Bingo Strategy and Tips
In some respects, bingo is a very pure form of gambling. It's entirely a game of chance, and there's nothing you can do to actually influence the outcome. This is very different from poker, for example, where you can use your skills to beat other players consistently if you are good enough. Basically, to be a winner at bingo, you need luck on your side.
As such, good bingo strategy is the same as that for games such as poker or blackjack. You can't improve your skills or increase your chances of winning by knowing which decisions to make and when. There are, however, a few things you can to do ensure you get the very best value out of playing. We offer some advice below.
Play at the Best Sites
Although playing at the best sites won't directly affect your chances of winning, it's still very much the right thing to do. The top sites usually have the widest selection of games and stakes, so you can be sure to find games you enjoy that are suitable for your budget. The standards will be higher, too, so you'll have a better experience overall.
Because the best sites tend to be the most popular, you'll probably find the prizes on offer (particularly the jackpots) are larger than average. Although you won't be any more likely to win these prizes, the fact that they are bigger at least means you'll get more money if you do win. By playing at reputable sites, you'll also know that your winnings will be paid out in a timely fashion.
Look for Bonuses & Promotions
Taking advantage of the bonuses offered by bingo sites genuinely can increase your chances of winning. You get more funds to play with, and you can therefore participate in more games. It stands to reason that the more you play, the better your chances are of winning a prize. You should always check the terms and conditions of any bonus, but provided they are reasonably friendly and the wagering requirements aren't too huge, it's usually a good idea to claim all the extra value you can.
You should also keep an eye on any other promotions that might be running. Most top sites have a range, and there's usually something going on. Whether it's a free game up for grabs, a prize draw you can enter, or some kind of reward scheme, if there's extra value to be had, then you should take advantage of it.
Use Good Game Selection
Most sites have a massive selection of games, but they don't all offer the same amount of value. Selection isn't something that many bingo players think about, but you can benefit from putting in the extra effort into deciding which games to play. It might seem like a good idea to simply play the games with the biggest prizes, but this isn't always the case.
The games with the best prizes tend to attract the most players. Choosing a game with a smaller prize that has quite a few less players might actually mean you win more in the long run. Comparing the entry fee of games to the prizes available is also worth doing, as this can also directly affect your overall win rate.
Other Bingo Tips
There are a few other tips to bear in mind. We suggest that you are always sensible with your money management, and you should avoid playing games where the entry fees are huge in relationship to your balance. It's much better to play games that only cost a small percentage of the money you have online. That way you'll get to play more games which gives you more opportunities to win.
We also advise watching what's happening in the chat rooms. At most sites, there are regular chat games that don't cost anything to enter and can provide opportunities to win prizes such as free games or even cash. Finally, we recommend using the auto-daub feature if available. This will automatically mark your cards and ensure you don't ever miss a winning number.
None of this advice is guaranteed to win you money. However, if you follow it, then in the long run you'll almost certainly get the best possible value for your money and your fair share of prizes along the way.
Author: Brad Johnson
Updated: September 2014
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