It’s often said that the oldest games are the best, and if you look at some of the classic games played today, many of them have ancient origins. Chess is a great example, though the current form evolved in the 1400s in Europe, there is evidence to show similar games dating back to 6th century AD in India, from where it spread to Persia. Roulette has also been linked to a game that Roman soldiers would play with a chariot wheel and many gambling games have been linked to Ancient China and Greece.
Even the humble game of bingo has historic origins. The earliest game recorded that bears similarity to bingo as we know it today is the ‘Lo gioco del lotto del Italia’ which was played during the 1500s. It had a similar format to bingo games today, with each player having a card with nine columns and three rows.
In fact the same game is still played in Italy today. – A lottery style game played in Italy in the 1500s. It proved to be so popular that it was soon being played in other European countries. The game card bore quite a strong resemblance to the bingo cards we see today. It had nine columns and three rows, with numbers on some of the spaces. Players listened as the numbers were called out and covered up matching numbers on their cards with a wooden counter – the win went to whoever first covered a complete row.
Today, the internet is full of bingo sites offering a wide array of bingo games and fun features. If you play on a site like www.costabingo.com you’ll see that things haven’t changed much, except it’s even easier to play online bingo as you don’t have to mark off the numbers yourself. And of course, the prizes have reached staggering amounts. Though there are still small amounts to play for, you can also choose to join in the progressive jackpot games and those that offer guaranteed jackpots – like the Costa Crazy game on a Friday which is free to play, even though it has a £10,000 jackpot!
Whatever kind of gaming you’re into bingo is a game that’s great for people of all ages. For some it’s a great way to unwind at the end of the day on the way back from work, for others it’s the social side of the bingo chat rooms that they enjoy the most.
There are so many bingo sites online now that they all compete to get new players to sign up with them and offer great welcome bonuses to get players off to a great start. Most sites will match or double the first amount that a new player puts into their account. These first deposit bonuses can really boost your account balance significantly. Then there are always other promotions to take advantage of – such as special games that tie in with big events or changes in the seasons. Keep an eye on the promotions tab of the site you join to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
With all these incentives to play, it’s not surprising that the traditional game of bingo is now more popular than ever.Photo credit: Image by JamesBrown2013