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Know Your Numbers: A Guide to Better Bingo
 

 
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"Bingo" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  Gerry Dincher 
 
Bingo is a numbers game. Although any gambling endeavour where you have to work out odds and calculate bets is technically a numbers game, bingo really is all about the numbers. Whether it's the name of the numbers spat out of the bingo machine, your odds of success or the way you need to manage your money, bingo is all about the numbers. So, to ensure you understand the language of bingo’s numerical nuances, here's a rundown of three things you need to bear in mind before you ante-up.
 
   What's in a Name?
 
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"Bingo Boat" (CC BY 2.0) by  MaltaGirl 
 
If you've ever played bingo before you'll know that almost every number has a nickname. From the famous two little ducks (22) to bull's eye (50) and top of the shop (90), bingo's numerical nicknames are what make it one of the most entertaining games in the world.

In fact, if you click through our bingo portal you'll find a table outlining 90 of the most common bingo nicknames. It's worth studying if you want to become a better player. Why would you need to know the nicknames if the number is called out? Because a game of bingo often goes at a relatively rapid pace, keeping up can often be a struggle.

Fortunately, nicknames have a greater resonance than simple numbers. So, even if you miss a number but you catch the tail end of the nickname, you should be able to dig through your memory banks and recall the number the next time you can spare a second. Essentially, nicknames allow you to stay in touch with the action and ensure you never miss out on a win.
 
   How to Manage Your Money
 
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"Bingo.." (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  ruslatunna 
 
The beauty of bingo, especially online bingo, is that you can play at a range of stakes. This means that virtually anybody can play. However, if you're not aware of your limits then you can often find yourself joining games beyond your budget.

Bankroll management is crucial in all areas of the gambling world and, according to Winkly, there are various ways to handle your bingo budget based on the amount you have to spend. Looking at three price points - £10, £20 and £30 - Winkly, which is an online knowledge portal for Wink Bingo, suggests a number of ways you can make your money go further in the bingo world.

In addition to highlighting how you need to understand the rules and clearly define what your bankroll actually is, Winkly suggests creating a recurring bingo fund by re-depositing your winnings instead of spending them.

By taking a small portion of your winnings and putting them back into the system, you basically create a bingo bankroll that sustains itself and doesn't impact on your real world finances.
 
  Know Thy Odds
 
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"Bingo" (CC BY 2.0) by  clyderob 
 
The odds in bingo are constantly changing depending on how many people are in the game. In a nutshell, the fewer people there are in the game and the more game tickets you have, the better your chances of success. This point is made even more apparent when bingo is compared to a lottery.

For example, if there are 100 players in the game, all with two tickets, everyone would have a 1% chance of winning. You can get to this conclusion by dividing two by 200 (100 players X two tickets) and then multiplying the resultant figure by 100.

If you can ascertain how many cards are in play, it’s possible to increase your chances of winning by buying more cards. Essentially, any time you can give yourself a 10% chance or greater in a game then you’re in a good position.

Becoming a better bingo player is basically just a numbers game. If you're able to understand the numbers and make them work for you then it's possible to get a lot more out of the game than you ever thought was possible.
 
 
 
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