may be in for round two.
Usually, the more complicated patterns have bigger and better jackpots with games that require a coverall often also having the most generous prize fund. Sometimes games are carried over and played across several rounds and bingo cards with the winner being the player who has won the most rounds overall, these are often the biggest jackpots although competition can be fierce and only the luckiest of players will win.
As previously mentioned, online 75 Ball Bingo has seen a rise in many game variations and prizes, including the type of jackpots won, most being cashed based but don’t be surprised if prizes also include holidays or even takeaway meals. The most popular game online is the specific pattern, a popular one being the jackpot diamond which consists of up to sixteen squares with the number twenty next to it. This means that to win, players must complete the pattern within 20 number calls. If they succeed, they not only win the game jackpot and but also the progressive jackpot.
Winning patterns can be completely different and are dependent on the online bingo site you are playing on. For example, an increasing number of sites have adopted the direct jackpot approach with the coverall pattern being the only way to win. The ticking time bomb is also popular with the prize money slowly dropping with each number call which can often lead to a fun, if somewhat tense game. The logic behind this being the quicker a player manages to mark and complete the required pattern, the bigger the prize.
75 Ball Bingo Tips and Strategies
Familiarise yourself with the rules 75 Ball Bingo is generally played with the same universal rules, although there are minor variations depending on which site you are playing. Familiarise yourself with these to avoid making a mistake that may cost you claiming the jackpot.
Be alert for special promotions Online bingo sites often hold unique special promotions before and whilst games are in play, from buy one get one free bingo tickets (BOGOF) to in game specific bonuses. Keep an eye out for these and claim as many as you can. Promotions can often increase your chances of winning a game, and this is one advantage that online sites have over standard live bingo halls.
Avoid peak hours Simple, but obvious; the more players there are, the lower your chances of winning. Avoid playing during peak hours to improve your bingo odds, although it is worth noting the prize fund may be reduced as ticket purchase is often used to boost any potential jackpots.
Do you often hear the term “bingo odds” and wonder what does it really mean? If this is the case then hopefully this article will help clear up any questions you may have. In our comprehensive guide on “bingo odds” we will cover different aspects of the subject such as what does it mean, the factors which can influence the outcome and more.
What are Bingo Odds?
Every bingo game comes with a chance of winning or losing, this element of chance is referred to as the “bingo odds”. Whether you are playing offline or online, your odds of winning the game are dependent on two factors – luck and probability. Most players are happy to enjoy the game and if they win then great, however, if you are someone who likes to take things a little more seriously and would like to improve your odds of winning, the guide below will explain the different factors that can affect your chances of winning that big money jackpot.
Four factors on which your bingo odds depend
While it is true that the game of bingo largely depends on luck, it is important to know the key factors used so that you can improve your odds and gain an edge over your competitors.
The four primary factors on which your chances of winning or losing a bingo game depend are:
1. Bingo cards 2. Number calls 3. Number of players 4. Games entered
Let’s look at each of them one by one.
Bingo cards – it is always a great idea to have more
Always remember, the more cards you have, the greater you chances of winning the jackpot. This is the most critical part of a bingo game and a tried and tested way to enhance your odds of winning. What do we mean, well, for instance, if you purchase one bingo card and there are eight players in the game, your odds of winning will be 1/8. But if you purchase four bingo cards, your odds of winning will improve and become 1 out of 2, i.e. 50%.
It is always a good idea to choose a online bingo site that allows you to see the total number of bingo cards in a game. This can really help when calculating the odds of potentially winning.
Number calls – odds increase with the decrease in the number of calls
In the case of an online bingo game, the numbers are called out by an automated randomised system. It has been found that the odds of winning the jackpot increase when the number of balls decrease. In other words, the odds of winning on the 17th call is lower than your odds of winning on the 67th call in a 90 ball Bingo game for example. The fewer balls left in the game, the better the odds of winning it.
Number of players – more or less, the situation will be in your favour
By keeping an eye on the number of players in the room, you can calculate your odds of winning or losing the game. However, this can prove to be quite tricky when compared to other factors that affect bingo odds.
Whether there are a lot of players or only a few, both will be of benefit, the more players there are, the more bingo cards will be in play resulting in a bigger jackpot. Conversely, the fewer the number of players, whilst the jackpot will be lower your odds of winning will increase as there is less competition. So, you don’t really need to worry about the number of players in the game as either way, you benefit. In our opinion is it best to compromise and go for the middle ground by finding a room with an average number of players, this way you have reasonable chance of winning a decent jackpot without too much competition. If you are someone who prefers big jackpots, then playing at peak times is the way to forward as the this will help raise the jackpot pool.
This another very important factor on which your bingo odds depend – the number of games you choose to play. More games mean higher odds of winning. As an example, if you play ten games with an average number of players and jackpot as opposed to three games with more players and a higher jackpot, your bets will divide, and your odds of winning will significantly go up. While big jackpots are often alluring, the smart way to win more money is to play more games with smaller jackpots.
Factors to keep in mind
Now that you know the factors that can influence your odds of winning a bingo game, here is a recap to ensure that you remember them by heart.