Bingo’s most obvious strength is also its weakest link. Since the game is practically a no-brainer (players do not need to learn complicated card strategies or bluffing tactics), most people are more likely to throw common playing sense out the window.
It’s so baffling to see why bingo players, especially those who are not used to the various intricacies of the game, commit the same mistakes over and over again.
So, here’s a list of the common errors that most people make when playing bingo. Do take note that the tips below can be applied to both real-life bingo and its online counterpart.
Always aiming for the biggest jackpot.
Sure, there’s nothing wrong in playing for the biggest jackpot inside the bingo hall. But do take in mind that the higher the jackpot, the less chance of you hitting it. Your odds in winning are lower in games with huge jackpots since the people around you are also betting for the same pot. There’s just too much competition.
If you really want to increase your chances on winning, look for games with a lower prize money involved. There are relatively less players in these low-stakes games, thereby increasing your odds at hitting the jackpot.
Playing one card at a time.
More cards = more chances for getting a bingo. Don’t get stuck with just one card- play multiple cards! Just make sure that you can handle all of them; beginners can usually handle about 3 to 5 cards simultaneously.
If you’re playing online, there’s no reason for you not to play multiple cards. Bingo game clients usually offer an auto-daub feature; this allows you to play as many cards as you want- the computer will do the daubbing for you!
Not sticking to one’s budget.
Poor, inefficient- or even non-existent!- bankroll management is the reason why some bingo games don’t end up so well. Make a budget and stick to it religiously. Know your limits. If you’re on a losing streak, take a deep breath, step back, and ask yourself if it’s still worth your time and money to continue playing.
Playing under the influence of alcohol or emotional stress.
These things impair your judgment. You lose focus, and you start to play by mere emotions or impulses, instead of logic.
Playing too competitively.
Bingo is an easy and fun game. And this is the reason why you should play for fun first, instead of playing just for the jackpot alone. What’s the use of spending time and money on something that you don’t enjoy?
Being ignorant of the bingo hall’s rules and terms.
This is important for online bingo websites whose terms and conditions are radically different from their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Each site has unique rules concerning payout, etiquette, and deposit options. Some offer special promotions and bonuses for paid members. If you smell something fishy about a site’s terms and conditions (such as putting up a large deposit first before becoming eligible for payout), then back off.