Bingo players are a fractious and violent lot. Vicious fights are not unheard of in the Bingo halls of the world. For one thing, there's real money at stake in these games. For another, if you're 70 years old and playing Bingo every day, it's probably important enough to you that you'd be willing to cut a bitch over it. There are no real statistics on violence in Bingo, because "Bingo fight researcher" isn't a thing (yet), but gambling sites do feel the need to warn about the violence of Bingo. So does Gil.
"It's mostly clawing, or hitting with [a] purse. It gets ugly. All because they missed a number or broke an unwritten rule. 'No over-the-top cheering when you win' is one, and [this particular winner] said 'I beat you all!' while doing a mom dance up the aisle. Then she was shoved down by a regular who didn't like the tourist's attitude. But I have to give it to the tourist -- she was a 50-something woman wearing a Bill Cosby sweater, but after she was pushed down, she did a sweeping leg kick to the back of the other woman's knees and had her pinned down in some sort of karate move. If the confirmers didn't get there, it would have been even more ugly."
Some of the stark nastiness at the heart of modern Bingo comes from the inherent clash of generations. See, Bingo is currently gaining a much younger player base than usual. Yes, of all things, Bingo is apparently the only one to survive genocide by millennials. Of course, the older players aren't necessarily happy about this.
"There's animosity between the younger and older players. Neither likes it when the other wins. Younger players don't like older players because they feel they're too bossy, and older players don't think younger players know the proper etiquette. If one of them makes [a] mistake, the other group is going to pounce on it. Like if they forgot a rule of the game. They can be like kids, going over the most minute detail."