What Was The First Online Bingo Site?

Bingo is popular, nobody can dispute this. You can’t open a magazine or turn on the television these days without some mention of bingo. The bingo craze is weeping Britain and Europe and there are more and more online bingo sites popping up every month – giving players far more choice.

The game of bingo is enjoyed by over 4million people here in the United Kingdom, by visiting bingo halls or by playing online.

In the 1960’s the Betting and Gaming Act legalised all existing social gaming, which meant many bingo clubs had to evolve.

History of Bingo

Some people imagine that bingo originated in the 1960’s at popular seaside town, but you will be shocked to learn that he history of bingo goes way back from the 1960’s. According to history, the earliest lottery took place in Britain during the reign of Elizabeth I and was only played by rich people – naturally.

Gambling wasn’t only for the rich though, as all classes loved to play with the poorest of people playing ‘Shove A Goat With A Groat’ down in their local.  In the 1500’s, the game was also played in Italy and it soon spread to France and Germany too.  There is an Italian version too, which people say originated in Italy in the 19the century, it was known as ‘Lo Guioco del Lotto D’Italia’.

Then in 1929 in America, it was played at fairs and carnivals and required the players to yell ‘Beano’ instead of ‘Bingo’. In 1929, Edwin Lowe from Atlanta, was visiting a carnival and was completely mesmerised by the game because he witnessed many people stop until the small hours of the morning to play, until they were told to go home.

Edwin Lowe loved the game so much that he decided to take it to New York and the name ‘Beano’ suddenly changed when one of Lowe’s friends shouted ‘Bingo’ instead of ‘Beano’.

Online Bingo History

Online bingo has been around since the late 1990’s, the very first UK site to launch was Bingo Blitz in 1998. There was one earlier site launched in 1996, but this was an American site.

In the early 21st century, there were roughly 20 online bingo sites to choose from and in 2004, the popularity of online bingo shot through the roof.

The reason why online bingo has taken off is because you don’t have to go outside to play your favourite games. You can be sat on the sofa in your pyjamas whilst playing bingo or even returning home from your daily commute whilst playing your favourite games. You can socialise, meet new people and have a great time whilst playing online, not only that but the prizes in general are much bigger and games take place 24hours day – no set times and no sessions either.

Gone are the days where you need to get in your car to drive to your nearest bingo hall, buy your tickets, sit and wait for the session to start and wait until it finishes. Online bingo provides the opportunity to play when you want to – whether that’s 2 in the afternoon or 4 in the morning.

Bingo Blitz

There’s little known about Bingo Blitz, only that it was an online bingo site that offered players the chance to win cash when they played the bingo games on offer. There was very little to choose from because the bingo world hadn’t even started, let alone taken off at this stage. Once players had logged in there were a handful of games on offer and the rooms were basic – just featured your bingo tickets.

Fast forward to 2016 and Bingo Blitz has become a totally different site from when it first launched. It’s not like an online bingo site how we know them to be – in fact, it’s something more social and bang up to date. If you love Facebook, then you’re in for a treat because Bingo Blitz is the number 1 bingo and slots browser game that allows you to play for free. You can play the free award-winning bingo and slots games that combine arcade gameplay with classic bingo and slots action on your mobile or tablet or through your browser.

You can bend the rules of bingo with an array of power-ups that can boost scores, connect, chat and play against millions of player’s world wide. Compete head to head in the daily tournaments to win prizes too.

By playing Bingo Blitz, you daub your way around the world through each city on your map. Play multiplayer bingo and chat with players between the bingo rounds. When you sync your Facebook profile you will receive credits, power-ups and coins.

You will find Bingo Blitz via the app store on your device or you connect through Facebook on your browser, if you prefer.

The Demise of Bingo Halls

The vast majority of land based bingo clubs diminished because more and more people decided to play from the comfort of their own home. Plus, is the late 1990’s a smoking ban and a recession probably deterred players from visiting bingo halls.

Online Bingo Revolution

Since the early days of online bingo, we have certainly come a long way! There’s literally hundreds – if not thousands of online bingo sites with the chance to win eye-watering amounts of cash. You can play slot and casino games alongside your bingo tickets, chat and even prebuy bingo tickets in advance these days.

Thanks to the very latest technology, you don’t even have to mark your own tickets to win, plus if you miss your numbers the system recognises if you win and tells you – now you don’t get that in a land based bingo hall.

Bingo On Your Mobile

The online bingo world is and will continue to thrive because 2012 saw the mobile bingo world take off. No longer are you required to sit at your desk because you can play on your tablet or mobile phone.