Bingo culture in the United States and Canada is very
different than the UK. For one, players often play as
many as thirty cards at once, taping them down on the
table so they can be marked in a hurry once the numbers
are called. Television monitors are used to display
numbers that have already been called, much like online
Bingo games in the United States and Canada also have
"multiple bingos": they play for a single line, then a
full card, and then a consolation full card. Many online
bingo games work this way as well.
Bingo is still primarily a source of revenue of churches
and charities. Bingo halls are rented out to
organizations like this and run almost daily.
Commercial bingo exists only in Nevada casinos and
Native American bingo halls. Some of the station
casinos, that cater more to locals in Las Vegas will
have bingo sessions, and some of them under the same
ownership will link bingo games together to form
progressive jackpots that pay big money to winners. This
pales in comparison, however to many of the offerings in
In Canada, commercial bingo exists and is quite popular,
and is jokingly referred to as a mainstay of English
Canadian culture by French-speaking Canadians.
In the UK, Bingo is a game played in private Bingo
clubs, and is much more of a social gathering than in
North America, attracting many more younger people.
North American Bingo is still largely a game for older
people, and the main focus of their efforts is to win,
not to socialize.