Do The Same Bingo Players Always Win?
Article published on September 21, 2017 12:19pm
by BingoPort Reviewer
One of the main questions asked by bingo players worldwide is this: do the same bingo players always win? In other words, do some bingo sites cheat and give all of the jackpots and prizes to the same winners all of the time? It doesn’t matter whether you’re spending a lot of money on a bingo site or barely anything, you need to know that you can completely trust a site. BingoPort is going to show you whether this is the case, and if not, why it can appear like some bingo players always win.
The same players always win…
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, you’ll undoubtedly be familiar with phrases like: “this site never pays out”, “the same players always win”, “they’re just after your money”. You’ll have seen them in the chatroom plenty of times—or even straight from the mouth of your best roomie. The idea that bingo sites are fixed is one of the most popular bingo myths out there. But before you start grabbing your pitchforks and heading to your favourite bingo site’s headquarters, we’re going to make things a little bit easier for you.
Quite simply, we’re going to show you why it’s not possible for a site to cheat—due to the many regulations—and then we’re going to show you why it might seem like the same players always win. Plus, we’ll throw in a few top BingoPort tips so you can stay ahead of the game and get rid of those bingo blues you’ve got.
How do I know that bingo sites aren’t letting the same people win?
As we’ve already discussed in online bingo: fixed or fair?, all sites in the UK have to be licensed by the Gambling Commission. So if a bingo site has been licensed—you can find this information at the bottom of the site—then it will have been rigorously checked to ensure that their games are all fair. It also means that the information you submit—your bank details and personal information—is completely protected. If you’re not sure whether a site is licensed or your information is safe, check out our top tips on how to stay safe when playing online bingo.
In addition to being licensed, online bingo sites also now use Random Number Generators (RNGs) to pick bingo numbers. So, instead of a bingo caller—which can leave room for error—they rely on algorithms to assure players that they’re getting fair odds. This means that the numbers called out during a game are completely random—there can’t be any pattern whatsoever.
So why does it seem like the same players always win?
We’ve all experienced that terrible feeling when you’ve lost a game of bingo for what seems like the billionth time. Going through the many stages of losing at bingo is heartbreaking and tragic. It’s made even more horrific when you take a look at the winners list and it’s that same username you saw last night. In fact, you’re convinced that the same username has been on the winners list for a couple of months now. This is clear proof that the bingo site is fixed—isn’t it?
Have you ever considered that some players might be winning more often due to underlying factors that affect their likelihood of winning? Take a look below to see some of the factors that might make it seem like some players win more than others...
We all have different schedules and timetables to upkeep in our day-to-day lives. It can be exhausting trying to juggle work and bingo day in and day out, but we just about manage it. Some of us have enough time to catch up on bingo in the weekday, others have to wait until the weekend so that they can finally enjoy themselves. Why is this relevant, you ask?
It’s simple, really—some people are going to be playing online bingo more often than others. If they’ve just discovered the wonders of mobile bingo then they’re always going to be playing on the go—it’s just that easy. As you can imagine, this type of player is far more likely to win that someone who tunes in every now and again at the weekend or in the evening. So if it’s still bugging you, why not try to play a bit more frequently?
Do you fancy yourself a bit of an early bird or are you more of a late riser? Do you like to get your bingo fix in before the sun’s even come up, or do you wait until it’s pitch black outside in the evening? If you’re not sure why any of this is relevant, bear in mind that bingo rooms vary in popularity depending on the time of day. For example, a lot of people tend to play after work—which is why mid-to-late evening is always the busiest for bingo rooms.
As you might expect, this has an impact on your likelihood of winning. If you’re playing in a bingo room with 60+ players in the evening, you’re going to be less likely to win something than the roomie who’s playing against less than 20 people early in the morning. If you really want to increase your chances of winning, why not try playing at a different time of day to what you’re used to? You might get lucky!
Some lucky players have a big—seemingly endless—budget which can last them the entire month when playing online bingo. Other unlucky players have to scrimp and save because they forgot to check the wagering requirements properly and have to wager more money than they’d first thought. As you can imagine, the players who have bigger budgets will be able to buy more tickets and go for the more expensive games.
If someone has more bingo tickets than you do for a game, they’re going to be far more likely to win something. But don’t take this as a sign that you should start spending and depositing more on a site. You could always play free bingo or play in bingo rooms that limit the amount of tickets that can be bought by a single player. Alternatively, you could take advantage of VIP schemes or loyalty points. Loyalty points, in particular, build up quickly—you can then spend them on a bingo bonus or more tickets.
This particular point doesn’t necessarily impact how frequently a player wins. It does, however, impact how easily a player can make a withdrawal. As we’ve discussed in the past, bingo sites like to offer newbies and veterans new bonuses and promotions. For example, ‘spend £10 and you get £30’. But if you’re at all familiar with wagering requirements, you’ll know that there’s always more to it than that.
Often enough, you’ll have to spend an X amount more than the bonus offer. If the wagering requirement was 4x in the above example, you’d have to spend £120 before you could meet the requirements, get the bonus and make a withdrawal. While they are vital to the gambling industry, wagering requirements can be a nightmare for players—which is why some bingo veterans decide to forgo them by not taking advantage of promotions at all. While this might not impact how often a player wins, it does mean that when they win they don’t have to worry about the withdrawal process at all.
So how can I increase my chances?
So now you know that bingo sites aren’t fixed—at least the legal and licensed ones aren’t. So how exactly can you increase your chances of winning more often? BingoPort, as always, is here to help you in your time of need.
- Maximize your bingo budget. You don’t want to spend all of your money at the start of the month—you need something in place to ensure that your bingo budget lasts all month. You might want to consider factors like loyalty schemes, player rewards and free bingo.
- Follow our tips for online bingo. The world of online bingo can be complex, especially for a newcomer. That’s why you need to carefully take into consideration the types of sites you’re joining, how busy the bingo rooms are and what types of promotions are available.
- Prep for online bingo. If you’ve got a busy home or you’re often interrupted by people while playing bingo, you’ve clearly not prepared. Whether it’s switching off your phone, getting yourself into the bingo mindset or playing like it’s your last night on Earth—it’s all important.
- Play on a safe and trustworthy bingo site. You can’t expect to win anything if you joined up to the first bingo site you first laid your eyes on. You need to consider whether the site is licensed, has good wagering requirements and offers players a wide range of payment methods.
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