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Tips For Understanding Bingo Odds

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Tips For Understanding Bingo Odds


 

Although most bingo players attend games or play bingo on the internet to socialize winning occasionally is also important. Since bingo is a random game there is little players can do to influence the outcome of any game. Despite the game’s randomness there are a few things bingo players can do to tip the odds in their favor. Try using the following winning tips.

 

You should avoid crowded games. The odds in any bingo game depends on the number of cards sold a game with fewer players can offer you a better chance of winning a prize. You should be aware that the jackpot is usually based on the number of cards sold the jackpot in poorly attended games may be much smaller. At bingo halls try to play in bad weather keeps players at home.

 

Play at off times. At online bingo sites try to play at odd hours or late at night. If you are familiar with a particular bingo hall try to pick sessions with fewer players. Quieter games make take place during the middle of the week, midafternoon or on holidays. Keep in mind that games with lower attendance rates usually have smaller prizes than larger games. Basically the fewer competitors you have the better the chances of winning.

 

Try to play multiple cards. For online bingo players this is a breeze thanks to the auto daub feature available at online bingo sites. Most live bingo players say that players should buy and play as many cards as possible. If you purchase too many cards you are likely to make mistakes when marking multiple cards. While we’re on the subject of cards seasoned bingo players say that you should purchase nonduplicate cards. Since no bingo card contains the same number more than once every card in play has an equal chance of winning. If you are playing multiple cards you must stay alert and focus. Believe it or not bingo has been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Hold you cards over from game to game. Many bingo halls allow players to use the same cards from game session to session. Many players will try to purchase cards containing their ‘lucky’ numbers or patterns.

 

A positive attitude is essential for any bingo player. Good things seem to happen to people with a positive. If you lose a game don’t dwell on it. Some players actually believe they can influence games by keeping a positive attitude.

 

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Helpful Bingo Tips

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Helpful Bingo Tips


Surprisingly many online bingo players have never set foot in a land based bingo hall. Most online bingo players are younger than the average live bingo player. At bingo halls games are steeped in rituals, rules and special game variants. If you are one of those that have never attended a live bingo game here are a few tips.

You should try to arrive early. Many regular bingo players go to the hall one or two hours before the games begin. This gives them time to find a good seat and socialize. Some will set up their ‘lucky’ charms and get their cards organized. This is also an opportunity for you to hear about other bingo games in the area. Many bingo halls also offer slot games and many players arrive early to play the slots.

You should come prepared. Bring a glue stick or tape as some tables can be slippery which could break your concentration when playing.

If you can find a seat near the caller it will help you during the games. Some players sit near the caller so they can see the next ball to be pulled from the bingo cage. You need to be alert during games and you must call bingo before the next number is called. Once the next number has been called you bingo is no longer valid. Sitting near the caller will make it easier for you to call bingo in a crowded hall.

Many players say that exercise makes them sharper and increases their powers of concentration. Get up and walk around the hall between games. You should always pay attention to the card pattern. Many bingo halls use special patterns. One good example is the ‘Christmas tree’ pattern used during the holiday season. It is common for new players to get bingo and not know it.

If you are a beginner it is a good idea to stick to a few cards. If you play too many cards you could easily miss a bingo. Since bingo is a totally random game of chance each player has an equal chance of winning. Statistics show that about 90% of all bingo players have won a jackpot.

Some bingo halls serve alcohol and your consumption should be moderate. Having too many drinks will decrease your chances of winning and if you drove to the hall excessive consumption could result in serious legal difficulties.

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Americans Love Bingo Too !

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Americans Love Bingo Too !


As most industry experts know Great Britain is the world’s most active market for both online and offline bingo. Over three million Britons play bingo every week. There are about 400 online bingo sites and most of these are targeting players in the UK. The origins of the game date all the way back to renaissance Italy where the game was known as “Lo Giuoco Code Lotto” which has evolved into the Italian National lottery that is still played today. Bingo then made its way to France where a few extra touched were added and then to Germany where the game was used in schools to teach various academic subjects. The game is still used for educational purposes even in today’s computer age.

The modern version of the game was actually invented in the United States around 1929. New York toy salesman Edwin Lowe observed a game called ‘beano’ at a Georgia carnival and the modern version of bingo was born. Today there are more than 60 million regular bingo players scattered around the globe. In North America there are about 50,000 commercial and non-commercial bingo halls. The game is also popular in Canada and there are even radio bingo games in the remote far north.

Americans love bingo just as much as their British counterparts. Commercial bingo is legal in states that allow casino gambling but charity bingo games are the most common in the United States. Bingo for charity is played in Parish halls, at church carnivals, veteran’s organizations and senior citizen centers across the United States. Some states are more bingo friendly than others but the game is played in all 50 states. A recent study showed that the top ten states for bingo are Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Iowa, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma. Kansas and Ohio ranked just outside the top ten bingo friendly states.

Pennsylvania has the most bingo halls of any state. The number of Pennsylvania bingo halls is 972. Ohio has 963, Illinois has 647, Texas has 613Michigan has 528, Indiana and Missouri have 494 and Wisconsin is last on the list with 409 bingo halls. Diane Wood is America’s only bingo millionaire. Woods won her jackpot at Foxwoods casino and on the same day Foxwoods paid out $600,000 to several lucky bingo players. In addition to live bingo halls players in the United States also have access to several online bingo sites that accept American players. As can be seen the Americans love their bingo too!

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Big Bingo Winner Facing Bankruptcy

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Big Bingo Winner Facing Bankruptcy


The Scottish cleaner that won the biggest bingo jackpot in history is now facing bankruptcy. Former cleaner Soraya Lowell is struggling with a massive debt load less than four years after she won a £1.2 million ($1,848,391.80 USD) National Bingo Game jackpot. The jackpot is the largest bingo win on record. In the past Lowell has been extremely lucky. She won a £43,000 ($67.1416 USD) when she was a member of a lottery syndicate.  Earlier this year news reports indicated that Lowell had been evicted from her £150,000 ($234,274.13 USD) home and moved back to her old residence, a £35,000 ($54,735.70 USD) council house.  The Bank of Scotland seized her home.

Now Lowell and her husband Frankie are being taken to court by the South Lanarkshire Council over unpaid bills. According to the council the couple owes debts of £13,214. ($ 20,356.46 USD) Lawyers for the council are demanding payment putting Lowell in a very bad financial position. The council claims that Soraya owes £6526 ($10,056.70 USD) and Frankie £6688. ($10,306.64 USD)They also want the couple to pay £381 ($587.28 USD) each for legal expenses. A sheriff delayed the case until February after he heard that the couple is trying to find a solution to the crisis. The couple did not appear at a court hearing.

Soraya, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, made national bingo news after she scooped the massive bingo jackpot in 2008 when she won the National Bingo game jackpot at the Club 3000 bingo hall in Coatbridge. Lowell had a long standing agreement with neighbor, bingo buddy and friend Agnes O’Neill to split any bingo winnings evenly. Lowell made good on her promise after her big win. At the time Lowell told reporters “A deal’s a deal. I’d never go back on it.” O’Neill also talked to reporters and said “There wouldn’t have been any malice from me if Soraya had decided to keep the money, but she insisted. She’s just brilliant. I don’t keep (house) well and she does absolutely everything for me.” Unfortunately O’Neill died two months after her windfall.

O’Neill’s widower, John, said he was sorry to hear of Lowell’s plight. O’Neill stated “It’s sad. I’d heard rumours they had money troubles but they never spoke to me about it.” At the bankruptcy hearing at Hamilton Sheriff Court it was revealed that Soraya and Frankie had applied to join a debt settlement agreement. The National bingo game is available as an online bingo game and the jackpots are still huge. Hopefully the next big winner will have better money management skills.

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Bingo Millionaire Loses Home

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Bingo Millionaire Loses Home


In 2008 cleaner Soraya Lowell, 38, won a £1.2 million ($1,872,856.62 USD) bingo jackpot playing the National Bingo Game at her local bingo club in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. The next night she returned to the same bingo club and won an additional £200. ($312.268 USD) Lowell was also part of a lottery syndicate and won £43. ($67.1416 USD) Speaking about her luck Lowell said “I must be on a lucky run just now but I still can’t get my head around that amount of money. It just won’t sink in at all.” After her big win Lowell said she planned to split her winnings with bingo buddy and neighbor Agnes O’Neill who was with her when she won the National Bingo Game jackpot.

Lowell’s luck appears to have changed recently. News reports say that Lowell has been evicted from her £150,000 ($234,274.13 USD) home just three short years after her big win. Lowell had purchased the home after winning the huge bingo jackpot. Reports indicate that somehow Lowell has managed to waste most of her winnings and has been forced to move back to her £35,000 ($54,735.70 USD) council house that she shared with her husband prior to her bingo win.

The Bank of Scotland is taking Lowell and her husband to Hamilton Sheriff’s Court for being ‘in default’ of their mortgage agreement. Friends and neighbors were surprised to learn of the couple’s misfortune. A family friend stated “There had been rumours that Soroya had been having a bit of trouble financially, but nobody knew the extent of it. She only moved a few streets away so everyone still saw her out in Hamilton, but the news of her having her home repossessed is a bolt from the blue. She kept on her old home and you see her and Frankie going in and out, but nobody thought anything of it. Soroya and Frankie have also got rid of an ice cream van which they bought. Their life has changed a lot since they first won.”

After the couple failed to contest the Bank of Scotland’s action Sheriff John Miller ruled in favor of the bank. The couple has the opportunity to recall the decision before the bank takes control of the property. Neighbors at the Lowell’s new property said that no one has been at the house for weeks. One neighbor commented “The garden is in a bit of a mess and there’s not been any sign of life in the house for a good while now.”

Currently the National bingo game is not available as an online bingo game but there have been a few internet bingo millionaires in recent years. It is just a matter of time before the national Bingo Game goes online.

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Online Bingo-Cheap, Easy and Fun


Over at the popular webzine sliversurfer a recent article pointed out the advantages of online bingo. The article emphasized that playing at bingo sites is easy, cheap and fun.  It is no secret that technology has a profound effect on society and the daily lives of millions. The internet has changed the way people shop, read news, access entertainment and play games and gamble. For some traditionalists online bingo seems like an attack on one of the great gambling games. Die hard bingo fans still crowd into bingo halls daubers at the ready waiting for the numbers to be called. For some traditionalists the advent of online bingo seems like “attack on the last bastion of gaming.”

The problem for traditionalists is that players are switching to online bingo in droves and with very good reason. The selection of games is huge and the jackpots are large. The days of two and three figure bingo jackpots are gone forever. Some traditionalists think that because the jackpots are huge at bingo sites it must cost a pretty penny to play online bingo games. Nothing could be further from the truth and at most bingo sites cards may be purchased for as little as a penny. While the stakes may be low the potential rewards are huge.

The generous bonuses available at most bingo sites has caused many a land based player to throw those old fashioned bingo daubers in the nearest trash bin. Bingo sites have made registration as easy as possible and are offering players generous player incentives and perks. Withdrawing winnings is quick and easy and in many cases bingo winnings can be directly deposited into personal bank accounts. During the past few months several bingo halls in the UK have participated in a program to teach pensioners and other players computer skills. Many older people are uncomfortable around computers and the program is designed to make players comfortable with computers.

Players who prefer the camaraderie of live bingo halls will be pleased to learn that they can still talk to other players online using bingo chat rooms. Games at bingo sites take place in a virtual bingo ‘room’ with a separate chat room. There is a moderator to make sure things remain civil and the chat never stops at bingo sites. For those that want to take a break from bingo there are plenty of side games to choose from. Games include online slots, poker, roulette, blackjack, keno and many others. It should come as no surprise why so many players prefer online bingo.

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A Brief History of 90 Ball Bingo


In North America traditional 75 ball bingo reigns supreme but on the other side of the Atlantic it’s a different story. In the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia 90 ball bingo is the most popular bingo game. Around 1880 the forerunner of 90 ball bingo reached Germany. The 90 ball game influenced bingo and lottery type games in Britain and by 1900 a 90 ball game known as tombola, housey –housey and lotto were common. After the Second World War the 90 ball game became widely known as bingo. In the US the 75 ball bingo game was introduced by Edwin S. Lowe and was originally known as beano for the beans that were used to cover the numbers on the game cards. The game became popular and became known as bingo and was marketed as a box set home game.

Just about every child has played bingo at one time or another either at home or at school where the game is used to teach various subjects. Over the years bingo has been a powerful fund raising tool for charities and churches in the US. In postwar Britain bingo developed into a major industry as the game became commercialized. The UK bingo boom began in holiday camps that were popular in postwar Britain and by the 1960’s British bingo was in its golden age. In 1996 bingo went online and the rest is history. 90 ball bingo remains the most popular variant in the UK.

As the name implies the 90 ball version of the game uses 90 numbered balls. The similarity ends there and 90 ball bingo cards are much different than traditional 75 ball cards. A 90 ball bingo card is marked with 27 square grid of three rows and nine columns. The 90 ball card is marked with 15 random numbers, five to a row. The cards are marked in the same way as 75 ball cards. Players can win three ways while playing 90 ball bingo. If one row of numbers is marked off the player wins the lowest prize and can also win with two rows marked. A full house is when all the numbers are marked and a full house usually wins the big jackpot.

90 ball bingo is easily the most popular game at most UK bingo sites. 90 ball bingo has made the transition online comfortably and most internet bingo sites now offer both 90 and 75 ball bingo. 90 ball bingo is now big business in the UK and brings in over a billion pounds a year for bingo providers.

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Why Are Most Bingo Players Women?


It is hardly a secret that most bingo players are women. In the UK women account for about 70% of all bingo players and globally the figure is even higher at 80%. According to most bingo news sites most internet bingo players are women. Despite the development of new bingo games that appeal to a wider audience the stereotype persists of the typical bingo player as a member of the ‘blue rinse’ set as older ladies are known in the UK. Bingo in the UK has attracted many younger players and in some bingo halls Sunday night jackpots can be over a million pounds. There are many reasons why most bingo players are women and here are just a few gleaned from several bingo news and bingo review sites.

Persistent stereotypes have caused many men to reject bingo as a leisure activity. Many men do not play bingo for fear of ridicule from their peers. Many men do play at bingo sites privately and there are even a few bingo sites devoted to male players. Some male players even go so far as to play online bingo using female screen names. Thanks to the advent of online bingo and the development of youth oriented bingo games such as Rebel Bingo the game is losing its image as a game for little old ladies. In fact bingo is now the most popular leisure activity for UK women aged 18 to 30. Men who are tired of the bar scene and are looking for a nice woman would do well to frequent bingo halls and online bingo chat rooms.

Many women have a lot more leisure time and play bingo more often. Although women have entered the workplace in record numbers in most societies men are still the breadwinners. This means that housewives have more leisure time to play bingo. Playing bingo offers potentially high returns for small wagers and since women gamble less than men the low cost makes both land based and online bingo more attractive to female players.

Women are more social than men and bingo is a social activity. Internet bingo games offer women the opportunity to socialize with each other and make new friends. Men are more likely to watch sports and engage in other activities they consider ‘manly.’

Bingo is a great stress reliever for harried housewives and professional women. Playing at bingo sites is a great stress reliever and several studies have shown that bingo can significantly reduce stress levels.

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Sing Bingo Rocks the Online Bingo World


Sing Bingo launched on July 1st to a huge welcome from the online bingo game community. The music-themed site is certainly causing a stir due to the fantastic memorabilia, prizes and games on offer and the jackpots available are impressing bingo fans.
The new site has promised to be the Star of Free Bingo and first signs are looking as though Sing Bingo will fulfill its pledge. Sing offers a whole heap of free games in addition to regular paid games with monster prizes and jackpots.
The free bingo games are available to play 24 hours a day 7 days a week at Sing – no deposit required. Choose from six free bingo rooms to try your luck at winning a real cash prize of up to £50.
Sing Bingo also has a bunch of daily jackpots in low cost paid games worth £50 each running three times every single day. Check out The Red Eye room at 10am, the Eatin’s Cheatin’ room at 1pm and The Warm Up room at 4pm for these hot daily jackpots. Tickets for these games are only 10p and you can buy up to 96 cards per game to maximize your chances of winning!
The daily jackpot games at Sing Bingo are all played on 90 ball bingo so that means you will have three chances to win in every game – for one line, two lines or the full house. These cards are all available to pre-purchase up to a week in advance so you can be sure you won’t miss out on any of the action.
If you fancy trying your luck at bagging a big prize at Sing, head on over to The Record Breaker room on Thursdays at 9pm where the guaranteed jackpot is £1000! The most amazing thing about this game is that the ticket prices are only 10p.
For other great prizes, there is The Rehearsal game every Tuesday at 9pm where the guaranteed jackpot is £750. This is played on 90 ball bingo – so that means three more chances to win big. The other huge jackpot available weekly at Sing Bingo is the Saturday game The After Party, running at 9pm with a guaranteed jackpot of £500; tickets cost just 5p.
Sing is rocking the bingo world at the moment with its fresh new approach, music themed site and prize giveaways, which you will certainly read about in all of the bingo reviews.  However, these great jackpots show that Sing Bingo has its eyes on the big cash prizes too – now that’s something worth singing about!

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