How Important is that Bingo Card?

One of the greatest things about Bingo is that every Bingo Card has the potential to win. Well, at least that’s true in theory. If you look critically at the Bingo Card, you’ll find that there are similar properties shared by each and every Bingo Card.

The Bingo Card consists of 25 squares, divided into five rows. Each square has a number and there’s a corresponding number in some sort of container. The “caller” pulls numbers at random from that container and the players cover the number (if it appears) on their card. The goal, naturally, is to cover up some predetermined pattern. In traditional Bingo, you win if you cover a straight line of five squares, vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

If you look at it statistically, the numbers are pulled at random by the caller (or sometimes by his assistant). If there’s nothing fishy going on, every number has an equal chance of being called. That means that every card has an equal chance of wining. Again, that’s the theory but you’ll never convince some avid Bingo enthusiasts of that.

Bingo players are sometimes so caught up in their idea that a particular Bingo Card or group of Bingo Cards are lucky that they want to be sure they have that card or group of cards when they play. Sound incredible? Actually, some Bingo halls or Bingo sponsors will agree to reserve certain Bingo Cards for a player. That’s how certain some players are that a particular Bingo Card has a better than average chance of winning.

While some may call it silly or superstitious, there’s no doubt that a great deal of the winning at Bingo is sheer luck. If you put any stock in Lady Luck, Goof Fortune or any other point that will increase your luck, it’s no wonder that some people want a particular Bingo Card. And if they win, it’ll no doubt be attributed to their skill at picking the winning Bingo Card.