The Magic Moments of Bingo

Magic isn't secluded to famous magicians like Siegfried and Roy! Winning a bingo coverall or a Progressive Jackpot is a magical moment.

Mastering illusion has always captivated audiences and the famous Siegfried/Roy duo has been astounding crowds in Las Vegas since 1967 when they first appeared at the Monte Carlo Casino followed by the Tropicana and finally a long successful run at the Lido in Paris.

The art of deception began for Roy as a youngster when he purchased a book on magic in his home town of Nordenham, Germany. The powers to be were at work and when he met Siegfried on an ocean liner and the magic team was born.

Bingo is discovery for youngsters too as we begin playing in grade school, local fairs and parties. Generations of players have not broken the tradition of bingo as great grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers played the game. It is the fond memories of the social game that has bonded family members throughout the years.

The odds of winning have evolved particularly with the revolutionary online bingo concept that began in the 1990's. Local bingo halls hold a certain capacity of players while the sky is the limit online which in turn means bigger Jackpot prize pools. Players are also at an advantage with having room choices opting for a smaller playing field, hence better odds.

Do the math and you will need to be an expert mathematician to add up all 90 or 75 bingo number combinations and what seems impossible to win is suddenly a magical moment of victory. But as any seasoned bingo player will tell you there is a method to the madness and it doesn't take a wizard to trim down the odds.

The more players there are the more it lowers your odds of winning yet when you contemplate the number of players against the number of calls the chances of winning are magical reversed.

For example the approximate number of balls called before a bingo is claimed is as follows:

· 10 players: 25 calls

· 50 players: 18 calls

· 100 players: 15 calls

· 200 players: 13 calls

· 500 players: 11 calls

· 1000 players: 10 calls

Maybe that is why the word 'mathematician' is closely related to the word 'magician'. Smaller rooms mean a greater chance of claiming a bingo while the more players in the game require less numbers called to win.

So summarizing it all either way, the odds are in you favor one way or the other. Next time you choose a bingo room by the number of players rethink it, it's no illusion the magic of winning is on your side either way!

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