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BarbadosBingo is another one of those gambling games of luck where you are at the mercy of random balls being selected by machines and computers. It’s a bit like the lottery and actually has its roots in a game that was played in Italy all the way back in 1530. Lo Giuoco Lotto Italia was a popular lottery game that eventually developed into the Bingo we play today. As often is the case in the history of gambling games, the French played a major part in modifying the game. Here, they changed the cards into standard 3 rows and 9 verticals and this is still the basis of modern day 90 Ball bingo cards that are extensively used both online and at Bingo Halls up and down the UK. With Bingo being in existence for so long, are there any numbers that are called more than others, or do the results have no patterns at all, due to the random nature of Bingo? 

Lucky Numbers 

Some sets of numbers have been given elite status by the media or by superstition. The number 7 is one of the most popular numbers that punters would like to see on their cards and this is mostly down to the reputation that comes with it through history. Even notorious number like 13, are numbers on Bingo Player’s wish lists. Number sequences that have proven victorious in films like It Can Happen To You, or mysterious numbers that appear in hit TV series like Lost, also have a large influence over punters. 

Are Certain Numbers Picked More Often? 

Even with the random nature of Bingo there are those who think that they have spotted ball number patterns and think that they have discovered the perfect number combinations, that punters should look out for on their Bingo cards, both online and in house. American financial writer Joseph E Granville based his theory on 75-ball Bingo and suggested that picking cards with the biggest spread of numbers across the board, was the best chance of beating the random nature of Bingo results. He believed that if you for example had number 13 on your card, then if all the other numbers ended in digits other than 3, then the card should be purchased. 

The Tippett Theory 

A British statistician by the name of Leonard Tippett, developed a more useful theory based on averages. He began his calculation from the number 38, the middle number in 75 ball Bingo. He proposed that it would be best to choose numbers from either end of the spectrum and this would automatically include very low and very high numbers. With longer more complex games where more numbers are picked, he suggested that numbers closest to 38 were the best. 

Final Thoughts 

The problem with these theories is that they haven’t been tested to see whether they have any merit behind them. The truth is that number sequences that appear in films and TV are more likely to be tried than those of a mathematician or statistician and because of this, theories will continue to remain untested.