A Match Made in Heaven: The British & Bingo


If you stand back and take a moment, it seems strange that a game of probability, which originated in Italy in 1530, is now an inseparable part of British culture. Bingo is a game in which each player marks off a random assortment of numbers on their playing card as numbers are randomly drawn and announced by the caller. The first player to hear and mark off all their numbers correctly wins the game.

Like a large proportion of traditional games, the rise of technology has had an impact on the popularity of bingo, however, with such a special bond between the British people and the game of bingo, it has still found a way to thrive. The game has made its way online on a variety of platforms, including 888 bingo, and bingo lovers have taken note. But, first, lets take a quick look at how we got to where we are today…

The British Bingo Hall

When in their heyday, Bingo halls would be jam packed each and every weekend with players gathering in their thousands. If you popped your head into any bingo hall in the swinging sixties of Britain, you would find yourself encountering a sea of people rapt in anticipation. These were special places where communities would gather and lifelong friendships would form. There will forever be something so very quintessential about a British bingo hall, even if they have passed their peak.

While some have survived, and a resurgence of sorts is occurring throughout the United Kingdom, a large number of these once booming halls have now either been torn down or left to rot. However, some things are just too good to be left aside and the British people have found a way to embrace the game that is still so dear to them.

Moving With the Times

The internet has left no stone unturned and when it comes to a virtual bingo hall, the results are in: if you build it, they will come. It is now easier than ever to log in and play your favourite game from the comfort of your home. For many, it has made it possible to once again experience the magic feeling that only the game of bingo can conjure up.

And don’t just think that this is an opportunity that lifelong players of the game have availed of. The move online, including making the game playable on smartphones and tablets, has resulted in a new generation of players flocking to the classic game.

The Bottom Line

Every now and then, a nation adopts something as their own and it becomes such an integral part of everyday life that it will survive any test that is thrown at it. When it comes to Britain and bingo, you are witnessing adaptation in all its glory.

The game is now more popular than ever online and there is even an emerging trend of bingo nights with more of a party atmosphere within Britain. So if you are asking us, this is one game that is certain to be sticking around for a long, long time to come, and we couldn’t be happier about it!