Bingo Secrets You Need to Know

A typical bingo game uses 75 or 90 numbers and you have to match a pre-determined pattern of numbers based on what is called out.


Bingo is a special type of lottery game. A typical bingo game uses 75 or 90 numbers and you have to match a pre-determined pattern of numbers based on what is called out. Unlike the lottery drawings you see on television, where only a few numbers are pulled, in a bingo game the caller continues to draw numbers until a specific pattern on the cards is filled out by one or more players. The first player to call "Bingo" wins the round, but sometimes you may get a couple of people calling "Bingo" together.

How do you select your cards?

We all have our little secret tricks to select our bingo game grid, more or less effective. While some people leave it entirely to chance, others take the time to choose tickets with their favourite numbers on them, and still, others choose cards with various numbers to increase their chances of winning.

And this last method is probably the most clever. When buying multiple bingo cards, it is best to choose cards that do not have the same numbers. This way, you can quickly increase your chances of having the numbers that will be drawn during the game on your tickets.

Another technique well known to players is to bet on cards that players are less likely to buy. For example, the numbers on the card may not be to the liking of a superstitious player who may prefer to buy another grid. In this way, you can increase your winnings because you don’t have to share the loot if you are tied with other players.

However, if this technique can be used in indoor bingo games, it will be much more difficult to use it in online bingo games. This is because it is impossible to know the numbers on the cards that your opponents have bought.

Counting numbers

In a wheel-of-balls game, more serious bingo players who understand the concepts of mathematical probability may employ a more complex theory based on predictability. Depending on how many balls are used in the game, there should theoretically be a uniform pattern as to how they are called. There should be an even distribution of odd and even numbers, high and low numbers and numbers ending in one, two, three, four, etc. So it stands to reason that the longer you are in the game, the more likelihood your numbers will eventually be called. So, if you have a set budget, instead of buying many books and playing in fewer games, the better tactic might be to play fewer books in more games. All players play the same amount of games.

A mathematical analyst by the name of Joseph E. Granville proposed the idea that the best way of winning in this form of bingo was to buy cards that had an even distribution of odds and evens, high and low numbers, and numbers ending in each of the single digits 0-9. His suggestion was that in the long run, you’ll get an equal number of numbers called, so it makes sense to have an even distribution of numbers on every card. The problem with Granville’s theory is his reputation as a stock market investor is deplorable, with his stock choices depreciating by 20% year on year based on his ability as a mathematical analyst!

Tippett’s Theory

Tippett’s theory is based on what we shall call the ‘perfect average’: the average of all 75 balls before any have been picked. There are many different ways to calculate an average, but Tippett chooses to use the number that lies exactly in the middle: the median, 38.

He thought that as time progressed in a 75 ball game, numbers would be drawn that were much closer to to this ‘perfect average’. For simple games, where the aim is to complete lines or a Full House (FH in bingo lingo terms), it doesn’t usually take very long for one player to win. Tippett argued that in these games, it would be best to choose numbers at either end of the spectrum (ie. as close to 1 or 75 as possible).

Games where there is a more complex pattern to complete will generally take longer to finish. More balls will be drawn before a winner is announced, and so you should try to pick numbers that are more in the middle of the spectrum—those closer to number 38.

The Fewer the Opponents The Better

If you researched the top bingo secrets before, then you probably know that the fewer the opponents, the better your odds of winning are. But is this true? How much does this contribute to your odds of winning? Well truth to be told, if you join a much emptier room compared to a nearly full room, your odds of winning are doubled. This is because, with each participant, your winning odds are decreased by 1.69%, down until 1.69%. This means that in a full bingo room, every player has a 1.69% chance of winning, which is extremely low. You may receive a 17% chance to win only by playing in a room where there are fewer opponents. Keep this in mind the next time you join a retail or online bingo room.

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