Bingo is a really fun game to play but let’s be frank, you’re in it to win it and who could blame you with all those glorious prizes up for grabs? Don’t worry if you’re not seeing any returns on your stakes because we’re about to give you some hints and tips.
Wondering what the secret is to winning that jackpot? We’re sorry to burst your bubble but there is no secret. Bingo is a game of chance and your success is purely down to luck. However, there are a few ways you can up your game and boost your chances of winning – some more scientific than others! Below you will find some of our best tips for winning at online bingo.
Set yourself a bingo budget
Setting yourself a bingo budget and sticking to it is the best way to harness your playing power. Bingo doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg as there are plenty of freebies and cheap bingo tickets out there. Don’t let buying cards eat into your profits. Hunting around for the best bingo deals and experimenting with different strategies can certainly help you stretch your bingo pennies.back to menu ↑
Stick to just a couple of bingo sites
You’re better off sticking to just a couple of bingo sites and making the most of their loyalty bonuses rather than moving from site to site looking for the best welcome offers.back to menu ↑
Get some experience
As they say, practice makes perfect! Take advantage of the free games and bonuses available to help build up your understanding of the game. You don’t need to go it alone. Chat rooms are friendly places where people are usually happy to help out. Feel free to swap notes with your fellow roomies and you can even ask the chat host questions.back to menu ↑
Find your niche
There are many variations of bingo designed to appeal to different players. Find a game that reflects your interests as this will give you the best odds and you’ll probably meet like-minded players too. If you’re on a tight bingo budget 90 ball bingo is probably the most suitable because it offers three different ways of winning. However, if you’re a high-roller you might prefer 75 ball bingo as it tends to offer a higher payout.back to menu ↑
Play multiple games
The great thing about online bingo is that you can play in more than one bingo hall at one time. The more you play the more chances you have of winning so if money is no object you might decide to play multiple games at once. Sites on the same network usually share games and jackpots which reduce your chances of winning. However, this is usually where you find the bigger prizes so it’s still worth taking part but if you want to boost your chances of winning you should buy tickets across all the different sites.back to menu ↑
Choose your tickets carefully
When it comes to buying tickets there are some tricks that we’ve picked up over the years.
- Make sure the numbers on your ticket are well spread out.
- Pick a ticket with a good mix of odd and even numbers.
- Choose numbers with different endings and not something like 23, 33, 43, 53 and 63 because these numbers are unlikely to come up.
Play with multiple tickets
The more tickets you play with the more chances you have of winning so if you can afford it you should consider buying maximum tickets for each game. To make it easy for you there’s usually a ‘max’ button that allows you to buy maximum tickets with just one hit of a button. What’s more, you don’t need to worry about losing track of your tickets because there’s an auto-daub feature that does it all for you so you just need to sit back and wait for your numbers getting called.back to menu ↑
Start off with small wagers
Playing with multiple tickets can be a little pricey but if you stick to the cheaper games at first you can slowly build up your playing pot then move onto the games with the bigger prizes when you’re ready.back to menu ↑
Play at off peak times
Another tip we have is that you should play at off peak times because there’s usually fewer players in the bingo rooms at this time so you can win more often. However, these games are likely to have smaller jackpots so you probably won’t win big.back to menu ↑
If you’re mathematical minded calculating odds in bingo is theoretically very simple. Basically, it’s the number of tickets you’re playing with divided by the total number of tickets in play. For example, if there are 100 tickets in play and you have two of them your chances of winning are 2 in 100 or 2 percent.
Watch out for patterns
Bingo balls are generated by a computer-driven random number selector but there are still patterns to be spotted. When you play bingo probability comes into play as well as luck. For example, in a 75 ball game there’s a 1 in 75 chances of any number being called at the first call then there’s a 1 in 74 at the second call and a 1 in 73 chance at the third and so forth.
Leonard Tippett (1902-1985) suggests that the longer a game goes on, the closer to the median number you should go for. Let’s take 90 ball bingo as an example. If it’s a ‘long’ game you should pick numbers closest to 45 but if it’s a ‘short’ game you should pick number closest to 1 and 90. But, how do you determine if a game is going to be long or short? There’s no way of knowing for sure but games with fewer players tend to last longer than games with lots of players.
Joseph E. Granville (1923-2013), a mathematical analyst, expanded on many of Tippett’s theories to build his own about how to win at bingo. He even published a book about it in 1977 called How to Win at Bingo. According to Granville’s theories, card selection is important because some cards are more likely to win in certain games than others. He believes that in the long run, an equal amount of odd and even numbers and an equal amount of high and low numbers will be called out so you should have a balance of odd and even numbers as well as low and high numbers on your card. As well as that he said that there will be the same quantity of numbers called out ending in 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s so you should pick numbers with different endings. We personally, think these systems are stupid and that the game is completely based on luck.back to menu ↑
Conclusion – It’s all down to luck!
We’re constantly on the lookout for the best bonuses to ensure you get the most out of your money and increase your chances of winning. But, no matter what happens, make sure you enjoy yourself. If you keep fun first and winning second, you’ll never lose!