Rules and Strategy

# Bingo Strategies

The title may seem more an oxymoron than anything else and yes it’s quite strange to put the words Bingo and strategy in the same context, yet although bingo is a simple game of chance, there are some ingenious strategically orientated tips that can go a long way to helping you maximise your chances of winning at bingo.

## The Major Theories

There have been many people throughout the game’s history who have attempted to devise certain strategies to win at bingo. The majority proved unsuccessful, primarily because it is a game of chance at the end of the day. Instead the ones that became more widely known or prolific in a sense were the ones that didn’t try to sell you the idea that you could win 100% all of the time, but rather those that helped to ‘maximise your chances’ of winning.

The first of the two most popular was devised by British mathematician Leonard Tippet and was applicable to 75 ball bingo. It involved a method of bingo card selection that was dependant on the ‘length’ of the game you were playing. A ‘short’ game was one where you completed simple patterns like lines and a full house and a ‘long’ game was one where more complex patterns were involved, such as shapes and letters.

The second was proposed by American financial writer and analyst Joseph Granville. He proposed that in order to have the best chance of winning at Bingo you should choose bingo cards where the numbers have a mix of differing second digits rather than the numbers having the same second digits i.e. 14, 24 and 34 all have 4 as their second digit and thus should be avoided if they appear on the same bingo card.

## Basic Strategy

After looking at the major theories there are some smaller improvements you can make to your game in order to maximise your chances of winning. The following apply to both online bingo and bingo played in a casino or bingo hall.

One recommendation that seems to be fairly popular is to play multiple bingo cards at the same time and each with as different sets of numbers as possible. The idea behind this is that it’s more of a spread across possible numbers so you’re more likely to hit the numbers you need when they are drawn. This ensures you can catch as many as possible in the early stages when trying to make 1 or 2 lines.

Another good tip is to minimize your competition as much as possible while playing. As bingo is a multiplayer game there will be certain times when playing online or in the casino when there will not be as many people playing the game as for example during peak times. It makes more sense to play during hours where there are unfamiliar events at the casino or during the low traffic hours online.