BINGO: Bingo veterans Doreen Carter, Fay Burgess and Mona Fahey have traded the books for the iPad as bingo reaches a new tech-savvy level. WHEN Fay Burgess started bingo, mobile phones did not exist.
The 30-year veteran bingo player has now swapped the books for an iPad as the game with hardcore followers gets a 21st century upgrade.
Mrs Burgess, Doreen Carter and Mona Fahey have yet to brave the world of email and apps but have hit the jackpot when it comes to making their favourite game easier.
The Commercial Club began offering players the chance to swap notebooks and Pet machines for iPads loaded with a bingo app last week.
Game caller Suzie Petts said the response had been largely positive.
“Most players have been really keen, it is easier to keep track of the games on the iPad as you just click the number once and it uses it for every game.
“We still have some hard core players who will keep with the books forever.”
One such gamer is Jean Robertson who has dabbed the books for close to three decades.
“It’s uncomplicated,” Ms Roberson said of the books.
“I’ll keep using them.”
For Fay Burgess the iPad system is easy to operate.
“We were a bit reluctant at the beginning but now we think it’s better,” Mrs Burgess said.
Ms Petts said the introduction of iPads meant people of all ages could continue to enjoy the social and intellectual aspects of Bingo.
“It’s easier to keep up.
“It’s changing the face of bingo.”
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