Bingo is a very popular game in the traditional and online circuit, having been actively played since as early as the 20th century. While it is essentially a game of chance, there is no denying that there are ways through which you can improve your odds of winning at bingo. That being said, using any strategy or system will not actually help you win, because after all, the game is mostly based on luck.
Knowing the numbers that appear frequently in bingo and applying the tried and tested systems can improve the probability of winning at bingo in quick successions, whether you are playing online or in the traditional set up. Let’s take a look at the numbers that appear frequently.
Which Numbers Come Up Most Frequently
It’s not entirely difficult to analyze Bingo, especially the numbers that are called out as some of them may appear in regular occurrence. Hence, when you feel that there is an apparent pattern in the numbers being called out, then you can choose a select group of numbers in bingo cards that may improve your chances of winning.
If you know how to play bingo but are now focusing on building a strategy, then enter a bingo table as an observer first only. This will help you read the game which can be essential in increasing the probability of landing the right numbers. On each of the 5 pieces, write down the numbers in this arrangement:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 / 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 / 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 / 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 / 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75
As you can see, the numbers from 1 to 75 are grouped into 5, with each piece having 15 numbers, since bingo numbers are from 1 to 75 and scattered randomly on the cards. Hence, when you are observing the bingo session currently in play, note down the numbers every time they are called. Do so for each paper up to 5 bingo games and note the frequency at which the numbers are called out.
Now draw out the numbers that were called 4 to 5 times on all the 5 pieces. If the game takes longer, then more numbers will be called out likewise. Subsequently, a quick bingo game will have fewer called out numbers. In other words, it is kind of irrelevant how many numbers show up. For instance, in a typical game of bingo played 5 times, the numbers that are called out may include:
7, 16, 24, 56, 75, 34, 12, 4, 73, 64, 56, 42, 41, 14, 15
Now group the numbers that appear frequently according to their letters in the bingo cards. For instance, here are the following patterns:
- B will have 7, 12, 4, 14, and 15
- I will have 16 and 24
- N will have 34, 42, and 41
- G will have 56
- O will have 75, 73, and 64
Now that you know the alphabetical letters in BINGO have the highest frequency of numbers being called out, choose those cards and improve your probability of winning. This also makes it easier for you to assess which number set has the highest number of cards that are called out in 5 bingo games.
Again, using this pattern is no assurance that you the numbers you pick will be continually called out. However, observing the pattern and taking a chance at the frequent numbers is still a better approach, in manual, mechanical, and online bingo. To further improve your chances of winning, there are systems that you may use.
Joseph E. Granville, a renowned scholar and mathematical analyst of his time, was the first person to discover the law in random selection of balls. That is when he articulated a detailed strategy for bingo after monitoring, assessing, and comparing the randomness of numbers in consecutive number of games. The strategy is essentially based on the laws of probability, but also addresses the haphazard nature of randomness in numbers.
Thus became what is now known as the Granville’s System, a mathematically analyzed system that encourages a player to choose bingo numbers that make symmetric or systematic patterns. Here is a perfect example of a symmetric car:
- A balance between odd and even balls
- A balance between high and low balls
- The card has to have the same quantity of numbers that end with 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on. Another example would be 21, 32, 43, 54, and so on.
In order to effectively use this system, a player has to have a good understanding of probability and choosing the numbers this way. Granville claims that playing bingo in the long run will get a player the equal amount of high and low numbers, and the equal amount of odd and even numbers as well. Hence, it kind of makes sense to use this strategy in this game of chance.
Then again, you are going to have the same amount of odd and even, and high and low numbers in the long run, but that’s the point. Each number has an equal chance of being called out in the long term, and that’s a fact. So following this will likely equal the likelihood of getting your numbers called out in the next game. In simple words, the strategy is good, but it is more common sense and basic mathematics than anything else. Despite the fact that Granville is famous for making bold predictions in the investment world, his system is only efficient if you understand probability, which if you do then you won’t actually need the system.
L.H.C. Tipptett, a British Statistician came up a theory in regards to playing bingo, which later became the Tippet’s System. In the Tippet’s System, the theory is that there are 75 numbers in a bingo game, and the longer the game is in play, the closer you should get to the median number, which is 38. Applying this theory means that you will choose the number 38, so in the early stages, you will be going to have numbers closer to 1 and 75, and in the latter stages of the game, the number will be closer to the median number, which is 38.
According to this system, you will choose the numbers that are closer to 1 and 75 in short term plays, and choose numbers that are closer to 38 in long term plays. That being said, how do you make sure that the length of the game will be long or short?
You can’t, and that’s one of the reasons why there is no logic behind the Tippett’s theory. The only way through which you can guess or anticipate the length of the game is by looking at the patterns. For instance, complex patterns will obviously require more time to cover, and will subsequently last longer.
On the other hand, simple and straightforward patterns will require less time to cover, and likewise will be shorter. Hence, this theory is applicable only when you are sure about the complexity of the patterns in the game, which may or may not be accurate. After all, bingo is a game of chance and the best thing (and the only thing) that you can do to improve your odds is study the patterns and the frequency at which specific numbers are being called out.
Odds of Winning at Bingo
Remember that any system or strategy that tells you to pick a specific set of numbers to win will not actually work. Provided that all players on the bingo table buy the same number of cards, then your chances of winning are as likely as the person sitting next to you. In other words, if there are 20 players in a bingo game and each player has picked two bingo cards, then your odds of winning are at 19:1, with the probability of winning at 5% only.
However, if all other players on the bingo table buy just one card and you end up buying four, then it is understood that your odds of winning will be higher, at 5.8:1 to be precise, with the winning probability increasing to 17%. Essentially, the number of cards you pick will have a significant impact on your winning odds and probability.
Don’t ever be convinced that a certain system or strategy will guarantee that you will win. Provided that you are good at observing patterns and analyzing the game, your chances of winning may increase. Hence, there is absolutely no need to consider Bingo as a way to make a sustainable income. Bingo is a game of chance that is intended for fun, and should always be played that way.