Do It Yourself Bingo Hire

Do It Yourself Bingo Hire just £95 inclusive

Our starter pack comes with everything that you need for a great night out. All you need is a caller and a suitable pa system (unless you have a caller with a very loud voice.

We supply the electronic club bingo machine, 50 professional club style bingo cards, a full set of instructions and even a chart of good old fashioned Bingo Calls to add authenticity. Enough for each of your players to enjoy 5 games of ‘6 to a view’ Bingo fun.

Additional books at just £15 for 50 / Full set of 50 Giant Bingo Dabbers to really set the scene for just £32

Price is for standard UK Mainland courier addresses only, please add £40 for Northern Ireland and Highland addresses, we cannot estimate return shipment costs for these addresses.


BINGO – A Brief History

The origins of Bingo can be traced back to the year 1530 in which a State run lottery game Lo Giuco de Lotto was originated. The game is still held every Saturday in Italy. “Le Lotto” migrated to France in the late 1700s in a form similar to the Bingo we know today, with a playing card, tokens and numbers read aloud.

Throughout the 1800’s these lottery type of games spread quickly throughout Europe and many offshoots of the game were created. One popular form of game had a player’s card divided into 3 horizontal rows and 9 vertical ones. The first vertical row contained the numbers from 1 to 10, the second from 11 to 20, and so on until 81-90 on the ninth vertical row. The 3 horizontal rows each contained five squares with numbers in them and 4 blank ones. The caller would then draw from a bag of wooden chips numbered from 1 to 90. The object of the game was to be the first to completely cover one of the 3 horizontal rows. The blank squares were considered free squares much like the free square in the Bingo cards of today.

In 1929, a game called “Beano” was played at a carnival near Atlanta, Georgia. The bingo game’s tools consisted of dried beans, a rubber number stamp and some cardboard. A New York toy salesman named Edwin Lowe, observed the game where players exclaimed “BEANO!” if they filled a line of numbers on their card. Lowe introduced the game to his friends in New York where one of them mistakenly yelled “BINGO!” in her excitement . “Lowe’s Bingo” was soon very popular and Lowe asked competitors to pay him $1 per year to allow them to call their games Bingo as well. By the 1940’s Bingo games had sprung up all over the country with thousands of games being played every week. Today Bingo games can be found just about anywhere.

Edwin Lowe the originator of the game “Lowe’s Bingo” sought the services of a math professor at Columbia University, Carl Leffler, to expand the amount of number combinations. In 1930, Professor Leffler devised 6,000 bingo cards with non-repeating number groups.

It was said that he completed the task successfully, and then went insane. In the 1800’s a Lotto game similar to Bingo was used as an educational tool Germany designed to teach children multiplication tables.

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