CHANDLER — Gila River Hotels and Casinos says it broke a world record Thursday morning by playing a giant game of bingo.
About 200 participants played a round of bingo on a 20-by-20-foot card with 75 giant inflatable balls at Lone Butte Casino, which is operated by the Gila River Indian Community.
Teaya Vicente, a spokeswoman for the casinos, said the bingo game was meant to commemorate their 25th anniversary. Bingo is something Gila River is kind of known for, she said, so the organization wanted to amplify that symbol.
A representative of Guinness World Records was invited to inspect the bingo game. The casino was then presented with two certificates for having the largest bingo card and set of bingo balls.
The game’s winner had a chance to win $2,500 in bonus play money at the casino and other players walked away with smaller prizes.
“We had a great turnout,” Vicente added, “it was a lot of fun.”