Compared to more intense gambling related activities such as poker, bingo is certainly more relaxed; offering the chance to socialise and an overall sense of community. Whether you play religiously down your local bingo hall or casually through online bingo, nearly all of us have enjoyed a game of bingo at some point in our lives.
As a game of chance, it is best to let luck play its part. But even though Lady Luck is the most important factor, there are some good tips and hints that can help you understand the game and make the most of its house edge. With this in mind, check out these ten playing tips for bingo players.
Arrive early enough so you can buy your books, set yourself up on a table, catch up with friends, lay out your lucky charms and buy any drinks or snacks you’ll need throughout your games – being just in time for the first number to be called is no way to prepare.
As others arrive, you’ll be able to identify who’s a regular and who’s a novice. The notable bingo experts could hold useful information for a newcomer, with many potentially willing to give you the low down, however others might be too superstitious and ultimately refuse to share their secrets and wisdom. These veteran players can tell you which games are the best to play and which ones are a waste of time and money; this will help you determine whether the package you bought was a good choice or if you need to go and add to your playing boards.
Avoid Peak Hours:
Although bingo games with a large crowd can offer brilliant social interaction, playing in games with a lower attendance will provide you with better winning odds. Conduct some research beforehand to learn how many players show up on each night on average.
Some halls have big games on Friday or Saturday evenings that boast of big jackpots that draw big crowds. Although a big jackpot sounds enticing, it may not be the best event for you to go to; especially if you want better chances at winning some money.
Although typically a relaxed game, bingo can sometimes become a serious; especially if the jackpots are big.
When playing bingo, you’re often given a large paper game board that has various cards laid out for each game. If you’re rushing around trying to find the combination called, you’ll find yourself moving that game board frequently; this can cause you to lose track of where you have already looked and may even cause you to miss a combination.
To resolve this problem, people have taken to bringing tape or a glue stick with them. These two supplies can be of immense help by keeping your game board secure so you don’t have to worry about missing a potential win.
Don’t forget your bingo pen either! Although this is less of a must, you might want to start a tradition of using the same type of dabber every time you play. Most bingo halls have dabber pens available for purchase.
Buy Multiple Cards:
In order for this tactic to work, you’ll need to know your capabilities, for if you purchase too many books at once, you run the risk of missing numbers as they are called – if this happens there is virtually zero chance of winning on those books.
Buying more books can have a significant impact on your winning odds. If there are 20 players in a game and everyone has one book each, you’ll have a 5% chance of winning. Alternatively, if everyone in the game has one book but you have four books, you now have a 17% chance of winning. You can work out the odds of winning each game by simply dividing the number of books in play by the number of people playing.
Sit Close to the Caller:
Sitting up front and close to the caller allows you to be right there each time a combination is called – it may even provide you with the upper hand as you might be able to identify the next ball before it’s even called. This is an accepted practice, so don’t be ashamed to give yourself an advantage! However, remember that if your sneak peek completes your bingo card, you’ll have to wait until the ball has been called before you can call out your win.
The Tippett Theory:
British statistician L.H.C Tippett came up with a complex theory about randomness – there is no statistical evidence supporting the theory, but you can judge the reliability of the theory for yourself. Tippett’s theory suggests the more numbers called in a wheel-of-balls game, the more likely those numbers will gravitate towards the median number.
For example, if there are 99 bingo balls in play, and it’s a short game, choose cards with numbers closer to 1 and 99. If it’s a long game, choose numbers that are closer to the median number, 45. Skilled bingo players will know which games will go for longer and which games are usually decided in fewer calls.
Choose the Right Game for You:
If you’re a novice bingo player, it can be difficult to choose the right game packages. The amount of games that are played at once can sometimes be overwhelming for newbies.
Although you’ll inevitably feel the need to purchase all the game boards available, this isn’t an ideal move, for the bingo games will vary for different locations – some will have the traditional 90 ball bingo game that will be used for most games and then a 75 ball game that is used when the pattern games come up. This has a significant effect on what board package you purchase, so try and stick to a package than contains a bit of everything; meaning you can determine which games you feel the most comfortable with and use this for future reference.
Mark your Patterns:
Most of the time you’ll be playing the traditional version of bingo, but almost all bingo halls have special games that mix things up throughout the night. These games are usually cover-all or have a special pattern.
When you’re playing in a game that requires a pattern make sure you’re marking your cards for this game. You could bring a highlighter with you so when you purchase your package of games, you can mark your special cards with the pattern. This will help you to identify whether you need to mark a combination or not and most importantly, whether you have won.
Each bingo hall will have a different schedule for games and breaks – some only give breaks every few hours; while some give them every hour. It’s important for you to take advantage of each break in the schedule.
During these short intermissions you could get a snack or drink, use the bathroom, stretch your legs, and take a general breather. Most players utilise this time to catch up with those around them or meet new people. Taking breaks give you the opportunity to clear your head and go back into the game focused.
Being polite and courteous is one of the golden rules for playing bingo, for this will help you build relationships with other players that can assist your gameplay in the long run. Avoid shouting, complaining, or using foul language as those around you might find this offensive and may even cause you to be ostracised by veteran players.
If you develop a reputation as a nice person to sit with during a game you’ll never have to worry about finding a seat. You’ll be welcome at any table as the other players know you’re there for the love of the game and aren’t going to be rude if you don’t win.
Originally posted 2017-03-06 15:31:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter