Bingo's no longer just for old ladies as number of young men playing soars during lockdown

YOUNG fellas have been getting their eyes down in lockdown — with the number playing bingo soaring.

Old ladies have traditionally been the dab hands with the dabber but the game has boomed online in the pandemic.

A survey found that ten times more under-25s are clickety-clicking to log in than this time last year. And nearly half of all players are now male.

Bingo halls, such as Mecca’s 86 clubs across the country, will not reopen until May 17 as part of the planned easing of lockdown.

But many Brits have been playing online to ease boredom — saying they are doing it for entertainment rather than winnings.

And more than half said that being part of an online community was important during the pandemic.

The survey found those aged 25 to 54 are now the most likely to be on bingo websites and ten per cent of all online players are now under 25, up from just one per cent last year.

Out of the 800 online players questioned by the WhichBingo site, 48 per cent were male compared with 21 per cent in 2020.

Stuart Simms, head of XLMedia PLC Group which owns WhichBingo, said: “Our report shows the remarkable shift in the make-up of the typical bingo player.”

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