Bingo Basics for a New Player

Bingo is considered as one of the oldest games of chance being played in the world today, with origin dating back to as early as the 15th century. During its early years, it was played as a form of lottery in Italy, where the lottery system used that time is still being played there every week as to this day.

Then the game spread to France, where it was adopted and played by the elite. It then went to Germany where it was used both as a game and as a medium for educational purposes like in teaching mathematics and language skills for children.

Later, by the 1800s, the game we now know spread all over Europe, and by the 1900s, it finally went to the United States. Since its early days up to today, players were fascinated by the fun and excitement of this game. It soon spread all over the world and became an exciting past time for many people. It is also a great game for fund raising activities used by charitable organizations, schools and some churches.

One of the many wonderful things about bingo is the simple way of playing it. This game can be learned in a minimum span of time and even those first timers would not find it hard to play it for the first time. This game unlike some casino games, is easy to follow that's why it is also popular for fund raising activities of many organizations for it can be played anywhere.

The only equipment necessary to start a game of bingo is of course a set of bingo cards, bingo markers and a bingo cage used to hold the numbered balls.

Almost everyone today is perhaps familiar with the traditional bingo cards, with 24 numbered spaces and a free space in the center. But there are other form or specialty bingo cards available in the market today. These special cards are mostly used for educational purposes like in teaching mathematics and science for young children. Some special cards with pictured animals printed on them are also being used to teach language skills and words to young children.

Like in some games, a bingo player has a favorite bingo card which he eagerly looks or chooses from a various cards at the start of his game.

And like in any game, there is strategy in winning in playing a bingo game. Whatever your strategy is, the important thing is that you're comfortable in your strategy and you have a great time playing it.

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