It is well-known that Brits love bingo, the number of bingo halls in the country reached 700, although now it is almost halved. That might lead you to the impression that bingo and its popularity is waning, but the opposite might be the case. Namely, despite the fact that there are fewer bingo halls, people actually might be playing more bingo.
How could that be, you might be wondering? Firstly, bingo fans nowadays have the opportunity to play bingo online. When the first online bingo sites were launched, many were sceptical as to whether the new trend will gain popularity and if people will get used to playing on their computers, instead of visiting their local bingo halls. It turned out, online bingo even managed to attract people who weren’t initially into bingo.
The rise of online bingo
If you look at industry statistics that are regularly published by the UK Gambling Commission, you will notice that while the number of bingo halls throughout the country is in a small yet steady decline, the total bingo revenue is increasing. But online bingo has made another significant contribution, i.e. this modern phenomenon also contributed towards the modernisation of land-based bingo.
Namely, land-based bingo operators realised that online bingo is a lot more convenient, but also gives operators an opportunity to make things a lot more dynamic and interesting.
Diversity and new online variants
In the old days all bingo halls looked alike and the types of games that were played in each were pretty much the same. In the UK, all, or almost all bingo hall offered only 90-ball bingo, which was also known as British bingo. British players didn’t get a chance to familiarise themselves with the variant that was dominant in the United States and vice-versa, most Americans only had a chance to play 75-ball bingo, while very few were familiar with the British version. Online bingo changed this dramatically as most bingo sites offer not only 75-ball bingo and 90-ball bingo, but also other versions of the game, like 80-ball bingo, which is a sort of a mashup between 75-ball bingo and 90-ball bingo, as well as 52-ball bingo, and 30-ball bingo also known as instant bingo.
We already mentioned that the number of bingo halls has been in decline and while that is true, bingo games don’t only take place at dedicated bingo halls, it is possible to organise a bingo game at a non-standard venue. In London, throughout the UK and abroad, there are many clubs, pubs, dancing halls and other venues where you can take place in unique and original bingo games.
For the millennials who grew up with hip-hop music, Grandma Flash and the Bingo Crew organise Hip Hop bingo events which take place at the popular Clapham club Inferno, or at Camden’s Fest.
Then we have the Buzz Bingo Stratford, a large bingo hall in East London where you can get a bingo ticket for a single quid and tasty finger foods at reasonable prices. This is a place for all the tech-savvy bingo fans. You can use the touch pad to dab your numbers, but also to order your starters and drinks.
Musical Bingo is perhaps the most exciting new type of bingo that takes place at various venues across London. Each round of bingo revolves around different musical themes, either a decade, a specific genre or something else.
Bad-A-Bad-A-Bingo is a quirky event that takes place in Brixton, and the event includes musical rounds, exciting prizes and more.
New bingo events and venues pop up throughout the city and new online bingo variants appear on a regular basis as well. One thing is certain, bingo is here to stay and that’s mostly thanks to technology and innovation.