Bingo ProbabilitiesThu, 29 May 2008 17:47
A look on bingo probabilities.
Bingo is a game where odds come into play. As such, bingo is a game of pure luck -- much like lottery. However, bingo fanatics insist that there is a mathematical way of determining the winning chances of a card through the laws of statistics and probability. Although bingo probabilities cannot be seen before the first ball is even drawn, it would still be a smart thing to take a lesson or two on how to detect if it exists.
Bingo probabilities are measured in different ways. Some are based on the number of cards a player has, some are based on the number of players entered in a specific game, while others rely on the trend in the initial draws.
1. The Cards
In online bingo, players are usually issued not less than three cards per game. The number of cards given depends on the amount he entered for that game. There are some cases, however, when a bingo room uses a ‘play-all-you-want’ scheme for a specific amount. This allows a player to play with as much cards as he can.
If, for example, you are playing 10 of the 500 cards available, you get a 2% chance at the jackpot. The more your share on the number of cards entered in a game means better chances at winning. However, keep in mind that handling more cards than you can manage can also be a disadvantage. Suppose you are playing with 10 cards. This means that you have to look at all the ten cards every time a number is called. In other words, playing with too many cards can result in confusion.
Meanwhile, there are some experts who suggest that there is a better winning percentage by playing with a fewer number of cards. According to them, playing with a lesser number of cards make the odds of winning big a lot more realistic.
2. The Players in the Game
It is advised that for players who want to have a shot at winning the jackpot, they should enter less-frequented games. This is because a player has bigger chances of winning in games where he don't have to compete with too many players. The logic is that the more players hoping to win the jackpot, the lesser their probability of winning. Likewise, more players mean more cards at play, which leads us back to the first probability theory. The odds of winning are always better when there are fewer cards entered in a specific game.
3. The Draw Patterns
Bingo is all about the 75 numbers randomly distributed in the 25-squared card. Thus, you need to keep track of the numbers called for your to predict the odds of the coming calls. This is the only way you can determine whether your chances of winning are high or low. Take note that the numbers that end with 1 to 5, the odds and the evens, and the highs and the lows are distributed equally. Once a number from a group is picked, there are lesser chances for the rest of those included in that group to be called in the next few draws.
For instance, if I22 and G52 have already been called during the first ten draws, the percentage that B2, B12, N32, N42, O62, and O72 will be drawn is lesser than, say, the 3s or the 5s. If most of the first few numbers are odds, the probability that the evens will be called next is greater. If most of the drawn numbers in the initial set are lows, highs would most likely come out in the following set.