Can You Beat The Odds in Bingo?

The process of calculating odds in a bingo game is actually very simple. All you have to do is take the number of cards you are playing and divide it by the how many cards are in play altogether. For example, if you are playing 10 cards and you know that there are 100 cards in total being played, your odds are 10 in 100 or 10 percent. The difficulties come in trying to figure out how many cards there are altogether. You can find a ballpark figure by multiplying the total number of people playing by what you believe to be the average number of cards each person has, however, that is not as simple as it may sound.

Remember, in progressive jackpot games, a winner is not guaranteed. Therefore, the odds do not matter. The odds of winning progressive jackpots have more to do with how difficult it will be in covering the pattern within the number of calls that have been announced. These odds are so overwhelmingly steep, it could be months before someone actually wins the jackpot.

How To Win at BINGO

How do You know Which Numbers Come up the Most?

If there were numbers that came up more often than others, the chances of hitting a huge progressive jackpot could increase. The fact is that there is no number that has a better chance of being drawn than any other number, so long as the blower machine has a complete set of balls, the balls are not flawed, and that no one has been tampering with the balls or the blower.

To place it a perspective that makes it a little easier to see, try flipping a coin three times. One side is going to land face up more than the other. However, if you flip that same coin 1,000 times, each side landing face up will be nearly identical, this is the law of probability. With this same scenario in mind, let’s look at it from a bingo point of view.

After playing bingo for two-hours, you noted that B-12 was called three times and B-15 was never called. With this information, it would appear that you should be trying to find cards with B-12 on them if you want a chance at winning. However, after about a dozen sessions of bingo, the difference between B-12 and B-15 being called is going to be very minimal.

So How do You Help Your Chances of Winning?


Even though there really is no way to beat the odds in bingo, you can use them to your advantage. Here are some tips on how you can try to tip the scales in your favor.

The fewer players the better: How many cards are in play are what determines the odds in a bingo game. So, a game that has few players provides you with less competition for the advertised jackpot that the bingo halls are legally bound to pay, regardless of the number of players in attendance.

Try attending games when bad timing or weather will help to keep crowds away. Once you have been at bingo hall long enough, you will get a feel for when sessions are not as crowded so you can also play during off times. Each hall will have their days through the week, time of day, or holidays when people are going to be leaving town, this is your opportunity to play the odds.

Keep in mind that there may be a reason for such a low attendance. Perhaps the jackpot simply isn’t very impressive and people don’t feel the size of the pot is worth sitting for hours to try and win. Make sure you do your homework before you decide on a game.

Do not use duplicate cards: No bingo card will have the same number more than once printed on them. Therefore, every card in play will have the same odds. However, players try to select cards that do have the same numbers in an attempt to maximize their chances and increase their odds.

Use multiple cards during your sessions: While keeping their budgets in mind, most bingo players will buy as many cards as they can play at one time. Doing so helps to increase their odds of winning. It also helps to avoid boredom among experienced players by keeping busy by having to scan many cards.Does playing with multiple cards increase your chances of winning? Yes. If 100 people, including yourself, are playing a session of bingo and every player has four cards, that’s 400 cards in play. So you buy 20 cards, thereby increasing your odds from a 1 percent chance to nearly 5 percent. Just keep in mind that while playing multiple cards does improve your odds of winning, it also increases the amount of money you could be losing. The general rule is to look at how many cards everyone is playing and aim for the average. If you feel you can handle a few more cards comfortably, then go for it. Playing within your budget ensures that you won’t break the bank, will increase your odds and that you have a good time.
Hold your cards: While not every hall will allow this, some will let you retain your cards for other sessions. Playing the same cards, with the same numbers could increase your odds, at least that is what many experienced players believe. The thought behind it is that since they have not won on that card yet, they are “due”.

The law of probability will eventually catch up, however. Even if you have a set that you have won with quite a bit, think about how many times you have not won with those cards. Yes, you could put a few more checks in the “win” column, but you will more than likely lose more.

Holding your cards also provides you with an advantage. Once you have played your cards for a while, you will be more familiar with them, making locating called numbers faster, thereby providing you with a slight edge over the other players.

Stay sharp: You probably have read this before, and we have said it before, but stay aware of what is going on. It’s one thing to play a session and not get bingo. But it can be very frustrating to play a session, have a bingo and not realize it. Stay sharp and stay focused on the game.

Remain positive, even when the session does not look promising: Whether it’s a coincidence or an unexplainable fact, people who stay positive seem to have good things happen to them. There are some that believe that they can will events they want to occur by simply thinking about it and imagining it repeatedly. Since it really doesn’t take any additional effort or money on your part, it’s worth a shot.