5 Things you never knew about Bingo!

Bingo is one of those games that just about anyone could pick up, it’s fairly simple, relies on luck and it’s tons of fun to play, as anyone who’s checked out But it’s more than just a fun game to help you spend a weekend, there’s a surprising history to the game and a fair few surprising facts. If you’re looking for some interesting tidbits to share with your friends next time your out, you’re in luck! Here are a few stunning bingo facts!

1. Bingo was originally called Beano

When it was first placed, bingo was called beano – players would mark their card as they played with a bean on each number and shout beano when they won! While this made it easier to recycle the cards nowadays biro and paper is the way to go (unless you play online).

2. You have a good chance of winning

Statistically, you’re quite likely to win a game of bingo at least once in your life if you give it a few goes. While the odds may seem long given the sheer quantity of numbers in the book and their random placements, it’s not the numbers that factor in to your victory it’s whether or not the other players have a card with the right numbers. If you play with 3 other people then your odds of winning are 25%! And if you buy extra cards, then the odds go up with each new card! Easier to do online than in the bingo hall (just for keeping track of the numbers) but definitely a way to see your odds improved.

3. There’s a lot of different ways to arrange a bingo card

With a lot of numbers and a lot of columns, it’s no surprise that there are a ton of different ways to arrange a bingo card. In fact, if you’re playing “full card” bingo the total number of combinations Is 552,446,474,061,128,648,601,600,000. That’s an astronomical amount of cards! If you ever end up with the same card twice, it’d be worth keeping a hold of them – the odds of that have to be pretty slim indeed!

4. It can help keep you sharp

It may be old news for some but bingo can help your brain stay alert as you get older, the reflexes and quickness required can help keep you bright and focused into your older years. Of course, a lot of quick-thinking games can do the same but the study we linked to above shows a solid correlation with bingo!

5. It’s played by celebrities!

A surprise revelation for many, a number of celebrities play bingo! This includes the likes of Denise Van Outen, Elle Macpherson, Robbie Williams, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Bianca and Jade Jagger! If you want to try and follow in those famous foot-steps, you’re just a card purchase away from sitting at the hall or online and seeing what the tombola has in store for you!

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