Bingo Odds

Depending on the type of game you are playing, your chances of winning will vary. Your odds will differ depending on how many numbers you are trying to cover. Some games will win when you’ve marked a particular pattern (straight line, T-pattern, X pattern, etc.) And some are winners only when you have marked off your entire card. Obviously will change according to the number of squares you must cover. On top of this, most coverall (entire card) games have a limit as to how many numbers a drawn in order to win the jackpot. Odds will also change depending on how many different cards you are playing at a time.

When playing a coverall game most games will have a 50 number draw limit in order to win the jackpot. In this case, your odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 212, 086 (assuming you are playing with one card only). If you get into a game where 49 numbers are drawn (only one less then the previous example) your odds will drop to 1 in 407,857. 1 in 799,399 are your odds if you play in a 48 ball draw limit. So you can see odds can change dramatically depending on the game you are playing. However, if there is no winner after the maximum number of balls are played most games will continue at a lower prize amount. In this case, your odds are now increasing every time a new number is drawn. For example when the 51st number is drawn your odds of winning have become 1 in 60, 458, and so on. These are odds are still very high and typically coverall winners are very rare when there is a maximum number of balls being called.

When you are playing a game with fewer squares to cover and when the caller keeps calling numbers until there is a winner your odds are much better. The best way to calculate your odds in these types of games is to figure out how many cards in total are in play. Suppose there are 100 cards being played. In this instance, if you are playing one card your chances to win are 1 in 100. (Much better odds then before right). Now suppose of the hundred cards being played you are playing 5 of them. Now your odds have jumped to 1 in 20 that you will win. Although you must take into account your added financial investment in the game. Yes, your odds are better that you might win but you have to remember that if you don’t win you are losing 5 times as much as you would be if you continue to play with one card.

Therefore the key to being a successful Bingo player is to check out your odds and find a game where there are fewer cards competing. Playing more than one card also increases your chances of winning.

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