Playing bingo, whether it be online or in a bingo hall, at the end of the day, is a game of luck. But there are a few strategies you should follow if you want to maximise your chances of winning.
First things first, you have to be in it to win it right? Technically speaking, you will have far more chance of winning a prize if you buy more than one ticket. Sure enough, it only takes one little strip to win – but the more you have, the better.
Standard bingo halls and online bingo sites offer bingo tickets in books of 6, this means that in that one particular game you will have 6 strips of numbers on your ticket – when you buy two lots, you’ll have 12 strips, three books you will have 18 strips and so on. If you buy more tickets it means you’ll be putting your hand in your pockets more, but if you want to increase your chances this is a great way to start.
There’s no option of keeping your particular tickets, whether you play in a bingo hall on the high street or at an online bingo site. When your game is finished, that set of bingo numbers are gone and you move onto the next lot.
Choose The Right Room
You should technically choose a bingo room with fewer players, this means that the competition to win is less but the prize money goes down with that too. The more players in the bingo rooms, the harder it will be to win.
I visited my local bingo hall this week and one night the bingo hall was absolutely packed and I couldn’t get anywhere near winning, then I went on a quieter night with far less players and I won two houses – so playing with less people does give you more chances of winning.
Some bingo players swear by bingo systems, but there’s absolutely no way you can determine what numbers are more likely to come out than others. Here are the bingo systems that some players love to go by:
Leonard Henry Caleb Tippett was known professionally as L. H. C. Tippett and was an English statistician born in 1902. He suggested that in a 75 ball game, the longer the game goes on – the closer to 38 (the median number) you should opt for. Early stages of the game suggest that you are going to be marking more numbers closer to 1 and 75 and in the later stages of the game, you will be closer to 38.
Fot short games, Tippett suggests that players should use numbers close to 1 and 75 and numbers close to 38 in longer games. But, how can you predict which games are going to be longer than others, so this system may not work.
Granville’s System was invented by Joseph E. Granville and is one of the most famous systems invented. Joseph E. Granville was born in 1923 and was a mathematical analyst who used to make big and bold predictions in the world on investments. He was often referred to as a financial writer and investment seminar speaker most famous for inviting and developing the concept OBV (on balance volume), arguing that when volume increased sharply without any change in stock price, the price would eventually increase rapidly and vice versa.
This system suggests that players should choose bingo numbers that make the card symmetrical and systematic, such as:
- A balance of odd and even numbers
- A balance of high and low numbers
- The bingo ticket should have the same amount of numbers ending in 1, 2, 3 4, and so on.
His concept is that if you understand the true concept of probability, you will understand why it makes sense to choose your numbers in this way. In the long run, you will get an equal amount of high and low numbers and an equal amount of odd and even numbers. But again, how can you predict exactly what numbers will be coming next? Granville is so confident in his system that he even wrote a book on ‘How To Win At Bingo’.
Other Strategies to Win
It is virtually impossible to predict what numbers will be called, whether you play 90 ball, 80 ball, 75 ball of even 30 ball bingo – at the end of the day it’s all random. All bingo sites; land based and online use an RNG – a random number generator.
An RNG is a computational device that’s been designed to generate a sequence of numbers that cannot be reasonably predicted better than by a random chance, this means that a sophisticated RNG device creates a random outcome for every single game played. No matter what you stake your money on, it has no influence on the number that the random number generator chooses.
Rules to Follow
- Budget is everything! When you’re playing bingo online, it can be really easy to spend money, a bit like giving candy to a baby. The first rule is to set your self a budget. Ask yourself how much you can afford to lose and set this as your deposit limit. All online bingo sites allow players to control the amount they can spend and this is in the form of deposit limits.
- Happy playing – don’t play bingo when you’re in a bad mood! A bad mood increases your chances of wasting your money on stupid bets. You’ll get fed up of losing, seeing the same winner’s names popping up and you will start to throw your money away. If you play when you’re in a good mood, you’re more likely to make better choices.
- Don’t go chasing! I have far too often heard players say ‘I’ve been playing bingo all day now, I’m due a win!’ – but this is not the case! You can play bingo for 10 minutes or 10 days and you may not win. Once your money has gone, stop!
- Pick your favourite. You should decide which online bingo site you wish to play at – there’s so many to choose from.
- Profit or fun? When you play bingo, you should ask yourself if you’re doing it purely for fun and enjoyment or for profit. If you want to make a profit and withdraw cash, you should spend your money wisely. Example is if you only have £10, you shouldn’t be playing £2 bingo tickets because within 5 games, your money has gone. Budget your money, play smaller stakes to potentially increase your balance a bit at a time. When I play online bingo, I go for smaller stake tickets and more often than not I win a few times which increases my balance by a little at a time – then, when I have more than my original deposit, I up my stake. If you’ve come for the big jackpots, you’ll need to buy plenty of tickets to give you the edge on other players with fewer tickets, remembering that the more tickets you buy, the more it will cost you.
- Practice makes perfect. If you’re a newbie (also known as new player), you should get some practice. Look for the sites that offer a free no deposit bonus – which allows you to test the games on offer for free. Some online bingo sites even have free bingo rooms where you can dip your toe into the bingo world to see what the game involves and when you win, you’ll win a nice little prize to keep you going a little bit longer.
- More tickets = more chances. As previously mentioned, technically speaking the more tickets you have, the more chances you have at winning. One card is one chance, two cards gives double the chance and so on. Buying more tickets means paying more money – so decide wisely. Some times it pays off and other times it doesn’t.
- Responsible play. Playing bingo should be a fun and exciting experience. If the fun starts to go then you should stop. If you think you’re playing too much and gambling money you simply cannot afford, then you should get help. There’s various companies online that can help you.
- Increase your chances. To increase your chances of winning, you should maybe choose to play at off peak times.
It’s a Fix!
You’ve no doubt seen players type ‘It’s a fix’ online when they don’t win, but the good news is that all bingo sites operate under very strict legislation to ensure fair play at all times. You should impartial bingo reviews to determine if the bingo site is right for you. Just because you’re not winning and you see someone win twice, doesn’t mean the games are fixed – all numbers are generated randomly and you have the same chance of winning like everyone else. If you want to increase your chances of winning, you should follow the information in this guide and see if it really works.