Bingo Terminology

FAQ

Why is bingo called bingo?

When it arrived in America in the 1920s, the game’s name was “beano.” It was first played in the US outside Atlanta, Georgia. After someone accidentally yelled “bingo” instead of “beano,” a salesman from New York, Edwin Lowe, named it “bingo.” Since then, bingo has become a cultural phenomenon, with many variants and an extensive collection of bingo terminology.

What is 88 called in bingo?

In bingo, 88 is traditionally called “two fat ladies.”

What are the bingo numbers for each letter?

The “B” column is for the numbers from 1 to 15, “I” is for 16-30, “N” is for 31-45, “G” is for 46-60, and “O” is for 61-75.

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