Most of us have played Bingo at some point in our lives. Some play it at local bingo halls where the game altogether has a new look and feel. Bingo is a casino game that entirely depends on your luck. There is no skill or strategy involved in the game. There can be multiple winners of a bingo game.
The history of the game is starting from the mid-1500s, in an Italian lottery. Players had their cards with differently numbered squares, and the winning numbers were drawn out from a sack. The game emerged to France in the late ’70s. A young Frenchman drew nine vertical and three horizontal rows and printed numbers from one to ninety in no particular order. The numbers will get drawn from a sack, and the first person covering the horizontal lines were the winner of the game. Then, in the early ’90s, the game became popular with the name “beano”. The difference from the French version of the game was there were fewer numbers now, and people covered their boxes with beans.
Bingo games can be very lucrative if the jackpot is vast enough to please the multiple winners. However, if you are playing in small games, your winnings will be smaller and splitting that will mean low payouts for the winners. But there is your chance of winning as long as you are playing smart. The players should be listening to the announcer who announces the letter and number combination.
How to play bingo?
Playing bingo is not very tough. You have to hear the letter-number combination called out by the caller and check on your scorecard if you have that combination there. Here are some steps to help you understand the process of playing bingo.
- The caller will call a random letter-number combination without looking and will read it out loud. Your first step is to hear the combination properly.
- After the caller has said the letter-number combination, check your scorecard. And see if you have the combination there. Put a bingo chip on the scorecard if you have.
- The game will continue until someone completes five chips in a row on their scorecard. To continue putting a chip on your scorecard whenever you hear a corresponding letter-number combination on your scorecard until you get five chips in a row.
- Shout bingo when you got five chips in a row when you get five chips in a row.
Here are a few tips to give you the upper hand on the game no matter where you are playing.
1. Arrive early
Arrive as early as you can, this may help you increase your chances of winning. As a player, you should get a seat where you are comfortable sitting with. Some people will be taking their positions at the front side of the hall, whereas some people like the backside of it. Early arrivals will help you to get accustomed to the environment. You should be taking time to get snacks and set up your area of playing. You will get to watch more people this way. That will help you learn. Plus, you can also study and know who are the newcomers and who are the veterans. This way, you can gather some information about the game from the willing veterans too. They can suggest you the games that are the best and the games that can be a complete waste of money and time. You can add some to your board accordingly.
2. Be prepared
Bingo is a pretty serious game once you start getting involved in it. You’ll find different tables offered by different places to play on. Some of these tables can cause you a great deal of trouble during the game. So, be prepared. Some bingo boards are large paper game boards where a bunch of bingo cards will be present. In these cases, while you will be rushing for the combination, you will find a board moving frequently. To remedy this problem, you can take glue or tape with you. These things can be a great help. Make sure you are carrying everything that will make your playtime comfortable because you may have to sit for a long time. So bring the chair you are comfortable with because if the sitting is not comfortable enough, that can make your gaming experience bad. So be prepared.
3. Choose the right game
Choosing the right package is another important thing that you must keep in mind. There are plenty of packages and other pattern games to each bingo games. So, a newbie can become overwhelmed and might go for as many packages as they can. However, bingo has no guarantees. If you have spent all your dimes on the boards, you might have to walk out with an empty pocket. Too many packages in your possession can even mean that you may miss out on potential winnings too. So, choosing the right package is one of the most important things. You can try buying the package that has a little bit of everything. This way, next time, you will know what games to choose and not to on your own.
Another thing you can do is to select the package that has the most of what you want to play. This way, you can add other games you might want to play separately on your board. You can save a lot this way.
4. Sit close to the caller and always stay alert
Sitting up front can be beneficial to you every time you. Because when the announcer is calling a combination, you can hear it properly. Sitting close enough to the caller can help you to sneak peek the next balls before the announcer calls that. Well, don’t be ashamed as this is an accepted practice and you can take the advantage. You have to wait until the caller calls the ball if you see your bingo waiting at the next ball. Being seated upfront can also mean that your chances of missing out a combination will nullify. Because some of the bingo halls do not have a great sound system, and you might miss things sitting behind.
These were some tips for you that will help you provide a better chance of winning. However, the game completely depends on luck. So good luck.