Want to Be A Better Bingo Player? Play Some Other Games!
Bingo is a fast paced and fun game. You need to have laser sharp eyes, determined concentration and keen wits to make sure you spot your numbers and win the game. Sure, if you’re just playing with one card you can probably keep up with minimal effort, but if you want to win at bingo you’ve got to improve your odds, and you do that by playing with more cards and upping your chances.
Statistically speaking, if you’re playing against 20 players and you all buy two cards, your odds of winning is 19:1, that’s a 5% probability of winning. However, if you buy four bingo cards and the other players buy one then your odds of winning are closer to 6:1, and your probability of winning goes up to 17%. That’s a big jump, and one we’re sure you want to take, but how can you keep up with all those cards? If you can’t spot your numbers you’re just wasting your money on bingo cards you can’t follow. That’s why we’d suggest playing some other games that keep you sharp in the bingo hall. Here are some great games to try out…
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This is a game that has been designed to help build your concentration and attention to detail. The company who designed it, MyHAPPYneuron, have created a series of games to flex your brain muscles, but we think this one is particularly good for bingo training.
To play the game you will be presented with a grid of symbols and letters; you have to put on your Sherlock hat and scan the grid for the odd one out. There are different levels of difficulty and you are timed against the clock.
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Private Eye will help you train for bingo because it requires you to quickly look for and recognize the number that has been called, across multiple cards. As well as this, the game works on your concentration levels so you will have the stamina to maintain the level you need to stay on the ball throughout multiple bingo games. If you’re playing 90 ball bingo, these skills may be particularly helpful, as in this version of bingo you have three chances of winning, and you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss them.
Blackjack is a hugely popular game, online and in the casino halls. The rules are fairly simple; you must take on the dealer and score a hand higher than them, which does not exceed 21. Alternatively, you can win when you have a hand that is lower than 22 and the dealer’s hand exceeds 21.
In each round of blackjack the players sit around the table and place their bets; any bet size can be chosen as long as it falls within the set minimum or maximum for that table. You will be dealt two cards; if these two cards total to 21, that’s blackjack and you have won the game. If your two dealt cards do not total 21 then you begin the process of drawing cards, or sticking with what you’ve got, to increase your hand to make up 21, without exceeding it. You’ll need to read your hand, the dealer’s hand and the hand of the other players to keep in the game.
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The skill that you will learn from blackjack is basic odds calculating (as well as quick math skills when counting up all the cards’ values). The game keeps your brain sharp and helps you think on your feet. You may find blackjack particularly useful if you play 75 ball bingo, which is faster, only offers one chance to win and the higher value of your card and number of players has a direct correlation to the size of the jackpot.
There are many different versions of blackjack and many places to play it. If you want to have a go then you can try free to play games online, which are great for practice. Once you’ve got the hang of things you can play for money, choosing whichever variation suits your mood.
UltimEyes is a game that will help improve your eyesight, as you need razor sharp eyes to see all those bingo cards. UltimEyes was created by Dr Aaron Seitz who is a leader in the research of Vision Science and owner of Carrot Neuro technology.
So how does it work? The exercises in UltimEyes exercise the visual cortex, which is the part of the brain that controls vision. When you play, you have to tap targets on the screen to gain points. The targets that you need to hit are puddles of grey that sit on a lighter grey background, forcing your eyes to focus on the small targets. The puddles in the game are modelled after types of stimuli that neurons respond to best. Dr Seitz’s theory says that if you can train these cells to respond better, then you improve the way your brain processes visual information.
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The skill that you’re learning here for bingo is to more effectively scan, recognize and action numbers on your cards. It’s not really your eyes that are getting stronger, more that your brain is faster at processing what you’re seeing, which is imperative for not missing a number in bingo.
There are a number of other games that you can play on your smart phone, iPad, in person or online. Any game that involves numbers, such as cards games, will also benefit your bingo game in the long run, so get playing. And don’t forget that you can play bingo online or in a hall; if you’re playing online make sure you check out our recommended sites and our bingo lingo so you can join in with the chat rooms.
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