Seeing the best athletes from around the world competing on TV has inspired a popular online bingo brand to challenge its employees to take part in the Meccalympics. We also look at some of the best and strangest bingo-related world records that have been set over the years.
With around two weeks of the Olympic Games left to go, many of us have been glued to our TV screens, marveling at the sheer determination and talent of some of the world’s best athletes.
So far, Team GB has excelled in multiple events, with Adam Peaty claiming the first gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
While bingo typically isn’t an exerting activity, one of the UK’s best-known bingo brands has been inspired to host its own version of the Olympics.
The Meccalympics began on 22nd July, and you can follow all the latest challenges on Mecca Bingo’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Plus, readers are encouraged to comment with what challenges they’d like to see the team take on next.
So far, Jack from Mecca’s social media team has gone head-to-head with chat host Michelle in a hotly contested office chair race. We can’t wait to see what competitions they’ve got lined up next!
Mind-boggling bingo world records
While the athletes continue to win medals in Tokyo this summer, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the bingo world’s most impressive records.
According to Guinness World Records, there have been quite a few feats achieved by bingo fans over the years.
For example, the largest game of bingo took place back in 2006 in Bogota, Columbia when an incredible 70,080 players got their eyes down in preparation for some serious dabbing.
If you find shuffling your bingo tickets into order, imagine trying to play with the world’s biggest bingo card. It measured 37.16 square meters, and at the same event in America’s Gila River Hotels & Casino in 2019, the world record for the largest set of bingo balls was also broken.
In Japan, where online bingo is far more common than land-based bingo, almost half a million people helped to set the record for the largest online bingo game. The event was organised by Coca-Cola in Tokyo in September 2010.
Taking bingo to new heights
You might not associate mountain climbing with bingo, but thanks to 24 Gala Coral employees, the world’s highest ever game of bingo was held at Mount Everest’s base camp in 2009. The team also helped to raise £100,000 for charity.