Bingo-Calculating the Odds

Since bingo is a random game of chance it is nearly impossible for any player to influence the outcome of any individual bingo game. For many players the game’s randomness only adds to the excitement because every player has the same chances of winning. In bingo halls numbers are drawn using numbered bingo balls. At internet bingo sites a random number generator is used ensuring the randomness of number draws.

Understanding and calculating bingo odds are actually very simple. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to calculate bingo odds. Simply divide the number of cards in play by the number of cards you are playing. For example if 100 cards are in play and you have 4 cards your chances of winning are 4 in 100 which equals 4%. Unfortunately knowing exactly how many cards are in play can be extremely difficult. At some internet bingo sites the number of cards being played is posted in the individual game rooms. These odds do not apply to progressive jackpot games. In progressive jackpot bingo games a winner is not guaranteed. Usually progressive jackpot games require players to cover the predetermined card pattern within a set number of calls. In most progressive bingo games the odds are steep.

Some players believe that certain numbers are called more often than others. Of course this is a fallacy since the numbers are randomly drawn using balls or a random number generator. No single number has a greater chance of being called than any other number. If you were to toss a coin three times it may come up tails twice and heads once. During that coin flipping session it is true that tails comes up more often. But if you were to flip a coin for an hour the laws of probability say that the number of heads and tails would be almost equal. The same logic applies to bingo numbers. In the long run the game will be totally random.

There are a few things you can do to tip the balance in your favor. Avoiding crowded games is one way to better your odds. Odds depend on the number of cards played and if you play multiple cards in a sparsely attended game there will be less competition for the game’s jackpot. Playing multiple cards is a proven way to shift the odds in your favor. You should also avoid duplicate cards since every individual card has an equal chance of winning. You should also stay alert to avoid mistakes. The same principles apply to land based and internet bingo and the bottom line is that winning is mostly a matter of luck.