Bingo has long been a game associated with fun, holidays and Tuesday evenings with excited pensioners. It’s a game that dates back to 1530, but has really grown in popularity throughout the 1900s, with many of us really defining it as the 1980s bingo halls across the UK.
How times have changed though, and today it’s reaching a younger audience than ever before thanks to the rise of online bingo and a huge range of variations both online and offline.
Down the years, bingo has struggled, with many bingo halls having closed down, with many pointing towards the smoking ban being a major contributing factor.
Online however, it’s thriving. There are dozens of games available to play these days, including new and exciting variations such as Slingo Bingo which combines online slots and bingo, reaching an entirely new audience.
This involves the spin of a wheel with players them having 20 seconds to match the applicable numbers to their bingo card. Get a full row, column or diagonal and win.
That’s on top of many other variants based on traditional formats, with different numbers of balls such as 90-ball, 75-ball and even 30-ball bingo available, as well as things like Death Bingo, where the aim of the game is to not earn bingo, with the last person standing winning the jackpot.
More and more online bingo sites are now beginning to open, raising the profile of the hobby famously associated with seaside resorts, and bringing them to life once again offline.
A number of UK cities are now welcoming bingo nights targeting a younger crowd. In Exeter, a bingo hall is welcoming a younger audience by relaxing the atmosphere and protocol, which can intimidate, while in the North East, bingo is being integrated into wider festivals such as Oktoberfest.
Across the country though, it’s the likes of Bongos Bingo which is really drawing in the crowds.
The club night/bingo evening welcomes hundreds and hundreds of punters every week, combining music, bingo and plenty more fun in an incredibly unorthodox fashion.
Prizes range dramatically, from Henry Hoovers through to rather more risqué items, and it’s really dragged a new age of players to the game.
That’s allowed it to go from strength-to-strength and, alongside online bingo seeing thousands of new players weekly, is transforming the bingo industry into a game for all ages, over the age of 18 of course.
More and more bingo nights are now being advertised by nightclubs, bars and music venues across the country and while it isn’t necessarily filling the more traditional bingo halls, it is helping to rebuild the profile of the game, and that only looks set to continue.
It’ll be interesting if bingo can ever reach the same levels as it once had in the physical bingo halls across the UK. Online it undoubtedly has and you get the feeling there’s more to come from one of the most loved pastimes of all time.
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