Bingo is a fun, easy going game that many people would label simply as a game of luck. However, those who play bingo more regularly would likely argue that it is important to have a good understanding of the numbers and utilise them to your advantage.
There are many different numerical theories relating to bingo, and whilst none of them have been solidly proven (hence they are still just theories), having a thorough understanding of them could potentially help you to win big. Winning at bingo is of course not everything and playing the game for the sake of enjoyment is key, but many people find the theories behind bingo very interesting. Not only do these theories have the potential to improve your chances of winning, but they also have the potential to make the game more enjoyable for you overall.
Leonard Henry Caleb Tippett was a British statistician who was born in 1902 and was professionally recognised as L. H. C Tippett. He received many awards during his lifetime, including Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1950. Tippett’s theory is based on the “perfect average”, and it suggests that as more numbers are called out within a game of bingo, the more these numbers will lean towards the middle. In a game where the numbers range from 1-99, the median number would be 45. In a game where the numbers range from 1-75, the median number would be 38.
Initially Tippett’s theory may sound quite confusing, but it can be simplified. An easy way to understand the theory is to visualize two piles of bingo balls. In the first pile are all the winning bingo balls. In the second pile are all of those balls which still remain in the cage, and have not yet been drawn.
The middle value of these winning balls could be anything. However, it is most likely to be either much greater or much lower than 45 (which is the median of 1-99). The range of the numbers in the winning ball pile will probably be much slimmer than 99, except for if either 1 or 99 had been drawn, which is quite unlikely.
As the game progresses, more and more balls are drawn. As such, the winning pile will become increasingly similar to the pile which is still within the cage. These two piles will gradually begin to even out, and consequently the same pile that was initially in the cage is recovered. If every ball is drawn before anyone has won the game, then the pile of balls at the start and the end of the game will be identical.
As a game of bingo progresses, these two theoretical piles will become increasingly alike, which in turn means that the median will also become closer to that “perfect average” once again. As such, if you are convinced by the Tippett Theory you should try to choose bingo cards with more median numbers, and see if it helps you to get yourself that bingo win.
Granville’s system is one of the most famous number systems ever to be invented. Joseph E. Granville was a mathematical analyst, born in 1923, famously known for financial market prediction. His number system suggests that bingo players should try to choose bingo tickets where the numbers make the card symmetrical and systematic. For example, there should be a good balance of odd and even numbers, a good balance of both high and low numbers, and the bingo card should have the same amount of numbers which end in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.
Granville argued that it makes sense to choose numbers in this way because in the long run, a balanced amount of both high and low numbers will be drawn, as well as a largely equal amount of odd and even numbers. Granville’s theory largely contradicts the theory of Tippett, but as previously mentioned, neither theory has been proven to be correct or accurate.
Find other numerical theories & tips
Whilst the Tippett theory and the Granville theory are the two most prominent numerical theories in the bingo world, other theories do exist, and each experienced bingo player will have their own thoughts on which numbers are best to go for. A great way to uncover other player’s tips, tricks and theories is by making the most of online bingo chat rooms. In these chat rooms, players who are potentially more experienced than you might be able to offer you some advice and number theories of their own, which will help to develop your understanding of bingo numbers and thus improve your chances of winning next time around.
Having a good understanding, or at least some understanding, of these numerical theories which are so prominent in the bingo world is important if you want to optimise your chances of winning. However, since neither Tippett’s theory, not Granville’s theory, nor your new mate Tim’s theory has solid proof, it is best to play around with different numbers to see what seems to bring you the most bingo success. However, be sure not to get carried away when playing. Be sensible with your strategies, and set yourself spending budgets to ensure that you enjoy the game both safely and securely.
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