Some Basic Bingo
Bingo is a game that’s been
around forever, a game that offers players a chance at a good
time as well as at winning some money.
would put bingo into the pure luck category of gambling games;
despite what some people may swear to, there is really no way to
strategically think your way to a favorable outcome in bingo.
Still, there are tips that any bingo player can employ. For the
purposes of this article, I’m going to divide those tips into
ones that can heighten your odds of winning, and ones that will
help you get along better with your fellow players. After all, a
big part of bingo night is the social aspect.
Tips that can heighten your odds
In bingo, your odds of winning are
directly related to the number of people who you are in a game
with. No matter if you are playing in a land based bingo hall or
an internet bingo room, therefore, you have a better chance of
winning when it is less busy. In brick and mortar bingo halls,
that means playing weekdays (Monday to Thursday) as well as
Friday daytimes. Weekends are busy, and that means more people
with more cards!
One of the big temptations for any bingo
player is to increase the odds by buying a number of cards. This
does work, of course, but it’s important not to overstretch
yourself. If you can’t keep up as the numbers are called, you
might actually decrease your odds of winning by missing a few
Finally, don’t sit in a position where
you can’t hear the caller easily. Remember to take background
noise into account here; missing a number will mean losing a
game in almost every version, so you have to be able to hear
In all bingo halls, there are going to
be regular players, and these players often expect to sit in the
same seat. Like everything else that involves chance, bingo
players have their own superstitions, and lucky seats are a HUGE
one. In addition, some players may not be able to participate
effectively in a different seat (see the last point above!).
Don’t intrude on anyone’s turf!
Pay really close attention and make sure
you’re not marking off numbers that haven’t been called. Nothing
is more annoying to other players than a person who is
constantly up and down claiming a non-existent win.
Avoid rude behavior. Remember, it’s a
game of luck. It’s not the callers fault if you are having
trouble getting a win on a particular night, and it certainly
isn’t your fellow players. Don’t be rude or yell in frustration;
if you really start to feel intense, it’s probably time to take
The most important thing to remember
when you’re playing bingo is not to try and cheat your way to a
win. Players alter their cards all the time when they play
bingo, even though halls catch this behavior easily and punish
it severely (most of the time, you’ll be placed under a long
ban). Don’t cheat, even if it seems fool proof.
Published on 07/12/2007
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