Could These Strategies Help You Win At Bingo?
If you’ve ever ventured onto an online bingo forum, chances are you’ve encountered many players who believe that the games are fixed. This belief is most likely built upon the idea that the same people win almost every game, some of who aren’t even in the bingo room.
Continuously losing at online bingo can be frustrating, and it may even lead you to believe there is a scheme that sets the odds against you, but in reality this is not the case. All legitimate bingo sites that are regulated by a UK-approved gambling jurisdiction use a Random Number Generator (RNG), which has been independently tested by bodies like eCOGRA or iTech Labs. For example, 32Red Bingo’s RNG is certified by eCOGRA Safe & Fair Seal (you can click here for more info), meaning that it is not illegally fixed in any way.
However, for many bingo sites the fact remains that the same names do continue to pop up throughout games. So why does this happen? Well, it’s because those players are constantly investing in the maximum number of cards available for each game, as well as pre-buying when they aren’t around the computer. This is referred to as The Heavy Depositor Effect, and it’s so rampant that many countries such as Gibraltar have published guidelines that allow other players to complain.
The Heavy Depositor Effect may seem somewhat unfair, but the truth is that whilst those individuals may win more often, they’re also depositing a lot of money. So although this strategy may help you win games, it probably won’t help you win more money.
Instead, let’s look at some other, more effective strategies.
There are numerous sites scattered across the internet that suggest there are strategies that can give you a real edge, especially when it comes to picking your cards. Joseph Granville, a stock market specialist, suggests that players avoid ‘extreme’ distributions when picking cards as balanced cards that have an equal amount of odd and even numbers, as well as high and low numbers, are more likely to win. In fact, Granville has written an entire book called How to Win at Bingo based on this system.
Meanwhile, statistician L.H.C. Tippett has inspired the theory that the more balls that are called, the closer the average of the balls called so far gets to 38. That is, if there are a total of 75 balls, if there are 90 bingo balls the average is 45. ‘What the heck does that mean?’, I hear you ask, well it means you should choose cards that are close to the average number if you expect the game to go on for a while and numbers far from the average if you expect a short game.
Really, those are the only somewhat legitimate strategies that can be easily applied to your game, but they certainly don’t guarantee that you’ll win every time. Like with any game, bingo should be played because it excites you and it entertains you. Sure, winning big would be absolutely fantastic, but the reality is that you only win when your numbers happen to come up. But one thing is certain, you can always have fun.