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Rebel Bingo: A Game from the Underground

  • 27 Sep 12
  • Written by Deena Chance

altA secretive new game is currently sweeping the global undergrounds, and is swiftly gaining followers as it goes. Affectionately referred to as “the black sheep of the bingo family” by its creators, Rebel Bingo is spreading its way across major cities like London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Madrid, Beijing, and Norway.

The ‘movement’ has already attracted more than 16.5k Facebook likes, and 5.6k Twitter followers, and has its own Tumblr blog and website, which is available for English, North American, Spanish, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Chinese users.

So, what exactly is this self-confessed “mutant form” of our favourite game all about? Well, the modern-day legend goes that it was invented by accident by a group having a wee drinking session a London church hall basement. During the course of the evening, they stumbled across an old bingo kit, and decided to play with it, causing Rebel Bingo to be born. They decided upon that particular name as a) they weren’t supposed to be in the church basement, and b) they hadn’t planned on experimenting with bingo.

Fans of the game come together at various organised parties around the world, but the main way of finding out where and when an event is taking place is by signing up at the official website. There, you will also find the rules of how to play, which include things like “no boring people,” “no cameras or photography,” and definitely no stag or hen parties.  The group state that they do not gamble at these events, although prizes can be won in “a game of passion and skill.”  As far as we can tell though, the events mainly consist of loud parties, where a DJ fills the floor with big tunes of all different genres, and people shout out numbers. It might not sound quite like the sort of bingo-ing that we’re used to, but it certainly sounds intriguing…

If you want to experience this deliciously deviant world and play Rebel-style, then you’ll need to track down their not-so-secret website, and catch one of their last shows of 2012 in London.

So, what do you make of this mutant form of the game? Have you come across it before, or perhaps you’ve even been to one of their parties? Maybe this is the future of bingo, and the typical sessions in land-based clubs will become late-night parties where the caller is the DJ… who knows, but we can’t wait to find out.

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