Some people don’t even think of bingo as a gambling game. It’s so popular in churches and retirement homes that it’s considered innocuous, especially when compared with more serious gambling activities like sports betting or poker. Here are some tips about how to win at bingo:
Try playing bingo on the Internet
Online bingo is more popular now than ever, and Internet bingo halls often offer better odds than brick and mortar bingo halls. It’s also more convenient—you don’t even have to leave the house to play.
- Choose a bingo site carefully
When you’re deciding where you want to play bingo online, be sure to spend some time investigating reputations and reading reviews. Not all bingo websites are created equal, and you should do your due diligence to make sure that the site you’re dealing with is going to treat you fairly.
- Take advantage of bingo signup bonuses
One aspect of playing bingo on the Internet that doesn’t compare with live brick and mortar games are the bonuses. Usually when you make your first deposit at a bingo hall, you’ll get a matching amount based on a certain percentage of your deposit. This is like getting free money to play with. You’re required to make a certain amount of wagers before cashing out, but still, any time you can place free bets, it’s going to improve your chance of winning—or of at least getting more gambling for your money.
- Manage your bankroll
This is a general gambling tip that many bingo players forget about. Some gambling writers dismiss money management as useless because it doesn’t change the odds in your favor. That’s true, but I think it has some practical applications. The idea is to set a stop loss limit and a win goal. Your stop loss limit is the amount you’re willing to lose before quitting—once you’ve lost that amount, you don’t play anymore. A win goal is the same thing, but it’s based on having won a certain amount. Once you’ve won that amount, you stop playing. The goal is to increase your chances of walking away a winner and decrease your chances of going home broke. It will do that if you stick with it, but the house will still win in the long run.
- Sit close to the bingo caller
This tip applies to live bingo at an actual bingo hall. The idea is that if you’re sitting closer to the caller, you’re more likely to get your bingo first. You’re also less likely to miss a number that’s been called. Your goal is to get your information faster than the other players. Every little bit helps.
- Improve your concentration
If you don’t hear a number or letter combination, and you don’t mark it, then you miss a chance at winning. The only way to make sure you get every combination is to do things which improve your ability to concentrate.
- Buy more bingo cards
The only real way to increase your chances of winning is to buy more bingo cards. The more cards you have, the more chances to win you’ll have. That’s a simple formula, but it works. In fact, it’s one of the only things that work.
- Look for discounts
Some bingo halls offer bingo cards in bulk at a discount. Any time you can buy a bingo card at a discount, you’re increasing your expected return. That amount is just a comparison of how much you’re risking, how much you’re likely to win, and what your chances of winning are. Reducing the amount you’re risking improves your expected return.
- Know the odds
It’s actually easy to understand the odds of winning at bingo. The odds of winning are 1 divided by the number of cards in play. Of course, if you have multiple cards, that increases your chances. Here’s an example: You’re playing bingo with 50 people, and each of you buys one card. Your odds of winning are 2%. But if you’re playing with 50 people, and you buy 10 cards and everyone else buys 1 card, your odds of winning are 10/49, or almost 20%.
- Ignore so-called bingo systems
These are schemes which are meant to increase your chances of winning. They don’t work. Usually they involve choosing particular cards with particular combinations of numbers on them.