There are a couple of common misconceptions about bingo; the first being that it is an “old person” game, and the second being that it’s a boring game with no real strategy to it, all just coming down to mere luck.

Truth is rooted in both these beliefs, however, in recent years bingo’s popularity has soared with people of all age groups. This is largely thanks to new reimaginings of the game, such as Bongo’s Bingo, and the birth of online bingo websites. With increasing numbers of people getting involved with the game, the importance of strategy within bingo is becoming more widely recognised, and more people are aware that winning at bingo is not just down to luck. If you want to get on board with the game, and want to win big, then here are a few little tips and tricks that you should know about:

Keeping on Top of Your Numbers

Concentration is absolutely key when you’re playing a game of bingo, regardless of whether you are playing an online version of the game, or an in-house one. An all too easy, and frustrating, way to miss out on winning big at bingo is through failing to keep on top of which numbers have been called already, and which haven’t. Try to minimise all distractions to the best of your abilities. Sit somewhere quieter, mute your phone and other electronic devices, and ask friends and family members not to disturb you whilst you play. If you are playing an in-house game, then using a bingo dabber or masking tape can be a great way to make managing your numbers much simpler.

Look into Number Systems and Theories

Understanding number systems, theories and probability can seriously help you to win big. The main two number systems that relate directly to bingo are The Granville system, and the Tippett system. Neither of these theories have been fully proven, which is very important to take note of, but they do seem promising, and many bingo enthusiasts swear by them.

Granville’s theory recommends that a bingo player should choose tickets which contain the most symmetrical and systematic numbers; there should be a balance of odd numbers and even numbers, and a balance of low and high numbers. This number system also argues that the perfect bingo ticket, on top of this, would ideally contain a balanced amount of numbers which end in 1, 2, 3 etc. Granville’s theory believes that over the course of a bingo game, it is most probable that a wide range of numbers will be called, so choosing tickets by this suggested method will maximise your chances of success.

The Tippett theory, however, argues almost the complete opposite to the Granville theory. It claims that within a game of bingo, as more numbers are called, more of those numbers will lean towards the middle. Consequently, the Tippett number system recommends players to pick bingo cards with more numbers that are close to the median; this number would be 45 in a game where the numbers range from 1-99.

Since neither theory has been proven why not try giving both a go and see how things turn out!

Play More Cards

Regardless of number systems and theories, the very simplest way to up your chances of winning is to play more bingo tickets per game. The more you play, of course, the greater your chances of bingo success are. As mentioned before, it can be tricky to keep on top of your number during a bingo game, so be sure to work your way up gradually, playing maybe one or two cards at first, then trying your luck with maybe four or five. Also keep in mind that bingo tickets can get very expensive, so work this expense carefully into your budget to be sure that you don’t get too carried away.

Pick Up Tips in Chat Rooms

The vast majority of bingo websites will have online chat rooms where you can easily socialise with other players. Not only does this element of online bingo make the experience a lot more fun, it also provides you with a great opportunity to pick up some tips and advice from really keen bingo players, who have already sussed out exactly how to win. Sometimes, people will host additional games within these chat rooms, offering up further chances for bingo success.

Bingo definitely isn’t a game solely about luck. There are countless ways in which you can improve your chances of winning, some very simple, and some a little trickier. When you play bingo, it is of course important not to get too competitive. Winning is great, but it isn’t everything; make sure you play bingo for the right reasons, and have good fun.