4 Things You Didn't Know About Bingo

A game can’t date back to the 1500’s without picking up a few strange stories on the way. From the crazy laws about bingo, to the huge wins and it’s own language. Whether you’re hoping to impress your friends with some bingo knowledge, or just learn more about the game, you’re at the right place. Here we look at five things you might not know about the traditional game.

It’s Language

This will be common knowledge to any English people reading this, but for any foreign fans of bingo it might be surprising to know that the English game essentially has it’s own language.

The bingo comparison site Two Big Ladiesis even named after the call “Two Fat Ladies” which is slang for the number 88.  
The bingo caller typically calls out the numbers with a range of slang names which often change. “David’s Den” for instance refers to number ten, and is changed whenever a new Prime Minister is in charge of the country.


The actual game of Bingo has had a range of names from “Housey Housey” to it’s original name of “Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia” - that must have been tough to shout out! It’s said the name bingo came from an excited woman in New York who was playing the game sometime in the 1930’s and shouted “Bingo!” instead of “Beano” in pure excitement having realised she had won the game.


When most people think of Bingo, they think of small wins of £10-20 if you’re lucky! With the rise of the internet, many bingo halls and online operators have been able to connect hundreds of players together for supergames! Whilst the chances of winning will have gone down, the amount of prizes on offer can be eye-watering! Wins over £20,000 happen up to 3-4 times at most bingo halls in the UK, which can be a life-changing amount for most people! Guinness World Records lists a bingo win in wales of £1 million as the biggest ever recorded.

It’s A Different Game

If you stopped a person on the street on the UK and asked them what type of person played bingo they would typically reply with “elderly”, “retired” and “women”. Once upon a time bingo halls in the UK where filled with OAP’s and smoke. However, the average age of bingo players have fallen substantially over the years as operators such as Mecca, Gala and Foxy Bingo target a younger demographic of people. Twists on the game including adding music, drinking games and standup has seen bingo take off among young professionals in some cities!