Wizard
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December 23rd, 2012 at 7:07:04 PM permalink
As I've mentioned on the radio and here, I've been spending much of my time analyzing bingo lately. Between studying 15 different casinos, 7 days of the week, 8 different sessions, and the multitude of promotions and types of cards, this is proving to be an enormous task.

One of many questions I am endeavoring to answer is what is the best day of the week to play. The going wisdom, even perpetuated by me, has said to avoid playing Friday to Sunday. It doesn't take a math wiz to see that the same casino and session will see about twice as many players on a weekend than a weekday.

However, I've been recording Cash Ball jackpot amounts form cashballupdates.com. After teasing out days where the Cash Ball was hit, or went up too much, probably due to a promotion, I looked at the overage rates of increase by day of the week. This table shows the average increase by the day of week of the play. For example the 6.70% for Monday, means that there was a 6.70% increase in Cash Ball jackpots on Tuesday compared to Monday, which reflects card sales on Monday.

Day Increase
Monday 6.70%
Tuesday 6.53%
Wednesday 7.70%
Thursday 6.35%
Friday 7.22%
Saturday 6.81%
Sunday 7.14%

So, I submit for the consideration of the forum that there is not a statistically significant correlation between card sales (as evidenced by validation sales) and day of the week. How could this be when the bingo room are obviously crowded on weekends? My theory is that on weekends the rooms are filled with tourists spending \$20 on cards. These crowds scare out the locals, many of whom are card hogs (like me sometimes), buying hundreds of them.

What do you think of this?

Also, do any forum members like to play bingo in Vegas on a regular basis. You may be able to help me out with my research, for which I'm open to paying.
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FleaStiff

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December 23rd, 2012 at 8:26:19 PM permalink
Whoa there!!

Ever hear the expression: "Its my Friday"? In a world of casinos being busy on weekends and particularly nights... shift work means everyone works on the Official Saturday and Sunday.

So does this extend to the guy who drives the bus from the retirement home to the Bingo Room? Does this extend to the food service at the retirement home... which affects the bus schedule of the residents?

You might have to decide just what a "weekend" is in the Bingo World? More tourists means more likely that a bonus will hit and therefore be shared? I don't know.

WHICH casinos have "weekend tourist traffic"? Or is it a myth that Bingo is played by Blue Haired Retired Women. Stations has all those special bingo tournaments so some out of towners do get flown in for them.

Is rain, wind or temperature a factor? Are pension and social security checks distributed on random days? A monthly deposit at the beginning of a month might make a certain "day" significant but that same "day" might be meaningless towards the end of a month of losses.
Buzzard
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December 23rd, 2012 at 8:35:57 PM permalink
Social Security checks are EFT'd on the 1st 2nd 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month. Some in 2013 paper checks will no longer be issued.
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miplet
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December 23rd, 2012 at 9:56:45 PM permalink
I used to love playing bingo once or twice a week. Once I shared a \$25 game on the way with 22 other people (\$5 is the minimum they pay). The most I've won was \$500. Me and my mom played this morning. She won a \$100 bingo + \$55 for the Lucky jar ( a bingo on a certain number). Oops time to start work.
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NicksGamingStuff
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December 23rd, 2012 at 11:20:40 PM permalink
Is Fiestas all paper bingo more advantageous to play over the computer one if you are quick with the marker?
Wizard
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December 24th, 2012 at 4:44:32 AM permalink
It is true that in Vegas most of the players are "Blue Haired Retired Women." So they obviously can play whenever they want. I get the feeling that some are loyal to a particular place, and others float around according to Cash Ball jackpots and other promotions. However, it is no secret that hotel occupancy rates are higher on weekends, which bring in tourist players. I still say the tourists scare some of the locals off. I do intend to look more carefully at a caisno by caisno basis on card sales by day of the week. For now I can that on on average I don't think there is a strong correlation.

I have not looked at weather yet. The weather is usually good in Vegas, so it may take some time to accumulate enough data on that. However, I suspect there is not much correlation. While some players may stay home, others may be vultures who only play when it rains or snows, thinking they are getting a better value.

About the Fiestas, each card has the same value. So if playing is positive EV, then the more cards you can play the better. Of course, correctly daubing is essential.
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FleaStiff

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December 24th, 2012 at 5:05:38 AM permalink
Perhaps I should refine my concepts a bit.

As to weather, I was not thinking of wind, fire, ice and snow closing a casino's Bingo Room for a day so that sales would obviously be a bit "off". I was thinking more that the elderly would be more sensitive to wind and rain and that the "early" game might suffer if buses were delayed be they public transit or retirement home buses.

Tourists infest the strip where there ain't much Bingo due to high priced real estate. Locals casinos do get "tourists" though so its perhaps best to start out at one of the more loyal places and see what happens. Arizona Charlie's Decatur!!! Do your tourism tests there since its mainly loyal locals.

I have a feeling those Blue Haired Ladies know ALL the deals all over town but are in practice far more loyal to one or two Bingo Rooms than is ever imagined. I think you will find any "Sunday" influence is not due to "Tourists" but is instead due to someone's "Champagne Special" somewhere.
Buzzard
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December 24th, 2012 at 8:03:38 AM permalink
I have been dragged to Bingo twice. Both times was the Saturday before New Years. The Bingo parlor has to give their win in X # of
numbers jackpot away at year's end. Are there similar advantage plays in Vegas ?
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Wizard
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December 24th, 2012 at 8:17:45 AM permalink
Quote: Buzzard

I have been dragged to Bingo twice. Both times was the Saturday before New Years. The Bingo parlor has to give their win in X # of
numbers jackpot away at year's end. Are there similar advantage plays in Vegas ?

I'm not sure I get what you're saying, as usual. There are lots of advantage plays in bingo, but you have to know where to find them.
It's not whether you win or lose; it's whether or not you had a good bet.
mycran
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