There are two types of bingo players, those who believe that luck has a lot to do with winning and then those who see it as merely a game of chance. Despite what side you lean towards, bingo is fun and just the possibility of winning the jackpot is enough fun for many players.
Although there are ways to help you increase your chances of winning, such as buying multiple bingo cards and playing often, most people will agree that there are no surefire ways to increase your chances of winning.
Some people disregard luck and chance and believe that there are strategic ways to win at bingo. According to Joseph Granville and Leonard Tippett, you can strategize to ensure winning when you play bingo.
We will discuss both strategies so you can decide for yourself whether or not you’ll strategize to win or just rely on luck.
Leonard Tippett, who is also known as L.H.C Tippett, is a British statistician who first proposed the idea that there’s a strategy for increasing your chances of winning. Although Tippett may have played a few 90-ball games of bingo in the U.K., his winning strategy is based on a traditional American 75-ball bingo game.
Tippett theorizes that choosing the right numbers on your bingo cards will either increase or decrease your chances of winning. Keep in mind that you don’t always have the opportunity to pick your cards or fill in your own numbers, but if you do, you may want to give Tippett’s theory some consideration.
Even if you have no control over the numbers on your bingo card, it’s an interesting idea behind a winning strategy. Let’s take a closer look at Tippett’s winning strategy.
In his theory, Tippett believes that when a someone plays a bingo game with a large number of balls (such as 75-ball bingo), he or she should choose bingo cards with numbers close to the median (which would be 38 in this particular variation of bingo) to increase the chance of winning.
Similarly, if there are fewer balls called in a game, selecting cards that are further away from the median may increase the chance of winning. So, how would you know if the caller will draw fewer balls? Tippett’s theory also pays close attention to the patterns within a bingo game.
The basic patterns, such as straightforward horizontal, vertical, or diagonal of filling in five squares requires fewer balls, but if a more complex pattern (such as blackout) is chosen, more balls will be called.
Let’s break this concept down a little more. If you are playing standard bingo with basic patterns, choose high numbers that are farther away from the median (38). If you are playing a game with a complex pattern, choose a card with numbers closer to 38.
Granville, an American financial expert, had a different take on winning. Like Tippett, his winning strategy is based on a 75-ball game, and there is a 1 in 75 chance for each ball being drawn.
We can also assume that the number of balls that end with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (and so on) each has an equal chance of being picked at the start of the game. There are also an equal amount of even and odd balls and high and low number balls; the likelihood of selecting each ball is the same.
According to Granville, 60 percent of the first ten numbers drawn will contain different last digits which means that when you choose a bingo card, you should look for a variety of high and low numbers with different last digits.
For example, if you see a card with 15, 25, 35, 45, and so on, you will want to avoid playing with that bingo card. The more variation in numbers, the higher the chance of winning.
If considering Granville’s strategy, you can also incorporate Tippett’s strategy for winning for an increased chance of winning at bingo.
Do The Winning Strategies Work?
As we mentioned earlier, some people believe in winning strategies while others continue to believe that bingo is just a game of chance. There’s no harm in trying out Granville and Tippett’s strategies, as the theories make sense, but when it comes to bingo, there is no 100 percent guarantee that you will win the big jackpot.
When it comes to both theories, remember that it’s all about the bingo cards and knowing other details of the game such as patterns. The best way to get as much info as you can about the bingo session is to show up early and take your time when selecting the cards.
If you show up at the last minute, not only will your card selection be limited but you may feel rushed to choose a card. Don’t forget to ask questions about the game variation, especially if it’s something different from the classic 75-ball game.
As we mentioned earlier, you may not always have the option to choose your bingo cards but if you do get a card with numbers that don’t look like “winners”, don’t be afraid to ask for another card (after all, you are paying to play).
Utilizing one or both strategies may help you increase your chance of winnings, gain a better understanding of the game, and be more in tune with the game itself.