Many players are attracted to online bingo because of the ease and convenience of play, but many players who are new to online play are dubious about the software. They wonder if the game is fair of if they are in some way being cheated. They are told that the games are fair but they have no way of knowing that. The best they can do is be assured by the site management. Understanding a little about what a fair game is will help alleviate the player’s fears.
The fairness of a bingo game depends on the number selection process. The number selection process must result in the selection of numbers in an independent and random manner. The situation is best illustrated in land-based bingo where the bingo balls mix in a mixing chamber. When one of the balls is drawn into the tube, it is directed to the caller who announced the number. The players then cover the number where it appears. If the bingo balls are equally weighted, then each ball has the same opportunity of being drawn into the tube and called. There is no way of predicting which number will be called and no pattern to the calls. In this situation, every bingo card has the same chance of being the winning card.
When the bingo balls are not of equal weights, then the game is not a fair game. Each ball does not have the same chance of being selected since the lighter balls will float at the top of the mixing chamber and be drawn into the air tube and called more often than the heavier balls. There may be a pattern to the calls. The selection process is not random and independent – it depends on the weights of the balls. The cards having the numbers corresponding to the lighter numbers have a better chance of winning than do other cards and the alert player will soon learn to select cards having these numbers.
Online bingo software contains a program called the Random Number Generator (RNG) and this program generates number having the characteristics of randomness in an independent manner. This corresponds to the equally weighted ball situation. Online playing sites have their software tested for fairness and post this information on their website to alleviate the concerns of their players. Players can enjoy the games and activities at the online bingo site without worrying about game fairness.