When we think of games of chance we can come to the conclusion that skill is irrelevant. As any professional gambler will tell you, this is far from the case. With the right attitude and approach, games that rely on luck can be manipulated in your favour, even if only by a little bit. This might not give you the ability to win every time, but over the long-term, it can help you become more consistent. Taking a look at online bingo through this lens, we want to examine why the game isn’t as random as it first appears, and how players might pull lady luck in their direction.
Getting Set with the Basics
The basic idea of gambling is that playing to hypothetical perfection can mitigate losses, or help you win when luck falls your way. The major confounding issue to this point is that humans are not perfect players. We make mistakes, we buy into fallacious reasoning, and we otherwise rely on our humanity rather than the mathematics of a game. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this is your goal is to have fun, but understanding a few simple concepts can help your money go further.
For the very first step that a player takes, a potential bankroll needs to be kept in mind. It might be tempting to go all-in for the biggest possible winnings, but the more likely scenario is a quick loss. For this reason, a good metric to follow is to play games where the entry fee requires no more than 10% of your daily bankroll. This method guarantees you’ll be able to keep playing for a satisfying amount of time, and still includes the opportunity to go big at the end of the session if that’s your thing.
Another great idea, especially for newer players of bingo or newcomers to a specific table, is to avoid peak play hours. These hours give the most active competition, but they can also create an overwhelming environment for those who want to ease themselves into the game. Since this is bingo, fewer active players also mean greater odds of you winning. Potential winnings would be lower, due to smaller pot contributions but, as they say, a win is a win.
The Game for You
When logging into the digital bingo domain it can be tempting to go with whatever the most popular titles are. Just like everything else in life, however, the most popular thing for everyone might not be the best fit for you. One of the biggest advantages of the modern online bingo market is that the different games feature a wide range of themes and settings.
If you prefer a more relaxed audio/visual experience, then you’re covered. Want to go the other way, for a flashier incarnation of the classic game? That’s covered too, as is everything between. Aside from the presentation, players can also sort tables by the different entry fees. Again, a simple matter of personal preference, some players might like playing on the lowest buy-in games possible, to play for the fun and atmosphere. For a player who swings for the fences, the opposite type of gaming might be a better choice.
The point of choosing these tables isn’t that they’ll offer different odds directly, rather your mood will indirectly affect how you play. The more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you’ll be, the fewer mistakes you’ll make, and the better you’ll perform. At the end of the day we’re trying to have fun, and attempting to force a bad fit is a recipe for failure.
Caption: The best environment to play is the most comfortable one
Going further, the next step is to look at some factual or assumed parts of the games that some players overlook. Coming in first in the assumed side of things is which bingo numbers are called. Every player will eventually have some games where some numbers keep appearing, giving the appearance of skewed odds. As noted in this bingo strategy guide, this isn’t actually the case in the digital realm.
In older forms of physical bingo, there have been instances where some damaged or unusual balls would indeed skew results over time. With digital bingo, randomisation eliminates these variables, so players are running with what is much closer to true unpredictability. In other words, don’t fall into what is known as the gambler’s fallacy.
For a much more factual method to affect your odds, the best and most openly accepted way to play comes from simply investing in more bingo cards. The more cards a player has, the greater their odds to win, at the cost of increased complexity. While perhaps not the best choice for newer players, advanced online systems make juggling multiple cards much easier than in the physical game. Just remember that, unless you’re the only player in the game, buying multiple cards won’t guarantee a win.
Caption: The fewer cards a player has, the easier it is to keep track
Finally, the last and possibly most important step in playing online bingo is to create the right environment. The fact that our environment shapes our mood is hardly a revelation, and this as true for bingo as it is for any other hobby. There are a couple of ways to go about crafting a better environment, with the first being to work within your home. Here, simply cleaning out a nice, tidy, and comfortable space is an effective and cost-free solution.
Otherwise, players could also find their way by looking for a public location with WIFI access from which to play. With 4G signals as widespread as they are today, practically anywhere from a public park to a nice waterfront could all work perfectly. Finally, as a way to tie these components together, players could bring their real-life friends along to jump into the same online games. Digital games are just as much fun as physical when introducing social elements, so players shouldn’t overlook this option.
Though there are parts of online bingo that can help players odds such as buying more tickets, the best method is to treat yourself well. Find a digital table and place to play that makes you happy, measure your bankroll, play with friends, and create an environment that is best for you. Ultimately, the best way to succeed is to avoid making mistakes, which being in a better physical and mental place will help players accomplish. Plus this way, even if you lose, you’ll still have fun on the way.