When you play games of chance, the time will inevitably come when you appear to be out of luck. And those times will come around more than once, whenever you least expect them. This applies to online bingo as much as to any other game that involves a gamble.
While we can’t tell you how to avoid losing streaks altogether – because that’s impossible – we can show you how to keep them as short an inexpensive as possible. Here are a few pointers from Giggle Bingo on how to keep online bingo losing streaks at bay:
Accept the Inevitable
Whenever you sit down to a game that involves mostly luck, there is one primary rule: be realistic. You will win some; you will lose some. That’s just how it is.
By going into your online bingo game with realistic expectations (nothing is a shoo-in!), you save yourself the risk of making irrational decisions. Irrational decisions include assuming that your winning streak will never end as well as chasing your losses, which we’ll get to next.
Cut your Losses
Bingo is an incredibly exciting, fun game… until you start losing, that is. The jolly mood you were enjoying while you were winning or, at least, breaking even can quickly turn gloomy when you get hit by a string of losses.
Don’t let this overwhelm you. Don’t let your desperate desire to start enjoying yourself again make you obsess about recovering what you have lost. As soon as you start to feel frustrated and desperate, you know you’re due for a break. Take a step back and only return to the game when you feel calm again. This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the social element of online bingo that everyone loves so much. Hang out in the site’s chat rooms for a while and just enjoy getting to know your fellow bingo fans.
Manage your Bankroll
Smart bankroll management is central to the strategy of any savvy online bingo player. Take a moment to calculate what you can afford to lose before you get into the game. Keep that amount in the back of your mind the whole time and let it inform every decision you make. Many players like to write this amount down and keep it next to their computers as a constant reminder of their limits.
Be sure to keep track of how much of your bankroll you have used up and walk away from the game as soon as you’re tapped out.
Don’t up the Ante!
Some online bingo players get it into their heads that, somehow, by increasing the risk, they will also increase their likelihood of winning again. This is absolutely untrue. Buying more and more tickets and playing more and more cards is not going to improve your odds of winning. It will only chew up your bankroll and leave you feeling defeated.
It will completely suck the fun out of your online bingo experience. And what’s the point of bingo if it’s no longer any fun?
Keep it Short
Another common misconception is that, if you play online bingo for long enough, your luck is bound to improve. Some people even have formulae to calculate exactly how long it will take to recover their losses: i.e. if you’ve been on a losing streak for an hour then it will take you two hours to start winning again. This is also a total falsehood.
As we’ve said before, the best thing you can do if you find yourself on a losing streak is to walk away for a while. Each draw is completely independent of the draws before and after it, so there is no way of predicting when your numbers will improve and there is no guarantee that you will be able to recoup your losses if you play for a longer period of time.