From Beano To Bingo: Unearthing The Evolutions Of The Game

Bingo is a luck-based game, much like a lottery.  A person known as the caller or the master calls the numbers from a draw, and the player who gets the right numbers in a definite order (row, column, diagonal) wins.

Bingo, or Beano as it was popularly known in the US, has come a long way. From a game played in carnivals to the version available online, the game has been quite a favorite among gamblers. Casinos like 1xBet offer these games online so that you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home.

The History Of Beano: Passage Through Different Places At Different Times

The History Of Beano Passage Through Different Places At Different Times
Learning about the history of a popular Casino game is always interesting for gambling enthusiasts. After all, only when you learn about the history of a game do you enjoy it to the fullest.

In this blog post, you will come to know about the places that Bingo has traveled to and how the local culture has impacted the game.

The Lottery Style Machines That Were Popular In Europe


Bingo most probably started in Italy and then spread to other European countries like France and England. However, in the sixteenth century, the game was not called Bingo. The name Bingo most likely originated from the slang that people used for the game in European carnivals.

When Bingo was played in sixteenth century Europe, the Bingo face (paper containing the random numbers) had twenty seven squares. Each of the twenty seven boxes had a random number written on them. The numbers in those squares were always between one and ninety, and the first player to strike out all the numbers in a horizontal line would win.

Bingo was a popular game that was often used as a means of entertainment for party-lovers or carnival-goers, but it was also used as an educational tool. In parts of Germany, Bingo-like matrices were used to help students memorize their timetables or the names of animals.

While in Germany, the game was used in schools, in Britain, it was used by adults as a part of their ballroom entertainment. People flocked to these ballroom games in large numbers because of the gifts that they could win. From holiday tickets to home appliances, many items were used as gift items in the ballroom version of Bingo.

The Game In The Eighteenth Century


The Game In The Eighteenth Century

In the eighteenth century number-based lottery games were played in the 75-ball and 90-ball version.

Although the basic principle of winning was the same, there were subtle differences between the 75-ball and the 90-ball version.

The 90-ball version was played on a 3×9 arrangement of numbers. The 75-ball version, on the other hand, was played in a 5×5 arrangement of numbers.

Apart from the arrangement of numbers, another major point of difference between the 75 and 90 ball versions was the number of winners it had. The 90-ball version could have only one winner, whereas the 75-ball version could have as many as three winners.

Beano In The United States

Beano In The United States

In the earlier part of the twentieth century, a version of the European lottery game appeared in the United States. It was Edwin Lowe (a toy-maker by profession) who spotted the game being played in a carnival in Jacksonville. At the carnival, people placed beans on the numbers that were being called out by the game master. Whenever a person got all the numbers covered by the beans in a horizontal or vertical line, he would call out Beano.

Lowe returned to his native place (New York) and started playing the game with his friends. They used cardboard and beans to play the game. In one such friendly meeting, the game of Beano became Bingo. The legend goes like this: one day Lowe and his friends were playing Beano when one tongue-tied person pronounced Bingo instead of Beano.

Just like in Europe, where the game was modified and used for educational purposes, in the US too, Beano was modified. One of the most popular variations of the game was its use by the father of a Church to collect funds for charitable purposes.

Post-1930s And The Immense Popularity Of The Game

Post-1930s, the game spread to all corners of the world. In fact, the game became so popular that a Columbia University professor designed a version with six thousand characters so that many people could participate.

1940s And The Discovery Of The Modern Housie Card

Housie or Bingo cards were designed in the 1940s and Edwin Lowe patented them in 1942. The housie cards have not changed much since the forties. Even now, it has a (5X5) matrix that has five rows and five columns filled with random numbers from one to ninety. Each player gets a unique card and must cross out those numbers that the game master calls out. He wins if he gets all the numbers in a definite pattern (row or column).

Statutory Recognition And Formalization

Lottery-based games became formalized in the 1960s when different nations gave legal recognition to gaming. Casinos started offering these games, and people rushed in large numbers to try their luck. At present there are mega lottery-based games like Powerball of the US and EuroMillions of Spain that have given out prizes of two billion dollars.

Era Of Online Casinos

Era Of Online Casinos

Today, Bingo is played online, where the caller has been replaced by a computer that generates random numbers. The player wins if he gets the right combination of numbers in a row, column or a diagonal.

Discover the fascinating journey of bingo, from its humble origins in beano to its captivating evolutions, as we explore the significance of strategy in skill-based casino live games.


Over the years lottery-like Casino games have transformed in many ways and have been loved for generations. Some people have used Bingo-like games for ballroom entertainment; others have used it for education.

Unlike skill based Casino games where a solid strategy improves the edge of the player, lottery-based games always favor the house. Despite being entirely luck-based, lotteries have always remained popular for its simplicity and the sheer thrill it generates among the players.