Bingo is a popular game in many countries around the world, but there is no doubt that the game is particularly favored in the United Kingdom. It is thought that bingo is one of the most popular forms of leisure activity in the country, with a large portion of its player base being made up of female players between 20 and 25 years of age.
As popular as the game already is in the United Kingdom, it is bound to gain even more widespread popularity in light of the recent influx of internationally famous online bingo companies into the country such as Yahoo!, AOL, MSN, and Virgin. In fact, some of the biggest names in the land based bingo industry have made moves to capture a share of the growing UK bingo market, with Gala Bingo being one notable example.
It has been estimated that total revenues generated from the sale of bingo tickets in the United Kingdom reached a staggering £600 million every year, and that is from online bingo alone. One of the biggest players in the online bingo field is Sun Bingo, which commanded a respectable 19% of the online bingo market. Gala Bingo follows close behind, having garnered a 16% share of the market, with Foxy Bingo, Jackpot Joy, and Mecca Bingo following closely at its heels with 13%, 10%, and 7% of the market respectively.
A study conducted by the Internet Bingo Blog shows that of the almost 360 online bingo sites currently in existence, players from the United Kingdom were in the overwhelming majority, followed by players from the United States, Canada, and Sweden.
While the predominant form of bingo played in North America and many other countries around the world is the 75-ball, the version that is most often played in the United Kingdom is 90-ball bingo. This particular variation is also widely enjoyed in many European countries, as well as in Australia and some parts of South America. 90 Ball Bingo is typically played with a 9x3 bingo card with 3 rows and 9 columns. Each line has five numbers in it making a total of 15 numbers in each card.
While the United States is still responsible for the bulk of the revenues earned from bingo worldwide (a figure currently pegged at a staggering 85%) the United Kingdom has the distinction of having the fastest growing online bingo player base in the world. In spite of this however, the 1% of the bingo players in the country have made the move to the online versions of the game. What this means is that there are considerably more bingo players in the country that prefer the land-based version of the game to its online counterparts. There are certainly enough bingo halls in the country to supply the demands of these players with more than 650 clubs in the UK according to recent estimates.