A lot of people think that Bingo is a recent creation, but it actually originated a long time ago back in the 16th century in Italy where a similar version of the game called Giucco De Lotto was played.
There are records of a similar game in France, where the name of the game was actually “Le Lotto” but at that point, it was only played by wealthy people.
Later in history, we can find another version of the game in Germany where it wasn’t precisely a gambling game but more of an educational game for the children, it made it easier for them to learn the numbers. This was happening back in the 1800s and it helped children to get more familiar with mathematics.
A crucial moment in the history of the game happened when it was introduced to English speaking countries. Historians can trace this back to a man called Edwin Lowe who was a toy salesman.
While traveling he saw the game constantly being played at different locations. The game had a different name, with some people calling it Beano. It was played with a handful of dried beans but type principle remained the same.
People enjoyed the game and seemed to be having a lot of fun, and Edwin saw the potential for this game to be introduced to his friends from New York. People were captivated by the game very fast! The name bingo according to some sources actually happened by error, when someone called the name Bingo instead of Beano.
Edwin Lowe later figured out a way to increase the fun of the game by creating a bigger number of combinations so a larger number of players could play. he got the help from Carl Leffer a math teacher from Columbia University. he created 6,000 different combinations of bingo cards.
It wasn’t long after that the population of the game exploded and spread over the world.
The game of bingo was ever since the beginning one of the best ways to raise funds for charity or churches. The main reason why it was so popular is that right from the beginning the game was associated with doing good deeds by contributing a small amount of money to a good cause, and the second major thing is that it is fun and keeps you focused.
If you are looking for a place to play bingo in Vancouver, come to Planet Bingo! We have been part of Vancouver’s history since the 1980s. Our modern 2-floor facility is located on the corner of 11th Avenue and Main Street in the heart of Mt. Pleasant in Vancouver.
Planet Bingo / CGMA
2655 Main St.
CGMA operating as Planet Bingo offices are located on the 1st floor in the main lobby across from the elevator.
Hour of Operation
Monday – Tuesday2:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday – Thursday1:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday – Saturday1:00 PM – 11:15 PM
Sunday1:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Please note that closing times are approximate.
Vancouver and surrounding area