If we went out to the street in London and took a poll of 100 people asking them who Joseph E. Granville was, it’s likely that 99 of the 100 people wouldn’t be able to answer the question correctly. Even though he’s not a common household name, if you’re a Bingo player, you’ve got to know Granville!
Granville was a strategist who worked with the stock market. When he directed his theories to Bingo, his research revealed interesting results. What Granville set out to prove was that Bingo isn’t just a game of luck. While it’s true that no one can control the order in which the random numbers are drawn, there are ways to strategize about the game that can give players an advantage. That is to say, if players can’t control the numbers or the caller, players must take control of their end of the game: the Bingo card.
Before we get into the Granville Method, be warned: this method involves thinking! Since Granville was a mathematician and strategist, his Bingo theory uses numbers and logics to come to a logical conclusion. It’s not too hard to follow, so if you’re ready to work your brain a little in order to gain a lot strategy-wise, then let’s get started learning one of the best, but least known, of the online tips: The Granville Method.
The theory works with these three guiding principles:
• There are an equal number of numbers ending in 1, 2, 3, etc.
• There will be a balance amongst odd and even numbers.
• There will be a balance amongst high and low numbers.
That being said, in a 75 Ball game you’ll find that the average ball number is 38. This means that, considering a large number of games being played, the average number amongst the called numbers would be 38. Remember that this number is only an average, not a guarantee that all called numbers in every game will average 38. If you can choose a Bingo cards whose printed numbers average 38, you’re probably holding a pretty good card option.
There is, however, another factor to Granville’s theory that should also influence your card choice. If you take the first of the three principles (that there are an equal number of numbers ending in 1, 2, 3, etc.) and apply it to Bingo, you’ll see something amazing. Pay attention to the first 10 called numbers of a game. Statistics predict that their last digits will all end with different numbers, and you’ll see that this is the case in more than half the games played.
That being said, choosing a card with a wide variety of numbers that don’t all share the same last digit is a great way to up the odds in your favor. Look especially to the 16 strategically placed squares on your 25-square card (these are the squares that use the free space to make Bingo, and thus present the easiest way to win). Make sure that these 16, above all, represent a wide range of different ending numerals.
Try this and other great online Bingo tips the next time you play online.