The number of people playing bingo has overtaken the number of people playing TENNIS in the UK, it has been revealed.
According to the latest stats from Sport England, around 1.7m Brits play tennis every month, compared to 1.9m monthly bingo players in Britain.
Research complied by WhichBingo found that bingo has rocketed in popularity in recent years - with more players than most sports.
According to Sport England the number of people taking part in ‘participatory sports’ in the UK each month are;
If bingo was considered a sport rather than a game, it would slot firmly into 6th place, pushing tennis into 7th spot.
The number of online bingo players usually rockets in December - known as bingo season - with nearly a 50 per cent rise in the number of players compared to the rest of the year.
The number of people going to bingo halls has plummeted by around 75 per cent in recent years, although around 800,000 people still go to bingo halls each week.
To celebrate the start of the bingo season, WhichBingo is giving two friends the chance to experience the winning feeling of a bingo jackpot, by giving away a Red Letter Day voucher.
Simon Jones, of WhichBingo, said: “Bingo is now enjoyed regularly by more people than many of the games we play in England, and it’s time to celebrate its popularity at such a key time of year.
“Online bingo is so popular in the winter especially as more people opt to stay in the comforts of their own homes due to the cold weather outside.
“To raise awareness, we want to kick off the official start of the season by giving someone the chance to experience that winning feeling you get when your final number is called.”
The competition closes on Friday 6 January. WhichBingo will contact the winner soon after.
Swimming - 10m
Running/athletics - 9.2m
Cycling - 8m
Football - 7.2m
Golf - 3m
Tennis - 1.7m
Badminton - 1.6m
Equestrian - 1.1m
Bowls - 822,000
Squash - 850,000
Bingo is now more popular than one of Britain's favourite sports as number of players reaches 1.9million