There is a saying that goes, ‘If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!’.
But do you know your shamrocks from your four-leaf clovers?
Many of us think that the beautiful little lucky symbol, the four-leaf clover is Irish when it is the Shamrock. And it is the Shamrock that millions of people of Irish descent wear on St. Patrick’s Day!
This is one of the reasons there are so many bingo games to play with that lucky little plant as a theme!
The three leaves of a shamrock are said to be faith, hope and love. The fourth leaf is believed to be lucky.
Fun fact: According to Southern Conservation Trust, there is only one four-leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers.
This is why they are so rare and believed to be lucky.
In general, many people believe the people of Ireland and Irish descent to be lucky. So, it is no surprise to know that some of the most popular pastimes of Ireland are horse racing and bingo!
The History of Bingo
The history of bingo goes back hundreds of years.
While bingo originated from Italy and began as a lottery, it has become a firm favourite in Ireland too.
Through mainland Europe, there have been numerous gaming pieces discovered by archaeologists. Including dice and glass beads.
When Bingo, or Beano as it was once called, hit American soil, it was adopted by the Catholic Church as a way to raise funds.
Since that adoption in the 1960s, it has risen in popularity across the globe, often used as a way to socialise in churches, community centres and with friends.
Something that has remained a constant is that while the rest of the globe started to shift bingo online, Ireland preferred land-based venues.
However, since more young people are getting in on the bingo action and there are more bingo games to play, there has been a steady increase in online players.
But that is not all! Irish bingo comes with its own twists that make the game unique and a lot of fun.
How do you play Irish Bingo?
Most of us are familiar with regular bingo. A number is called, and you manually dab the number off on your cards.
For online bingo, it can often be automatically dabbed for you, making it much less stressful to keep up with.
There is a variant of bingo called Irish bingo. The game is played ‘backwards’ by other European standards. However, this is part of the charm and why it is so much fun!
Every player starts with a ticket and starts the game standing up! As the numbers are called, if you have that number, you sit down. The last person standing is crowned as the winner.
This type of bingo is usually played at children’s parties and other fun celebrations.
Online bingo has a range of Irish themed games too! While no one will have to stand up to play them, they are usually fun filled.
The Irish also had a fun twist on regular bingo halls when the smoking ban hit land-based venues, too—switching to drive-thru bingo.
You simply drive to the venue, pay and pick up your bingo cards and park. As the numbers are called, you mark your bingo card as usual, and if you get a line, two lines or full house, you beep your horn.
The tickets get checked, and the cash is taken over to the car.
It is so much fun that people are driving from all over to try out the unique game.
Online bingo is now widely played all over Ireland.
Even though Ireland was slower to move to online bingo, the draw is undeniable.
Affiliate Insider published figures on the gambling scene in Ireland and covered the popularity of bingo. Stating:
“Bingo is played in churches, community centres and homes all across Ireland.”
Even while land-based venues are still opening their doors to thousands of players most weeknights, the online shift has been big.
Business World published an article stating that of the €9.8 billion spent, €4.7 billion of that included online bingo.
Why is online bingo so popular?
The increase of online bingo players is hard to pin to just one reason. There are many perks to online bingo playing.
So why the increase?
Younger generations of players have their time booked up with work, social engagements, gym-going, and more.
That packed schedule doesn’t allow the room for heading to a land-based bingo hall.
Online bingo is so much quicker. Once you have covered your numbers, you don’t need to shout bingo. It is automatically announced for you.
Your winnings hit your account balance, and you can move on.
Mobile gaming apps have made it even easier for people to play the games they love on the go.
Not only that, but you can play multiple games and play when you aren’t even online!
You want to play 75-ball, 90-ball, themed, speed or specials? With land-based bingo, you are limited to only playing what is on.
Online you can play anything you like. It is much easier to spend your bingo cash exactly how you want to.
Online bingo is the no-compromise way to play bingo!
Online bingo offers much better rewards.
Not only are players more likely to receive random bonuses. But there are sign-up bonuses, free games, and cheap games to play too.
As an example, some online bingo halls offer up to 100% of your first deposit matched. This means you can double your bingo money!
Online bingo offers bingo enthusiasts more options to play the game how and when they want. It has all of the excitement of traditional bingo-hall bingo with some serious perks.
If the last few years are anything to go by, we are likely to see even more Irish players turn to online bingo.