It is important to know whether you are an aggressive or a cautious player. Both profiles are based on card possession, but the tactics adopted are different.
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The aggressive player will take as many cards as possible that are similar to each other in order to maximise the winnings in case of a win. This can lead to large payouts, but an aggressive profile can also lose a lot if none of their grids win.
The cautious player, on the other hand, will take as many different cards as possible. The aim of the manoeuvre is to have a maximum number of possible combinations in all his cards in order to be able to hope for a win. Be careful with this strategy, you have to look at the potential gain. If you need to win at all costs to pay off the 10 cards, it is useless to use either of these two tactics.
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There are four main winning tactics: the room’s affluence, the number of players’ cards, the time of day and the bonus rooms.
The number of players in the room is crucial to winning. Indeed, the less participants there are, the more chances to win. It is easy to understand that a room with 5 players is much more profitable than a room with 100 players.
The time of the game is a direct consequence of the first strategy. It is necessary to favour the off-peak hours of play, i.e. early in the morning or late in the evening. During these hours, there are fewer players and therefore the chances of winning increase.
The number of cards of the players is another way to maximize the winnings. The chances of winning are greatly increased if you have more cards than all the other players. Indeed, in a 5 player room, if each player has one card and one player has 10 cards, it is easy to calculate that this player has 10 cards out of 14 and therefore a 71% probability of winning.
Finally, bonus rooms can be useful. Some online gaming rooms offer a certain number of dollars for each participation. This allows you to play without losing too much money. An advantage, isn’t it?
It should be remembered that bingo is a game of chance, the various tactics allow you to hope for higher winnings but do not guarantee that you will hit the jackpot.
In our beginners’ section we discussed variations, so you know there are many different ways to play bingo. The number of players around the world is staggering. So what’s the magic formula for becoming the bingo champion? Of course, keep in mind that bingo is all about chance. But isn’t it said that chance is good? Here are some great theories to give it a little boost!
Tippet, the British mathematician
This lover of numbers spent a good part of his life studying probability, and he was firmly convinced that to increase your chances at bingo, you shouldn’t look at the numbers on the board individually, but rather look at it as a whole.
Tippet’s theory proposes to isolate a selection of numbers that will come as close as possible to the value of the ball that is then drawn. From a purely mathematical point of view, the average of all the numbers on the balls is 38. As you play, as the game progresses, the player automatically approaches this average.
The brilliant idea is to bet on a specific set of numbers rather than relying on chance. Please note that this tip is only applicable to Bingo 75.
Granville, the French mathematician
The French mathematician had a different theory. Joseph Granville thought it was better to choose his cardboard. According to him, each ball has exactly the same probability of being drawn, so the truth would be in the composition of the cards. Three principles are defined to choose them to one’s advantage.
The first criterion is to select a card that has the same amount of numbers ending in 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Care should also be taken to ensure a balance of even and odd numbers. Finally, the last criterion is to take this card with an equal amount of high and low numbers.
There is an exception to this list, as for Bingo 90, this last point does not need to be met.
And finally, what do the experts say these days?
Granville and Tippet will never have known the birth of the internet and could never have foreseen its consequences. These theories are very useful if you go to organised bingo sessions ‘in person’, but if you play online, unfortunately, the randomness of the thing is further enhanced. New modern day theories are emerging.
Some say that you should go for bingo games that are less crowded to have a better chance of winning, others argue that you should go for bingo games with higher than average jackpots. There are also other, lesser-known theories, such as the diversity of draws or the concentration of numbers. Whatever the case, the main thing is to have fun!