We all know the stereotypes about bingo players: retirees shuffling into the hall to gossip while playing a rather sedate game that won’t raise their blood pressure. There is certainly some truth to this and a visit to a bingo club has always been as much about socialising as the game itself. This remains true to this day, regardless of the demographic of the players.
Unfortunately, bingo clubs have come under significant pressure in recent years with the rise of online bingo sites and the COVID-19 pandemic, and a large number of them have been forced to shut their doors. However, in recent years, the world of bingo has undergone some significant transformations. Today, there are a number of truly innovative bingo games at Bongo’s Bingo is one of the most popular.
Roughly three years ago, the start of an entirely new way to enjoy bingo took root. It began with a bingo machine, a laptop with a playlist, and an empty warehouse in Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace. This blossomed into Bongo’s Bingo, a high-energy production that has taken the bingo world by storm.
The idea was to retain the social and community aspect of bingo but to repackage the game so that it appealed to a younger audience that is seeking a more dynamic form of entertainment. As the website says, “Bongo’s Bingo is a wild shared social extravaganza and a night of pure nostalgic escapism”.
Of course, there are also chances of winning a prize or two, but usually, people are there for the electrifying atmosphere. Those who simply want to play for the biggest prizes may be disappointed or absolutely delighted. The prizes are always changing and they are never announced in advance.
In the past, players have won breakfast cereal, vacuum cleaners, stuffed toys, and truly valuable prizes, including Apple Mac Books, hot tubs, premium alcohol and even holidays. In other words, there is a real chance of winning a spectacular prize.
As in regular 90-ball bingo, there are prizes for one line, two lines, and a full house. However, in Bongo’s Bingo, it is the first person to shout out who wins the one-line and two-line prizes. When it comes to the full house prize, if two people shout ‘Bingo’ simultaneously, then things take an unexpected turn. The players take part in a dance off and the crowd gets to choose the winner. It can become extremely competitive, especially when the prize is a holiday.
When a bingo game ends, Bongo’s Bingo runs a lucky ticket prize draw, which gives players the chance to win cash prizes of thousands of pounds.
To win the money, players have to take part in a general knowledge quiz that is somewhat similar to “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. If the player doesn’t win, then the prize money is carried over to the next game, growing the prize pot. This continues until the prize is won.
Bongo’s Bingo is the brainchild of Jonny Bongo (also known as Jonny Lacey) and Joshua Burke. They first came up with the idea in 2015; the concept was simple: take something that was once hugely popular but has fallen out of fashion and use it as the basis for something new and exciting.
It began life as a trail night out in Liverpool, but today, it is a worldwide phenomenon that is helping to inject new life into the world of bingo and attracting a younger audience that loves to play and party.
Today, Bongo’s Bingo holds events right across the UK, so it is highly likely that there will be one near you soon. In the meantime, you can enjoy playing at your favourite online bingo site and with a bit of luck, you’ll hit a huge jackpot.
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