Is there any advice on best way to play bingo?
Which games are good to buy more off? How many cards to buy?
It seems to me that you will do better if you go on a Morning when there is much less people - but I don't know how to figure out when that morning is.
Anyway, I would like to win at bingo finally.
Special bingo events at one casino can draw a crowd away from others.
The famed Arizona Charlies on Decatur has a 3:00am game which often is poorly attended except by dealers going there on a lark to take money from 'the blueies".
I do not know if Ellis Island still has that ONE card free for their first Bingo game of the day deal or not. I forget the details of it even if they still do it. Its only ONE card and only for PAPER and DAUBER games; not electronic games.
Have you written about bingo somewhere already?
I could talk about this all day but I'll just say one important thing. Play when the Cashball Jackpot is LOW. Large jackpots will induce more competition. The important thing to consider is (total prize money)/(total competing cards). You want that ratio as high as possible.
Great thing about Bingo, there MUST be a winner.
I agree with the above, large jackpots attracts crowds, lowering your chances of getting a Bingo. I stay away from large crowds and I rarely will validate my cards as I'm not interested and I'm not there to hit the progressive. However, there will be a point where certain progressive becomes favorable to play based on the adjusted qualifier which usually increases each week and is usually capped after a certain number. I do the opposite of 99% bingo players. I also stay from bad paying sessions. Meaning there are certain sessions that pays more than others. And you must know what cards to buy based on those sessions. It's similar to going to the track and betting the races, you have to know what and how to bet based on the odds to maximize your money, whether it's WIn, Place or Exacta, Quinella, etc. You should also purchase as many cards as possible using the machines. Back when I lived in Vegas, it was not uncommon for me to hit 2/3 $1000 coveralls at a low attendance session at Red Rock. But that money train ended when they placed a max on the number of coverall cards you could buy. I usually had over a 1000 cards in play. I no longer live in Vegas but I took advantage of the Bingo rooms while I was there. The Rivierra was great, and the Rampart Bingo room was a gold mine when they 1st opened with their low attendance. I've played up in Portland with some success where the Bingo payouts were surprisingly high combining with a low turnout.
No matter what advice I give, people just ignore them. They end up validating their cards, not maximizing their machines and attends bad sessions where the payouts are not favorable or there are just too many players. And you must automatically eliminate certain bingo rooms based on the limited amount of cards that you can buy. Which is ridiculous , why would a casino turn away money in a game that is heavily dependent on the sale of the cards in order to turn a profit.
There is a negative with the strategy that I just described, Even hitting 1 or 2 bingos may result in a losing session, but at least it will put you in a free roll situation for hitting the coverall. A session that offers a 3 chance coverall paying $1000 each is what I consider a good session and is the primary reason why I am there to play.
I haven't had any success finding low attendance sessions with $1000 coveralls. I've consistently seen minimum 100 players with 10k cards (approximately) in play for the final games. The previous bingo session may have only had 25 or 30 players, but when the coveralls are $1000, people come out of the woodwork.
If you recall, could you give an example of a typical buy-in at Red Rock? I'm looking at a recent brochure, and the coverall cards cost 83 cents each with quantity discount, but I think the strips are only 2-on. I wonder if possibly the coverall strips were previously 3-on.
And for what it's worth, I don't see any $1000 coveralls on the current schedule, except Friday and Saturday nights at 7 & 9, when they offer four per session. They seem to be emphasizing big cash ball jackpot promotions rather than coveralls. As I write, Red Rock has a nearly $60k cash ball at today's 1 pm session.
1. Check and see that the cash ball and any progressive games are VERY low at the session you are playing.
2. If your regular bingo cards are eligible for the coverall, and the coverall payout is the same for any cards, purchase the cheapest packs. I always purchased 20 packs (the max) and received 10 free packs. Do not validate, you are not there to play the casball and besides, it gets expensive. Don't play the progressive either, your not there to hit the progressive and besides, it's too low and is at a difficult qualifier. But buy the coverall cards if they are sold, max purhase.
3. Never play on Fri & Sat nights. Week nights are the best.
4. When I played, the Suncoast had a 3 $1000 coverall at 9'pm. May have changed since then.
5. Count how many players are in the room 10 minutes before it starts. I'm happy with anything less than 100 players once the game gets going.
I think I spent around $200 per session at the Suncoast. Does the Rampart still have Bingo? That place was great when they first opened. Remember, based on what the session pays dictates what kind of cards you purchase. Sometimes buying large rainbows can get you more cards than buying the regular packs. Remember, do not validate. Yes, I have hit the cash ball and did not validate. I'm not there to play the cash ball so I didn't care.
Besides the 3 chance coveralls that pays $1000, the only other session I would play would be the double/triple action. You get good value getting paid 2 & 3X on your bingos, only if the room is relatively empty, I would purchase the most expensive packs. Again, no validation.
The bad news is that Red Rock's 9 P..M. session has a very low cash ball, so it won't divert any players from the Suncoast over to RR.