# How to Gamble Effectively in Bingo

On paper, the odds of you winning at bingo [are determined by simple maths – take the cards you’re playing divided by the total number of cards in play. If there’s a hundred cards in the game, and you have 4 cards, your odds are 4 percent. The trick is being able to count roughly how many cards there are. Simply count how many people are in the game and multiply that by your guesstimate of the average number of cards the average player plays with.

However, these odds don’t apply to games with a progressive jackpot total. In all progressive games, there is no certainty that any individual game will produce a winning hand.  This ramps up the odds so much in a lot of progressive games that they can rumble on for many days without a winner.

Which Balls Come Up Most Regularly?

Everyone wants to know: “Is there a secret to knowing which numbers will come up most often?

The answer is simple. No number has more chance of coming up in a game than any one of the many others, so long as no-one has messed with the game mechanics.

As with flipping coins, the odds might be even overall, but but there is never a discernible pattern. If 32 occurs in four games one after the other, there is no likelihood that 32 will magically pop up in the fifth game.

The only way to tip the odds in your favour  in a game of bingo is to hold multiple cards at once. The effect of this is to effectively give you more numbers in play – meaning more chances to win. While no card individually is any more likely to win 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, although you can slightly tweak probability in your favour in a game of bingo, really the effect is the same as if you  just cross your fingers!