Bingo has been a popular game for hundreds of years. It originated about 500 years ago in Italy, and has been played all over the world since then. Recently, the game of online bingo has become increasingly popular and is expected to grow from 0.5 billion players in 2006 to an estimated 1.0 billion players worldwide by the year 2010. One reason online bingo may be growing is because people can play it from the convenience of their own home computer and they have no need to leave the house. The individual player may be required to install a type of flash player, and other than that, no obligation is required. There are even websites that do not require the player to put any money upfront and they still have a chance to win a small prize. For larger winnings, however, the player must fund an e-wallet account such as firepay or netteller. Another reason bingo is a popular game is that it is easy to learn, does not take much skill and is fun and exciting.
As each number is called, a sense of excitement can be felt by the player looking to see if he holds that number on his card. As he fills up his card, his chances of winning increase, and it makes it that much more fun. Online bingo is even easier because the computer can “dob” the cards for you so the player does not have to keep track of this and can therefore play more cards for a better chance to win. Also, the computer can provide the player with statistics such as his odds of winning on each card. The third reason online bingo is becoming so popular is the fact that players can avoid smokers by remaining in their own homes. Over the past few years, there has been a change in our culture and smoking is not welcomed and as accepted as it once was in public. Because smoking is still allowed in most public bingo halls, many non-smokers prefer to stay in the comfort of a smoke free environment to play bingo. Bingo is most popular in the United Kingdom, followed by the United States, Canada then Sweden. It is speculated that online bingo will continue to grow as prizes become more elaborate and word gets out about how fun and easy it is to play online bingo
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