For every classic casino game, there will be punters and experts that will claim to have a winning formula or strategy that is a sure-fire way to win. For some games, it’s most certainly true that you can adopt an approach that will make you more successful.These strategies are all well and good for poker, blackjack and roulette, but most people would accept that for bingo there is no system you can implement, it’s all just luck.
Yet that might not actually be the case and while we won’t delve into the admittedly silly world of superstitions with lucky rabbit’s feet or magic underwear, we should take a moment to consider what bingo systems are out there, and why they just might work.
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Basic Victory Tips
Before we go to look at the more complicated systems out there, we should give you our basic tips for getting the most out of bingo. Remember that you can:
- Buy many cards –most online bingo sites offer a range of promotions and features that will often include an auto-daub function so you can play as many cards as possible to increase your chances of success.
- Chat with fellow players – again a feature most online bingo games offer and it could be a valuable source of information for tips and hints that could make you a winner.
- Make sure you know what you’re doing – always check the rules of the game first as many a player has missed out on a windfall because they either weren’t paying attention or didn’t know what they were doing.
But once you get your fundamentals right, know that bingo is not all luck, at least not to the following two gentlemen.
Tippett’s Bingo Winning System
British statistician L.H.C. Tippett came up with a relatively simple system for increasing THE chances of winning in 75-ball bingo. His theory states that as more balls are called, there is an increased probability that the balls called are going to be close to the median and if you remember your maths classes, you’ll know that the median is the number halfway into the set, which for seventy-five equals thirty-eight. In the other end of the spectrum, if fewer balls are called, then the probability of numbers further away from the median is increased, meaning that balls in the vicinity of seventy-five or one are more likely to be called.
You might have noticed a significant problem with this theory. How do you know if more or fewer balls will be called? Well, you need to put your analysis hat on and look at the different patterns required to win. With a more simple winning pattern, such as a straightforward horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of five, it’s likely that fewer balls will need to be called, therefore numbers close to seventy-five or one are preferable. For more complex patterns of winning found in games such as blackout bingo, the less close to the median you’ll want your numbers to be. A theory worth considering if you’re picking your numbers prior to a game or you’re playing with an online casino that allows you to trade in your bingo card for a preferable one.
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Granville’s Bingo Winning System
An American financial writer and investment seminar speaker with a penchant for theatrical showmanship and always good for a quote or two, Granville devised a system that’s almost certainly one of bingos’ most well-known methods of increasing your probability of winning. If we first accept that in a seventy-five-ball bingo game there is a one-in-seventy-five chance for each ball being selected, we can state that the number of balls that end with 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. each have an equal chance of being drawn at the start of the game. There is also an equal number of odd and even balls and high and low balls and the probability for each of these numbers coming out first is the same. Granville’s system states that 60% of the first ten balls drawn will have different last digits. It’s very logical: if, for example, a number five is drawn, subsequently, there will be fewer balls ending in five remaining in the game and consequently less probability of a five being drawn next.
Putting this into practice means selecting a bingo card with as many differences in the last digits as possible. Thus a bingo card featuring fifteen, twenty-five, thirty-five, forty-five, etc. should be avoided and you should look for a card with as many variances of the final digit as possible. It’s relatively simple to apply this theory to your card selection and it should give you chances of winning a little boost.
Although there is a huge amount of randomness to the game of bingo, we hope the strategies we’ve outlined will give you a winning edge – especially as not as many other players will be taking them into account.