Worldwide Bingo: United States

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Bingo is a game that’s played daily all around the world. In our worldwide article from last week, we’ve talked about the bingo in Romania, and about how the people of this country prefer the televised bingo contests to any other form of the game. This week, we’ve proposed ourselves to talk about a bigger country: United States.

If you’re used to the United Kingdom type of bingo, and you plan a travel to the United States you should know that across the ocean the game is played differently, and it means something else. The money aspect of bingo is shadowed by the social component, and this is not necessary a bad thing!

Bingo Halls

In United States the bingo halls are way different. The hall can be just a room inside a church annex, or a charity organization, due to the federal regulations. The only state where the bingo game is totally available in Nevada, where the gambling games are different. With all this context, some exceptions from the law are given in some situations, and the Native Americans are allowed to run their own halls. The stakes involved in hall games are generally lower compared to the United Kingdom, unless you play in a Nevada established casino. This reflects the fact that in the United States, bingo has rather a stronger social component, and people don’t play bingo in order to get rich, but to help the people in need.

Online Bingo Websites

The bingo legislation extends to the online environment, so we can’t say that the online bingo is very popular in this country. Of course, everyone is allowed to play online bingo games on Facebook, but these game don’t involve any stakes. Only authorized websites to run bingo games are the casino ones, but it’s clear that they are not as dedicated as the United Kingdom websites.

United States Bingo Tickets

If we talk about the bingo in United States we should note the fact that the bingo tickets are different. US Bingo or 75-Ball  bingo game, is a game based on the completion of a 75 slots ticket with some random numbers printed.  The ticket has 5 columns, each one labeled with one the letters of B I N G O word. After this detail, the game is played just like the UK bingo. Each player to complete a line or a ticket, has to shout LINE or BINGO in order to claim his prize.

As a conclusion we can say that the federal legislation regarding gambling has affected the way that bingo is seen in the United States. Anyway, the game has proved to be consistent enough to continue being a part of the Americans’ life, regardless the lack of legal support.



Bingo around the World: Romania

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The bingo game has always been a constant in the popular culture of Romania in the last 20 years. Although the bingo halls have never reached a popularity peak in this country, the bingo games organized on national television programs were always successful. Instead of playing bingo games in a hall, the Romanians prefer the slot machines of all kinds. Even though it’s not actually a true bingo game, the national lottery contest is one of the most played gambling games in the country. The online presence of the bingo game in this country is relatively weak, while a huge share of this market is owned by the online poker providers and by sporting bets agencies.

Bingo is a relatively new game in Romania, but this game has managed to become an established popular culture element in this country, especially because the TV bingo programs have always had success with their aggressive marketing campaigns. The age group of the people that play televised bingo is generally consisted by people older than 40 years.

Super Bingo Metropolis is one of the shows that has met a great success on the Romanian marketing. With thousands of players that buy tickets weekly, this show has become the symbol of the bingo game in Romania. Super Bingo Metropolis focuses around the idea of giving significant prizes away, while the viewer and the player are both entertained by the two show hosts. Everyone is encouraged to join this national bingo game, the only requirement being the age limit of 18, and the prizes are more than attractive: cars, houses, thousands of pounds cash prizes, and several jackpots. In order to have a hope for a prize, you have to have to complete your ticket with a line or a bingo combination, and after that you’ll be contacted on the phone by their operators. The tickets can be acquired right from the street vendors that have the brand logo. Each Sunday afternoon, the bingo live show is waiting to pick some winners and change their destinies, because, that’s right: the prizes on this show do have the power to change something in the winners’ lives.

Bingo Romania is another show that has just ended its first season this month. During its first season, this show has given away more than £800.000 to 60.000 of its players. Although the prizes seemed to be significant, this show had its own problems regarding the taxes they had to pay.

The last 20 years presented a lot of bingo activity in Romania, but unlike the United Kingdom situation, the game was played on televised national contests. Meanwhile, the gaming halls are filled up with slots machines, that don’t actually offer electronic bingo games.