An Introduction to Bingo
In the United States, bingo originated as a card game where each participant places cards representing the numbers out to look for. The game was invented by Christopher Columbus and his partners as they explored the New World. In Europe, bingo was popular as a gambling, or “bingo” game.
Today, bingo has come a long way and is played in more than just American bars bingo halls. Bingo can be played online, at land-based casinos, and in restaurants, bars, and homes around the world. The game can be called a luck-driven game, but it is more of a numbers game. The numbers chosen are not random and the game is not dependent on luck; rather, players must match the same sequence of numbers that have been called out. From the very first day that the game of bingo was introduced in the 16th century, the winners were awarded with money.
The game of bingo evolved from the card-based version that was played in European bingo halls, to the now familiar online bingo games. The popularity of bingo eventually spread all over the world. It can be found in almost every country in the world, except for few isolated countries like Burma, Mongolia and some North and South American countries. As the popularity of the game grew, bingo came to be played in many more public places, like the parks, railway stations, public houses, and in huge halls. At present online bingo can be played free of charge. Online bingo has gained popularity because many people prefer to play the game at their own convenience, from anywhere they want.
To play bingo, players need a pack of bingo cards, which they can buy from a bingo hall. Players select numbers for their bingo cards, which are printed on blank cards. Then, the player makes use of the card-shuffling machine and draws new cards as they are called out.
The game of bingo is very simple, and even an eighth grader can learn the rules. Students find it very exciting, as it involves chance, and the element of unpredictability. In a game of bingo, there are two teams, and these teams alternate in calling out random letters. The object is for the team to win more points than the other team. In order to do this, students find it hard to predict and guess the numbers that will come out of the cards. Thus, bingo helps them develop some essential decision-making skills, especially if the decision-makers in the study group do not know the cards beforehand.
Bingo is played in three levels, from beginner to advanced. Each level has its own number of free spaces that must be filled up with cards. As a beginner, the first three levels are the easiest, as numbers 1 to 9 are already covered by the cards, and thus, there are no problems in guessing the numbers. However, on the levels after nine, the students have to use their creativity and critical thinking to win.