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Chemlsford bingo Clubs
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Bingo in Essex – this list might help
129 – 131 Southernhay
124 Furtherwick Road
1078-1082 High Road
0208 590 3292
129 Pier Avenue
Clacton on Sea
48 Osbourne Street
Dagenham Leisure Park
0208 593 9862
31 High Street
0208 551 2558
Liberty II Shopping Centre
Greyhound Shopping Park
Southend On Sea
De Luxe Bingo
Southend On Sea
West Thurrock Way
Essex Road Bingo
161-169 Essex Road
0207 359 0281
Want to call bingo? You’ll need to know what the special phrase is when each bingo number is drawn. You’ll probably need to learn the list!
|1||Kellys Eye||2||One Little Duck|
|3||Cup of Tea||4||Knock at the Door|
|5||Man Alive||6||Tom’s Tricks|
|9||Doctors Orders||10||Tony’s Den (Prime minister’s name)|
|11||Legs Eleven||12||One Dozen|
|13||Unlucky for Some||14||Valentines Day|
|15||Young and Keen||16||Sweet Sixteen|
|17||Dancing Queen||18||Coming of Age|
|21||Key of the Door||22||Two Little Ducks|
|23||Thee and Me||24||Two Dozen|
|25||Duck and Dive||26||Pick and Mix|
|27||Gateway to Heaven||28||Over Weight|
|29||Rise and Shine||30||Dirty Gertie|
|31||Get up and Run||32||Buckle my Shoe|
|33||Dirty Knee||34||Ask for More|
|35||Jump and Jive||36||Three Dozen|
|37||More than Eleven||38||Christmas Cake|
|41||Time for Fun||42||Whinney the Poo|
|43||Down on your Knees||44||Droopy Drawers|
|45||Halfway There||46||Up to Tricks|
|47||Four and Seven||48||Four Dozen|
|49||P.C.||50||Half a Century|
|51||Tweak of the Thumb||52||Danny La Rue|
|53||Stuck in the Tree||54||Clean the Floor|
|55||Snakes Alive||56||Was she worth it|
|57||Heinz Varieties||58||Make them Wait|
|59||Brighton Line||60||Five Dozen|
|61||Bakers Bun||62||Turn on the Screw|
|63||Tickle Me||64||Red Raw|
|65||Old Age Pension||66||Clickety Click|
|67||Made in Heaven||68||Saving Grace|
|69||Either Way Up||70||Three Score & Ten|
|71||Bang on the Drum||72||Six Dozen|
|73||Queen B||74||Candy Store|
|75||Strive & Strive||76||Trombones/ Was she worth it|
|77||Sunset Strip||78||Heavens Gate|
|79||One More Time||80||Eight & Blank|
|81||Stop & Run||82||Straight On Through|
|83||Time for Tea||84||Seven Dozen|
|85||Staying Alive||86||Between the Sticks|
|87||Torquay in Devon||88||Two Fat Ladies|
|89||Nearly There||90||Top of the Shop|
The history of Bingo
The Early Roots
Bingo as it is today is a form of lottery. Lottery being something that is regarded as a chance event – the random pulling of numbers to match a set of numbers on a ticket.
Bingo is believed to be a direct descendant of Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. When Italy was united in 1530, the Italian National Lottery Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was organized, and has been held, almost without pause, at weekly intervals to this date. Today the Italian State lottery is indispensable to the government’s budget, with a yearly contribution in excess of 75 million dollars.
In 1778 it was reported in the French press that Le Lotto had captured the fancy of the intelligentsia. In the classic version of Lotto, which developed during this period, the playing card used in the game was divided into three horizontal and nine vertical rows. Each horizontal row had five numbered and four blank squares in a random arrangement. The vertical rows contained numbers from 1 to 10 in the first row, 11 to 20 in the second row, et cetera, up to 90. No two Lotto cards were alike. Chips numbered from 1 to 90 completed the playing equipment. Players were dealt a single Lotto card, then the caller would draw a small wooden, numbered token from a cloth boag and read the number aloud. The players would cover the number if it appeared on their card. The first player to cover a horizontal row was the winner.
In the 1800’s educational Lotto games became popular. A German Lotto game of the 1850s was designed to teach children their multiplication tables. There were other educational Lotto games such as ‘Spelling Lotto,’ ‘Animal Lotto,’ and ‘Historical Lotto.” Even in today’s highly competitive toy and game market, Lotto is holding its own; Milton Bradley sells a Lotto game featuring the Sesame Street Muppets. The game is designed to provide children in the 3 to 6 year age range with a splash of fun while, at the same time, teaching them to count and recognize numbers.
There are other versions of bingo you can make yourself – Got a boring meeting ahead? Create a sheet with words on that you’ll expect to hear – all the industry buzz words that are so cliched, and mark them off as you hear them. This can be a great aid to staying awake through boring presentations and meetings.
It was an evening in December of 1929 when a very tired New York toy salesman, Edwin S. Lowe, decided to drive on to Jacksonville, Georgia so that he might have an early start for his next day’s appointments. The year before, with two employees and $1,000 capital, Lowe had set up his own toy company. Soon after, the market crashed and the outlook for his budding firm looked bleak indeed.
A few miles from Jacksonville, Lowe came around a bend in the road and was greeted by the bright lights of a country carnival. he was ahead of schedule, so he parked his car and got out. All of the carnival booths were closed except one, which was packed with people. Lowe stood on tiptoes and peered over the shoulders of the participants. The action centered on a horseshoe shaped table covered with numbered cards and beans. The game being played was a variation of Lotto called Beano. The pitchman, or caller, pulled small numbered wooden disks from an old cigar box and, at the same time, called the number aloud. The players responded by eagerly checking their card to see if they had the number called; if so, they would place a bean on the number. This sequence continued until some someone filled a line of numbers on their card – either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. This feat was marked by the shout of “Beano!” The winner received a small Kewpie doll.
Ed Lowe tried to play Beano that night, but, he recalls, “I couldn’t get a seat. But while I was waiting around, I noticed that the players were practically addicted to the game. The picthman wanted to close up, but every time he said, “This is the last game’, nobody moved. When he finally closed at 3:00 a.m. he had to chase them out.”
After locking up, the pitchman told Lowe that he had run across a game called Lotto while traveling with a carnival in Germany the previous year. His immediate thought was that it would make a good tent or carnival game. He made a few changes in its play, and a change of the name to Beano. The game proved to be such a surefire crowd pleaser and money maker that on his return to the United States, he continued to work the game on the Carnival circuit.
Returning to his home in New York, Lowe bought some dried beans, a rubber numbering stamp and some cardboard. Friends were invited to his apartment and Ed Lowe assumed the pitchman’s duties. Soon his friends were playing Beano with the same tension and excitement as he had seen at the carnival. During one session Lowe noticed that one of his players was close to winning. She got more excited as each bean was added to her card. Finally there was one number left – and it was called! The woman jumped up, became tongue tied, and instead of shouting “Beano,” stuttered “B-B-B-BINGO!”
” I cannot describe the strange sense of elation which that girl’s cry brought to me,” Lowe said. “All I could think of was that I was going to come out with this game, and it was going to be called Bingo!”
The earliest Lowe Bingo game in two variations – a twelve card sert for one dollar and a two dollar set with twenty-four cards. The game was an immediate success and put Lowe’s company squarely on its feet.
Although the name Bingo could very well have been trademarked, the game itself, having come out of the public domain, had little chance of being protected. Imitators came out of the woodwork once the success of Lowe’s game was evident. Lowe was very gracious about the whole affair. He asked his competitors to pay him a dollar a year, and to call their games Bingo, too. A small price to pay to avoid litigation – and this the name became generic.
Bingo Cards and Insane Mathamaticians
Several months after Bingo hit the market, Lowe was approached by a priest from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The Father had a problem in his parish. A fast thinking parishoner had come up with the idea of using Bingo as a way to get the church out of its financial troubles. The priest had put the scheme into operation after having bought several sets of Lowe’s $2.00 Bingo game. However, problems developed immediately when it was found that each game produced half a dozen or more winners. Lowe could immediately see the tremendous fund raising possibilities of Bingo, but at the same time, he realized that to make the game workable on this large of a scale, a great many more combinations of numbers would have to be developed for the cards. To accomplish this, Lowe sought the services of an elderly professor of mathematics at Columbia University, one Carl Leffler. Lowe’s request was the the professor devise 6,000 new Bingo cards with non repeating number groups. The professor agreed to a fee that remunerated him on a per card basis. As the professor worked on, each card became increasingly difficult. Lowe was impatient, and toward the end the price per card had risen to $100. Eventually, the task was completed. The E.S. Lowe Company had its 6,000 cards – at the expense of the professor’s sanity!
The church of Wilkes-Barre was saved and after it, a Knights of Columbus Hall in Utica, New York. Word spread fast – “I used to get thousands of letters asking for help on setting up Bingo games, “said Lowe – so many that he published Bingo’s first Instructional Manual. This effort was followed by a monthly news letter called The Blotter (absorbs all Bingo news) which was distributed to 37,000 subscribers. By 1934 there were an estimated 10,000 Bingo games a week, and Ed Lowe’s firm had a thousand employees frantically trying to keep up with demand – nune entire floors of the New York office space, and 64 presses printing 24 hours a day – “… we used more newsprint than the New York Times!” According to Lowe, the largest Bingo game in history was played in New York’s Teaneck Armory – 60,000 players, with another 10,000 being turned away at the door. Ten automobiles were given away. Bingo was off to a fast start, and at the same time, had reserved itself next to baseball and apple pie – thanks to Ed Lowe and the loss of Professor Leffler’s sanity.
In the UK there is a Bingo Association which has gathered the following information:
A few Facts and Figures about the Industry
There are 688 licensed bingo clubs operating in the UK (as of 31st March 2002)
Figures for 2001 show an estimated total market of around 85 million admissions
In 2001, £246 million was paid to the Exchequer in duty and VAT
Estimated total industry pre-tax profit for 2001 was £149 million.
The average customer spends £18-22 on a night at bingo (making no allowance for winnings). This includes bingo tickets, VAT and Duty, other gaming, food and drink.
Over £999 million was paid out in prizes in 2001 in licensed bingo clubs.
Bingo is the only gambling activity where women are more likely to play than men. 70% of bingo players are women, and 30% are men. Overall, 10% of all women play compared to only 5% of men.
Bingo playing is spread evenly across all age categories, with the average age of players being under 50.
This potted history of Bingo is adapted from others found on the net and we’re trying to track down its source. We’ve added to this history with some useful snippets we’ve found.
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