We often get contacted by people who are new to the exciting world of online bingo, asking us whether they need to be good at math to be able to play. Admittedly, online (and land-based) bingo is very much a game of numbers; however, the beauty of it is, you don’t need to have aced Algebra at high school or studied Advanced Mathematics at an Ivy League college to be able to play (and even win) games!
Tons of leading bingo games sites such as Bingo Mania have put together helpful videos on their YouTube channel to show how easy playing bingo online can be.
How the cards work
In American 75-ball bingo, you usually play with a 5×5 card that includes 25 unique numbers that range from 1 to 75. The first column contains numbers from 1 to 15; the second contains numbers from 16 to 30; the third contains numbers from 31 to 45, the fourth contains numbers from 46 to 60, and the fifth column contains numbers from 61 to 75. So, as you can see, the numbers do go in a numerical sequence from left to right. However, provided you take advantage of the Auto-Dab feature, you don’t need to know exactly where each number appears on your card.
Using the auto-dab feature
Now, some online bingo fans will say that auto-dabbing takes away some of the excitement of playing. However, there’s an equal amount of players who reckon it’s a great idea as it means you can play with several cards at once without worrying about falling behind, and there’s less risk of missing marking off a vital number.
If you are new to 75-ball games and you’re not quite used to the structure of the cards or numbering system, we’d highly recommend using the auto-dab option if your chosen site offers it. In fact, most sites enable it as a standard feature, so you might not even have to go looking for it. How it works is that as each ball is called out and displayed on your screen, the respective number is marked off your card/cards automatically, provided of course that your card/s contains the number in the first place.
How to know if you’ve won
Another reason why you don’t need great math skills to play is that the auto-dab feature automatically identifies any winning cards for you. Most systems will also show you how many numbers you still need in order to claim a win (e.g. 3TG, 2TG, 1TG = 3-to-go, 2-to-go, 1-to-go) , and your best cards will be sorted into order, with your cards with the greatest winning potential being displayed at the top of the screen. So, while it helps to know that in standard 75-ball games, you’ll need to complete the relevant pattern that is displayed on your card in order to claim the Full House prize, you don’t really need to concentrate on the numbers on your card unless you’re down to the very last few numbers.
What to do if you need help
As a new player, it’s perfectly understandable if you are unsure how to go about playing your first game – most of us haven’t been born with the natural ability to play online bingo it’s something we have learnt how to do. So, it’s well-worth checking the Help or FAQ pages at your chosen online bingo site, where you’re likely to find tutorials explaining how to purchase cards from the lobby, how to fund your account, how to make withdrawals, etc. However, if there’s a vital question that you can’t find the answer to anywhere, you can either get in contact with the site’s customer service team (usually by live chat, email, or telephone) or (if appropriate) ask the chat moderator in any of the hosted games rooms.
Making the most of the chat rooms
In fact, the chat rooms can be an excellent source of information and entertainment for new online bingo players. The majority of roomies are exceptionally helpful and know the site almost as well as the chat hosts themselves. The chat window is usually displayed to one side of your screen (with your cards on the other side), and all you need to do is type in your message into the box at the bottom of the message window before hitting the “enter” key. Even if you’re not sure about joining in the current conversation, you’ll still be able to view all public messages, including important announcements from the chat hosts regarding upcoming games, winners, and opportunities to win bonuses by taking part in fun chat games. There are two main rules to adhere to when you’re chatting: the first is not to use capital letters as this is deemed as “shouting” and can be very distracting for other roomies; the second is to steer clear of any rude or offensive remarks which will not be tolerated, and may result in your account being closed.
As you’re starting out, you might find it hard to ‘chat’ while watching your cards at the same time. If so, make sure you take advantage of the common chat lingo buttons that are normally displayed at the bottom of the chat window. This way, if a chat host or fellow roomie welcomes you to the room or congratulates you on a win, you can quickly press a button to automatically thank them. You can also let other players know if you’re 1, 2, or 3 numbers away from a win (generally, roomies love to share the excitement of closing in on a Full House), and you can say “well done” to other winners if you want to be courteous.
Understanding the odds of winning
All the numbers in online bingo are randomly produced using what’s called an RNG (Random Number Generator). This ensures that every single game is fair, and that anyone can win, even if they only have one card. However, your odds of winning will be improved if you are playing with multiple cards when compared to someone who’s only bought one card.
So, hopefully we’ve shown you why you don’t need to be a math genius to enjoy or understand how to play online bingo. So, throw your calculator away and jump on in to start enjoying one of America’s favorite hobbies today!