15, 33, 47, 75…. BINGO!
Bingo is Gambling?!
“Gambling lies within each of us, even when we do not admit it, it lies deep and sometimes arises in the least expected place and time” – so says an old proverb.is sitting in each of us, even when we do not admit sits deep within us and sometimes comes in the least expected place and time” – says an old proverb. Gambling itself is any game in which money matters and winning depends to a greater or lesser degree on randomness. The word “gambling” is derived from the Arabic “az-Zahr”, which means dice or dice game. Thus the game was already known in antiquity. There are records stating that the Chinese played for valuables and slaves in 2300 BCE. Scientists also discovered evidence for a fledgling gambling industry in the pyramid of Cheops and in the Bible. In the latter, there are passages about Roman soldiers gambling for clothes belonging to Christ as he was dying on the cross. Gambling won greatest popularity overseas. Despite a long ban on any kind of lottery in the United States, Nevada legalised the first casino there in 1931. The use of revenues from casinos and lotteries for financing public institutions was also pioneered in the US. Today, the annual turnover of casinos across North America is about $70 billion. Analysis by financial advisory company PricewaterhouseCoopers predict that this could reach even $75 billion in the coming years. In Europe, it seems that France has the most casinos, followed by Germany and Britain, accounting for about €1 billion. Gambling is prohibited in most Muslim countries, and those convicted are punished severely. In Asia, the gambling industry brings in about $10 billion annually (half of this from Macau). The most popular casino games include poker and roulette, which come from France. With this type of entertainment you could, on the one hand, and with some luck and a little skill, get rich easily – while on the other you could lose everything. Not everyone can afford to participate in weekly games where considerable sums of money are at stake. Instead, they look to other games for the adrenaline rush – games that are less demanding but are still considered part of the gambling industry, such as lotteries and bingo. These are based to a much greater extent on randomness and the luck of the player.