Land-based bingo became increasingly popular both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. In 1934, an estimated 10,000 games were being played each week.
The United Kingdom formalized bingo under the 1968 Gaming Act, and in 1986, the National bingo game was legalized and launched in the United Kingdom. The National bingo game allowed the same bingo game to be played in bingo halls simultaneously across the UK.
Internet bingo began around six months after the Internet became available to private homes. Many years later, around 2001, more effective online security was put in place. These security measures protected Internet users, and made online gambling much safer. Players began to play Internet bingo for real money.
Most Momentous Change in Bingo History
Certainly, the most important and the most momentous thing to happen to the game, bingo, was when it was put on the Internet. The first online bingo site in the United Kingdom went live in 2003. While 2003 was not very long ago, bingo has taken the Internet gaming community like a storm. The online game keeps gaining in popularity, while the land-based game is still as popular as ever. While the bingo craze first spread over the U.S, the excitement over bingo in the UK has overtaken that of the United States and continues to grow both online and offline.
Is Online Bingo More Popular than Land-Based Bingo?
While land-based bingo has remained extremely popular even while bingo has continually gained in popularity online, it seems that the move from land bingo to online bingo has resulted in increasing popularity for the once only land-based game. It is difficult to decide which is more popular based on only numbers as Internet bingo is obviously available to more players and therefore has a larger player base.
The Move from Land-Based Bingo to Online Bingo has its Advantages
Online players have a number of advantages over land-based players. They are able to play at any time of the day or night, without having to find an open bingo hall which is about to begin a new game. They do not have to get dressed to go out, but can comfortably wear whatever they usually wear at home. Internet bingo can be played from anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection, unless your specific jurisdiction has banned online gaming. Players can eat or drink what they would like, and even talk on the telephone while play is in progress. Players do not have to worry about their bingo cards as they are seen on the screen. Some websites will even mark off the cards for you.
Be a Part of History
Online bingo history, although it has been around for some years, has only just begun. Players can play in one of the many bingo websites, of which there are more than 10,000, knowing that they are part of the unfolding of online bingo history.