We discovered that Grand Rapids, MI is the Bingo capital of America. What is it's Canadian counterpart?

Winnipeg, Manitoba.  

Winnipeg reportedly has one Bingo hall for every 19,000 residents.  Even the smoking ban has not dissuaded these Bingo enthusiasts, with attendance not having dropped since the ban.   

Now the question remains - What city is the Bingo capital of Europe?  

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Bingo has a language of it's very own with which many online Bingo players may not be totally familiar.  Do you know what a "mushroom" is?  (And no, I'm not talking about the tasty fungus.)  Check out some of the Bingo terminology below.  You can pepper it in conversations and wow your friends.  Or confuse them.

Mushroom - Bingo players often sit around the mushroom to play; it has a narrow tubular base and wide head.

Blower - A forced air device that mixes the Bingo balls and dispenses them to the caller.

Hardway Bingo -  Bingo in a straight line without the use of the free space.

Parti - A type of Bingo where the prize is cash and depends on the number of players; short for "participation Bingo."

Quickie - A game when numbers are called as quickly as possible and the card must be full to win - Get your mind out of the gutter!

For more Bingo terms, check out this Bingo Glossary.

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A Hesperia, California man, Johnny A. Rogone, is planning on making a legal name change to "Bingo Bada Bing." 

Though it seems that he must have derived the name from our favorite game and "The Sopranos," there's really no reason given in the article as to why he chose this name - except for a comment that he has been going by the name of "Bingo" for his entire life.

We have to admit, the name really does roll off the tongue...

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Have you visited Lycos Cinema yet?  You can invite friends to watch a movie and chat during the movie.  And what better movie for the Bingo Zone Boosters to screen than "Bingo the Documentary"?

"Bingo the Documentary" offers a look at the wide world of Bingo - from drag queens to welfare recipients.  Filmmaker John Jeffcoat films on location through the US, Europe, and even a cruise ship.  Check out this take on the Bingo culture and let us know what you think!


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Well, we know you love Bingo.  But did you know it can actually be beneficial to society?  A recent article in the El Paso Times discusses how certain nonprofits have amassed money through their Bingo halls.  Family Service of El Paso which provides mental health services for people regardless of their pay grossed $1.1 million in Bing profits last year.  And throughout Texas, $31.7 million was raised for charity through Bingo in 2006.

So, you can play Bingo and give back!

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C'mon ... you must have a favorite (I'm sort of partial to the S.O.S. pattern myself) ... let us know in the comments! 

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There seems to be a cocktail named after everything under the sun, so why should Bingo be any exception?  If you're hosting a Bingo event and are looking for a unique drink to serve - or are simply wanting something yummy to sip while playing The Bingo Zone on Gamesville - you might want to try out this recipe for a Bingo Cocktail. (You can also try the non-alcoholic version by leaving out the Vodka.

From cocktails.com:

Ingredients for a Bingo

  • Vodka
  • Mandarine Napoleon
  • Fruit Syrup
  • Soda Water

Quantities for one drink:

  • 2 Cl Hammer Vodka
  • 2 Cl Mandarine Napoleon
  • 2 Cl Apricot Fruit Syrup (Monin)
  • Soda Water (Farris
  • Perrier)

Blending Instructions:

  • Build in highball glass with lots of ice Garnish with slice of orange and cocktail cherry

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Do you live in Grand Rapids, Michigan?  Well, then you are lucky enough to live in the town that has been dubbed the Bingo Capital of America, according to BingoLingo.com.  Apparently, Grand Rapids has the most bingo halls and games per capita than any other city in the United States. Wow!


And now the fine folks of Grand Rapids have expanded their love for the game of Bingo into a theatrical production.  "Bingo: The Musical" opens at the Circle Theater in Grand Rapids this May, and features songs like "Girls Night Out," "Anyone Can Play Bingo," "Gentleman Caller," and "B4."  Audience members can even play for cash prizes during the production.  


Any Michigan Boosters able to see this show?  We'd love to hear more about it. 

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You may be somewhat surprised to find out that the history of Bingo traces back quite a long time - way back to the 16th Century, to be exact. Apparently, Bingo began as a lottery game in Italy called Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia in 1530.  It began to spread across Europe; reportedly France added the playing cards, tokens, and reading numbers.

The 16th Century was actually a pretty decent time to be living in Italy.  Obviously, there was Bingo, and what could be better than that?  But it was also one of the most artistically creative periods on history with the peak of the Renaissance.

Bingo was given its name in 1929 at a carnival in Atlanta, Georgia.  It was named Beano because - you guessed it - players used beans to mark their cards.  Legend has it that the name of the game changed to Bingo when one player mistakenly yelled out "Bingo!"

I have to say, I definitely prefer the "Bingo" name, if only because it does not share the same moniker as a supplement preventing gas and other digestive problems.  What do you think?



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