Players’ chances of winning depend on the number of cards in play and how many cards they have to play. For example, if a player has 12 cards in a game with 1200 cards, the odds of winning for that player are 1 in 100.
Each player has a number of Bingo cards. Using American rules, each Bingo card has 5 rows and 5 columns, providing 25 spaces. Using European rules the card instead has a 9×3 format.
Under typical American rules, columns are marked from left to right with the letters: “B”, “I”, “N”, “G”, “O”. With one exception (the center space is “free”) the spaces on the card are assigned values as follows:
- each space in column “B” contains the numbers 1-15;
- each space in the “I” column contains the numbers 16-30;
- each space in the “N” column contains the numbers 31-45;
- each space in the “G” column contains the numbers 46-60;
- each space in the “O” column contains the numbers 61-75;
Also, a number can only appear once on a single card.
Naturally those who buy more cards will be more likely to win more often. The cards each cost from €0.01 to €1.00 with most sites playing most of their games at 25 cents a card. The size of the pot is determined by how many players are going to play and how many cards each one draws.
I won as much on 4 cards as I have won on max cards and my spending funds lasted much longer. Most sites will have games with a fixed amount for the pot, no matter how many are in play. These games are advertised on each site or chat hosts will be happy to direct you to information about them as they are in different areas on each site.
Online Bingo rooms usually offer special winning jackpots in addition to the normal wins. I’ve won several jackpots on different sites. I once won a €2,345 jackpot playing with my four cards.
There are those who have won a progressive jackpot on their first visit to a website. Remember that when you are given a bonus for trying out the game, be sure to read the cash out policies on them, as most sites do not allow you to withdraw money from “free money”. There’s nothing worse than winning a €5,000 pot that you can’t withdraw and put in your account!
For every card you buy, the site will withdraw your share of the bet that is never entered into the pot to be won. If there is more than one winner, the pot will be split to allow each winner to have their equal amount. Different websites advertise different promotions that offer bigger prizes.
When you register on a website, click on the box that says “Yes, I want to receive advertisements and emails about your promotions”. This will keep you informed of who is calling the biggest pot.
On important days like holidays, there are ALWAYS lots of websites doing special things during special times. At the same time this is good for the player as it brings in new players who focus on the big games so you will be playing against a lot more players.