Why Canadian Bingo Is A Classic Gambling Game
Posted on June 18, 2021 at 11:06am
Colourful, action-packed slots and iconic table games usually get most of the attention when it comes to just about anything casino related. However, there’s one classic game without which no gambling offering seems complete – and that game is none other than Canadian Bingo.
Now available in a variety of forms that use different numbers of balls, the game’s roots go all the way back to 16th century Italy. Let’s take a closer look.
What Bingo Is
No matter what version you look at, Canadian Bingo is classed as a lottery-style game. Players purchase one or more tickets and then dab matching numbers as they’re called by a caller or game software. The first player to complete a winning sequence or line shouts ‘Bingo!’ to announce their win.
In land-based games, a caller usually draws the numbered balls from a drum or other equipment, while in games offered by online casinos, the results are drawn and called by the game software.
Variations Of The Game
The most common variations of Canadian Bingo include 75-ball, 90-ball, 80-ball, and 30-ball Bingo.
75-ball Bingo is the most popular form of the game in Canada and the U.S. It’s played with cards that feature 5x5 grids, the central square of which is always empty. The remaining squares contain numbers. One prize is offered per game, and it goes to the first player to complete the sequence and shout ‘Bingo.’
90-ball Bingo is the most popular version of the game in the U.K. and in several other countries. The cards feature 3x5 grids, and each game offers line and game prizes. Players can win with two-line, four-corner, and full house winning sequences.
80-ball Bingo offers a faster game than the 90-ball edition while not being as fast as the 75-ball version. The cards feature 4x4 grids that offer chances to dab vertical, horizontal, diagonal, square, and other winning sequences.
30-ball Bingo games are played with cards that feature a 3x3 grid. The gameplay is much faster than the 75-ball, 90-ball, and 80-ball variations.
The History Of Bingo
The Canadian Bingo we enjoy today owes its beginnings to Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia, an early lottery game that was played in Italy in the 1500s. In the 1700s, Le Lotto was introduced to France, where it grew in popularity among the wealthy middle and upper classes. However, when the game arrived in Germany in the 1800s, it was used to help children learn maths, spelling, and history.
The modern form of the game owes a great deal to American toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe, who created game cards under the name ‘Bingo’ in the early 1900s.
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