Why Bingo is Bigger than Tennis
Tuesday, 28th of November 2017
A while ago it seemed like the recognised national British pastime of playing Bingo was on the wane, but things have been perking up for some time now. Land-based Bingo rooms have some interesting themed nights to appeal to players in their 20s and 30s, and there are players even younger than that who embrace the traditional Bingo scene as part of their hipster-focused life.
Online Bingo rooms have also made the game much more accessible to far greater numbers of people, with better bonuses and payouts available, and a much greater choice of Bingo games. All in all, more people are playing Bingo in the United Kingdom than Tennis, at 1.9 million to 1.7 million British players every month according to the most recent research by Sport England.
If Bingo were considered a sport and not a game it would rank sixth among the most popular sports in Britain, ahead of Tennis which ranks seventh. With many people motivating to get Bingo into the 2020 Olympic games, perhaps that time is not so far off! So what exactly is it about Bingo that keeps people of all ages, and Brits in particular, continuously coming back for more?
The Inherent Sociability of Bingo
However you’re enjoying your Bingo games, whether online, on mobile devices or in land-based halls, playing is always a social event. Online games make live chat options available at all times, with professional hosts to offer helpful tips and keep the games friendly.
While the fast-paced action of Bingo does demand concentration, the atmosphere is always very convivial and on land, fellow players often socialise for a drink after the game and even see each other for events outside of the Bingo halls.
Bingo Demands Mental Agility
As anyone who has ever played Bingo will tell you, it’s great fun from the moment you start, but it’s also a lot harder to keep up with than it looks! In a land-based Bingo hall it takes full mental acuity to listen and accurately daub tickets fast enough to be able to yell “Bingo!” and claim your prize.
Playing not only requires you to perform well cognitively, especially if Bingo Lingo is being used to call out the ball numbers, it keeps your mind in tip top shape too. The game has been found to keep elderly people alert, and has been shown to improve the quick-thinking and memory skills in people of all ages.
Games Delivering on Flexibility
Another thing that has surprised people about Bingo, and has really contributed to their longevity, is how adaptable to different audiences they are. The quieter Bingo halls that appeal to older players are being replaced by rowdy, Jäegerbomb-fuelled games that appeal to millennials, such as the Rebel Bingo games that happen about once a month in the UK and are designed to be more engrossing and exciting than conventional games.
Of course, if it’s conventional games that people want then there are plenty of those to be found online and on land in Great Britain. The different themes on various online games appeal to different players, and while brick-and-mortar games were declining in numbers for quite some time, that appears to have levelled off now thanks in no small part to George Osborne’s halving of Bingo hall taxes in 2014. Slashing what the halls had to pay from 20% to 10% made a huge difference, and while there is still recovering to be done, it seems that they are well on their way.
The different demographics that come into United Kingdom Bingo halls and play online at home, as well as the dedication to keeping the game alive that was shown in the tax breaks, shows that Bingo is more important to the fabric of British society today than it has ever been before. If you haven’t already started playing Bingo, now is the time to get playing and winning!