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Best State For Bingo? Try Florida!

Sep 16, 2008
Florida bills itself as the 'sunshine state' and justifiably so. Long known for its balmy weather year around, sandy beaches, and theme parks, Florida attracts visitors from around the globe. Retirees from all over the US flock to Florida to enjoy the weather and other amenities that Florida offers. Florida also has one attribute that is now well known: it is the best state for bingo players.

Florida demographics closely match those of the typical bingo player. A significant number of bingo players are over 47 years old and are overwhelmingly female. Florida has a large population of retirees almost all of whom are well over 47 years old. Bingo is wildly popular in Florida and generates a significant amount of revenue both in the form of taxes and contributions to charitable and religious organizations. While smoking bans have devastated bingo in other states, bingo is thriving in Florida despite the recently imposed smoking ban.

Florida bingo players have a vast assortment of games to choose from. In fact, no matter where a player is located in Florida they are never more than 40 miles from a bingo game. Bingo has been especially good for the Seminole Indian tribe. In the late 1970's the tribe opened its first bingo parlor on the Hollywood Reservation near Miami. The venture was so successful that the tribe was able to pay off their initial 1 million dollar loan in 6 months! The bingo halls reduced unemployment on the Seminole reservations by 50% and funded police services, senior citizen services, and recreational centers on the reservations. Fortunately for the tribe, bingo halls survived a legal challenge by the state's Attorney General. The Seminoles continue to offer high stakes bingo to this day.

An article from Time magazine circa 1988 describes a bingo hall the size of an airplane hangar capable of seating 5,000 players. The Big Cypress Bingo Hall attracted players from every city in Florida, every state in the US, Canada, and several foreign countries. They may win cash prizes ranging from a few dollars to $125,000, or a new Lincoln Town Car, or a beach-front condominium, or a trip to Las Vegas. The games were legendary for the entertaining atmosphere and were a partnership between a group of investors and the Seminole Tribe.

Outside of the Seminole reservations bingo is provided by charitable and religious organizations. On any given day of the week there are hundreds of bingo games taking place across the state of Florida. Florida provides a unique venue for bingo in the form of bingo cruises. Visit any one of the beach vacation communities and there are well appointed cruise ships offering bingo and other forms of gaming. Most of these cruises are surprisingly inexpensive and the atmosphere can be uninhibited. Cruises are available on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Florida, like many other states, is home to many veterans, charitable, and religious organizations that sponsor bingo games for fundraising purposes. The Catholic Church has used bingo for revenue generation for decades. Money generated by these bingo games is used for a variety of purposes such as aid to the poor, and parochial school scholarships and tuition subsidies. Veterans organizations use bingo to raise money for the care of disabled veterans and other veterans issues. Almost every Florida town has one or more of these organizations so most citizens of the sunshine state are in close proximity to a bingo game.

For bingo players Florida is probably the best place to live in the US. With a large population of retirees games are well attended and most facilities are designed to handle any handicap a player may have. Florida offers bingo players a choice between high stakes bingo or the old fashioned garden variety church hall. For bingo players Florida has it all!
About the Author
Anthony Wayne works in the marketing department of online lottery site LuckyLotto in Pennsylvania. He is also editor of the Internet Bingo Blog a great source of internet bingo information.
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