"I dream of numbers. You’d think I’d dream of a man, but no.” - Carol Casciola
“Bingo!” is shouted over one million times a day in the US. With over 37,000 games, more people go to Bingo than to movie theaters, NFL games, or concerts. In practically every town, city and suburb, Bingo is hiding in plain sight and being played in church basements, elks clubs, community centers, mini malls, abandoned roller rinks, online and in casinos.
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BINGO! will be the first book to uncover this fascinating subculture: the players, the places, the game’s history, its bright side, its dark side and its connection with crime and the Catholic church. It is believed that mathematician, Carl Leffler lost his mind soon after being hired by creator Edwin Lowe to make 6000 non-repeating Bingo cards.
Bingo is a multi-billion dollar industry driven by a fiercely loyal subculture with quirks and traditions rooted in American culture. Despite its image of attracting grey-haired grannies, players come in all ages, races and classes. This 400-year old game has been popping up in night clubs, coffee shops and on the web. There is transgender and drag queen bingo, bi-lingual Bingo in border towns, hipsters play in Brooklyn, and there is even Bingo for the deaf. The book reveals why Bingo has a hold on people like no other game ever has.