Bingo Luck and Superstitions

Some people just seem to have all the luck. Every bingo player knows somebody who seems to win all the time, no matter how often they sit down at the tables or how many cards they play. There's no explaining "dumb luck" -- something no odds-computing formulas in the world can figure. But even people who have given up trying to understand Lady Luck still court her. Below are some alternative ways that some players usse to improve their odds.

Lucky charms. Statistics show that three out of four people carry good-luck charms, whether they admit it
or not. Most students say they perform better on tests when they wear lucky socks, special jewelry, or some other lucky charm. In bingo, judging from the clutter on the tables, one unwritten rule of lucky charms is that they must be prominently displayed during the game. There's no telling what some people deem lucky: troll dolls, four-leaf-clover key chains, dice, gemstones, rabbit's feet, small beanbag animals -- you name it, you'll find it on the bingo tables.

Trust Your Instincts
Gold Country Casino in Oroville, California, is located 90 miles north of Sacramento. To bring in the crowds, they offer a super jackpot bingo game with a top prize of $100,000. To win that, players have to get a blackout (or solid diamond, depending on the session), then pick an envelope off a prize board.

If the note in the envelope says "Proceed to Next Board," the player proceeds to yet another prize board, where they must guess which of those envelopes contains the big money. One woman got all the way to the third board, grabbed the right envelope, and, at the last minute, changed her mind and picked another. Imagine her disappointment when the casino manager revealed what had happened! You can bet that woman vowed never to go against a hunch again.

Lucky seats. If you're a first-timer at a particular bingo hall, be warned. Once you've chosen a seat and settled in, it's quite possible you may be tapped on the shoulder by an agitated player who's been sitting in that seat every Wednesday night for the past five years. It's a good idea to gracefully give up the chair and try to find your own lucky seat. Obviously, whether a seat is lucky for you or for someone else can't be proved, but it does stand to reason that when a player feels comfortable in their seat, they will be able to concentrate and enjoy the game better than if they're squirming around, worrying about bad karma.

Lucky bucks. Is money lucky? Some people carefully place lucky coins in a pattern across the top of their cards. Others would never consider leaving any money on the table, afraid it will curse them with bad luck.

Lucky numbers.
Your lucky number may be another bingo player's curse. Who knows? While one player might thank thei r lucky stars when they get a card showing, say, G-47, another may want to trade it in.


Who Has the Winning Edge?

If you go to bingo to gamble, you're in the wrong place. The bingo hall maintains a much larger edge over the player than virtually any casino or racetrack. A bingo hall that returns 60 percent of buy-ins as jackpots keeps 40 percent for itself. This fixed mathematical edge over the player guarantees the house will always make a profit.

Keep in mind that the worst bet in a gambling casino is a certain kind of bet at the craps table, which carries a house edge near 17 percent. In comparison, bingo carries a house edge of 40 percent -- if 60 percent of buy-ins are returned -- or, more than double the house edge in that bad craps bet!


Remember that when it comes down to it, bingo is a game of chance. If you want to increase your chances to win, look for the big paybacks, find poorly attended games with nice guarantees, choose nonduplicate cards, pull out your lucky charms, and, above all, pay attention and have fun! The social atmosphere and thrill of being one number from a bingo are what bring most people to the halls in
the first place, so keep enjoying it.

The odds are, if you follow some of the guidelines in this article, you'll enjoy the game of bingo and, hopefully, some type of winnings.