## Bingo

May 18th, 2009

There really is no secret to winning the game of Bingo because it relies on luck and chance. There is no way for you to know exactly what the next number to be called out would be. Here are the basic mechanics of the game.

As the player, you get a square card that contains 25 small squares. 24 of these squares contain a number, while the middle of all squares is empty. You are allowed to play multiple cards for every game.

The numbers are from 1 through 75. A new number is chosen every few seconds and is announced over the system until a player is able to achieve Bingo. This is achieved when you form a line of 5 spaces from the numbers that have been called out. Your line can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal in form. Diagonal lines need just 4 matched numbers since you can use the free space in the middle of the card. The free space can also be used if you would rather form a horizontal or a vertical line at the middle of the card.

It helps to play strategically, even if the game is based on pure chance. Let us say that the first number called out is 15. This actually reduces the chances of another ball that ends in ‘5’ being drawn and called out. The chances of a higher number being drawn, however, become greater, as well as that of an even number being drawn.

The concept here is that as the number of balls being drawn increases and approaches the total population, which is 75, the attributes of these drawn balls will reflect that of the whole population more and more. The average of the numbers 1 through 75 is 38, so the numbers pulled should have an average that approaches 38 as they are being drawn. This brings us to card choice. As numbers are drawn, the following trends become noticeable: odd and even numbers, high and low numbers, and numbers ending in 0-9. Keep these trends in mind when choosing your cards to play.

There is still variability that you cannot disregard. Roughly, the first 6 numbers drawn will end with different digits. The 7th number, however, would have end in a digit that has already been picked. For instance, the numbers that have been drawn are 13, 27, 5, 32, 56, and 49. Somehow, the 7th number just might be 75, even if 5 has already been drawn. Still, the trends are prominent so you just have to go with the flow on this.

When choosing your cards to play, make sure to browse your vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines. Look for lines that have a good balance of the odd/even, high/low, and ending digit trends. Make use of the free space by paying more attention to the lines that require just 4 matching numbers.

Bingo is indeed a game of luck and chance because you can never predict what number the next ball would bear. But with these prominent trends, you can maximize your winning potential by choosing your cards well. Lastly, always remember to yell BINGO!