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How Bingo Exercises Your Brain

When you’re looking to play bingo in Vancouver, Planet Bingo is proud to be the only place for continuous drop-in bingo 364 days a year. The game of bingo offers a fun and exciting time with friends and has since it was first played in Italy around 1530. Today, researchers have discovered that bingo can also help keep your mind sharp well into old age and benefit your long-term mental health.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Boston University, and Bridgewater State University in a published article in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition (2011), found that “high-contrast, large bingo cards boost thinking and playing skills for people with cognitive difficulties and visual perception problems produced by Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.”

According to researchers, as people age, they begin to lose sensitivity to perceived contrasts, which is exacerbated in people with dementia. Bingo is often used in nursing homes and senior centers as a social activity, and being socially engaged helps keep the mind healthy. They have found that boosting contrast or Externally Supported Performance Interventions (ESPI) in the living environment enables people with dementia to move safely around their homes and improve their eating.

What Does this Mean for You as a Bingo Player? 

In an earlier study, Julie Winstone from the University of Southampton’s Centre for Visual Cognition at the Department of Psychology tested bingo players’ mental agility, which suggested regularly taking part in activities which require high levels of mental activity helps to maintain cognitive functioning in later life. According to the July 2002 BBC News article, “Playing bingo can keep the mind in trim – and the older you are the more agile you may be, researchers have found. Tests showed bingo players were faster and more accurate than non-bingo players in a range of tests measuring mental speed, memory, and the ability to pick up information from the environment around them.”

Collectively the two studies suggest that bingo in Vancouver is a good tool to combat this loss of visual perception commonly associated with old age, especially in people with dementia, as it promotes interaction and mental engagement. Bingo is also a fun way to get out and stay active. Today bingo is also played by younger and middle-aged individuals interested in a fun game and hobby that can exercise their brain power.

Come Play Your Next Game at Vancouver’s Planet Bingo

Planet Bingo is operated, on behalf of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, by the Community Gaming Management Association (CGMA). As a drop-in style bingo where you can drop in and exercise your brain while play bingo continuously throughout the day, Planet Bingo’s modern two-floor facility offers fast-paced traditional paper-bingo and electronic-bingo at any time you desire in the Lower Mainland.

While bingo can be a fun and exhilarating brain exercise, like any form of gambling, please gamble responsibly. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help can be found on the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) website.

For more information or to play your next game of bingo, visit us at Planet Bingo today!

Committed to Promoting Responsible Gambling in Vancouver

The Community Gaming Management Association (CGMA), as operators of Planet Bingo and the Galaxy Grill & Lottery, have been supporting over 30 charitable groups since 1988 as the only continuous drop-in bingo in the Lower Mainland. Planet Bingo is a modern two-floor facility that offers fast-paced traditional paper-bingo and electronic-bingo 364 days a year.

The History of Bingo

The game of bingo began as a lottery game called, “Il Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” played in Italy around 1530. In the eighteenth century, the game matured and in France, the reading out of numbers began.

Today, bingo offers a fun and exciting time with friends but it can also become addictive, and a compulsive Bingo player can seriously impact her/his life with negative consequences. At Planet Bingo, we’re committed to promoting responsible gambling in Vancouver as we want all of our patrons to feel safe and play responsibly. Like the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), Planet Bingo suggests setting a budget and sticking to it. Understanding the signs and challenges associated with a bingo/gambling addiction can help and help you stay on budget, here are a few suggestions.

  • Keeping gambling fun and safe means gambling only with the money you can afford to lose.
  • Only take cash with you to the casino – keep your cards stashed at home so you won’t be tempted to spend more than you budgeted.
  • Use the budget tools on PlayNow.com and/or your Encore card or PlayNow account history to monitor how much you’re spending.
  • Set your smartphone to time limit playing – take a break when the buzzer goes off, stretch your legs for a few minutes, have a coffee or a bite to eat, or head home. Ask a friend to call you at a certain time if you need the backup and additional support.
  • Call the BCLC Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-888-795-6111 if you are concerned.

Signs of Gambling Addiction

How do you know when your bingo playing is becoming a problem? It begins in the cycle of compulsive gambling addiction. The phases are the winning phase, the losing phase, and the desperation phase. When a player starts to notice the consequences of gaming, they can start to feel depressed and begin to isolate, lie, and blame others for their problem. Other symptoms of bingo addiction include:

  • Disrupt lives – arguments with family about time spent playing the game, lying about money lost, missing birthdays or other family functions, and even interfering with their jobs.
  • Bingo addicts play to relieve the stress of something gone wrong in their lives – real or imagined.
  • Bingo addicts obsessively think about playing the game and when they are not sitting at the bingo table, they are making plans for their next visit.
  • A compulsive bingo gambler needs to play more often or add more cards, to reach the same initial high or buzz that they got when they started playing.
  • When the addicted bingo player makes an attempt to stop playing, they experience symptoms of restlessness, insomnia, and irritability – discovering that they cannot stop.

Help Available for Gambling Addiction

Help for compulsive gambling in Vancouver can be found via support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous, through self-help programs, in counseling psychotherapy, or even in outpatient or inpatient treatment centers specializing in gambling problems that can be found on the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) website.

Planet Bingo is operated, on behalf of the BCLC, by the CGMA at 2655 Main Street in Vancouver, BC and can be reached by telephone at 604-879-8930.


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bingo

A lot of people think that Bingo is a recent creation, but it actually originated a long time ago back in the 16th century in Italy where a similar version of the game called Giuoco De Lotto was played.

There are records of a similar game in France, where the name of the game was actually “Le Lotto” but at that point, it was only played by wealthy people.

Later in history. we can find another version of the game in Germany where it wasn’t precisely a gambling game but more of an educational game for the children, it made it easier for them to learn the numbers. This was happening back in the 1800s and it helped the children to get more familiar with mathematics.

A crucial moment in the history of the game happened when it was introduced to English speaking countries. Historians can trace this back to a man called Edwin Lowe who was a toy salesman.

While traveling he saw the game constantly being played at different locations. The game had a different name, with some people calling it Beano. It was played with a handful of dried beans but the principle remained the same.

People enjoyed the game and seemed to be having a lot of fun, and Edwin saw the potential for this game to be introduced to his friends from New York. People were captivated by the game very fast! The name bingo according to some sources actually happened by error, when someone called the name Bingo instead of Beano.

Edwin Lowe later figured out a way to increase the fun of the game by creating a bigger number of combinations so a larger number of players could play. He got the help from Carl Leffer a math teacher from Columbia University. He created 6,000 different combinations of bingo cards.

It wasn’t long after that the popularity of the game exploded and spread all over the world.

The game of bingo was ever since the beginning one of the best ways to raise funds for charity or for churches. The main reason why it was so popular is that right from the beginning the game was associated with doing good deeds by contributing a small amount of money to a good cause, and the second major thing is that it is fun and it keeps you focused.

If you are looking for a place to play bingo in Vancouver, come to Planet Bingo! We have been part of Vancouver’s history since the 1980’s. Our modern 2-floor facility is located on the corner of 11th Avenue and Main Street in the heart of Mt. Pleasant in Vancouver.

You can find out more about Planet Bingo’s historic journey! Are you ready to play? Come in to see us!

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