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Bingo is one of the most popular games in the world, and more and more people are discovering online bingo which we think is great! However, like with all popular games, people have tried to develop strategies to increase their chances of winning. 

In this blog we’ll explain a couple of the most common bingo strategies you’re likely to come across, and explain why they shouldn’t be relied upon!

Keep reading to find out more about the Tippett method and the Granville method, and our expert opinion on them both.


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Disclaimer: Bingo Strategies Cannot Guarantee Wins!

Before we dive in, let’s make one thing clear: all outcomes in bingo are completely down to chance. While you may decide to try to follow the Tippett method, the Granville method or any other bingo strategy, this does not mean you’re guaranteed to win.

While using strategies like this can feel empowering and exciting at first, it’s important not to become overconfident. Remember that no scheme, strategy or tactics can give you a 100% chance of winning particularly when you take into account the casino’s house edge, which ensures that in the long run the casino always wins.

With this in mind, make sure that you always gamble responsibly, and never spend more money than you can afford to lose.

Although these strategies may help you to understand the game and give you a certain way to approach it, they should not be considered as a magic key to guaranteed wins.

Why Bingo Strategies Don’t Work 

The Tippett method and the Granville method both suggest which types of bingo cards are more likely to be successful. We’ll go into this in more detail in the next couple of sections, but essentially Tippett believed that numbers closest to the median (45 in 90-ball bingo) are more likely to be called as the game goes on.

Granville wrote that the best bingo cards to have would be those with a wide range of both even and odd, low and high numbers.

However, both of these theories soon hit a snag: you can’t choose which numbers will be on your bingo cards. And even if you could, each number in bingo still has an equal chance of being called. So although the theories are interesting from a mathematical point of view, they don’t serve much of a practical use due to the nature of the game!

The Tippett Method 

The Tippet method is named after its creator, British statistician Leonard Tippett. His theory was designed for use in 75 ball bingo games, but its principles could be applied to 90 ball games too.

How it works

Tippett believed that the more numbers are called in a bingo game, the more likely it is that those numbers would be closer to the median number. If we’re talking about 75 ball bingo, the median number (which is the halfway point) would be 38.

According to this theory, if you’re playing a longer game of bingo you should choose a card with numbers that are closer to 38. In this case, we’d define a longer game as one where you need to get a full house to win.

However, if you’re playing a shorter game (for example, one where you only need one or two lines to win), it may be more beneficial to choose a card with numbers closer to the lowest and highest numbers - 1 and 75, in a 75 ball bingo game.

The Granville Method 

The Granville method was developed by Joseph E. Granville, a financial writer and analyst. He believed that the best bingo cards would be those with a good balance of even and odd, high and low numbers.

How it works 

The Granville method essentially advises having a good variety of different numbers on your bingo card. It suggests that as the game goes on, an equal number of balls should be called that are odd and even, and high and low.

He also found that numbers ending in different digits tend to be called an equal number of times as the game progresses. For example, over time the same amount of numbers ending in 1 should be called as those ending in 2, and so on.

According to this theory, it’s best to have a mix of high and low and even and odd numbers, with numbers ending in different digits.

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