# History of Bingo and Poker Chips

## Bingo History

Bingo is a game of chance that most people have played at one time or another. Bingo is still going strong in the 21st century despite the simple aspects of the game.

### Origins of game traced to Italy

The origins of the bingo games that are played today date back to the 16th century in Italy. When the country was united in 1530, a lottery was developed. The game was known as Lo Giuoco del Lotto dItalia.

The next major evolution occurred in France in the 18th century. In 1778, Le Lotto became a popular game in the country. The cards utilized within the game were divided into nine vertical and three horizontal rows. The horizontal rows featured five squares with numbers, as well as four squares that were blank, placed in a random arrangement. The vertical rows possessed numbers ranging from 1 to 10 for the first row, 11 to 20 in the second row, proceeding all the way up to 90.

In the following century, lottery games became a popular educational tool in some countries. One of these games helped children learn multiplication tables in Germany.

### Bingo arrives in the west in the 20th century

A traveling carnival salesman took notice of the lottery games being played in Germany and brought the concept to the United States. He made some adjustments to the game that was observed in Germany. His version of the game allowed players to complete a row diagonally, horizontally or vertically. The pitchman called his game Beano.

In 1929, New York toy salesman Edwin Lowe observed the game being played at a carnival in Georgia. Lowe noticed how many players were involved and interested in the game. Winning players would shout Beano! when they had the required numbers on their card.

On his return to New York, Lowe introduced Beano to his area. He used some dried beans, cardboard and a rubber numbering stamp to play the game. It didnt take long for the game to become popular among Lowes friends. During one game, a woman yelled Bingo! upon completing a winning card instead of Beano. The new name would stick.

Lowe offered his game in several variations. Players could purchase a 12-card or 24-card set. By the 1940s, the game was widely popular around the country. Many imitators copied Lowes game during this time. In the end, Lowe simply asked his competitors to pay him a dollar a year and use the name bingo for the games.

### Churches offer the game

A short time after Lowes game became well-known in the market, a priest from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, approached Lowe about his game. The priest felt that the game would help to solve some of the financial problems at his church.

It was through the initial church games that another development in bingo occurred. It soon became apparent that there wasntt a big enough variety of different bingo cards for the games. This led to Lowe utilizing the services of a Columbia mathematics professor to create 6,000 different bingo cards.

Today, bingo is still a popular game in many churches around the country.

## Poker Chips History

Poker chips have been there for almost as long as the game of poker itself. During 1800s, poker was played using real money but with the widespread popularity of the game around the world this real money was eventually replaced by poker chips due to currency differences.

The plastic and metallic chips we have today were not available in the ancient times and therefore poker players used to deploy pieces of woods, stones, and even bones as poker chips. Gradually the world saw setting up of small gaming houses where one could exchange their money with poker chips and thus be on equal grounds with co players.

By late 1800s, clay chips were introduces and as demand and technology grew these clay chips gave way to plastic, acrylic and very costly Ivory chips. In 20th century there was an outburst in the number of casinos and a strong need of standardization of poker chips were followed. It was very common to see people duping casinos by carrying their personalized poker chips inside and playing with them. However this was tracked down soon and casinos went a step further to furnish each poker chip with a microprocessor to track their movement and facilitate the process of payouts.

If you are new to the game of poker then it is always advisable to start practicing with poker chips itself to get the firsthand experience of the game play and with so many varieties of poker chips available in the market, one can easily get a pack of chips in accordance with his/her budget and demand.

### 1800’s Poker Chips

Poker chips are the most critical accessories of poker games. It is almost impossible to think of the game of poker without chips. The first poker chips to be introduced were the clay poker chips that made their appearance in late 1800’s. Since then there has been a lot of transformation and customization of poker chips.

There are different types of poker chips available in the market these days. They come in all sizes and shapes and can be customized to one’s own preference. The most common are the plastic poker chips. They are inexpensive and light weighed thus a great choice for amateurs.

### Plastic Poker Chips

The plastic chips can be questioned on durability but they make great accessories for poker while on the move as they can be replaced and made of 100% plastic. Thus they are ideal for an unfussy game with friends.

Another category consists of more durable and pleasing to the eye “the diamond poker chips”. A tad expensive than the plastic poker chips but they give the same feel of casino environment. There is a huge variety of colors and texture available for customization. The eminence and the quality is great of the diamond poker chips and at 8\$ per 100 chips is great value for money.

### Clay Poker Chips

Clay poker chips are the most preferred ones with the exact feel and sense of a casino. They are great for pro players to impress guests at home and come in array of colors and textures. The weight usually hovers around 8.5 to 13 grams per chip, so go and grab your set of chips.