# How to Gamble Effectively in Bingo

On paper, your chances of winning at bingo [are determined by simple maths – take the cards you have in play divided by the total number of cards in play. If there are 100 cards, and you have 4 cards, your chances of winning are 4 percent. To turn the odds in your favour, you must count the number of cards in play. Simply count how many people are in the game and multiply that number by what you think is the average number of cards per person.

However, these odds don’t apply to games with a progressive jackpot total. The format of the game means that a winner is not guaranteed.  The odds can be so colossal in some progressive games that they sometimes seem to be neverending.

Which Balls Come Up Most Often?

The holy grail for serious bingo players is: “What’s the secret to knowing which numbers will come up most frequently?

There’s a disappointingly unambiguous answer to that question. No number has a greater chance of appearing in a game than any one of the many others, assuming no fraud.

Like the flip of a coin, the the odds are mathmetically even, but predicting a pattern is impossible. If 32 is drawn in four consecutive games, that does not mean that 32 will come up again in the next game.

The only way to tip the odds in your favour  in a game of bingo is to hold multiple cards at once. More numbers = more chances to win. Whilst no card has any more chance of winning in a game than any other, you would have a greater percentage of the cards being played. That means you increase the odds on you winning. If you just one card to play with in a game with 20 other cards in play then you fewer chances to win than someone with 4 cards in the same game.

In the final analysis, while you can footsy around to slightly tip the odds in your favour in a game of bingo, you might as well  bring along a rabbit’s foot!