Musings on "advantage player" and the oft-given advice of "play the games that you actually enjoy playing".
This thread was prompted by our fearless leader's comment:
"Regarding bingo, that indeed often is an advantage play if you buy the right kind of cards at the right time and place. There is no one strategy that works in every bingo hall, each one has to be analyzed separately. In the case of Station casinos, look for the sessions that have the big guaranteed coverall wins and buy lots of the "countdown cards." If the cash ball for that session gets too high then you should probably skip it, as it will induce a lot more competition. I tend to think that validating and the other side bets are rarely a good value. If I were a low-bankroll advantage player, like $10,000 or less, I would use it to play bingo."
Now you all know that I am quite confused by this "higher math" stuff. Indeed, I really can't even grok the term "higher math" since I just don't understand that when things get beyond 10 and I have to resort to my toes rather than my fingers that is referred to as "higher" math when clearly my toes are lower to the ground than my fingers.
Yet, irrespective of whether we refer to it as higher math or lower math, there is no question that Advantage Play at Bingo doesn't really seem to involve much math at all. The first tenet of advantage play at bingo is to select a strategy from two choices that are available: aim for a large turnout or aim for a small turnout.
A small turnout is usually based on time of day, location and mainly the weather. Now despite what I was constantly told I do indeed have enough brains to come in out of the rain. So if it is raining or rain is forecast to be soon and rather severe, I could determine this without having to count on my fingers much less on my toes! Its the same thing with wind and temperature, its a matter of looking it up and getting one value without having to make any calculations at all. Oh, Heavenly Days. No higher math!! (And no lower math, either).
A large turnout is often dependent upon attractive bonuses or jackpot offerings. Casinos have web sites and Twitter accounts and casinos are very prone to let people know about their specially attractive bonuses, so once again: No math!! And even someone with my impaired math skills can figure out this Big Hand and Little Hand stuff to decide if its 3:00 pm at Arizona Charlies or if it is 3:00 am at Arizona Charlies. It would only take me a few visits at each of those two times to figure out which would tend to be more crowded when most of the customers are retirees who tend to be less often "out and about" at 3:00am than at 3:00pm.
Buying or avoiding a particular type of Bingo card would hardly be too taxing on my math abilities either. So this is my kind of "card counting". You buy the bingo cards that count, you don't try to figure out about Dealer's Up Card particularly when there are no such things as Up cards anywhere in the deck.
So really this stuff about being an Advantage Player is pretty good. I can attain "AP" status for the price of a wig and a fake beard. Wow. Gambling is gonna be fun again!! And cheap!! Halloween ain't too far away and I can roll some little brat who is passed out from a sugar jag and steal his fake beard.
Now as to the question of "play the games that you enjoy":
Sounds like good advice. I do enjoy the fast action at craps, but I usually confine myself to Basic Strategy of line bets, oddbets and occasional Field or Place bets. Looking up all the house edge figures and trying to figure out an average bet size and average house edge is beyond me, but sitting there daubing a bingo card is a task I could eventually learn how to do.
I enjoy MiniBacc and Blackjack as well as Roulette. Should I give all this up for a Bingo Game that I don't enjoy and feel embarrasses me to be seen there?
Bingo has been an advantage play for a long, long time.
Certainly a huge grind.
Do you get comps for being a bingo player? Just curious.
AP (the broken dream) is incorporated into BINGO? Is that what I understand?
Who needs to pay for entertainment, I read AP threads for a good laugh.